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Financial Crisis Investing

Financial Crisis Investing: How to Profit Even if the Current Bull Market Rally is Really a Bear Market Fake

[This is the seventh installment of a new series that will explore ways for investors to recover from the U.S. financial crisis. To reach an archive of previous stories in the series, please just click on the series logo.] By Mike Caggeso Associate Editor Money Morning U.S. stocks just capped off their strongest two-week performance […]

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Three Reasons Bank Nationalization Will Keep Investors Awake at Night

By Martin HutchinsonContributing EditorMoney Morning It’s a tough time to be a bank shareholder. You’re not just worrying about whether the ongoing recession or a further lurch downwards in housing prices is going to decimate the value of your bank’s loan portfolio. You’re also worrying about whether some government “stress test” or – worse still […]

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Fifth Third – A Medium-Sized "Zombie" Bank

By Martin Hutchinson Contributing Editor Money Morning Following my report on the viability of the Top 12 U.S. banks, a number of readers have suggested that I missed Fifth Third Bancorp (FITB). I’m happy to report that it wasn’t an oversight: The reality is that Fifth Third – with $120 billion in assets – didn’t […]

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The Top 12 U.S. Banks: From Zombies to Hidden Gems

U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner last week proposed a series of programs, totaling $1.5 trillion, to bail out the U.S. banking system. Of course, Geithner hasn't told us precisely how he plans to spend the money, or identified which banks require such an enormous outlay.

So I thought it was worth looking at the United States' 12 largest banks to see where the problems might be and identify which banks might need big infusions of government cash. I perused the financial statements of all 12 banks, and also looked at their market valuations.

Unlike when the Troubled Assets Relief Program (TARP) was proposed in September – when the projections for potential losses were largely financial conjecture – we now have important concrete data on the banking system's troubles; namely, each of the bank's annual financial reports for 2008.

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

Last year was a bad one for pension plans worldwide, with the global financial crisis vacuuming an aggregate $5 trillion from companyoperated retirement plans in such key markets as the United States, Japan the United Kingdom and The Netherlands.

The plunge in stock prices knocked worldwide pension assets down from $25 trillion to $20 trillion, an excruciating decline of 19%, Reuters reported. 

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For Dividend-Seekers, Financial Crisis Means it's Time to Dip Into DRIPs

[Editor’s Note: This is the latest installment of a new series that will explore ways for investors to recover from the U.S. financial crisis.] By Mike Caggeso Associate Editor Money Morning If the global financial crisis has taught investors one thing, it’s that now is not the time to gamble with your money or your […]

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Mutual Funds With Low Minimums Can Put Investors Back on the Winning Path

[Editor’s Note: This is the first installment of a new series that will explore sound strategies for investing during the ongoing financial crisis.] By William Patalon III Executive Editor Money Morning/The Money Map Report Just this week, a friend told me that he wanted to jump-start his long-neglected saving-and-investing efforts, but was worried it wouldn’t […]

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Retirement Strategies: The Three Best Ways to Rescue Your 401(k)

[This is the second installment of a two-story package that examines how the global financial crisis has put the squeeze on retirement funds. Today(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. In Part I yesterday (Thursday), we looked at […]

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Fed Announces $800 Billion in Homeowner, Consumer and Small Business Aid

By Mike Caggeso Associate Editor Money Morning The U.S. Federal Reserve and Treasury Department announced yesterday (Tuesday) $800 billion worth of stimulus measures to rev up three primary engines of the U.S. economy – homebuyers, consumers and small businesses. This newest economic infusion follows a $700 billion banking system bailout package that was unveiled in […]

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