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Fed Names Recipients of $3.3 Trillion in Crisis Aid

2010-12-02 Bloomberg.com

The Federal Reserve, under orders from Congress, today named the counterparties of about 21,000 transactions from $3.3 trillion in aid provided to stem the worst financial panic since the Great Depression.

Bank of America Corp. and Wells Fargo & Co. were among the biggest borrowers from one program, the Term Auction Facility, with as much as $45 billion apiece. Some aid went to U.S. units of foreign institutions, including Switzerland’s UBS AG, France’s Societe Generale and Germany’s Dresdner Bank AG. The Fed posted the data on its website to comply with a provision in July’s Dodd-Frank law overhauling financial regulation.

“We owe an accounting to the American people of who we have lent money to,” Richmond Fed President Jeffrey Lacker said today in an interview on Bloomberg Radio’s “The Hays Advantage,” with Kathleen Hays. “It is a good step toward broader transparency.”

Full Article Here

December 2, 2010 Posted by | Banking, Investments, Lending, Stats | Leave a comment

foreclosure inventories rise to all time highs

2010-12-01 truthaboutmortgage.com

“Foreclosure inventories rose to all-time highs last month, according to the October Mortgage Monitor report released by Lender Processing Services. As of the end of October, foreclosure inventories were 7.4 times higher than the historical average and rising.”
Full Article Here

December 2, 2010 Posted by | Banking, Foreclosure, Investments, Lending, Real Estate | Leave a comment

The Housing Double-Dip is Here

2010-12-01 businessinsider.com

The chart (below) depicts the annual returns of the U.S. National, the 10-City Composite and the 20-City Composite Home Price Indices. The S&P/Case-Shiller U.S. National Home Price Index, which covers all nine U.S. census divisions, recorded a 1.5% decline in the third quarter of 2010 over the third quarter of 2009. In September, the 10-City and 20-City Composites recorded annual returns of +1.6% and +0.6%, respectively.

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December 2, 2010 Posted by | Banking, Foreclosure, Investments, Lending, Real Estate, Stats | Leave a comment

The Nine Most “Inconvenient” RoboSigning Admissions BofA Would Love To Disappear

2010-11-15 ZeroHedge.com

As if the fact that the world economy has once again taken a turn for the worse (rising inflation in China, sinking everything in Europe, endless QE in the US) wasn’t enough, that pesky problem of robosigning and fraudclosure just refuses to go away. And even though the major banks are doing their best to remove any reference of this problem, which will eventually be the final nail in the coffin sealing the first truly global great depression, from the mainstream media, here is a sampling of some of the choicest admissions by robosigners, which will continue to serve as the basis for thousands of lawsuits (both RICO and otherwise) to come. While we know that BofA’s Reps & Warrantees reserve is woefully underfunded (with everyone and their grandmother now seeking to putback RMBS to BofA, anything less than ‘infinity’ is underfunded), we hope Bank of America has set up a sufficiently large legal expenses reserve. It will need it.

1. ‘Just Sign The Documents

Video deposition of alleged robosigner Crystal Moore of Nationwide Title Clearing. Deposition taken by attorney Christopher Forrest of The Forrest Law Firm in Pinellas County, Florida, Nov. 4, 2010

2. A Vice President At More Than 20 Companies

Part 2: Video deposition of alleged robosigner Bryan Bly taken by attorney Christopher Forrest in Pinellas County, FL on Nov. 4, 2010.

3. “Just Look For My Name, And Then Sign”

“Do you have any understanding as to what that term means, ‘for good and valuable consideration’?”
“I don’t usually read the docs when I sign.”
“So it’s not part of your job to review the document. Your job is just to sign it.”
“Just look for my name, and then sign.”

4. No Experience Necessary

“What did you study [in the one year of college]?”
“Nothin’. It was just the basic.”
“General courses?”
“Yeah.”
“Do you have any other additional training or education in banking or finance?”
“No.”
“Real estate?”
“No.”
“Law?”
“No.”

 

 

5. Signing 5,000 Documents Per Day At Less Than A Minute Each

“Can you tell me on any given day how many assignments or other documents you sign?”
“Are you looking for a ballpark average?”
“Ballpark. I certainly don’t expect you to remember exactly.”
“I’d say 5,000.”
“Would that be an average day for you?”
“That would be average.”
“Would it be fair to say that during your tenure at NTC you’ve probably signed an excess of 50 or 60 thousand documents?”
“Yes.”
“Could be higher than that?”
“Yes.”
“With signing so many on any given day, can you estimate for me the amount of time you spend on any given document?”
“Less than a minute.”
“When you’re presented with a document to sign or notarize, do you take any steps to verify any of the information contained in the document?”
“Not in the body.”
“When you say ‘not in the body’ are there any other steps that you take?”
“I’m just looking to make sure it’s been fully signed.”
“Would it be accurate to say that you are presented with a stack of documents to sign, and your practice is to look at the document, see if it’s been signed, affix your signature to it and then move on to the next document?”
“Correct.”

