Sunday, July 31, 2011


NEW YORK (Reuters) - Stocks ended the worst week in a year as time runs out on Washington to reach agreement before the government loses its ability to borrow money.

The S&P 500 fell every day this week and was down 3.9 percent for the week as legislators failed to work out an agreement to raise the federal borrowing limit, which expires on Tuesday. Investors also worry about the likelihood of a U.S. credit downgrade.

The CBOE Market Volatility Index <.VIX>, a gauge of investor fear, jumped as much as 9 percent to its highest level since mid-March before paring its rise.

Natalie Trunow, chief investment officer of equities at Calvert Investment Management in Bethesda, Maryland, said investors are taking a more defensive stance, possibly moving more into cash.

"It's frustrating for investors and for U.S. citizens to see this unfold in the way it has been," she said.

"From an overall asset allocation standpoint, in an environment like this, you get bigger moves into cash and safe havens."

Yep.. big balls o' cash. I finally did something right cashing out before the drop.

I think I'm going to invest 50k into a new game that SMS is working on. It sounds quite promising.. a "free to play" racing game, with micro-transactions.

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