U.S. Role in Mortgage Market Reaches 96.5% Of All Home Loans

| April 30, 2010

By NICK TIMIRAOS The U.S. government’s massive share of the nation’s mortgage market grew even larger during the first quarter. Government-related entities backed 96.5% of all home loans during the first quarter, up from 90% in 2009, according to Inside Mortgage Finance. The increase was driven by a jump in the share of loans backed […]

John Williams Of “Shadowstatistics” Is A Specialist In Government Economic Reporting….He Says We’re Going To See An Intensified Downturn In The Near Future!

| April 30, 2010

Everyone should take the time to read this, which is part of a broader interview done on April 30 .  This will also effect interest rates.   ShadowStats’ John Williams has done his math and believes his numbers tell the truth. He explains why the U.S. is headed for or in a depression and why a […]

Gordon T. Long Reviews Interest Rate Swap Deals That Have Become Problematic…..How About The $437 Trillion In Interest Rate Swaps Outstanding

| April 30, 2010

PRIMA FACIA – WHERE IS UNCLE SAM? I have written extensively about the unregulated, non-exchange traded, offshore, off balance sheet (OTC) $605 Trillion derivatives market and specifically about the $437 Trillion Interest rate swap market. In Sultans of Swap: the Getaway I laid out some of the court actions taking place throughout Europe and the […]

This Explains Where The U.S. Stands In The “Misery” Index

| April 30, 2010

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Here In Lies The Potential Problem

| April 30, 2010

THIS IS CRITICAL…………….THE BALANCING ACT   http://home.comcast.net/~lcmgroupe/2010/Article-Extend_Pretend-Uncle_Sam_You_Sly_Devil.htm

Ravitch: New York Deficit Could Swell To $15 Billion Next Year

| April 30, 2010

The next crisis in the U.S. will likely be state and municiple debt problems.    33 states of the USA are headed for bankruptcy.   By Bob Hennelly NEW YORK, NY April 29, 2010 New York’s $9.2 billion budget deficit is expected to balloon to $15 billion next year, according to Lt. Gov. Richard Ravitch. Speaking […]

Greek Bailout Cost To The U.S.

| April 30, 2010

Thought For The Day The cost for a Greek bailout to the citizens of the US via the IMF will be $100 billion.  Now there is a nice addition to the Federal Budget Deficit. www.jsmineset.com

Oil Disaster…..Navy And Other Defense Department Resources Investigating

| April 29, 2010

The Oil slick disaster, besides being a detriment to intended drilling projects, remains a mystery with respect to ‘cause’. Of course the dispatch of Navy and other Defense Department resources will be seen in the proper light of being helpful; while we ponder whether they’re investigating just in case something else happened; given the rig […]

Secret Meetings…..So What’s On The Agenda?

| April 29, 2010

Information is circulating of a secret meeting between U.S. and Egyptian as well as Israeli defense officials, as well as even the Palestinians asking the Chinese to back-off working with Iran; because of growing concern that Iran now seeks triggering a false reason for conflict, perhaps within the next three-four months or so. Egypt in […]

Shell Puts Oil Sands Expansion Plans On Hold

| April 29, 2010

Nathan VanderKlippe and David Ebner Thursday, Apr. 29, 2010 Costs to build in the oil sands have grown so high that one of the world’s largest energy companies plans to wait at least five years – perhaps much longer – to expand its presence there. The oil sands have become one of the most costly […]

The Set-Up For Higher Food Prices

| April 29, 2010

No bats and no bees means an increase in food prices, plain and simple! Honeybee-Colony Losses Widened Last Winter, USDA Says  Dwindling phosphorus supply, and important component of fertilizers, and decline bee populations suggest higher food prices. Managed colonies lost to all causes reached 33.8 of the total, compared with 29 percent a year earlier […]

Bond Rally Teeters As Yield Spreads Blow Out, Interest Rates Set To Rise

| April 29, 2010

By Bryan Keogh and Sonja Cheung April 29 (Bloomberg) — The record rally in corporate bonds is showing signs of cracking, with yields rising the most in 13 months relative to government debt and new sales falling to the least this year. The extra interest investors demand to own company debentures rather than government debt […]

Wall Street Faces Capital Shortfalls Of As Much As $250 Billion From Banking Bill

| April 29, 2010

By Dawn Kopecki April 29 (Bloomberg) — JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Goldman Sachs Group Inc. are among U.S. investment banks that may be forced to raise an additional $250 billion in capital, cut executive pay and divest some of their most lucrative assets under a bill on the U.S. Senate floor today, analysts say. […]

