Saturday, March 20, 2010

Dick Bove: Housing Market Will Fall 10%-15% When Fed Stops Subsidizing Home Prices

For the past year, the Fed has been buying mortgage-backed securities in an effort to keep mortgage rates low and provide some support to the housing market. On March 31, the Fed says, it will stop buying mortgage-backed securities.

So what will happen to mortgage rates and house prices?

No one knows, says Dick Bove, the wise and fearless analyst at Rochdale Securities. (more)

World Financial Report, March 19, 2010

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Creating our Own Credit: The Growing Movement for Publicly-Owned Banks

Michigan has an unemployment rate of 14% and has been particularly hard hit by the nation’s economic downturn. Virg Bernero, mayor of the state’s capitol and a leading Democratic candidate for governor, proposes that the state relieve its economic ills by opening a state-owned bank. He says the bank could protect consumers by making low-interest loans to those most in need, including students and small businesses; and could help community banks by buying mortgages off their books and working with them to fund development projects. 

Bernero joins a growing list of candidates proposing this sensible solution to their states’ fiscal ills.  Local economies have collapsed because of the Wall Street credit freeze. To reinvigorate local business, Main Street needs a heavy infusion of credit; and publicly-owned banks could fill that need. (more)

Preparing America for Hyper-Inflation

Latvia government collapses amid economic crisis

The People's Party, the largest group in a five-party coalition, walked out amid disputes over how to cope with the country's severe problems.

Unemployment has now hit 20 per cent and the economy contracted by 18 per cent last year.

The People's Party quit after its action plan failed to get the backing of Valdis Dombrovskis, the Latvian prime minister, who labelled it "populist".

Mr Dombrovskis warned the People's Party's departure could cause yet further economic instability. (more)

Gerald Celente: US-China financial relations in turmoil

Markets spooked as Greek rescue plan crumbles

The inability of the eurozone to put together a viable package after a month of talks has dismayed markets, which thought the terms of a deal had already been agreed. Yields on 10-year Greek bonds spiked 17 basis points yesterday to 6.26pc. The euro fell two cents against the dollar to below $1.36. "The facade of unity among eurozone members hardly held for more than a day," said Beat Siegenthaler from UBS.

Greek Premier George Papandreou told the European Parliament that his country was running out of patience. It is in effect already subject to the full rigours of an IMF-style austerity plan but without enjoying any of the benefits. He said the savings from cost-cutting measures were vanishing into the pockets of bond-holders through higher interest rates. (more)

BNN: How Jim Rogers would invest $100K

BEST OF BNN: He's considered one of the world's savviest investors. Jim Rogers, chairman, Rogers Holdings tells BNN which commodities he would buy if he had $100,000 to spend.

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The Economist March 20th - March 26th 2010

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Financial Futures and the Global Economy

There are clear indications that the global economy is in recovery. However, it is also clear that the improvement is an uneven one from a geographical point of view. For example, the recovery in China's economy actually appears to be moving to beyond just recovery. In fact, there is talk that China's economy is approaching the bubble stage. China's Customs Bureau reported that exports increased 45.7% in February from the year ago period, when the median guess called for a 38.3% advance. China reported that their inflation level hit a 16 month high and new loans were more than anticipated. This prompted fears that China could withdraw some of their economic stimulus. In addition, there is a growing belief that China's central bank will increase reserve ratios or interest rates in the near future.

The euro zone economy was beginning to show some signs of life until the sovereign debt default risk of holding Greece's debt came to the forefront. Investor sentiment quickly turned negative due to the sovereign debt issue, but is now improving, as it appears that the worst of the Greek sovereign debt crisis is out of the way. French President Sarkozy promised support for Greece, when he said the euro zone is ready to rescue Greece, if the government needs additional assistance in an effort to limit their massive budget deficit. Recently, the government of Greece passed an additional round of austerity measures and many analysts believe that Greece is doing as much as they are able to do now. There were press reports that Greece may get a $75 billion bailout from the European Union. (more)

CFTC to Meet with the Public!

CFTC to Hold Public Meeting to Examine Futures and Options Trading in the Metals Markets

CFTC event: March 25th, 9am to 3pm.

Further details, and pre-registration via email:

I invited the congressmen and senator to attend, to see first hand the corruption of our monetary system at work, or, at least, the apologetics for the greatest fraud of our generation.

The CFTC is the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, and their job is to regulate futures contracts, to prevent fraud. But they protect and encourage fraud! How? They place position limits on the longs (and there should never be limits on what you can buy in a free market), but they refuse to place and enforce position limits on the shorts (who fraudulently sell what they do not have). If anything, to prevent fraud, they should limit the shorts, and not limit the longs.

Also, it is well known that JP Morgan is a major precious metals short, but the CFTC does nothing.

Here are a few links of importance. (more)

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