January 2009 - Page 2 of 12 - Money Morning - Only the News You Can Profit From

Retirement Blues: Financial Crisis Pulls Billions From Pension Plans, Crimping Consumers' Dreams and Corporate Profits.

[This is the first installment of a two-story package that examines how the global financial crisis has put the squeeze on retirement funds. Tomorrow (Friday) Money Morning looks at strategies investors can use to bounce back from a big drop in the value of their 401(k) retirement plans.] By Mike Caggeso Associate Editor Money Morning […]

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Global Investment News Briefs

FOMC Meeting Offers No Solutions; First Wells Fargo Loss Since 2001; Total Buys Oil-Sands Explorer; AT&T Posts 4Q Decline; Boeing to Double Job Cuts; Time Warner Cuts 700 Jobs; UBS Reduces Bonuses; Ford’s Fourth-Quarter Loss The Federal Open Market Committee yesterday (Wednesday) left its benchmark Federal Funds rate at a range of 0% to 0.25%. […]

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IOL: Global Unemployment Could Exceed 50 Million in 2009

By Mike Caggeso Associate Editor Money Morning The global financial crisis could wipe out 30 million jobs worldwide by the end of 2009, said the International Labor Organization (IOL), an agency of the United Nations. The best-case scenario would be 18 million jobs lost, which would amount to a global unemployment rate of 6.1%. The […]

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Global Investment News Briefs

FOMC Brainstorms; Dimon and Lewis Bet Big on Financials; Former BofA CEO Thain Reinvents Self; Yahoo! Posts Fourth-Quarter Loss; Consumer Confidence Hits Record Low; S&P/Case-Schiller Housing Index Plunges 18% The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC), the policymaking arm of the U.S. Federal Reserve, will conclude a two-day meeting today (Wednesday), and investors are expecting members […]

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Obama’s New Stimulus Plan May Be the Needle That Pops the Treasury-Bond Bubble

Frighteningly, like the rush into tech stocks, then the rush into real estate, and then the rush into commodities, the rush into U.S. government bonds has created a Treasury bubble. In a cruel twist of economic fate, passage of an aggressive Obama administration stimulus plan could further inflate that bubble – before popping it.

The United States of America is an expensive household to run. In order to pay the nation's bills, the U.S. government levies taxes. When expenditures exceed tax revenue, the government has to borrow money. The United States borrows money by ordering the Treasury Department to sell government IOUs to investors in the form of Treasury bills, notes and bonds, known as "Treasuries."

How much does the government owe? As of Friday, according to TreasuryDirect.gov, total U.S. public debt stood at $10,620,397,126,433.54 ($10.62 trillion) – and counting.

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Global Investment News Briefs

Pfizer Buys Wyeth for $68 Billion; Existing Homes Sales Rose 6.5%; McDonald's Posts 5.8% Sales Growth; Freeport McMoran Lowers Sales Targets; Lincoln National Corp Cutting Staff 5%; GM Cuts More Jobs, Production; Petrobras to Cut Costs by $4 Billion; Halliburton Settles Bribery Investigation Pfizer Inc. (PFE), the world's No. 1 drug maker, said yesterday (Monday) […]

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