finance

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Home Loans

a: Negative equity ~
b: Victorian debtor's prison

What: "Artificially low interest rates and a government tax credit are luring buyers, but both those inducements are scheduled to end. Defaults and distress sales are rising in the middle and upper price ranges. And millions of people have lost so much equity that they are locked into their homes for years, a modern variation of the Victorian debtor's prison that is freezing a large swath of the market."

Useful?
Writer: David Streitfeld
LCC: HG
Where: Reference Link Has Evaporated
Date: Oct 29 2009 7:37 AM


Credit Rating Agencies

a: A credit rating agency ~
b: unknown

What: So pick your analogy. Are the ratings agencies like architects, or like a publishing company? Or perhaps something else? No doubt angry investors will keep looking for the one that will make them pay.

Useful?
Writer: Andrew Ross Sorkin
LCC: HG
Where:
Date: Feb 18 2010 6:31 AM


The Wall Street Pinto

a: Wall street ~
b: the auto industry in the seventies

What: "Wall Street is like the auto industry in the seventies, which had a product that was dangerous and exploded on impact."

Useful?
Writer: Nicole Gelinas
LCC: HG
Where:
Date: May 28 2010 10:18 AM


Cnbc Investing Advise

a: Taking investing advice from cnbc ~
b: manager of your favorite ball team

What: "For people who are really invested in the stock market (and individual stocks, not just funds) to take advice from CNBC is like the manager of your favorite ball team getting his advice from some fantasy league message board."

Useful?
Writer: ThresherK
LCC: HG
Where: Reference Link Has Evaporated
Date: Sep 16 2010 11:49 AM


Business Analyst

a: being an analyst ~
b: the TV weatherman

What: "Also, no one ever seems to lose their job even tho day after day something unexpected happens in the economy. I guess being an analyst is like the TV weatherman , reality only exists one day at a time."....I say it depends on who a given analyst is working for and what the general agenda of their organization is.

Useful?
Writer: mediamarv
LCC: HG
Where:
Date: Jan 26 2011 2:10 AM


The Wall Steet Oligarchs

a: Wall street ~
b: A Russian Oligarchy

What: "There were a very tiny collection of super-connected industrial figures, these oligarchs. They were bankers mostly. And there was this circular process of government gives tons of money to banker; banker then scams the public and returns money to politicians who in turn keep giving money back to the bankers." ........The link has a video of this situation being discussed. I wish more people would wake up to this situation. It is the elephant in the room.

Useful?
Writer: Matt Taibbi
LCC: HG
Where:
Date: Feb 5 2011 9:04 AM


Personal Finance Is Like Potty Training?

a: Personal finance ~
b: Potty Training

What: "But as you can imagine, things can get pretty messy before they get better. Sometimes your personal finances can be a little messy too. Everyone needs to start somewhere" This is a very funny AND informative article.

Useful?
Writer: Echo ?
LCC: HG
Where:
Date: Aug 2 2011 2:28 PM


A Stock Market Is Like An Auction House

a: A stock market ~
b: an auction house

What: "A stock market is like an auction house. It is a systematic method of buying and selling. In a stock market though, it is a common sight to see people shouting and gesturing at one another." This is a good connection. Auction item prices fluctuate based on the demand, as do stock prices.

Useful?
Writer: Not stated
LCC: HG
Where: Reference Link Has Evaporated
Date: Aug 9 2011 12:20 PM


The Stock Market Is Like The Ocean

a: The stock market ~
b: The ocean

What: "A sailor cannot control the ocean, but he can control himself. He studies currents and weather patterns. He learns safe sailing techniques and gains experience. He knows when to sail and when to stay in the harbor. A successful sailor uses his intelligence."

Useful?
Writer: Not stated
LCC: HG
Where:
Date: Aug 9 2011 12:43 PM


Wall Street As Soi Cowboy

a: Wall street ~
b: Soi Cowboy

What: "It's easy to understand why the world economy is collapsing, if you think of Wall Street as Soi Cowboy: bar girls are the banks; their customers/boyfriends are their investors/shareholders; a Cabinet minister swindles them using credit default insurance scams; the generals are the regulators; the Treasury Secretary is a former bar girl." Soi Cowboy is a red-light district in Bangkok, Thailand. The comparison is appropriate.

Useful?
Writer: CHRISTOPHER JOHNSON
LCC: HG
Where: Reference Link Has Evaporated
Date: Oct 18 2011 6:03 PM


Wall Street As Corrupt Pharma Company

a: Wall street ~
b: a pharmaceutical company

What: "Wall Street is like a pharmaceutical company pocketing absurd profits by making drugs with fake, cheap ingredients. When it's finally hit with a class action lawsuit, it goes to the taxpayer for a handout."

Useful?
Writer: Hao Li
LCC: HG
Where:
Date: Oct 18 2011 6:36 PM


Wall Street As Guitar String

a: Wall street ~
b: a Guitar String

What: "During a panic, traders exaggerate the perceived distance between the current price and the "right" price, creating wild oscillations that are eventually dampened by the market's natural resistance to excessive trading."

Useful?
Writer: Lev Muchnik
LCC: HG
Where:
Date: Oct 18 2011 6:44 PM


Your Credit As Your Virginity

a: Your credit ~
b: your virginity

What: "Your credit is like your virginity" in that it's "easier to preserve than rebuild." The link is a well spoken comment on money and credit.

Useful?
Writer: eemusings
LCC: HG
Where:
Date: Dec 19 2011 5:12 PM


The Ballon Became A Rock

a: Credit ~
b: economic helium

What: "Rising oil prices, the battered housing market and euro area turmoil have all sapped the economy's resiliency. But the biggest reason why growth has disappointed and likely will continue to is that credit has turned from economic helium into a millstone." The link is a pointed IBD article describing the USA debt situation, both government and house hold. It's about 200% of GDP when both are combined.

Useful?
Writer: JED GRAHAM
LCC: HG
Where:
Date: Apr 17 2012 6:50 PM


Better Bye A Water Bed

a: A stock base ~
b: mattress

What: "A base is like a mattress. The young ones have good bounce and spring. But an old mattress sometimes can fall beneath your weight."

Useful?
Writer: DONALD H. GOLD
LCC: HG
Where:
Date: Apr 21 2012 4:46 PM


Debt As Sugar Diet

a: Debt ~
b: financial high fructose corn syrup

What: Debt is useful and will help the financial system work. but like all good things, a little if fine, too much can be a disaster. Likewise with corn syrup. It fine to have a little to sweeten food, but a diet that has a high percentage of this stuff will make you slowly ill and give you many chronic diseases, as has been affirmed by much research.

Useful?
Writer: LucretiaMia
LCC: HG
Where: Reference Link Has Evaporated
Date: May 9 2012 9:11 AM


The Most Realastic Analogy Yet

a: Wall street trader ~
b: Kid Playing Dynamite

What: "Wall Street can't be trusted to manage-or even correctly assess-its own risks.This is in part because, time and again, Wall Street has demonstrated that it doesn't even KNOW what risks it is taking. In short, Wall Street bankers are just a bunch of kids playing with dynamite."

Useful?
Writer: The Daily Ticker
LCC: HG
Where: Reference Link Has Evaporated
Date: May 14 2012 2:34 PM



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