Back From the Brink

Last week we looked into the abyss. And pulled back.

On Monday Lehman failed. Tuesday AIG scrambled for financing. On Wednesday AIG was propped up. Thursday was a day of general panic. And Friday the Treasury rode to the rescue.

In years to come, I think Thursday will be remembered as the day we pulled back from the brink. Gold had shot up over $100. The Dow had fallen 1000 points. And Treasury Bills yielded less than one tenth of one percent. Several major financial concerns saw their market value fall in half.

But something turned the situation around. It may have some comments about short-selling that came out of London. It may have been the rumors of talks between Paulson, Bernanke, and Congress. Whatever it was, by the end of the day Thursday the markets had breathed a collective sigh of relief. Friday’s rally was almost an afterthought.

After all these gyrations, the markets ended the week almost where they began. If you’d stayed away, you might wonder if you missed anything. But those who lived through this week’s volatility aged about five years!


Douglas R. Tengdin, CFA
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Mr. Tengdin is the Chief Investment Officer at Charter Trust Company and author of “The Global Market Update”. The audio version of each post can be heard on radio stations throughout New England every weekday. Mr. Tengdin graduated from Dartmouth College, Magna Cum Laude. He received his Master of Arts from Trinity Divinity School, Magna Cum Laude and received his Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation in 1992. Mr. Tengdin has been managing investment portfolios for over 30 years, working for Bank of Boston, State Street Global Advisors, Citibank – Tunisia, and Banknorth Group. Throughout his career, Mr. Tengdin has emphasized helping clients manage their financial risks in difficult environments where they can profit from investing in diverse assets in diverse settings. - Leave a comment if you have any questions—I read them all! - And Follow me on Twitter @GlobalMarketUpd

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