Initial Jobless Claims

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It’s Thursday, so like every Thursday for the past few years we watch the weekly jobless claims data.  Today’s data showed that jobless claims rose last week to 414k and remained above the psychologically important 400k level.  Below is a … Continued

Comparison of Catastrophe Events YTD

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W.R. Berkley presented today at KBW’s insurance conference as well.  I thought this slide was informative about the relative incidence of catastrophes for 2011.  Although it feels like a pretty significant cat year for insurers, WRB argues that it really … Continued

Adding Insult to Injury

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Last night there were two high profile firings of Carol Bartz at Yahoo and Sallie Krawchek at Bank of America.  Even though both are big time executives who should have pretty thick skins, it can’t make a person feel too … Continued

Lunar Cycles and the Dow

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In honor of Friday before a long weekend, here’s some off beat analysis to provide food for thought.  The chart below shows the cyclicality of market returns with respect to Lunar cycles.  I believe that lunar cycle theorists (we shall … Continued

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