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Weekly Initial Unemployment Claims: 457,000

2009-12-03Calculated Risk Blog

“In the week ending Nov. 28, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 457,000, a decrease of 5,000 from the previous week’s revised figure of 462,000 [revised from 466,000]. The 4-week moving average was 481,250, a decrease of 14,250 from the previous week’s revised average of 495,500.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending Nov. 21 was 5,465,000, an increase of 28,000 from the preceding week’s revised level of 5,437,000. The 4-week moving average was 5,541,500, a decrease of 75,750 from the preceding week’s revised average of 5,617,250.”

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December 4, 2009 Posted by | Foreclosure, Investments, Lending, Stats | Leave a comment

The Fed Doesn’t Want Banks to Increase Lending

2009-11-27-09 ZeroHedge.com

“Overall, many participants viewed the risks to their inflation outlooks over the next few quarters as being roughly balanced. Some saw the risks as tilted to the downside in the near term, reflecting the quite elevated level of economic slack and the possibility that inflation expectations could begin to decline in response to the low level of actual inflation. But others felt that risks were tilted to the upside over a longer horizon, because of the possibility that inflation expectations could rise as a result of the public’s concerns about extraordinary monetary policy stimulus and large federal budget deficits. Moreover, these participants noted that banks might seek to reduce appreciably their excess reserves as the economy improves by purchasing securities or by easing credit standards and expanding their lending substantially. Such a development, if not offset by Federal Reserve actions, could give additional impetus to spending and, potentially, to actual and expected inflation. To keep inflation expectations anchored, all participants agreed that it was important for policy to be responsive to changes in the economic outlook and for the Federal Reserve to continue to clearly communicate its ability and intent to begin withdrawing monetary policy accommodation at the appropriate time and pace.”

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December 3, 2009 Posted by | Banking, Investments, Lending | Leave a comment

Dubai Shows Limits of Government Rescues, Roubini’s Das Says

2009-11-30 Bloomberg.com

Nov. 27 (Bloomberg) — The worldwide decline in equities spurred by Dubai’s efforts to reschedule its debt is a sign that government spending alone won’t be enough to protect financial markets, according to Arnab Das of Roubini Global Economics.

Stock volatility will probably jump as countries and companies default on loans, said Das, the head of market research and strategy at RGE, the advisory firm founded by economist Nouriel Roubini.

Shares slumped from Shanghai to Brazil and European shares fell the most in seven months yesterday after Dubai World, the government investment company burdened by $59 billion of liabilities, sought to delay repayment on much of its debt. Governments have spent, lent or guaranteed $11.6 trillion and central banks held interest rates near zero percent to end the first global recession since World War II.

“We’re bound to see a rise in risk aversion,” Das, who is based in London, said in an interview. “The Dubai situation signifies that although the major central banks around the world have stabilized the financial system, they can’t make all the excesses simply disappear. We still have to work out those balance sheet stresses. The recovery is proceeding, but significant challenges still lie ahead.”

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December 3, 2009 Posted by | Banking, Foreclosure, Investments, Lending, Real Estate, Stats | Leave a comment

Dubai Defaults – Deflation In Action – Watched Pot Theory Revisited

1009-11-29 Mish’s Global Economic Blog

Global stock markets endured heavy selling on Thursday as investors were spooked by the spectre of a default by Dubai and after a febrile foreign exchange market saw the yen surge to a 14-year high against the dollar.

The turmoil caused a flight to less risky assets. Gold, which had challenged $1,200 in Asian trading, fell back from its highs and money flowed into havens such as German government bonds.

US markets are closed for the Thanksgiving holiday, but electronic trading of the benchmark S&P 500 equity futures contract showed a potential drop on Wall Street of 2.2 per cent.

As the European trading day progressed it became clear it was Dubai World’s difficulties that had hit a particular nerve, reminding investors of the lingering damage wrought by the financial crisis.

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December 3, 2009 Posted by | Investments, Lending, Stats | Leave a comment

Wells Fargo Chief Economist: “There is no clear, easy way out for housing”

2009-11-28 Mish’s Global Economic Blog

“If there is no clear, easy way out for housing, then there is no clear, easy way out for Wells Fargo. Wells is sitting in a huge pile of Pay Option Arms in bubble states like California, where prices still have a long way to correct.”

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December 3, 2009 Posted by | Banking, Foreclosure, Investments, Lending | Leave a comment

Why Your FDIC-Backed Bank Could Fail

2009-11-26 Elliotwave.com

“The following analysis by Bob Prechter is excerpted from the free Club EWI report, Discover the Top 100 Safest U.S. Banks. With 130 bank failures expected by the end of this year, we hope you’ll find this information more valuable than ever”

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December 3, 2009 Posted by | Banking, Foreclosure | Leave a comment

FDIC’s List of ‘Problem’ Banks Grows 33% in Q309

2009-11-24 Housingwire.com

“Banks and savings institutions insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. (FDIC) posted aggregate net income of $2.8bn in Q309 despite net quarterly losses reported by more than 26% of all insured institutions, according to the FDIC’s quarterly report on insured institutions.”

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December 3, 2009 Posted by | Banking, Investments, Lending | Leave a comment

Housing Bottom? “Not Even Close,” Barry Ritholtz Says

2009-11-24- Yahoo.com

Barry Ritholtz, CEO of Fusion IQ… notes the existing home sales number was juiced by sales of cheap condos and various government programs. Meanwhile, the Case-Shiller results were below expectations.

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December 3, 2009 Posted by | Lending, Real Estate | Leave a comment

   

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