Three Points of View: The United States, Pakistan and India

| April 28, 2010

April 28, 2010   By Peter Zeihan In recent weeks, STRATFOR has explored how the U.S. government has been seeing its interests in the Middle East and South Asia shift. When it comes down to it, the United States is interested in stability at the highest level — a sort of cold equilibrium among the region’s […]

Banks Bet Against U.S. Cities And States With Derivatives Using Credit Default Swaps

| April 27, 2010

Banks Bet Against U.S. Cities, States First Posted: 04-27-10 Amidst growing pessimism about the financial condition of U.S. cities and states, investors are increasingly buying financial instruments that essentially allow them to short sell  or bet against cities and states, says a Wall Street Journal report. Offered by banks like JP Morgan, Bank of America, […]

A Sign Of The Times….Hundreds Camp Out For Job Opportunities In Queens

| April 27, 2010

Some Arrived As Early As Friday Armed With Blankets Hoping To Get 1 Of 750 Applications For Elevator Industry Job  Apr 27, 2010 By KATHRYN BROWN, CBS 2 HD News NEW YORK (CBS) ― An application to work for the Joint Apprentice & Training Committee of the Elevator Industry was handed out to hundreds of […]

Unchartered Waters In Sovereign Debt Issuance, And Who’s That At The Front Of The Parade?

| April 27, 2010

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The Federal Deficit

| April 27, 2010

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Pension Pains: States Cut Benefits

| April 27, 2010

Pension Pains: States Cut Benefits to Skirt Massive Funding Shortfall Illinois Teachers Complain; California Latest State to Push for Pension Reform   By DALIA FAHMY Apr. 26, 2010 Dan Montgomery doesn’t have many kind words for his elected officials. The high school English teacher from Skokie says Illinois politicians spent years neglecting their obligations to […]

From John Mauldins “Outside The Box”…… Eric Sprott…Weakness Begets Weakness: From Banks To Sovereigns To Banks

| April 26, 2010

By: Eric Sprott & David Franklin Sprott Asset Management The Greek debt situation has been an interesting case study for students of the sovereign bond markets. If there’s a lesson to be learned from Greece’s experience thus far it’s that sovereign bailouts are far more complicated than bank bailouts. They require more sophisticated negotiations and […]

A Flaming Greece

| April 26, 2010

Cost of Insuring Greek Debt Soars To A New Record….Hmm, And They Said The Greek Save Was A Slam Dunk. We Ask This Question Again…..Why Would Anyone Ever Believe These Guys!

| April 26, 2010

BY KATIE MARTIN AND MICHAEL WILSON LONDON—Hopes that Greece’s formal request for international financial aid might help stabilize the financial markets are proving short-lived Monday, with the cost of insuring Greek debt against default soared to a new record. The euro also took a dive, after briefly rebounding from a 12-month low of $1.32 against […]

Germany Throws A Wrench Into The Works………..

| April 26, 2010

Germany refuses to help Greece unless it agrees to tougher terms Germany’s finance minister Wolfgang Schauble has raised fresh obstacles to the €40bn (£35bn) aid package for Greece, warning that Berlin will not transfer funds until Athens agrees to tougher terms.  By Ambrose Evans-Pritchard and Edmund Conway  Published: 10:47PM BST 25 Apr 2010 Mr Schauble […]

Dollar, Euro, Pound Are All ‘Ugly Sisters,’ HSBC’s King Says

| April 26, 2010

 April 26, 2010, 10:46 AM EDT By Jennifer Ryan April 26 (Bloomberg) — The dollar, euro and pound are all unappealing investments, either because of policies of “benign neglect” or concerns on the euro region’s stability, said Stephen King, chief economist at HSBC Holdings Plc. “It is a competition between ugly sisters, they are none […]

Hmm….Economists: The Stimulus Didn’t Help! Are They Kidding? Nope

| April 26, 2010

Economists: The stimulus didn’t help By Hibah Yousuf, staff reporter April 26, 2010: 3:56 AM ET NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — The recovery is picking up steam as employers boost payrolls, but economists think the government’s stimulus package and jobs bill had little to do with the rebound, according to a survey released Monday. In latest […]

Peter Schiff: New Financial Regulations Will Likely Increase Severity Of The Next Crisis

| April 25, 2010

By Peter Schiff April 25 The following is an opinion piece written by Peter Schiff, president of Euro Pacific Capital and author of Crash Proof 2.0: How to Profit from the Economic Collapse. Mr. Schiff, a Republican, is also running for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Banking Committee chair Christopher Dodd. In a […]

USA Launches Unmanned Space Aircraft

| April 25, 2010

Interesting comments and photos of a new U.S. space shuttle…….from Russia’s Prauda.       The weapon station of space. This is what some critics are calling the recent launch by the United States Air Force (USAF) of an unmanned space shuttle called X-37B.   http://english.pravda.ru/photo/report/shuttle-5342

