Credit Crisis Dominates Q3 Research Zeitgeist

Subprime, Housing Crisis Most Widely Read Research Recap Topics in Quarter

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Given the magnitude of the credit crisis, it is hardly surprising that it should dominate the rankings at this time

New York, NY (PRWEB) October 30, 2008

Reflecting the all-encompassing nature of the global credit crisis, readers are increasingly looking to Research Recap for insight into the topic. Alacra today revealed the most popular posts in the third quarter for Research Recap, its one-stop research resource for business and financial executives and sophisticated investors.

As in the previous quarter, the global credit crisis dominated Research Recap's Top Ten Posts, with only one post not related in some way to the market meltdown. Many of the posts turned out to be prescient, led by Fitch Ratings' July warning that US Mortgage Insurers' Troubles May Worsen. This prediction was borne out this month when Moody's put several of the insurers on watch for possible downgrade.

In the runner-up spot was NERA Economic Consulting's July report Subprime-Related Litigation on the Rise, which was buttressed by a Stanford Law School analysis showing that subprime lawsuits were running at double last year's pace.

In all, eight of the top ten posts and four of the top five focused on the ongoing fallout from the credit crunch, including posts on hedge funds, housing, junk bonds, and credit default swaps. Other topics piquing the interest of Research Recap readers were oil production and clean technology. In a testament to the staying power of good research, one post, based on an International Monetary Fund examination of the role of hedge funds in the subprime crisis, remained in the top ten several months after publication in December 2007.

Research Recap's most widely read posts for the quarter were:
1. US Mortgage Insurer's Troubles May Worsen
2. Subprime Related Litigation On The Rise
3. US Oil Production Flat Over Past 4 Years
4. Role of Hedge Funds in Subprime Crisis Examined
5. Speculation Does Not Explain Apparent Housing Overvaluation
6. Global Junk Bond Default Rate Doubled in First Five Months
7. Lehman Failure's Impact on European Banks
8. Credit Default Swaps Adding Rather Than Mitigating Risk?
9. Guide To Interpreting Mark-to-Market Losses of Monolines
10. Greentech Expected to Lead Resurgence of IPOs in 2010

"Given the magnitude of the credit crisis, it is hardly surprising that it should dominate the rankings at this time," said Angus Robertson, Research Recap moderator. "It is gratifying to see investors coming to Research Recap in search of explanation and analysis of topics that once were once considered obscure, but have been our bread and butter for more than a year."

Alacra, Inc., a provider of online business information solutions, launched Research Recap (researchrecap.com) last year to provide readers with an overview of recently released financial and market research, especially research that isn't receiving widespread media coverage.

Signature features of the blog include Research Zeitgeist, a weekly summary of top posts and hot topics, and regular Research Roundup posts that synthesize research from multiple sources on current topics.

Research Recap welcomes submissions from research publishers for consideration. For further information please contact Mr. Robertson at editor @ researchrecap.com.

About Alacra, Inc.
Alacra creates sophisticated online technology and services to help clients find, package and present business information. Financial institutions, professional service firms and other corporations have long used the same content sets to support clients, research deals and investigate market opportunities. The Alacra mission is to package this content and deliver it in a format that best meets each organization's precise needs.

Worldwide, more than 600 investment and commercial banks, management consulting firms, law firms and other corporations, representing 50,000+ end users worldwide, use Alacra to effectively find and deploy business information in their daily workflow. For more information, visit alacra.com or call 1.212.363.9620.

Research Recap Moderator Angus Robertson has extensive experience as a financial reporter, editor and manager. He was a senior executive at Knight-Ridder Financial Inc. and oversaw all news and research content at Bridge Information Systems. He was recognized in 2000 by Business News Reporter as one of the Top 100 Business Journalists in America.

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