 

 

6. A Disturbing Lack Of Experience

“When you say ‘financial’ are you referring to matters relating to banking?”
“No. We don’t do mortgages in my country. … I don’t have any idea about mortgages when I started here.”

 

 

7. A Strange Definition Of A Mortgage

“Did you take any steps to verify any of the information contained in this assignment before you signed it?”
“No.”
“Do you ever take any steps to verify any of the information in the documents you sign at NTC?”
“No.”

[...]

“What is your understanding of what exactly is a mortgage?”
“When somebody goes to buy a house, they take a loan. And then the mortgage is their paying the banks bank.”
“Can you tell me what your understanding is of the term ‘promissory note’?”
“That’s just the note. Like it says the interest rate and stuff like that on it.”

 

 

8. Management May Have Electronically Signed Documents For One Employee

“Do you play any role in the creation of the documents to which your signature is electronically affixed?”
“No role.”
“Do you have any idea what documents or how many documents your signature has been electronically affixed to?”
“No.”
“Do you ever review those electronic documents after your signature has been affixed?”
“No.”
“So would it be accurate to say that entire process takes place outside of your presence and knowledge?”
“That would be fair.”

[...]

“You play no role in the determination as to whether or not you should be signing the document physically, or whether your electronic signature should be inserted?”
“No.”
“Who makes that decision?”
“That would be someone in management.”
“So someone else in management is making a decision as to whether or not to use your signature to affix it electronically to a document?”
“Yes.”
“And you have no role in that process?”
“Correct.”

 

 

9. Signing More Than 50,000 Documents

“Have you signed assignments or other documents as vice president of any other companies?”
“Yes.”
“What companies have you signed as vice president?”
“I don’t know.”
“You can’t recall any?”
“Mm-mm [No].”
“Can you estimate for me the number of different companies that you’ve signed assignments as vice president?”
“I don’t know.”
“Can you estimate for me how many assignments or other documents in total during your tenure at NTC you signed as an officer or a vice president of a company?”
“I don’t know.”
“Is it more than 10?”
“Yes.”
“More than 500?”
“Yes.”
“More than 5,000?”
“Yes.”
“More than 20,000?”
“Yes.”
“More than 50,000?”
“And out of those 50,000, the only company that you can recall signing as a vice president or an officer is City Residential Lending?”
“Yes.

 

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November 15, 2010 Posted by | Banking, Foreclosure, Investments, Lending, Real Estate, Stats | Leave a comment

Bernanke tells Jacksonville University students QE is not inflationary

2010-11-11 Forbes.com

The Federal Reserve’s quantitative easing programs, QE for short, is not inflationary, said Chairman Bernanke to Jacksonville University students on November 5th, 2 days after Bernanke and company launched QE II.  These asset purchase programs, he said, are not inflating the money supply.

Not so says THE CONTRARIAN TAKE to those same students.  Says THE CONTRARIAN TAKE to Chairman Bernanke, it may be time for Money Mechanics 101, for it appears you do not understand the money creation process.  If you did we don’t think you would have said this:

What the purchases do… is… if you think of the Fed’s balance sheet, when we buy securities, on the asset side of the balance sheet, we get the Treasury securities, or in the previous episode, mortgage-backed securities. On the liability side of the balance sheet, to balance that, we create reserves in the banking system. Now, what these reserves are is essentially deposits that commercial banks hold with the Fed, so sometimes you hear the Fed is printing money, that’s not really happening, the amount of cash in circulation is not changing. What’s happening is that banks are holding more and more reserves with the Fed…

HAHAHAHA…. ok.

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November 12, 2010 Posted by | Banking, Foreclosure, Investments, Lending, Real Estate | Leave a comment

Global Fed bashing casts shadow over G-20

2010-11-09  CnnMoney.com

Growing criticism of U.S. Federal Reserve policy is fueling global tensions as leaders of the world’s largest economies prepare to meet in South Korea Wednesday.

Last week the Fed announced it would pump another $600 billion into the U.S. economy through the purchase of long-term Treasuries, a move known as quantitative easing, or “QE2,” since it is the second round of such purchases.

