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Category: Credit Crisis 2010

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Politics

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Homeowners Rebellion against Wall Street, Axing the Bankers Money Tree / Politics / Credit Crisis 2010

By: Ellen_Brown

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleOver 62 million mortgages are now held in the name of MERS, an electronic recording system devised by and for the convenience of the mortgage industry.  A California bankruptcy court, following landmark cases in other jurisdictions, recently held that this electronic shortcut breaks the chain of title, voiding foreclosure.  The logical result could be 62 million homes that are foreclosure-proof.  

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Politics

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Bankster's Business As Usual as Banks Settle Fraud Charges / Politics / Credit Crisis 2010

By: Danny_Schechter

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAnother day, another bank in the news -- with the settlement blues.

Now, Barclays is coughing up $298 million for violating a US Trade law. A Judge is still deliberating on a settlement that may cost Citi $70-$100 million for misleading investors about $40 billion in sleazy subprime holdings .

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Politics

Monday, August 09, 2010

Who Will Investigate the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission? / Politics / Credit Crisis 2010

By: Janet_Tavakoli

Janet Tavakoli of Tavakoli Structured Finance tells what she thinks of recent fines the SEC has imposed on Wall Street giants and where she would like future investigations take place.

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Politics

Thursday, August 05, 2010

Rating Agency Feud: S&P vs. Dagong…For Now / Politics / Credit Crisis 2010

By: Dian_L_Chu

It all started almost a month ago when Dagong, the largest credit rating agency in China, took on S&P, Moody’s and Fitch.  Dagong issued its first international sovereign risk report on July 11 by giving 27 countries out of the 50 a markedly different rating than the Western big three.

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Economics

Thursday, August 05, 2010

Escaping the Sovereign Debt Trap, The Commonwealth Bank of Australia Remarkable Model / Economics / Credit Crisis 2010

By: Ellen_Brown

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe current credit crisis is basically a capital crisis: at a time when banks are already short of the capital needed to back their loans, capital requirements are being raised.   Nearly a century ago, the Commonwealth Bank of Australia demonstrated that banks do not actually need capital to make loans – so long as their credit is backed by the government.  Denison Miller, the Bank’s first Governor, was fond of saying that the Bank did not need capital because “it is backed by the entire wealth and credit of the whole of Australia.”  With nothing but this national credit power, the Commonwealth Bank funded both massive infrastructure projects and the country’s participation in World War I. 

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Companies

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Lloyds TSB £1.6 Billion Tax Payer Funded Profits / Companies / Credit Crisis 2010

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Eric Daniel's and the rest of the management at Lloyds TSB are patting themselves on the back for having turned last years £4 billion loss into a £1.6 billion profit for the first half of this year. However the whole of LLoyds profits and that of the other reporting banks such as RBS, and Northern Rock are as a consequence of the tax payer bailouts without who's continuing support Lloyds TSB and the other banks would still be bankrupt today.

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Interest-Rates

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Can the Fed Successfully Exit Liquidity Flood Policies ? / Interest-Rates / Credit Crisis 2010

By: David_Howden

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis recently interviewed macroeconomist Robert Hall for the June issue of its quarterly magazine, The Region. His words on the Federal Reserve's ability to enact an exit strategy to unwind its unconventional policies were clear and sure: "There are two branches to the exit strategy: There's paying interest on reserves, and there's reducing reserves back to normal levels. They're both completely safe, so it's a nonissue."

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Interest-Rates

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

European Banking Stress Test: Much Ado about Nothing / Interest-Rates / Credit Crisis 2010

By: Claus_Vogt

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleOn Friday the Committee of European Banking Supervisors (CEBS) revealed the results of its banking sector stress test. The objective of the test, in the CEBS’s dry words, was to “provide policy information for assessing the resilience of the EU banking system to possible adverse economic developments and to assess the ability of banks ( … ) to absorb possible shocks on credit and market risks, including sovereign risks.”

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Interest-Rates

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Will China Grab the Credit-Rating Business? / Interest-Rates / Credit Crisis 2010

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleMartin Hutchinson writes: There's a new name in the credit-rating-agency business these days: It's Dagong Global Credit Rating Co. Ltd., and this Beijing-backed business is China's bid for a spot in the global-credit-rating oligopoly.

And Dagong's Chairman Guan Jianzhong doesn't think much of his long-established U.S. competitors.

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Interest-Rates

Friday, July 23, 2010

European Bank Stress Test Politicians Desperate to hide the Truth of Insolvent Banking System / Interest-Rates / Credit Crisis 2010

By: Nadeem_Walayat

The long waited stress test of the 91 of Europe's largest Banks resulted in just 7 of the smaller regional banks failing the test including one from Germany and Greece, and five in Spain, that require capital injections of just Euros 3.5 billion, which is a drop in the ocean when compared against PIGS sovereign debt of Euros 1.2 trillion, but off course the so called stress test FAILED to test for sovereign debt default.

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Interest-Rates

Friday, July 23, 2010

Mortgage Debt … Credit Card Debt … Corporate Debt — It’s all Shrinking! / Interest-Rates / Credit Crisis 2010

By: Mike_Larson

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleI used to love those Wendy’s commercials in the 1980s. You know, the ones that mocked the burger patties at competing restaurants with the catchphrase “Where’s the beef?”

