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  • Nikkei Powers to Japan's 1990 'Bubble' Era High

    05/18/2023 9:05:39 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    Channel News Asia ^ | 19 May 2023
    Japan's Nikkei share average rallied on Friday to the highest since August 1990, the country's so-called "bubble" era, driven by a confluence of positive factors from strong earnings to optimism over a U.S. debt ceiling deal. The benchmark index jumped as high as 30,924.57 shortly after the open, on course for a seventh straight winning session, after smashing through the psychological 30,000 level on Wednesday for the first time in 20 months. The broader Topix, which had reached the post-bubble milestone on Tuesday, extended its climb to as high as 2,171.37.
  • The Banking Crisis Has Produced Extraordinary Testimony about Land Mines Lurking in the U.S. Banking System

    05/18/2023 9:20:06 AM PDT · by CFW · 4 replies
    Wallstreet on Parade ^ | 5/18/23 | Pam Martens and Russ Martens
    On Wednesday, March 8 of this year, the holding company for the federally-insured Silvergate Bank announced it was winding down the bank. It had little choice but to do so. It was experiencing a bank run and had incinerated its reputation by focusing on deposits from crypto companies, including those majority-owned by indicted crypto kingpin, Sam Bankman-Fried. According to testimony from the Chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), Martin Gruenberg, before the Senate Banking Committee on March 28, “in the fourth quarter of 2022, Silvergate Bank experienced an outflow of deposits from digital asset customers that, combined with...
  • Americans are not paying off their credit-card debt. We should be concerned.

    05/17/2023 10:36:10 AM PDT · by RomanSoldier19 · 46 replies ^ | May 17, 2023 | By Quentin FottrellFollow
    The first-quarter dip never happened. Some observers say that’s a problem. Credit-card balances hit $986 billion in the fourth quarter, but remain largely unchanged in the first quarter of the year, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York said in its most recent quarterly report on household debt. It looks increasingly likely that credit-card debt is on track to hit the $1 trillion mark this year, and experts say that this number could be an indicator of a looming economic downturn.
  • US home listings plunged 21% in April with new homeowners reluctant to be 'locked in' to high mortgage rates

    05/05/2023 3:27:45 AM PDT · by CFW · 32 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 5/5/23 | Stephen M. Lepore
    Home sales plunged 21 percent in the United States during the month of April, as new prospective homeowners appear to be scared of being 'locked in' to higher mortgage rates. The number of new listings continued what appears to be a trend, as listings are down 31 percent from 2019. The 2019 figure was used as a benchmark as it happened before the pandemic. In April 2021, home listings were up 41.5 percent over 2019. Mortgage rates have gone over 6 percent since September of 2022, causing the once-booming housing market to finally settle.
  • Brookfield’s Los Angeles Office Company Is Roiled by Defaults

    05/04/2023 6:27:59 PM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies
    Wall Street Journal. ^ | May 1, 2023 | Konrad Putzier
    Troubles of Brookfield DTLA show how some office-sector bets are starting to unravel ... A major Los Angeles office owner operated by Brookfield Asset Management is struggling to make mortgage payments as vacancies and rising interest rates disrupt the city’s commercial real-estate market. The company, known as Brookfield DTLA Fund Office Trust Investor Inc., owns six Los Angeles office buildings and a retail center. Five of the office buildings face the risk of foreclosure, according to its public filings, and at least two of its mortgages are in default. The company on April 21 filed to delist from the New...
  • CBO: Federal Debt Payments Up 41 Percent Thanks to Higher Interest Rates

    04/11/2023 7:37:09 AM PDT · by Twotone · 25 replies
    National Review ^ | April 10, 2023 | Philip Klein
    The Congressional Budget Office on Monday revealed that the cost of payments on the federal debt soared 41 percent in the first six months of the fiscal year thanks to higher interest rates — driving the deficit up to $1.1 trillion over the period. Top Financial Stories Argentina Shouldn’t Expect a ‘Dead Cow’ Bounce Marcos Falcone NRPLUS Garett Jones Rethinks Immigration Policy Dominic Pino NRPLUS Lessons from Nigel Lawson Andrew Stuttaford NRPLUS Under President Biden, massive spending has fueled not only high deficits but also inflation. The Federal Reserve Board has pursued an aggressive rate-increasing campaign to try and tame...
  • Federal Reserve’s Mester says rate target will need to go over 5%

    04/05/2023 7:17:26 AM PDT · by Twotone · 13 replies
    CNBC ^ | April 4, 2023 | Reuters
    Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland President Loretta Mester said on Tuesday that the U.S. central bank likely has more interest rate rises ahead amid signs the recent banking sector troubles have been contained. To keep inflation on a sustained downward path to 2% and keep inflation expectations anchored, Mester said she sees monetary policy moving “somewhat further into restrictive territory this year, with the fed funds rate moving above 5% and the real fed funds rate staying in positive territory for some time.” “Precisely how much higher the federal funds rate will need to go from here and for how...
  • Powell to talk to Congress about the possibility of more interest-rate hikes, not fewer

    03/05/2023 3:54:28 AM PST · by EBH · 18 replies
    Market Watch ^ | 3/4/23 | Gregg Robb
    The Federal Reserve Chairman’s testimony to Congress next week is likely to be very succinct and can be summed up neatly as ” the risks of doing too little are far greater than the risks of doing too much,” economists said Friday. “The Fed is getting a little more hawkish than we pictured them at the end of last year,” said Michael Gregory, deputy chief economist at BMO Capital Markets. Powell will testify on Tuesday to the Senate Banking Committee and on Wednesday to the House Financial Services panel. Both hearings are set to begin at 10 a.m. Eastern. Recent...
  • The Top 3 Reasons The US Has Entered The Inflation Death Spiral

