Behind the Numbers: September 2009 Market Review

I could wax poetic about the ebbs and flows of the various segments of the markets along with a variety of developments on and off Wall Street; however, in doing so I may detract from purely reading what the numbers are telling us. What do the numbers say? Much like last month, with the exception of the U.S. Dollar Index, every market segment once again increased in value. Wow!!

The dollar is clearly the ‘juice’ which is being used to drive an inordinate number of positive carry trades.

Are we merely supposed to enjoy the positive returns and assume they are a precursor to a brighter tomorrow? Not in my opinion. As I have been referencing, I believe we are not even a third of the way into running our ‘economic marathon,’ and thus prudence dictates we maintain our discipline and pace. Why do I feel this way? Our global banking system remains under pressure and has unrealized losses of $1.8 trillion. To this point, I wrote yesterday “When Is a $3.4 Trillion Loss Supposed to Be Good News?“:

A $3.4 trillion loss may be perceived as good news when it was previously projected to be $4 trillion. That said, when losses of this magnitude are buried in a mix of financial chicanery and accounting charades, the impact is not lessened but only extended.

How did the Financial Times characterize this IMF report and the state of global banking? The FT writes this morning:

The International Monetary Fund’s financial stability reports are losing their capacity to shock. This is a shame. . . . The shock factor may be gone, but sustaining a recovery will be no cakewalk.

Active traders may be excessively ebullient or despondent, depending on the daily swings in their profits or losses. I will enjoy the higher values in my monthly statements as they come in, but I am not changing my approach to increased discipline across all parts of my personal balance sheet. A balanced and well diversified portfolio with excess liquidity still strikes me as the best approach at this time.

Now, take a look at the numbers.

About Larry Doyle 522 Articles

Larry Doyle embarked on his Wall Street career in 1983 as a mortgage-backed securities trader for The First Boston Corporation. He was involved in the growth and development of the secondary mortgage market from its near infancy.

After close to 7 years at First Boston, Larry joined Bear Stearns in early 1990 as a mortgage trader. In 1993, Larry was named a Senior Managing Director at the firm. He left Bear to join Union Bank of Switzerland in late 1996 as Head of Mortgage Trading.

In 1998, after 15 years of trading and precipitated by Swiss Bank’s takeover of UBS, Larry moved from trading to sales as a senior salesperson at Bank of America. His move into sales led him to the role as National Sales Manager for Securitized Products at JP Morgan Chase in 2000. He was integrally involved in developing the department, hiring 40 salespeople, and generating $300 million in sales revenue. He left JP Morgan in 2006.

Throughout his career, Larry eagerly engaged clients and colleagues. He has mentored dozens of junior colleagues, recruited at a number of colleges and universities, and interviewed hundreds. He has also had extensive public speaking experience. Additionally, Larry served as Chair of the Mortgage Trading Committee for the Public Securities Association (PSA) in the mid-90s.

Larry graduated Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa in 1983 from the College of the Holy Cross.

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