Interview with an investment banker

Just in case you missed it. Investment bankers bet and speculate. In other words they are making money with money. When the banking world was about to collapse because the bet on packets of junk bonds, and were about to be caught out on it they changed their tack. They now bet and speculate on […]

The Federal Reserve’s rescue has failed

The verdict is in. The Fed’s emergency rate cuts in January have failed to halt the downward spiral towards a full-blown debt deflation. Much more drastic action will be needed.   The Federal Reserve building in Washington Read more from Ambrose Evans-Pritchard ‘Ninja’ loans explode on sub-prime frontline The latest news and views on the […]

After subprime debacle, U.S. wrestles with question of bank bailouts

John Key was working for banks who were at the forefront of those who developed these fantastic new financial innovations. He worked for the Bankers Trust; one of the first banks that started to experiment with these funky new “securitized investment vehicles”. In fact while working for Merrill Lynch he worked for a while as […]

Stimulus Plan is a Scam to Benefit the Rich

Higher loan limits will lead to Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac bailout Sunday, February 3, 2008 Congress is about to sell us the biggest fraud in American history. It’s been highly touted as an economic stimulus bill that will help millions of Americans – and has the backing of both President Bush and House Speaker Nancy […]

Chinese shares close more than 5% lower

    BEIJING, Jan. 21 (Xinhua) — Chinese shares plunged more than 5percent on Monday, as investors dumped stocks amid liquidity concerns sparked by the huge share sale plan of Ping An Insurance.     The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index, which covers both A and B shares, tumbled 266.08 points, or 5.14 percent, to 4,914.44, while the Shenzhen Component […]

Citigroup’s Layoffs Could Reach 24,000 This Year

Citigroup plans to announce a writedown of as much as $24 billion and layoffs that could total as much as 24,000 due to subprime and credit-related losses, CNBC has learned. Oliver Quillia for cnbc.com Citigroup plans to announce a $24 billion writedown and layoffs that could total as much as 24,000. The plans will be […]

US Subprime Bailout Won’t Reverse Trend in House Prices

We can hardly bring our self to talk about America’s socialist subprime bailout. So we won’t spend much time on it! Don’t confuse the Hope Now Alliance of lenders, investors, and banks for a bunch of modern day capitalist altruists. A close examination of the plan offered by George Bush and Hank Paulson shows that […]

Goldman Sachs Was Wrong & 2 Million Families May Lose Their Homes

What’s going wrong in the financial sector is not so unusual after all. One of the funniest moments in the great credit crunch of 2007 came in the summer. “We are seeing things that were 25-standard deviation events, several days in a row,” said David Viniar, CFO of the smartest financial firm in the world, […]

Stock Market Mayhem and Bush’s Moral Swamp

By Mike Whitney           “It’s scary out there—there’s blood on the streets” anonymous Wall Street trader 11/05/07 “ICH” — – Last Wednesday, the Federal Reserve dropped its benchmark interest rate by 25 basis points to 4.5% citing ongoing weakness in the housing sector. As expected, the stock market rallied and the Dow Jones Industrial Average […]

‘Definite end’ to housing boom

The housing market boom will come to a “definite end” next year and the Kiwi dollar may rise back to US81c because of higher interest rates, economists predict. Independent economics group Infometrics’ latest forecast picks the Reserve Bank to raise official interest rates twice, to 8.75 per cent, within the next six months to hold […]

UK Money Supply Has Tripled Since 1997

Thomas McAnea was a drunk, an ex-con freed on a technicality and a failed businessman with barely “two pennies” to rub together, according to the Scottish police. He was also an expert forger, a specialist in faking holograms for official documents. And in January, ‘Hologram Tam’ – as his underworld clients knew him – was […]

More debt better than more tax – National

Read this article and than watch the video “Money is debt” and you will understand why the National party, lead by an investment banker would say this. Maybe you will draw the conclusion like me that John Key is still serving his old masters: the money masters. He should of course be serving us, the people of […]