The move sparked fears that it could reignite inflation pressures, cause a new global asset bubble or spark a so-called “currency war” in which nations devalue their own currencies to keep their own exports competitive.

President Obama will hear those complaints later this week when he arrives at the G-20 meeting in South Korea, a summit of heads of state of the world’s leading economies.

The harshest criticism came Friday from German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble, who told reporters at a conference that, “With all due respect, U.S. policy is clueless.”

“It’s not that the Americans haven’t pumped enough liquidity into the market,” he said. “Now to say let’s pump more into the market is not going to solve their problems.”

Original Article Here

November 9, 2010 Posted by | Banking, Foreclosure, Investments, Lending, Real Estate, Stats | Leave a comment

Goldman: Real Cost Of Fed “Easing” Will Exceed $2 Trillion — Gold Hits Record High

2010-11-05 Infowars.com

Goldman Sachs anticipates that the real cost of the second round of quantitative easing will be in excess of $2 trillion and will continue well into 2012, while other prominent economists have denounced the Fed’s actions.

The Fed announced yesterday that it would purchase $600 billion in Treasury securities in a statement that left open the possibility of the real cost rising much higher.

“The Committee will regularly review the pace of its securities purchases and the overall size of the asset-purchase program in light of incoming information and will adjust the program as needed to best foster maximum employment and price stability.” the statement read.

As pointed out by Tyler Durden at the Zero Hedge blog, Goldman Sachs has predicted that the real cost of the Fed’s plan will sky rocket.

“We believe that the program will grow significantly beyond the initial $600 billion” remarks Goldman’s Jan Hatzius.

Original Article Here

 

November 5, 2010 Posted by | Banking, Foreclosure, Investments, Lending, Stats | Leave a comment

Bank Holiday Rumors Swirl Amidst Currency Crisis

2010-11-05 Infowars.com

With the world on the verge of a currency war as the Federal Reserve follows through on its dollar-killing quantitative easing program, rumors are once again swirling of a “bank holiday,” during which US citizens will be prevented from withdrawing money or at least limited in the amount of the withdrawal they can make.

The bank holiday is rumored to be set for next week, with Thursday November 11 pinpointed as the likeliest date.

According to radio host Steve Quayle, a pastor was told by one of the managers of a prominent east coast bank that banks would close for an undetermined amount of time, and that when they reopened, “all withdrawals

Original Article

 

November 5, 2010 Posted by | Banking, Foreclosure, Investments, Lending, Stats | Leave a comment

Is the FED going to lead us to rabid inflation?

Financial upheaval has been matched by political upheaval, and we can only hope that Congressman Ron Paul and his son, Senator in waiting Rand Paul, can build momentum to finally cut out the cancer that is destroying America – by ending the Fed for good.

November 5, 2010 Posted by | Banking, Foreclosure, Investments, Lending, Real Estate, Stats | Leave a comment

Foreclosure timeline exceeding 500 days in some states

2010-11-04  Truthaboutmortgage.com

Foreclosure timelines continue to increase, thanks in part of the recent robosigning allegations and related moratoria, according to the September Mortgage Monitor report released byLender Processing Services.

The average number of days mortgages are delinquent in five judicial states (New York, Florida, New Jersey, Hawaii and Maine) now exceeds 500 days.

Judicial foreclosures generally take longer to process because they are handled through the courts, and we all know how that goes…

Full Article Here:

November 4, 2010 Posted by | Banking, Foreclosure, Investments, Lending, Stats | Leave a comment

Countrywide purchase keeps costing Bank of America

2010-11-04  Charlotteobserver.com

For Bank of America, Countrywide Financial is turning into a fixer-upper home that keeps needing one more budget-busting repair.

In January 2008, then-chief executive Ken Lewis called the Charlotte bank’s $4billion deal to buy the troubled lender a “compelling value.” But nearly three years later, the mortgage unit created by the acquisition is a major headache for Lewis’ successor, Brian Moynihan, and the bank’s shareholders.

Read more: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2010/11/04/1810176/countrywide-purchase-keeps-costing.html#ixzz14M186V9Z

November 4, 2010 Posted by | Banking, Foreclosure, Lending, Real Estate, Stats | Leave a comment

BofA’s Moynihan `Surprised’ by New York Fed Loan Putback Demand

2010-11-03  -Bloomberg.com

“Bank of America Corp. Chief Executive Officer Brian T. Moynihan said he was surprised when the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and investors sent a letter pushing the firm to repurchase soured mortgages pooled into securities.”

