It’s Time For The Banks To Face The Hangman

By Mike Whitney Officials in the Treasury Dept—-working with their colleagues at Citigroup, J.P. Morgan and Bank of America—have concocted a scheme to rescue the banks from their massive losses in mortgage-backed securities. The group is planning to set up a $100 billion emergency fund which will purchase non-performing assets for short term debt. In […]

Bush: Protectionism Will Cost U.S. Jobs

 WASHINGTON (AP) – Alarmed by slipping support for free trade even among Republicans, President Bush is arguing that protectionism will cut Americans out of chances for more – and better – jobs.Bush has launched a blitz on behalf of pending free trade pacts with four nations. He continued the push Saturday in his weekly radio […]

Prices edge up – but house sales fall away

Home-owners have been hit by a triple whammy as latest figures reveal a dramatic slowdown in the market. According to latest figures, prices are rising only fractionally, homes are taking longer to sell, and sales have plummeted to a six-year low. The Real Estate Institute, which released the statistics, remained upbeat, saying the slide in […]

“Rulers and Ruled in the US Empire”

James Petras is Binghamton University, New York Professor Emeritus of Sociology, whose credentials and achievements are long and impressive. He’s a noted academic figure on the left, a well-respected Latin American expert, and a longtime chronicler of the region’s popular struggles as well as being an advisor to the landless workers (MST) in Brazil and […]

Alan Greenspan Reveals the Great Swindle of Central Banking

We live in an age of economic shocks, or an Age of Turbulence if you ask Alan Greenspan. Households have been encouraged to take on record amounts of debt during an historic low in interest rates. Now, as interest rates are set to rise, the value of assets purchased with debt will fall. There are […]

Subprime Borrowers to Lose Homes at Record Pace as Rates Rise

By Bob Ivry Sept. 19 (Bloomberg) — As many as half of the 450,000 subprime borrowers whose mortgage payments increase in the next three months may lose their homes because they can’t sell, refinance or qualify for help from the U.S. government. “Short of the cavalry riding in over the hill, a lot of these […]

Chinese Stock Market Boom A Panic Waiting To Happen

Posted by Dan Denning on Apr 30th, 2007 Is China’s fantastic bull market just an extension of the world’s tawdry and very public love affair with cheap credit? We’ll begin to find out this week as the Bank of China again raised reserve requirements at commercial banks. This is meant to reduce bank lending in […]

Fears of dollar collapse as Saudis take fright

By Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, International Business Editor Last Updated: 7:29pm BST 19/09/2007 Saudi Arabia has refused to cut interest rates in lockstep with the US Federal Reserve for the first time, signalling that the oil-rich Gulf kingdom is preparing to break the dollar currency peg in a move that risks setting off a stampede out of the […]

Black day for shares as €4.5bn lost

By Brian O’Mahony, Chief Business Correspondent ON a black day for Irish shares a total of €4.5 billion was wiped off the value of the Irish Stock Exchange yesterday. Market sentiment was certainly not helped by fears that investors in one of Britain’s biggest mortgage lenders, Northern Rock, might lose their life’s savings as the […]

Failed Lender Makes Grab for Employee Funds

Bankrupt American Home Mortgage is attempting to seize as much as $27 million that former employees set aside from paychecks for retirement, according to an attorney representing them. Employees say Melville, N.Y.-based American Home Mortgage Investment wants to release retirement money from a trust fund to pay off large creditors. The attorney for a group […]

Real estate market ‘extremely quiet’

y Anne Gibson    A bank survey of residential real estate sector sentiment has presented a pessimistic picture, with many professionals saying the market has turned down fast. BNZ chief economist Tony Alexander released the monthly confidence survey this week. The survey went to 11,500 people, who were asked how their sector was going and […]

Investor panic takes toll on Speirs Group

Palmerston North-based loss-making finance company Speirs Group says its investor roll has plummeted 35% in the past three months, its secured stock funding has reduced and it is grappling with the collapse of its rental car client. Speirs Group, made up of Speirs Finance, Speirs Nutritionals and Spiers Foods, posted a loss of $1.9 million […]

Prepare for prolonged turmoil, says US Treasury Secretary

From The Times September 18, 2007 Suzy Jagger and Gabriel Rozenberg Investors should brace themselves for a prolonged period of market turmoil, Henry Paulson, the US Treasury Secretary, said yesterday as he held emergency meetings with the Chancellor and the French Finance Minister. Mr Paulson flew to London to discuss the financial crisis with Alistair […]

Rising Energy Costs Could Affect BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto Share Prices

Posted by Dan Denning on May 25th, 2007 Finding the lowest-cost producer is becoming increasingly important in the mining industry. Prices for base metals are high. Some of this comes from supply/demand dynamics. And some is the result of inflation (a deteriorating U.S. dollar.) Either way, the price signals in the resource market are telling […]

Investors to blame for not assessing the risks

The United States is not the only nation confronting a household debt crisis. We, too, have a subprime lending market and it is managed by our collective bag of finance companies. The collective sum of savings at risk in this sector is reported to be $16 billion. Put another way, that’s nearly a third of […]

Cullen planned $1 billion in tax cuts

The Government planned to deliver $1 billion in personal tax cuts at the last budget, but shelved the plan due to fears it would fuel inflation, official papers show. The papers, issued under the Official Information Act, show the Government last year considered a package of personal tax cuts that would have equalled the $1 […]

Fed to meet for US rate decision

The Federal Reserve is preparing to meet to decide whether US interest rates should be reduced from 5.25%. Most analysts believe the Fed will cut rates to try and prevent a housing market downturn and the credit crunch from severely denting the economy. By making money cheaper to borrow, people would spend and invest more, […]