Monday, August 10, 2009
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. (more)
Berkshire held about $11.1 billion in foreign government bonds in its insurance units as of June 30, compared with $9.6 billion three months earlier, the company said in a regulatory filing Aug. 7 announcing second-quarter results. Buffett, 78, spent $2.6 billion in fixed-maturity securities in the three months ended June 30 compared with $350 million on stocks. (more)
Or is this week's churning action merely the pause that refreshes?