The Bull Inside the Bear: Finding New Investment Opportunities in Todays Fast-Changing Financial Markets [NOOK Book]

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"As always, Rob's insights are on target and could be very useful as average Americans look at ways to navigate the market."—Rahm Emanuel, White House Chief of Staff

"Rob gets it. The market offers opportunities to those who seek them, not blithely ignore them. Rob guides you without once talking down to you, which is why I look up to him."—Neil Cavuto, Fox News

"Rob Stein and Steven Levitt ...

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Overview

Praise for THE BULL INSIDE THE BEAR

"As always, Rob's insights are on target and could be very useful as average Americans look at ways to navigate the market."—Rahm Emanuel, White House Chief of Staff

"Rob gets it. The market offers opportunities to those who seek them, not blithely ignore them. Rob guides you without once talking down to you, which is why I look up to him."—Neil Cavuto, Fox News

"Rob Stein and Steven Levitt (Freakonomics) are members of a very elite club: economists who can make otherwise dry topics wildly intriguing. That's why I have their books on my bookshelf and why you should buy this book. When your work speaks for itself, don't interrupt."—Jon "Doctor J" Najarian, author of How I Trade Options

"Rob's experience has molded his ability to analyze the markets with the speed and decisiveness of a trader and the thoughtful overview of an economist. This is the perfect combination that you'll find with The Bull Inside the Bear."—Andrew B. Busch, Global FX Strategist, BMO Capital Markets

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470473665
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 3/17/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Robert Stein is an economist, portfolio manager, and Senior Partner of Astor Asset Management, LLC, which uses a macroeconomic model to make investment decisions. Stein is also managing partner of ETFPort.com, the Web's premier location to find and research exchange-traded funds. He writes frequently about the markets, and has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, the New York Times, and USA Today, and can be seen on CNN, CNBC, Fox News, Bloomberg Television, and ABC News.
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Table of Contents

Foreword.

Preface.

Acknowledgments.

Part I: The Credit Market Meltdown.

Chapter 1 How Has the World Changed?

The Next Bull and Bear.

A Valuable History Lesson.

The Four Stages of a Recurring Cycle.

Always a Bull Inside the Bear.

The Role of the Fed.

The World As We Know It.

Today’s World and Money Supply.

Conclusion: A Changing, Consistent World.

Chapter 2 Bubbles, Bursts, and Blips: A View of the Past.

The 1970s: The Gold Bubble Inflates.

The 1980s: Two Dips and a Blip.

The 1980s in Perspective.

The 1990s: An Expansion Here, a Bubble There.

The 2000s and the Liquidity Bubble.

Looking Ahead.

The Bull Inside the Bear: The Next Bubble to Burst—and Bull to Emerge.

Chapter 3 Inflation: The Factor That Is Always with Us.

Inflation to the Rescue.

Causes of Inflation.

The Wage-Inflation Equation.

Wage Pressures and Inflation.

Oil Prices: The Ouch That Stings.

Inflation Is Always an Issue.

The 1970s: Whipping Double-Digit Inflation.

The Greenspan Years.

Bernanke Takes Over.

The Bull Inside the Bear: Your Inflation Opportunities.

Stay Alert and Nimble.

Part II: What Does It All Mean for Me?

Chapter 4 The Credit Cycle.

An Overview of the Housing Cycle.

The Four Phases of the Credit Cycle.

The Pivotal Moment: A Nod to Minsky.

Banking 101.

Now the Deleveraging Begins.

Credit Cycle Impact.

Bull Inside the Bear: It’s Not the End of the World.

Chapter 5 The Housing Bubble: From Watch to Warning.

Nearly 70 Percent Home Ownership in the United States.

Nesting Instinct.

The Weather Watch.

A Loan for Everyone.

From Watch to Warning.

Slice-and-Dice Debt Packages.

One Last Blast to Inflate the Bubble.

A Violent Storm: The Bursting of the Bubble.

The Impact on U.S. Economic Growth.

The Bull Inside the Bear: Lessons from a Housing Bubble.

Chapter 6 The Fed as FEMA.

The Fed to the Rescue.

A Short History of the Fed.

The Fed Steps In.

Greenspan and the Stock Market.

Greenspan and Liquidity.

Liquidity Flows and Flows.

Bailing out Bear Stearns.

The Hidden Cost of Fed as FEMA.

The Bull Inside the Bear: The Fed, Intervention, and You.

Chapter 7 Your Next Opportunity.

Take Heart—Or at Least Take Heed.

Understanding Current Events.

Where’s the Bull?

Beware of Bonds: The Next Bubble to Burst.

The Bull Inside the Bear: Reverting to the Mean.

Let’s Talk Game Plan.

Doubling the Dow.

Part III: Investment Lessons to Live By.

Chapter 8 ETFs: The Perfect Investment.

An Investment for Uncertain Times.

Using ETFs.

ETF Innovation.

Pure Investment, No Ego.

ETFs for Retirement Plans.

Thinking Like an Economist.

Going Short by Going Long.

Choosing Sectors.

On the Radar for 2009.

The Bull Inside the Bear: See the Forest, Focus on the Trees.

Chapter 9 Nimble and Aware: Focusing on the Big Picture.

The Economy is Not the Stock Market.

A Snapshot of the Economy.

GDP: Measuring Economic Health.

Employment.

Investment Money Flows and Stock Price Momentum.

No Need to be a Passive Investor.

Right Sector, Wrong Stock.

Taking Profits.

The Bull Inside the Bear: Diversification Using ETFs.

Chapter 10 Thoughts on Life—and Investing.

Worry About the Right Things.

The Credit-Based Economy.

Don’t Fight the Cycles.

Be Discerning.

The Economy and Politics.

The Blame Game.

The Bull Inside the Bear—Is You.

Notes.

About the Author.

Index.

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