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from Global Investing:

Bear market rally/Bull market beginning?


Another month and another Reuters asset allocation poll. This time saw investors in United States, Europe and Japan lifting their equity holdings and cutting back slightly on bonds.  Fits with what has been happening on global financial markets, where MSCI's main world stock index is heading for its best month in at least six years.

So the big question is what happens now. Is this a bear market bounce that will soon dissipate?  Or is it the start of something bullish that will last?

Judging Timothy


Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner may be new to Washington but he is not new to the financial chaos that has leveled global markets in the past year. From his former perch atop the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, the youthful Geithner has been involved in virtually all major efforts to restore stability to shaky financial markets. In his new role, he is now overseeing the latest effort to rescue banks laid low by their exposure to mortgage-related debt.

What’s your view? How has Geithner handled the early days of his new job?