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  • Naked Shorting

    Naked short selling has played a key role in the current financial crisis, but what the hell is it? Here’s one definition: Naked short selling, or naked shorting, is the practice of selling a stock short, without first borrowing the shares or ensuring that the shares can be borrowed as is done in a conventional short sale. When the seller does not obtain the shares within the required time frame, the result is known as a “fail to deliver”. However, the transaction generally remains open until the shares are acquired by the seller or the seller’s broker, allowing a trade to occur when the order is filled. Read More ›

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  • Crude Oil Futures

    Along with everything else in the economy, crude futures are looking down. With fears that the economic slowdown is going to be long-term, futures for oil keep dropping. Oil futures are another gauge of the general market outlook. View Image ›

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    The London Interbank Offered Rate is one good measure of the credit crisis: It’s the interest rate that good, steady banks can expect to pay when borrowing from each other. The further it gets from the Fed rate, the worse things are. The LIBOR gets set every day by the British Bankers’ Association in London. As banks grow more unwilling to lend each other money — because who knows if they’ll get it back — the LIBOR climbs further from the steady U.S. Fed rate, making it more and more difficult for banks to get money on credit. Read More ›

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  • Global Competitiveness Index

    The World Economic Forum’s 2008-2009 index rankings still have the U.S. in first place when it comes to competitiveness. One silver lining in the dark economic cloud, the U.S. still has a competitive advantage over most of the world. (Switzerland is second.) View Image ›

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