17
Aug

The Banking Crisis is Far From Over

“Failed banks are weighing on FDIC” is the headline in tomorrow’s Wall Street Journal. Banks are being taken over at an alarming rate thus far in 2009. Banks aren’t lending so it is difficult for them to make a profit while at the same time they are trying to resolve their past lending decisions. Individuals are finding it difficult to secure loans with the more stringent FICO requirements. Increasing unemployment is making it difficult for many more to maintain their home ownership. As people who are now or soon to owe more than their house is worth decide to bail on home ownership, the bank will be left holding an unwanted, depreciating asset. This is occurring all at a time when banks may be forced to mark to market their assets, showing their real estate holdings value based on today’s depressed prices thus revealing balance sheets that are becoming ever more weaker.

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18
Sep

The Fed Is Relevant…. For Now…. However…..

Is the Fed relevant or do they cause more harm than good? The answer is “yes,” they are relevant, as long as people still think the Fed is relevant. The real question that needs to be answered however, is how much longer can the Fed keep playing this game and pulling the wool over the People’s eyes? The Fed uses …

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18
Sep

Did you hear the other government rumor about gold?

Did you hear the other government rumor? Alchemist finds a way to produce unlimited amounts of new gold at essentially no cost. I’m just waiting for that one…. (Bernanke even made reference to it with a parable in his 2002 speech.) Here’s what he also said in that 2002 speech; “Like gold, U.S. dollars have value only to the extent …

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7
May

If It Smells Like A Recession…

The “only” thing that has kept this economy going is the housing run-up caused by the Fed’s manipulation of interest rates lower causing consumers to find new money via equity from their homes and now the only thing keeping it going is massive infusion of the money supply by the Fed which is propping up the stock market…again.

How long can the game continue is the only question….

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