 

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November 4, 2010 Posted by | Banking, Foreclosure, Lending, Stats | Leave a comment

Lawsuit Alleges that MERS Owes California a Potential $60-120 Billion in Unpaid Land-Recording Fees

2010-10-25 Zerohedge.com

“MERS is facing class-action lawsuits and civil racketeering suits around the country and their members are being individually named in all these suits. One suit alleges that MERS owes California a potential $60 billion to $120 billion in unpaid land-recording fees.” 

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October 25, 2010 Posted by | Banking, Foreclosure, Investments, Lending, Real Estate, Stats | Leave a comment

Banks Sold the Same Mortgage Over and Over to Investors

Banks Sold the Same Mortgage Over and Over to Investors
2010-10-19 — firedoglake.com

“This is basically the mortgage bond scandal that Felix Salmon, Shahien Nasiripour and others have been writing about. The banks would knowingly put garbage into the mortgage pools and trot it out to the investors while misrepresenting the product. Now, we’re learning, there was a whole new angle – some of the loans showed up in multiple pools.”

 

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October 21, 2010 Posted by | Banking, Investments, Lending | Leave a comment

strategic default driven by future home prices, default costs

strategic default driven by future home prices, default costs
2010-10-20 — thetruthaboutmortgage.com

“Borrowers thinking about walking away from their homes voluntarily don’t necessarily give up because the mortgage balance exceeds the value of their homes, according to an Economic Letter titled “Underwater Mortgages,” from the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.”

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October 21, 2010 Posted by | Lending, Stats | Leave a comment

PIMCO, Blackrock, NY Fed Seek to Force BofA to Repurchase $47 Billion in Soured Mortgages; Viral Nonsense on “Show Me the Note” and “ForeclosureGate”

PIMCO, Blackrock, NY Fed Seek to Force BofA to Repurchase $47 Billion in Soured Mortgages; Viral Nonsense on “Show Me the Note” and “ForeclosureGate”
2010-10-20 — blogspot.com

“At long last, the real issue regarding soured mortgages has stepped up to the plate. The misguided focus on “ForclosureGate” is but a sideshow compared to Pimco, NY Fed Said to Seek BofA Mortgage Repurchases”

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October 21, 2010 Posted by | Banking, Foreclosure, Lending, Stats | Leave a comment

More Evidence That Eurobank Stress Tests Are a Garbage-In, Garbage-Out Exercise

More Evidence That Eurobank Stress Tests Are a Garbage-In, Garbage-Out Exercise
2010-07-03 — nakedcapitalism.com

“The stress tests conducted on 19 large American banks by the US Treasury in 2009 were an amazingly effective exercise in salesmanship and sleight of hand. Banking industry experts, including Bill Black, Chris Whalen, and Josh Rosner, dismissed the process as mere theatrics: too little staffing and not enough “stress” in the economic forecasts and loss assumptions (particularly on second mortgage). My pet peeve was that the banks ran the tests on their trading books using their own risk models, the very ones that had performed so well in preparing them for them in the runup to the crisis.”

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July 13, 2010 Posted by | Banking, Foreclosure, Investments, Lending, Real Estate, Stats | Leave a comment

Peter Schiff – June 30 2010 – Austerity or Stimulus – Watch Out For Run Away Inflation

July 13, 2010 Posted by | Banking, Foreclosure, Investments, Lending, Real Estate, Stats | Leave a comment

On The New York Fed’s Editorial Influence Over The WSJ

On The New York Fed’s Editorial Influence Over The WSJ
2010-07-05 — zerohedge.com

“Yet going through some of the recently made public e-mails produced on behalf of Stephen Friedman, we had a few questions as to the full independence of the WSJ when it comes to “editorial” suggestions from the Federal Reserve Board Of New York. As the below email from Fed EVP of the Communications Group, ala media liaison, Calvin Mitchell to the WSJ’s Kate Kelly demonstrates, and as the final product confirms, the Fed was quite instrumental in what quotes, tangents, implications, and story lines the WSJ was allowed and not allowed to use and pursue in framing the problem of not only Friedman’s conflict of interest, but that of the FRBNY board of directors itself.”

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July 13, 2010 Posted by | Banking, Lending, Real Estate, Stats | Leave a comment

Who Would Finance Mortgages If Fannie, Freddie Disbanded?

Who Would Finance Mortgages If Fannie, Freddie Disbanded?
2010-07-02 — cnbc.com

“Earlier this year, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner laid out a general outline for how the Obama Administration would reform Freddie and Fannie, including insuring that shareholders don’t reap gains while the public pays for the losses.”

