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February 03, 2010
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Mortgage Rates Still Not Allowed to Return to Normal
May 11, 2009
Despite Herculean efforts the Federal Reserve is losing its battle to keep mortgage rates at all-time lows. As fear that we're headed for imminent collapse slowly wanes investors' appetite for risk is... Read More
May 05, 2009
As more and more traders and investors view the recent rally through the eyes of technicals we are closing in on the completion of the bear trap. Human beings are inductive: they see things and their... Read More
Answers: Is Twitter Worth 700 Million Dollars?
May 05, 2009
The S&P is back at the flat-line. Wouldn’t it have been easier if we took the first four months of the year off and started today? Why did I think of that this morning after my spin class when I was... Read More
Value Dilution Shows No Sign of Stopping
April 30, 2009
Let me first take a moment to thank Todd and those at Minyanville for all their efforts and their dedication to a greater cause than most can imagine. I'm flattered to have been offered the opportunity... Read More
Two Ways: Your Move, Bernanke
April 29, 2009
FOMC Day The Federal Open Market Committee concludes its 2-day meeting today with the release of a statement at 2:15. With interest rates effectively at zero most aren’t expecting any news vis a vis... Read More
1. Something You Actually DON’T Need to Know… Bank Stress TestsIt may be a touch unorthodox to lead off Five Things You Need to Know with One Thing You Don’t Need to Know but remember: I'm not like the... Read More
Two Ways: Stress Test Parameters Come to Light
April 24, 2009
Stress test details were released today which helped pave the way for a rally. According to Reuters the 19 largest US banks will have to hold substantial amounts of capital above regulatory... Read More
Stability Trend Only a Fair-Weather Friend
April 20, 2009
Thoughts on the Continuing Crisis The consumer is shell-shocked. The 401(k)s are now 201(k)s. People are trying to figure out how to go forward. In this article I'll go back and look at how we got here... Read More
Two Ways: Where's All the Lending?
April 20, 2009
Where’s the Lending? Despite all the efforts by the Federal Reserve and the Treasury Department lending at the largest US financial institutions has dropped dramatically. According to the Wall Street... Read More
Two Ways: Yellen About the Recession
April 17, 2009
Janet Yellen president of the San Francisco Fed says the US economy isn't out of the woods yet. In a report by Reuters Yellen -- a voting member of the Federal Open Market Committee in 2009 -- said the... Read More
Two Ways: Unkindest Cut for Credit Cards
April 07, 2009
Consumer borrowing fell last month; fewer Americans used their credit cards to make purchases. The New York Times reports consumer credit decreased at an annual rate of $7.48 billion in February or... Read More
A Real Stress Test for Regional Banks
March 27, 2009
Yesterday on the Buzz Professor Udall asked about regional banks and the impact a change in mark-to-market accounting would have on net-interest margins. As the FDIC's Quarterly Banking Profile reveals... Read More
Randoms: Waffles on the Beltway!
March 25, 2009
Tim Geithner is saying he sees no change in the dollar as the world's reserve currency? With all due respect Mr. Treasury Secretary what makes you so sure it's your decision? I will continue to point... Read More
Too Big to Fail: Let?s Make it Law
March 24, 2009
Bankruptcy is just such a pain in the ass. Who needs it?In an attempt to institutionalize the concept that certain “systemically important” firms are too big to fail Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner... Read More
Two Ways: Geithner's Master Plan
March 23, 2009
All Eyes on Geithner The Obama administration is set to announce details of a plan to expand the $700 billion financial rescue package. According to Bloomberg Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner will... Read More
Fed Fumble: Lots of Cash, No One to Spend It
March 20, 2009
With the Federal Reserve seemingly hell-bent on inflating its way out of this recession -- pumping an additional $1 trillion into the market -- the specter of hyperinflation necessarily looms large.But... Read More
Five Things: Fed Fires Final Bullet; Market Shrugs
March 19, 2009
1. Fed Fires Final Bullet; Market ShrugsThe word came down like a sermon delivered at dawn from high up on a hotel balcony. Which is the kind of thing that when you hear it depending on your state of... Read More
Speculative Real Estate: Odds in Whose Favor?
March 19, 2009
With yesterday's announcement that the Federal Reserve will be buying Treasuries and MBS I can hear those real-estate agents already: "Now is the time to buy that vacation home you've always wanted.... Read More
Two Ways: What Will the Fed Do Next?
March 18, 2009
Fed Day The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) will release a statement on the federal funds rate later this afternoon. But with the target rate -- for all intents and purposes -- already at zero... Read More
Equity markets had their biggest rally this year after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke outlined steps to fix the banking industry in a morning address. His remarks delivered to the Council on... Read More
Randoms: Bottoms Up?
March 10, 2009
Editor's Note: The following was posted in real time on our premium Buzz & Banter (click for a free trial). It's being shared here for the benefit of the Minyanville community. See also The Big Bang... Read More
Big Ben Chimes on Wall Street
March 10, 2009
Step inside walk this way you and me Ben hey hey!I return to my turret to find Big Ben on the little screen and his words all over my eight other screens. As I scrolled through his vibe a few headlines... Read More
US to G20: Spend, Spend, Spend
March 10, 2009
4 months ago as financial markets spun out of control the world’s brightest economic minds engineered a coordinate global cut in interest rates. Their aim: Save the financial system from imminent... Read More
Five Things: Fed Reports Housing "In the Doldrums"
March 04, 2009
1. Fed Reports Housing "In the Doldrums"In a worrying sign that the economy may be further deteriorating or perhaps an optimistic glimmer of hope we can't really be sure the Federal Reserve reported... Read More
Two Ways: AIG on Borrowed Money, Time
March 02, 2009
AIG Gets Bigger AllowanceThe top story this morning: AIG (AIG) is getting another $30 billion from the US government on top of the $150 billion the company received last year. In a joint statement the... Read More
Op-Ed: Bernanke Tells Banks, "I've Got Your Back"
February 26, 2009
Editor's Note: As an emerging-markets banking analyst James Kostohryz has firsthand experience of banking collapses and their subsequent resolutions in Mexico Argentina and Southeast Asia. Since... Read More
Randoms: American Grandstand on the Beltway
February 25, 2009
Editor's Note: The following was posted in real time on our premium Buzz & Banter (click for a free trial). It's being shared here for the benefit of the Minyanville community. See also The Reverse... Read More
Stanford Takes Page from Ponzi Playbook
February 18, 2009
It turns about Bernie Madoff wasn’t the only one cooking the books: Texas banking icon R. Allen Stanford is the latest to be charged with a massive multi-billion dollar fraud. In a story conveniently... Read More
Bank Rescue? What Bank Rescue?
February 09, 2009
In a move reminiscent of John McCain’s suspension of his campaign to return to Washington for the vote on the first bailout Barack Obama is putting the latest iteration of a bank-rescue package on hold... Read More
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