Rick Ackerman

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HERE'S THE standard put-down of gurus who have been saying for years that the bull market is about to end: Even a broken clock is right two times a day. Just so: If the hands of a clock are frozen, it will still show the correct time...
Last week's running of the bulls on Wall Street brought a slew of letters, a few from Examiner readers eager to rub my nose in it. I respond to their questions and gibes below, as well as to queries from those who have found my oft-dour...
It's said we are separated from the rich, the powerful and the famous by a chain of no more than six friends of friends. This means that if you are looking for a job in the White House, or a way to meet Winona Ryder, it should take no...
This market may be frustrating and plenty difficult to trade, but it's easy enough to hate. The rallies look like hell, breadth has been shrieking "disaster!!!!" for months, and key bellwethers like Microsoft and Dell look like they've...
At no other time in history has the supposedly almighty dollar been easier to come by. Wall Street deals are bigger than ever, loans everywhere are cheap and mortgages plentiful. Leveraged dollar instruments traded around the world...
GENERAL COMMENTS: A decade ago most Russians would have regarded all KGB agents as thugs. Now it looks as though one of them, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, hand-picked by Boris Yeltsin as his successor, is about to ascend to the...
Murphy's Law will be at full strength when the clock strikes midnight on Friday. For the guidance of investors and market-watchers, here are my predictions of the top U.S. news stories in 2000 as Millennial insanity threatens to lurch into...
Come January the biggest post-holiday markdowns in the retail sector may be on Wall Street, not Main Street. By then the analysts will know which of the nation's major store operators possess the shrewdness and nimbleness to compete with...
Time to dip into the mailbag, since it's been a year-and-a-half since Market Directions last fielded questions and comments from readers. I have paraphrased or combined a few of them, but there are others that I have left intact to retain...
As the world's central bankers make ready to shove gold off the cliff, their odds of getting away with murder have never appeared more remote. It is Moriarity versus Holmes, with the sovereign governments homicidally bent on silencing the...

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