Category Archives: Finance

US Government Shutdown Cost


How much does the Government Shutdown cost to the Economy ?

Closed Congress

- $24 billion overall impact to US Economy

- 2.4% new projection for annualized growth of the nation’s gross domestic product in fourth quarter, instead of 3% before Shutdown.

- $152 million lost per day in travel spending

- $76 million lost in daily visitor spending in national parks in 12 states

- $160 million: The amount that federal government furloughs cost the economy each workday

- $737.95: amount the average consumer will spend this holiday season. It’s 2% less than last year

- 358,000: The number of initial unemployment claims last week

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Trade without cash: Barter Brokers


World Economic Crisis, Recession ? no problem. Just trade without using cash.

Barter is the word around.

The bartering already helps americans.

For Example: You are a SEO pro looking for a designer. Provide your skills to a great design artist who is looking for Search Engine Optimization… No cost.

Where to start ? here:

-Barter Brokers International

-Tradebank

-Synergy Street Trade

-Barter Business Exchange


Red October : 2008


Red October is over.

One of the worst months of Markets History.

Here are the numbers for October 2008:

S&P500 lost -16.9 %

Dow Jones -14.75 %

Nasdaq -14.06 %

TSX -16.9 %

CAC 40 -13.52 %

Tokyo -24.5 %

A month to forget for investors around the world…. now waiting for the 4th november US Elections.


Jerome Kerviel : Societe Generale Rogue Trader


Jerome Kerviel

Jerome Kerviel was working at French Bank Société Générale .

Kerviel was today alleged to have carried out a $ 7.4 billion (€4.9 billion) banking fraud.

This Thursday Jérôme Kerviel is the most wanted trader by the police and on the internet. Medias are actively looking for him everywhere, trying to find some information about this man.

This 31-year-old trader made his fraud by investing several billion in Futures.

But strangely Kerviel didn’t have a lot of responsabilities in the Bank. He started in Societe General in 2000, he was working on back and middle-office until 2005, the year when he became in charge of activities covering Futures on European Indices.

Kerviel’s Fraud, who bet on a increase of European Indices, was found a week ago and all the trades were closed this Monday and Tuesday by Société Générale.

Jérôme Kerviel had 11 friends on Facebook this Thursday in the early day, only 4 in the afternoon and now only 1 (at the time I write these lines, Manuel Zabraniecki).

Two Groups were created on Facebook: “Ceux qui recherchent Jerome Kerviel, l’homme qui vaut 4.9 milliards!!!” with generous object “Adherent a ce groupe ceux qui seraient pret a toucher 10% de la somme en donnant des informations sur Jerome Kerviel”.
That means: “Those who are looking for Jerome Kerviel, the €4.9 billion man” with generous object “You can join this group if you are ready to earn 10% of the $7.4 billion by giving some information about Jerome Kerviel”.

Second Group (english): Finding Jerome Kerviel.

But if we think about it, how this trader who earns “only” 100 000 euros per year ($150 000, very low for this type of position) with limited responsibilities, made losing $7.4 billion to Société Générale ?

Several experts think this fraud cannot be achieved by only one person. Did Société Générale made this announcment to mask its €2 billion ($3 billion) loss due to Subprime ?

Experts say that the Bank could had rather done unsuccessful transactions in 2007 and they wanted to give a fall guy ?

How Kerviel could do this fraud without the system or anyone see it ?

A lot of questions, no answers…

A $7.4 billion company, that’s how many jobs ? 50 000, 100 000 ?

Frankly, I cannot believe it.

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