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July 13, 2010 Posted by | Banking, Foreclosure, Investments, Lending | Leave a comment

Fed Made Taxpayers Junk-Bond Buyers Without Congress Knowing

Fed Made Taxpayers Junk-Bond Buyers Without Congress Knowing
2010-07-01 — bloomberg.com

“By using its balance sheet to protect an investment bank against failure, the Fed took on the most credit risk in its 96- year history and increased the chance that Americans would be on the hook for billions of dollars as the central bank began insuring Wall Street firms against collapse. The Fed’s secrecy spurred legislation that will require government audits of the Fed bailouts and force the central bank to reveal recipients of emergency credit.”

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July 13, 2010 Posted by | Banking, Foreclosure, Investments, Lending, Real Estate, Stats | Leave a comment

Bloodbath tomorrow in the stock market?

2010-05-20 Zerohedge.com

Bloodbath tomorrow in the stock market?

http://www.zerohedge.com/article/bloodbath

The correction, soon to be crash, is here: the market had a bigger relative open to close move today than it did on May 6. We closed at the day’s lows on massive volume, despite definitive central bank intervention, regardless whether it was the SNB, the ECB, or the Fed. The central planners have lost control of the market, and all thanks to the inevitable collapse of hyper capitalist Keynesianism coming out of the formerly most communist country in the world. A day of ironies. And it’s not over. Futures are already down another 4 handles. The correction is coming, and it will be a bloodbath. The Fed can not push rates lower. It will print. It is inevitable. It is our destiny.

Update: Futures now 7 handles lower. 46 point move in ES: that is almost a 5% move in the S&P for now.

May 20, 2010 Posted by | Banking, Foreclosure, Investments, Lending, Real Estate, Stats | Leave a comment

Record 40 Million, 1 in 8 on Food Stamps

2010-05-14 Mish’s Global Economic Blog

Record 40 Million, 1 in 8 on Food Stamps
from Mish’s Global Economic Trend Analysis by noreply@blogger.com (Michael Shedlock)

Hello recovery, where art thou? Month after month, the number of food stamp recipients hits news records.

Please consider Food-stamp tally nears 40 million, sets record.

Nearly 40 million Americans received food stamps — the latest in an ever-higher string of record enrollment that dates from December 2008 and the U.S. recession, according to a government update.

Enrollment has set a record each month since reaching 31.78 million in December 2008. USDA estimates enrollment will average 40.5 million people this fiscal year, which ends Sept 30, at a cost of up to $59 billion. For fiscal 2011, average enrollment is forecast for 43.3 million people.

Snap, Crackle, Pop

It’s no longer supposed to be called “food stamp” program but rather SNAP, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

No matter what you call it, another 260,000 are on it than last month. However, data is way lagging. A quick check of my calendar says it’s May. The SNAP data reported Friday, May 7 is from February.

Excuse me for asking, but how hard is it to count the number of people in a program getting free benefits? Is it really so difficult that it takes months to count?

Here is an interesting tidbit from the article, “Research suggests that one in three eligible people are not receiving benefits.”

My quick math suggests approximately 53 million people could be receiving SNAPs but only 40 million are.

Note: 53 million was arrived at by taking 1/3 of 40 million and adding it 40 million. Another possible intrepretation, perhaps more likely, is 40 million is 2/3 of 60 million.

May 14, 2010 Posted by | Banking, Investments, Lending, Real Estate | Leave a comment

The Fed “Owns Credit-Default Swaps … On Debt Owed by California and Nevada. So the Fed Would Profit If One of Those States Defaulted on its Debt.”

2010-05-13  Washingtonblog.com

What about this one folks…….. “The Fed also owns credit-default swaps — basically, insurance policies that pay off if a borrower defaults on a loan. It holds swaps on the debt of Florida schools, and on debt owed by California and Nevada. So the Fed would profit if one of those states defaulted on its debt.”

Full Article and Comments Here

May 13, 2010 Posted by | Banking, Foreclosure, Investments, Lending, Real Estate, Stats | Leave a comment

Ron Paul: Euro Bailout Will Lead To Currency Collapse

2010-05-10 PrisonPlanet.com

As Europe is bailed out to the tune of nearly $1 trillion dollars, Congressman Ron Paul warns that the constant monetization of debt, allied with taxpayer-funded bailouts, will inevitably lead to runaway inflation and the collapse of paper currencies.

