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The "R"-Word and the Perfect Storm

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted November 26, 2007

Ok I admit it. Every writer worth his salt should swear this one off forever. But this time though, that storm could be for real.

"Fool me once, shame on -- shame on you. Fool me -- you can't get fooled again." (The wisdom of President George W. Bush)

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted November 26, 2007

Countrywide Financial would now have us believe that it has ample capital and liquidity to stay in business.

No Analyst Coverage

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted November 23, 2007

Big investment banks aren't known for doing too much business with small-cap companies. Ian Cooper discusses two they missed.

Thankful for America

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted November 22, 2007

Sure the markets are down. But the truth is that there is nothing that we can't handle. Here's why.

The Terminator and Unintended Consequenses

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted November 21, 2007

It's judgment day in California for sub prime ARMs. Why Arnold's latest move may kill them forever.

Freddie Drops the Mother of all Bombs

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted November 21, 2007

Freddie Mac dropped the bomb on the markets today. Here's why its so big....

The Secret to Beating Wall Street... Paying Attention.

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted November 20, 2007

Any one that didn't know that credit card companies would be slapped around wasn't paying attention.

Carl Icahn Companies

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted November 20, 2007

Billionaires didn't make money buying just anything. In this issue, Ian Cooper discusses Carl Icahn's latest company investment.

Fall in Values May be Hard to Swallow

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted November 20, 2007

So what exactly does it look when property values fall dramatically? Well, in this story from a recent auction it's a tale of a meal gone ice cold.

Homebuyers be where?

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted November 20, 2007

When homebuilders start raising prices instead of cutting them, we'll be at a bottom, but the housing bulls don't seem to care.

China's Economy

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted November 19, 2007

Over the past week, I've seen China's past, present and future. In central China's Xi'an, I saw high-tech metallurgy that western science only caught up to within the past century.

Warning: This Post May Cause Insomnia

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted November 19, 2007

While the subprime slime has managed to ding one bank after another these days, if there was a catbird seat to be had it would definitely belong to Goldman Sachs. But here's the scary part...

SIVs and the Domino Effect

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted November 17, 2007

I find myself thinking more and more about dominoes these days. Not the pizza, but the kind that you play with. As a kid, I use to love to set them up and knock them down. That's because the debt markets are absolutely full of them.

Trading on the News

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted November 16, 2007

Wealth Daily Editor Ian Cooper reveals why trading on the news is a profitable endeavor... and how to do it.

Bond Insurers Stare Down"20 Katrinas"

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted November 16, 2007

Like the plague of old, the CDO mess continues to seep into parts of the markets that many had said were immune. Contained? Well... not exactly.