Just A Reminder…. We Either Are, Or Will Be At New Highs Very Soon On These Derivatives Charts

| April 23, 2010

Barry Ritholtz Reviews The Case Against Goldman Sachs

| April 23, 2010

The Daily Reckoning Presents     10 Things You Don’t Know (or were misinformed about) The Goldman Sachs Case I have been watching with a mixture of awe and dismay some of the really bad analysis, sloppy reporting, and just unsupported commentary about the GS case.I put together this list based on what I know […]

Mortgage Math

| April 23, 2010

$10 Billion a Month Freed up Each Month from People not paying their Mortgage. $1.9 Billion of That is in California so People can continue Leasing their SUV Mercedes and Getting Tans. Thanks Bailouts! Posted: Thu, 22 Apr 2010 16:31:29 +0000 Living in California, the central hub of housing bubble mania, I have come to […]

Greece Says We Need Money And We Need It Now Or We’re Going Bankrupt!

| April 23, 2010

Well, just curious, who would trust these guys……………..The Greek government pushed the button on an emergency financial bailout package Friday, formally acknowledging that it needs loans from its European neighbors and the International Monetary Fund to avoid a humiliating bankruptcy.  The move came after weeks of insistence by Athens that it would not have to […]

Moody’s And S&P Influenced By Wall Street For Ratings

| April 22, 2010

By Jesse Westbrook April 22 (Bloomberg) — Moody’s Investors Service and Standard & Poor’s were influenced by Wall Street, had insufficient resources and used outdated models to grade mortgage securities that blew up when the U.S. housing market collapsed in 2007, according to Senate investigators. The Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations concluded after an 18-month […]

Dirty Bombs Revisited: Combating The Hype

| April 22, 2010

April 22, 2010  By Scott Stewart As STRATFOR has noted for several years now, media coverage of the threat posed by dirty bombs runs in a perceptible cycle with distinct spikes and lulls. We are currently in one of the periods of heightened awareness and media coverage. A number of factors appear to have sparked […]

Oh Oh….Wasn’t This Problem Solved? Nope

| April 21, 2010

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The Future of U.S. Housing……. An In Depth Report From MyBudget360

| April 21, 2010

The Future of U.S. Housing – Projections of Household Formation, Loan Modification Data, 500,000 Option ARMs Still Active, and a Decade of Stagnation. Tue, 21 Apr 2010 Take what you knew about projecting housing for the last fifty years and throw it out the window.  The big problem with using models post-World War II is […]

Value-Added Tax May Be On The Table

| April 21, 2010

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama suggested Wednesday that a new value-added tax on Americans is still on the table, seeming to show more openness to the idea than his aides have expressed in recent days. Before deciding what revenue options are best for dealing with the deficit and the economy, Obama said in an interview […]

From Stratfor……Baghdad Politics and the U.S.-Iranian Balance

| April 20, 2010

April 20, 2010  By George Friedman The status of Iraq has always framed the strategic challenge of Iran. Until 2003, regional stability — such as it was — was based on the Iran-Iraq balance of power. The United States invaded Iraq on the assumption that it could quickly defeat and dismantle the Iraqi government and […]

Jim Chanos Says Lehman Committed Financial Fraud

| April 20, 2010

Jim Chanos, hedge fund manager and president of Kynikos Associates, sat down with FOX Business Network’s Charlie Gasparino and Brian Sullivan to talk Lehman Brothers (LEHMQ) investigation, Goldman Sachs (GS) vs SEC, predicting financial scandals and China.   Apr 20, 2010  Courtesy of Fox Business Network On whether Lehman was a criminal fraud: “I think […]

Stock Market Hustle – Three Ways Wall Street has Created a New American Serfdom And The Overly Expensive Mortgage Deduction

| April 19, 2010

Posted: Sun, 19 Apr 2010       www.thestatedtruth.com Last week the S&P 500 almost reached an impressive 80 percent gain from the red abyss seen in March of 2009.  This puts this stock market rally up in the ranks of the strongest and fastest market turnarounds in history.  Yet on Friday news of Goldman Sachs betting on […]

Where Did This Come From…..DRAMATIC COMMERCIAL BANK LENDING SPIKE

| April 18, 2010

DRAMATIC COMMERCIAL BANK LENDING SPIKE There appears to be mysteries everywhere we look, just like the days of Enron, the US sub-prime housing bubble and with Greek debt accounting.   Below is the just released Federal Reserve report from FRED (Federal Reserve Economic Data) showing the weekly loans and leases of US Commercial Banks. The […]

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