Under the terms of the Federal Reserve’s credit swap deal with the EU – in addition to an additional IMF bailout of which U.S. taxpayers will be picking up 20 per cent ($57 billion dollars) of the tab, Paul pointed out that not just taxpayers but “anybody that buys anything” will be funding the European bailout because of the attendant inflationary consequences.

“The prices are going up already, producer prices are going up, the cost of living will go up so everyone in American will suffer and eventually the whole world will suffer because we cannot carry the whole world with our dollar,” Paul told Fox Business, adding that eventually people will lose confidence in the dollar.

The Congressman agreed with the host that the bailouts would lead to the crash of paper currencies, noting that last week’s stock market turmoil was accompanied by gold acting as a currency rather than just reacting to the value of the dollar.

Full Article Here

May 10, 2010 Posted by | Banking, Foreclosure, Investments, Lending, Real Estate, Stats | Leave a comment

New Steps by China to Contain Real Estate Prices

2010-04-29 nytimes.com

BEIJING — China is expected to impose a moratorium on share issues by real estate companies in mainland markets as part of a broader campaign to rein in rising property prices, state media said Wednesday, potentially blocking $16.1 billion in capital-raising.

The move could delay plans by 45 Chinese companies to raise about 110 billion renminbi, China Daily said, citing unidentified people close to the China Securities Regulatory Commission.

A commission official told Reuters a formal suspension was not in place but confirmed that before approving any share issues in mainland markets, the regulator and the Land Resources Ministry were examining whether property companies had illegally manipulated land prices. The official asked not to be identified because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

Full Article Here

April 29, 2010 Posted by | Banking, Lending, Real Estate | Leave a comment

The Economic Policy Error Behind the Stock Market Rally and the Next Phase of the Financial Crisis

2010-04-29  Jesse Cafe’ Blog

The strategy of the Bernanke Federal Reserve and of the Obama Administration’s economic team is fairly clear: prevent the bank failures of the 1930’s by propping up the biggest banks with huge infusions of publicly subsidized capital, and hope that they start lending again as the economy recovers. It is a variation of the ‘trickle down’ theory of economics adjusted by the perceived Fed policy errors of the first Great Depression, with little from the New Deal programs.

Bernanke is famously a student of the first Great Depression, even as General Joffre, the architect of the Ligne Maginot, was a student of the first World War. And Larry Summers is remarkably similar to Marshal Pétain. Tim, on the other hand, seems to be a student of very little, not even apparently of the tax code which he administers, except perhaps the art of being a manservant, a valet to the powerful.

Failure number one of course is that the banks that they chose to support are not responsible commercial banks engaged primarily in lending to small business and localized activity. Those banks are the local and regional banks that are failing in record numbers. The banks they chose to save are those who have heavily contributed to the campaign coffers and job prospects of Washington politicians. Goldman Sachs, for example, is a glorified hedge fund dedicated to speculation and enormous amounts of leverage. One only has to look at the source of their profits to understand what it is that they do with their capital and energy. And it is largely from ‘trading.’

Full Article Here

April 29, 2010 Posted by | Foreclosure, Investments, Lending, Real Estate, Stats | Leave a comment

Auroroa was pumping out up to 300 billion dollars a month in liars’ loans.

2010-04-21 – Ritzhold.com

” We have known for decades that these are frauds. We have known for a decade how to stop them. All of the major regulatory agencies were complicit in that statement, in destroying it. We have a self-fulfilling policy of regulatory failure because of the leadership in this era.

We have the Fed, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, finding that this is three card monty. Well what would you do, as a regulator, if you knew that one of the largest enterprises in the world, when the nation is on the brink of economic collapse, is engaged in fraud, three card monty? Would you continue business as usual?

That’s what was done. Oh they met a lot — they say “we only had a nuclear stick.” Sounds like a pretty good stick to use, if you’re on the brink of collapse of the system. But that’s not what the Fed has to do. The Fed is a central bank. Central banks for centuries have gotten rid of the heads of financial institutions. The Bank of England does it with a luncheon. The board of directors are invited. They don’t say “no.” They are sat down.

……………..

Instead, every day that Lehman remained under its leadership, the exposure of the American people to loss grew by hundreds of millions of dollars on average. Auroroa was pumping out up to 300 billion dollars a month in liars’ loans. Losses on those are running roughly 50% to 85 cents on the dollar. It is critical not to do business as usual, to change.”

Full Transcript Here

April 21, 2010 Posted by | Banking, Foreclosure, Investments, Lending, Real Estate, Stats | Leave a comment

Rolling Stone Magazine article “Looting Main St.”

Wow. What a crazy read.