Millionaire’s factory in the spotlight as concern mounts

In Australia, Macquarie Bank is known as the “millionaires factory” for good reason. In the past 10 years, it has come from nowhere to become one of the world’s most aggressive buyers of airports, toll roads, energy firms and utilities. If an asset has a reliable cash flow, Macquarie, it seems, has pounced. In so […]

Credit Fuelled US Economy Becoming Like Soviet Union

Posted by Bill Bonner on Sep 28th, 2007 Now we’ve finally figured it out. We were sitting in a pub, listening to a crazy woman. All of a sudden, it was clear…what went wrong with the US economy, we mean.The dollar has dropped so low that America is becoming a shopping paradise for foreigners. Of […]

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 […]

Further price drop for US homes.

The price of existing homes in the 10 largest US cities fell by 0.6% in July – the steepest drop in 16 years – a survey has found. The data, from S&P/Case-Shiller home price index, put the annual price fall in those cities at 4.5%. A broader survey of 20 cities found that prices fell […]

Borrowers told to lie about wages

  Some people have been advised to lie to buy a house A BBC investigation has found evidence of serious mis-selling in Britain’s sub-prime mortgage market. Industry insiders have described how people have been advised to lie about their incomes to take out loans far bigger than they can afford. Half of all sub-prime mortgages […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Bankers fear £12bn run on Rock

September 16, 2007 David Smith, Grant Ringshaw and Holly Watt NORTHERN ROCK, the mortgage bank rescued by the Bank of England last week, could see as much as £12 billion – nearly half of its deposits – withdrawn by worried savers, experts say. The run on the bank continued yesterday as police were called in […]

House prices surge ahead of pay

The cost of buying a home has blown out to a record high. In August it took 81.6 per cent of a median weekly income to pay the mortgage on a median-priced house. That is more than twice the amount considered affordable, according to the latest Fairfax Media home loan affordability report. That makes the […]

Bank of England in dramatic intervention

 Northern Rock forced to seek emergency funding · Savers are assured that their money is secure Ashley Seager Friday September 14, 2007 The Guardian The Bank of England was last night forced to hand emergency funding to one of Britain’s biggest mortgage providers – Northern Rock – as it became the first major financial institution […]

US Economy Headed for Recession as Housing Bubble Bursts

Posted by Dr. Kurt Richebacher on Sep 14th, 2007 “America’s income-short, consumer-led recovery is the aberration – not the norm – in this Brave New World. It is all about ever-declining saving rates, ever-widening current account deficits, mounting debt burdens and increasingly wealth-dependent consumers. It personifies what I believe is one of the most precarious […]

Leading article: A crisis that spread from Wall Street to the high street

Published: 13 September 2007   Have we reached the moment when the contagion in the rarefied world of the credit markets finally begins to infect the real economy? This week two well-known fashion retailers, French Connection and Next, warned that trading conditions are likely to become a lot more difficult in the coming months. And yesterday, […]

Realtors Cut Forecast, Say Slump Will Extend to 2008

By Kathleen M. Howley Sept. 11 (Bloomberg) — The National Association of Realtors reduced its home sales forecast for the ninth time this year and said the housing slump will extend into 2008. Existing home sales will fall 8.6 percent in 2007, exceeding the 6.8 percent drop estimated a month ago. New-home sales probably will […]

Nervous US investors start to fear recession

Friday’s news of a buckling United States job market sent stock investors running for the exits, and this week promises to be no less stressful as investors grapple with the increasing possibility of an economic recession. The weekend also gave investors time to reflect on news that US employers cut payrolls by 4000 jobs last […]

Warning issued on Geneva Finance

By DAVID HARGREAVES – Fairfax Media | Tuesday, 11 September 2007Auckland-based consumer finance company Geneva Finance faces a possible future downgrade of its credit rating because of “increasing pressure” on its liquidity and funding, international credit ratings agency Standard & Poor’s said today. “We believe that there is a possibility that current financial market disruptions […]