Topic: Growth Stocks

The Stock Pickers Digest Hotline – Friday, October 10, 2008

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This downturn is going a lot further down that I ever expected. I still see it as a financial panic, rather than an indicator of the depth of the recession that now seems to have started. In other words, the market drop reflects a drying up in lending activity and fear of a depression, rather than a drying up in business activity. In the depths of a market downturn, some observers always predict that we are on the verge of another 1930s depression. In the 1930s, however, the U.S. and other governments did all the wrong things. They raised taxes, raised tariffs and did nothing to halt bank failures. The U.S. and other governments are doing all the right things to revive lending and credit, in my view. They are injecting funds into the financial system, arranging takeovers of failing financial companies, and moving to protect depositors. Eventually these efforts will pay off. Lending will then swiftly revive, and the market will…

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