“….There was so much money to be made bilking these dizzy Southerners that banks like JP Morgan spent millions paying middlemen who bribed — yes, that’s right, bribed, criminally bribed — the county commissioners and their buddies just to keep their business. Hell, the money was so good, JP Morgan at one point even paid Goldman Sachs $3 million just to back the fuck off, so they could have the rubes of Jefferson County to fleece all for themselves…..”

Full Article Here

April 14, 2010 Posted by | Banking, Foreclosure, Investments, Lending, Real Estate, Stats | Leave a comment

Loans slump may point to house price fall

2010-04-12- smh.com

Our Country is currently doing 50,287 loans a month per article above.  These include all types of home loans, purchases, refinances, construction loans, HELOC’s, etc.  This does not mean 50,287 homes have been sold or taken off of the market.

Our same Country is losing 290,631 homes a month to foreclosure.  These numbers do not include the hidden inventory nor does it include all the mortgages that will adjust in 2010, 2011, 2012 causing the foreclosure number to go up and removing even more potential buyers.  I always go back to the fact we were at an all time high of homeownership in our country’s history before the bust.  Where do we plan to find more buyers?  We have lost close to 5 million buyers because they lost their homes to foreclosure.  Minimum lending requirements require you to be 3 years removed from a foreclosure discharge date before they will be able to buy again.

A LOT OF INVENTORY WITH VERY FEW BUYERS!

SUPPLY AND DEMAND.  IT’S A VERY SIMPLE NUMBERS GAME.

HOME PRICES WILL CONTINUE TO FALL WAY BELOW WHERE THEY CURRENTLY ARE FOR THE SIMPLE FACT THERE ARE NO BUYERS TO REMOVE THE SUPPLY.

Full Article Here

April 13, 2010 Posted by | Banking, Foreclosure, Investments, Lending, Real Estate, Stats | Leave a comment

New Observations Quarterly Forecast of Property Values Estimates a Loss This Year of 13 Percent

2010-04-09  – newobservations.net

” The average of four major nationwide indexes measuring prices also continues to suggest we hover right around a middle point of the total loss expected. Our current loss by the average of four indexes from the peak in 2006/2007 is 20 percent. The total loss forecast by the blend of indexes is 33 percent.”

Full Analysis Here

April 12, 2010 Posted by | Banking, Investments, Lending | Leave a comment

IVE BEEN HIDING FOR Q1 – 2010 It seems…. (but now I’m back)

I apologize to everyone about the lack of updates. Work has been…. well…. work. It seems transactions take 3 – 4x as long and nearly 9 of 10 are either Short Sales or Bank Owned real estate.  It seems that the banks are controlling the market, the interest rates and now, most of the real estate for sale.  We have tax credits expiring, we have the FED’s backing out of buying Mortgage Backed Securities, we have hundreds of billions $$$ in loans left to adjust and we have an ENORMOUS pool of Commercial Rela Estate scheduled for default in the next 4 years. Things are about to get really interesting, so I’ll get back on my horse and keep you all up-to-date.

Happy Navigating, Jason Pickle

April 12, 2010 Posted by | Banking, Foreclosure, Investments, Lending, Real Estate, Stats | Leave a comment

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

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

Case-Shiller Still Predicts Massive 45% Fall From Today’s Values

2009-11-24 MLImplode.com

The 10 major cities in the Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller home price index have risen 5% from their April low, but the index is still predicting a massive 45% fall from today’s values.

The index is still showing a current loss of 30% from the high in June 2006. Based upon a trend generated from the actual prices of 1987 to 1997, and generated forward in a linear projection, the index will fall a total of 62% before it reaches the trend norm.

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November 25, 2009 Posted by | Foreclosure, Lending, Real Estate, Stats | Leave a comment

The New Flipping: Short Sales

2009-11-16heraldtribune.com

“The FBI recently added short sale flipping, dubbed “flopping” by some mortgage fraud experts, to its list of recognized real estate fraud.”

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November 20, 2009 Posted by | Banking, Foreclosure, Investments, Lending, Real Estate | Leave a comment

Investors strategize for Fed’s exit from MBS market

2009-11-16reuters.com

“Investors who reaped robust gains in U.S. mortgage-backed securities by piggy-backing on the Federal Reserve’s $1.25 trillion buying program are bracing for the end to the central bank’s support — and positioning themselves for a new round of profits as prices cheapen.”

