Posts Tagged “congress”

A New Year’s Hangover

0 | By Shah Gilani

It’s not even New Year’s Eve yet, and I’m already thinking about hangovers.

(Not mine, of course. I don’t drink any more these days. Then again, I don’t drink any less, either.)

Today I’m thinking about how the world is going to look and feel in the coming year, how the markets might react to likely events, and what might be shining over the investing horizon in 2012.

No matter how optimistic my nature is, and how hopeful I am that global issues will be addressed and eventually fixed, the truth is that it’s always darkest before the dawn.

Another way of saying that is, if you’re going to drink to excess, you’re going to suffer with a hangover. And the more you drink – and especially if you mix your drinks – the more likely it is you’re going to suffer the ill effects of too much indulgence. (At least that’s what I’ve heard.)

Is that some kind of metaphor, you ask? Of course it is – have you been drinking?

Why this “hangover” is here to stay…

Occupy Wall Street, Consider This My Gift to You…

2 | By Shah Gilani

Out of far left field, I see something coming that I never expected.

It’s more like the coming together of pieces of a puzzle that have eluded us for too long.

By the way, Occupy Wall Street, if you’re listening, and I hope you are, and you’re still floundering (which I know you are) without a cause that anybody can really wrap their heads around, drop your drums, chants, and wanderings, and make the coming together of this puzzle what you’re protesting.

And make what could result what you are demanding.

Because, really, this could be the mother lode…

The Congressional Balancing Act

2 | By Shah Gilani

There’s a ton of “insight” to be meted out about what’s going on in the market. You’ve heard most of it from me, and everybody else. But today and tomorrow will be all about being an insider at the meetings going on over in Europe.

Oh, to be a fly on the wall at those meetings…

What we couldn’t do with a little “inside information!”

But we can’t be there, and besides, that would be insider trading, wouldn’t it?

So, we’ll all just have to stay glued to CNBC and Bloomberg to see what the future holds for us all.

Speaking of trading on inside information…

Have you heard about the hearings up on Capitol Hill?

Oh yeah, there’s been serious discussions in Congress – by Congressmen and women -about reports of insider trading being conducted by privilege insiders, namely, some of their own.

It seems our always honest, always on-top-of-it, always looking-out-for-themselves Congressional leaders and their rank (and I do mean rank) and file are at it again, proving that although their net worth to the public may be zero, their access to non-public information is priceless.

Here’s why…

Let’s Throw Them All Out

2 | By Shah Gilani

Happy Thanksgiving, America!

If you’re not feeling very “happy,” remember, no matter how bad things are, they could always get worse (and we may be going there). So, whatever you have now, be thankful for that.

Speaking of thanks and of things getting worse, here’s a shout out to the so-called “Super Committee:”

Thanks for nothing!

What a bunch of losers.

Hmmm, speaking of losing… I wonder if anyone on the Supercilious Committee shorted the market before their announcement that they had nothing to announce. Hey, maybe they waited until the end of the day on Monday – when it was already known that they had sold America short – to break the news, so they could add to their shorts as stocks broke support levels.

No “maybe” about, it in my book.

Oh, you don’t think they would do that – short the market? You think that would be unethical? You think that would be illegal? You think that’s insider trading?

It’s not any of those things, according to Congress.

If you’re about to sit down to your big Thanksgiving dinner and are scared you’ll eat too much, don’t worry. You’re about to lose your appetite, and probably get sick, too.

Don’t say I didn’t warn you…

Honesty is the Best Policy…

4 | By Shah Gilani

“Can I be honest with you?”

I hate it when people ask me that. As if I’m going to respond, “No, lie to me.”

But the truth is, it’s usually a preface that suggests we’re not going to want to hear what we’re about to be told.

So… can I be honest with you?

I have no idea what’s going to happen in stock markets or bond markets this week.

We are at a critical juncture for both stocks and bonds, and this week might be huge.

More truth after the break…

Dear Occupy Wall Street: Will You Stand with Me?

8 | By Shah Gilani

Dear Occupy Wall Street Demonstrators,

Let me start by saying that I applaud your initiative. Grassroots protests are the essence of democracy. And as we’ve seen with the Tea Party movement and the Arab Spring, nonviolent protests are a powerful way to effect meaningful change.

Yet even though I’m 100% behind you in spirit, I can’t fully support your cause.

Don’t get me wrong, I want to join you. But I can’t – not yet, anyway.

And the reason why I can’t support your ultimate goals is a simple one: I don’t know what they are.

So how about this? I’m going to tell you what I stand for. I’m going to tell you what my goals are. And if you agree, then we can stand together. And i f you agree with me, I won’t wait another minute before joining you whenever and wherever I’m needed.

So here goes…