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We can handle



going out of business. We certainly have to be ready, because

it now seems like a possibility.

I know it seems like we can't. But this was

the 1990 experience, companies like Countrywide were falling apart left and right.

Could we handle

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going? Again, they made bad loans to homeowners, so they could be collateral damage to

the Poole plan.

Could we handle a total trashing of



to the point where it gets bought for a much smaller amount? Yes. Not a problem. They need to be punished under the Poole plan.

Could we handle

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Harder. Might be an issue.

I don't think the Fed wants that to happen. And I like the way the stock acts because of that huge deposit base. It might consider Bank of America a crisis. The others

are not crises


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Can the stock market handle this stuff? As in 1990, a huge percentage of stocks will go down. (I agree with

Bob Marcin on this, although he thinks that I believe that everything will go down. I am also closer in thinking to

Doug Kass than I have been since we started this site.)

I never, ever again in this period want to hear about the underlying fundamentals. They are not in control of this period. In fact, they are meaningless for the short term. Meaningless. And it is a sop to the public to talk about them. That's what I heard endlessly in the week before the October 1987 crash. It is a joke.

Can you sidestep this? If you have cash or can short, yes, although this is a really tough level to short because

the oscillator is so negative. I want to emphasize that it is possible that we can bounce simply because we are too over sold. That means bounce and make sales as we get less oversold.

Am I being too negative?

That's just a stupid question. We have

the Fed's game plan. They mean it when they say that they would rather tighten than ease. They see the good business that the


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and the


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are doing, and they want that cooled.

I am


making this up.

You just need to know it.

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