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Without Washington. . .

Regardless of which side you are on, you have to agree that our elected representatives in Washington could mess up a two-car funeral. As of this writing, they are engaged in an increasingly serious game of chicken that already has shut down large parts of the government and is threatening -- for the first time ever -- to fail to raise the debt ceiling to allow the U.S. to make the payments on loans and other government spending that these same elected representatives earlier authorized.

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Through the Looking-Glass

Observers of the financial markets in the last month or so must have felt a little like Alice in "Through the Looking-Glass" -- everything seems like the reverse of what it should be. More people find jobs? The markets fall. More people out of work? The markets rise.

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Just What the Doctor Ordered

As chairman of the Federal Reserve, Ben Bernanke functions rather like a physician to the nation's economy. And by late 2008, his patient was on life support. The stock market was in a free fall, unemployment was shooting up, and the housing bubble had burst, taking with it a lot of the net worth of millions of ordinary Americans.

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Keep Your Eye on the Ball

Great hitters in baseball have an ability to block out everything except the ball coming out of the pitcher's hand. They don't hear the crowd, they don't see the fielders, they don't focus on anything but the ball. That's why they are successful.

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Back to the Future

Many investors seem to be a little skittish these days. Perhaps it is the fact that, after a very strong performance in the third quarter, the market has leveled out somewhat. Perhaps it is concern about the results of the upcoming election. Perhaps it is worries about political and economic events abroad.


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