Today, I can’t help but ask a similar question about the U.S. economy. Namely: “Where’s the credit?”

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Economics

Friday, July 23, 2010

Hungary Could Trigger Next Sovereign Debt and Credit Crisis Event / Economics / Credit Crisis 2010

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleJack Barnes writes: The biggest financial news story out of the Europe this summer is getting very little play in the U.S. mainstream press. However, it has the potential to torpedo the European Union (EU), and has disastrous implications for borrowing costs worldwide.

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Interest-Rates

Thursday, July 22, 2010

U.S. Credit Firms Tell Clients Not To Use Their Ratings? / Interest-Rates / Credit Crisis 2010

By: Dian_L_Chu

In an article dated July 12, I first reported that Dagong International Credit Rating Co., the largest credit rating agency of China, stripped the the U.S. and some other western nations of the AAA ratings given by its big three Western counterparts. Dagong also accused its Western rivals of not properly disclosing the repayment risk and causing the global financial crisis and current debt crisis in Europe.

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Currencies

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Switzerland Under Siege, Free Markets May Yet Save the Swiss Franc / Currencies / Credit Crisis 2010

By: Axel_Merk

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleEfforts are underway to undermine Switzerland’s rock solid reputation as a safe haven. The alpine nation, famous for its readiness against enemies with citizens storing military assault rifles at their homes, is under attack. The attack, however, comes from one of their own, the guardian of the Swiss franc: the Swiss National Bank (SNB). In any other country, a central bank may have the power to derail the currency; in Switzerland, however, efforts to undermine the franc may be more appropriately characterized by a Don Quixotian battle by a lone warrior, a warrior armed with a license to print money.

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Politics

Saturday, July 10, 2010

The E.U. Banking System Stress Test Fraud / Politics / Credit Crisis 2010

By: Mike_Whitney

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe EU banking system is in big trouble. Many of the Union's largest banks are sitting on hundreds of billions of euros in dodgy sovereign bonds and non performing real estate loans. But writing down their losses will deplete their capital and force them to restructure their debt. So the banks are concealing their losses through accounting sleight-of-hand and by borrowing money from the European Central Bank. This has helped to hide the rot at the heart of the system.

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Politics

Friday, July 09, 2010

Banks Fairy Tale Stress Tests / Politics / Credit Crisis 2010

By: Mike_Larson

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleOf all the questionable bailout and backstop programs the government rolled out in the wake of the credit crisis, the whole “stress test” episode for the banks stands out the most.

The idea was that the Fed and Treasury would evaluate whether 19 major U.S. banks could survive a recession without a catastrophic erosion of their capital.

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Interest-Rates

Friday, July 09, 2010

Europe’s Banking Crisis: Latvia’s Third Option / Interest-Rates / Credit Crisis 2010

By: Michael_Hudson

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAs Europe’s banking crisis deepens, Greece’s and Spain’s fiscal crisis spreads throughout Europe and the US economy stalls, most discussions of how to stabilize national finances assume that only two options are available: “internal devaluation” – shrinking the economy by cutting public spending; or outright devaluation of the currency (for countries that have not yet joined the euro, such as Eastern Europe).

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Economics

Saturday, July 03, 2010

U.S. Economy Falling Towards Another Credit Collapse? / Economics / Credit Crisis 2010

By: Bob_Chapman

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe Fed says US unemployment is likely to stay high for a long time, and that justifies zero interest rates indefinitely.

The June Chicago Purchasing Managers Index was 59.1 vs. 59.7 in May. The employment component rose to 54.2 from 49.2 in May. New orders fell to 59.1 from 62.7.

Homebuilder Lennar is cutting new home prices 15% as new orders fell 10%. KB Builders said new orders fell 23%, as new home sales fell 32%.

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Companies

Thursday, July 01, 2010

SULTANS OF SWAP: BP Collapse Potentially More Devastating than Lehman! / Companies / Credit Crisis 2010

By: Gordon_T_Long

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAs horrific as the gulf environmental catastrophe is, an even more intractable and cataclysmic disaster may be looming. The yet unknowable costs associated with clean-up, litigation and compensation damages due to arguably the world’s worst environmental tragedy, may be in the process of triggering a credit event by British Petroleum (BP) that will be equally devastating to global over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives. The potential contagion may eventually show that Lehman Bros. and Bear Stearns were simply early warning signals of the devastation lurking and continuing to grow unchecked in the $615T OTC Derivatives market.

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Interest-Rates

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Eurozone and U.S. LIBOR Interbank Interest Rates Divergence / Interest-Rates / Credit Crisis 2010

By: Paul_L_Kasriel

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleA Tale of Two Cities - New York vs. Frankfurt - Chart 1 shows the recent behavior of the 3-month interbank loan rates in U.S. dollars and euros. Both in dollar and euro terms, these interest rates began drifting up in the second half of April as the Greek, Portugal and Spain (GPS) sovereign debt challenges came to the fore. If GPS were to default on its sovereign debt, this would have an adverse impact on some European banks. These potential losses for European banks caused interbank lending to "tighten up," thereby driving up interbank loan rates.

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