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Marketplace is fantastic.  If you don’t already listen, please start.

Here is some nice commentary and analysis on the stress tests and how banks are reacting.

APM Marketplace: Stress Tests

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WordPress’s Tag Surfer feature I’m finding very handy.  This morning it served up an interesting post from The Guru Investor on the myth that it took it took investors 25 years to recoup their investment after the great crash of 1929.

Here’s a snippit, but do check it out:

“While many have cited the fact that the Dow Jones Industrial Average took 25 years to get back to its pre-Great-Depression highs as reason to worry that the coming market recovery could take a upwards of 10 or even 20 years, Hulbert says the 25-year Depression recovery figure is misleading for a number of reasons. In reality, he says, it took only four-and-a-half years after the Depression bottom for investors to recapture their losses.”

This is a bit of an old reference in internet time (from > month ago), but this is a new blog, so who cares.

Below is a link to one of the better bits I’ve heard on the reality and dangers of deratives trading, how the trade was allowed to grow and thrive over the years, and how the lack of transparency leant itself to the eventual collapse.

“Frank Partnoy directs the University of San Diego’s new Center for Corporate and Securities Law.”  He’s also a former derivatives trader.

Enjoy!

Frank Partnoy on NPR’s Fresh Air

Whether you are an avid follower and interpreter of the financial crisis or just trying to figure out why you lost your job, look no further. 

Lots of good analysis from Simon Johnson, former IMF chief economist and MIT professor, and his co-authors, James Kwak and Peter Boone.

The Baseline Scenario.

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