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November 20, 2009 Posted by | Banking, Foreclosure, Investments, Lending, Real Estate, Stats | Leave a comment

New CMBS Tax Rules Miss Underwater Factor, BofA Says

  2009-09-22   Housingwire.com

The market for commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS) experienced a rally last week following the issuance of new guidelines regarding acceptable loan modifications within real estate mortgage investment conduits (REMICs).

The total reach of the new rules may not go so deep, however, as to help some underwater borrowers, according to one research firm.

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September 23, 2009 Posted by | Banking, Foreclosure, Investments, Lending | Leave a comment

$30 billion home loan time bomb set for 2010

2009-09-21  sfgate.com

“Next year, many option ARM payments will begin to readjust, slamming borrowers with dramatically higher monthly mortgage bills. Analysts say that could unleash the next big wave of foreclosures – and home-loan data show that the risky loans were heavily used in the Bay Area.”

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September 23, 2009 Posted by | Banking, Foreclosure, Lending, Stats | Leave a comment

Is Pent-Up Inflation From Fed Printing Waiting On Deck?

2009-09-21blogspot.com

” Inquiring minds are wondering about the possibility of “pent-up” inflation from the massive expansion money supply by the Fed. Our search for the truth starts with the question “Which Comes First: The Printing or The Lending?” This is a critical question given the massive expansion of base money by the Fed as shown in the following chart.”
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September 23, 2009 Posted by | Banking, Foreclosure, Lending | Leave a comment

Housing prices sink as underwater number rises

2009-08-11blownmortgage.com

“Two reports out say if you’re thinking of buying, wait. The prices are going to continue to drop. The reason they offer are the same: Continuing increases in the number of homes worth less than their current mortgages.”

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September 23, 2009 Posted by | Banking, Foreclosure, Investments, Lending, Real Estate, Stats | Leave a comment

Deflationary Debt Destruction Must Run Its Course

2009-08-11minyanville.com

“My vacation back to the US surprised and confounded many of my old friends: they know I moved back to park my wealth in dollars. Incredulously they asked how I could possibly not believe the US government, along with their crony partner the Federal Reserve, will not devalue the dollar to “settle” our debt with foreign lenders. A normal default (since we all know there is no way to possibly pay this debt back, nor is their enough capital in the world to buy our newly needed “financings”) isn’t palatable, they say, so the only direction for the dollar is down. I agree, but only in the long run. “

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September 23, 2009 Posted by | Banking, Foreclosure, Investments, Lending, Real Estate, Stats | Leave a comment

Entering the Greatest Depression in History

2009-08-10lewrockwell.com 

” While there is much talk of a recovery on the horizon, commentators are forgetting some crucial aspects of the financial crisis. The crisis is not simply composed of one bubble, the housing real estate bubble, which has already burst. The crisis has many bubbles, all of which dwarf the housing bubble burst of 2008. Indicators show that the next possible burst is the commercial real estate bubble. However, the main event on the horizon is the “bailout bubble” and the general world debt bubble, which will plunge the world into a Great Depression the likes of which have never before been seen.”
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September 23, 2009 Posted by | Banking, Foreclosure, Investments, Lending, Real Estate, Stats | Leave a comment

How To Avoid Foreclosure By Declaring Bankruptcty

2009-08-10blownmortgage.com

” Over 3 million people are 60 days behind in their mortgage payments with little hope of finding a quick solution. This has caused many borrowers look for somewhat imaginative measures to save their home, one of these has been declaring bankruptcy to avoid a mortgage foreclosure. Does this work? Is it legal?”

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September 23, 2009 Posted by | Foreclosure, Lending, Real Estate | Leave a comment

Quelle Surprise! The Fed is Reporting Losses on Its Bear Stearns and AIG SPVs

2009-07-20  NakedCapitalism.com

“Readers may recall that during the heat of bailout battle, the Federal Reserve got into the fancy finance business, relying on the sort of deal structuring sometimes used to try to turn toxic odd pork scraps into barely-digestible sausage, the procedure used for pigs so dead that merely putting lipstick on them just won’t do.

The items in question are Maiden Lane, the vehicle used to backstop JP Morgan’s purchase Bear Stearns, and two sons of Maiden Lane created for dodgy AIG exposures. The bank was permitted to move some particularly fragrant collateral from Bear over to the Fed for a loan of $30 billion. The arrangement got reworked on the fly, and in the end, the Fed loan was reduced to roughly $29 billion as JP Morgan agreed to assume $1.15 billion of risk. The assets were placed in a holding company to be managed by BlackRock.”

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July 21, 2009 Posted by | Banking, Foreclosure, Investments, Lending, Real Estate, Stats | Leave a comment

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