    03/01/2023 7:34:42 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    The International Man ^ | 03/01/2023 | Nick Giambruno
    Rapidly rising food, housing, medical, and tuition prices are squeezing Americans, and many do not understand the real cause of their falling living standards...That confusion opens the door for opportunistic politicians who promise supposed freebies to ease the pain of inflation. Many, unfortunately, succumb to this siren’s call.Perverse as it is, the policies offered to people suffering from inflation create even more inflation. In other words, inflation has a way of perpetuating itself, much like a heroin addiction.We are already seeing cockamamie schemes in the US, like “inflation relief checks,” which attempt to solve the problems of inflation by creating...
  • Vanity: Biden Economy Crashing - Credit Card Debt Spiking

    02/28/2023 6:29:37 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 22 replies
    BREAKING: A record 36% of U.S. adults now have more credit card debt than savings. This is up from 27% in 2022 and 21% in 2021. Credit card debt jumped $130 billion in 2022, the biggest increase in history, to $986 billion. We are "fighting" inflation with credit card debt. Credit card debt is up 15% over the last YEAR and 7% over the last QUARTER. "High rates and inflation" are to blame, according to the New York Fed. Worst part? Rates are still rising and inflation just increased for the first time since October 2022. How can this end...
  • Deeply inverted Treasury curve narrowly misses reaching 41-year milestone

    02/09/2023 2:59:49 PM PST · by lasereye · 6 replies
    Marketwatch ^ | Feb. 9, 2023 | Vivien Lou Chen
    A bond-market gauge of impending U.S. recessions fell just shy of reaching its most negative reading since October 1981, when interest rates were 19% under Paul Volcker’s Federal Reserve. That gauge, which measures the spread between 2- TMUBMUSD02Y, 4.492% and 10-year Treasury yields TMUBMUSD10Y, 3.662%, finished the New York session on Thursday at minus 82.5 basis points. In other words, the 10-year yield was trading 82.5 basis points below the 2-year yield. Over much of the day, the spread appeared to be on track to surpass its Dec. 7 low of minus 84.9 basis points and seemed headed for the...
  • 270,000 homebuyers who bought in 2022 are underwater on their mortgage

    12/09/2022 4:38:12 PM PST · by george76 · 43 replies
    Yahoo ^ | December 6, 2022 | Gabriella Cruz-Martinez
    About 270,000 homebuyers who bought during the red-hot housing market this year already owe more than their house is worth... Among the 450,000 underwater borrowers in the third quarter, nearly 60% had mortgages originated in the first nine months of 2022... That's about 1 in 12 homes purchased in 2022 with a mortgage, or 8%. Nearly 40% of homes bought this year have less than 10% of equity left to tap. The figures reflect yet another fallout from rapidly rising mortgage rates this year, which have put pressure on housing values as home price growth cools at a record pace...
  • The Fed’s BIG Green Bag (Of Money)! Goldman Sees Fed Rate Peaking In March At 5%, Core Inflation Rate UP > 400% Under Biden (US Yield Curve Inverted Prior To Nov 2nd FOMC Meeting)

    10/30/2022 9:29:49 AM PDT · by Kaiser8408a · 7 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 10/30/2022 | Anthony B. Sanders
    The next Federal Reserve Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting in on Wednesday, November 2nd. Let’s see what The Fed does with its BIG GREEN BAG … OF MONEY. As I set here on Sunday morning waiting to see how the Cleveland Browns will lose to cross-state rival Cincinnati Bengals, I see that both the US Treasury 10yr-2yr and 10yr-3mo yield curves are inverted (below zero). Core inflation (CPI less food and energy) YoY (blue line) was only 1.3% in February 2021 shortly after Biden was sworn-in as President and is now 6.6% in September 2022. That is over a 400%...
  • The Biggest Problem China Faces Isn't Collapsing Real Estate: It's U.S. Interest Rates

    10/03/2022 9:31:32 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Epoch Times ^ | 10/03/2022 | Christopher Balding
    After it joined the World Trade Organization in 2000 and anchored the Chinese yuan (a.k.a. renminbi) to the U.S. dollar, China linked its economy to the United States. Enforcing a fixed exchange rate regime with strict capital controls, China benefited from large inflows and relatively low-interest rates due largely to the low-interest rate environment in the United States. What happens to the Chinese economy when interest rates increase in the United States?Sovereign currency policy faces the intractable dilemma of what economists call the “impossible trinity.” Countries can have a fixed exchange rate, free capital flow, or sovereign monetary policy but...
  • Treasury Bonds Did Something They Haven’t Done In 40 Years

    09/27/2022 8:05:06 PM PDT · by lasereye · 16 replies
    thestreet ^ | September 27, 2022 | MARTIN BACCARDAX
    Treasury Bond yields have broken a downtrend stretching back to the 1980s.The Fed told us it would be a bad year for Treasury bonds when it announced earlier this year it would reduce the number of bonds held on its balance sheet to help curb inflation. Nevertheless, their poor performance has been jaw-dropping. The 20-year Treasury Bond ETF (TLT) is down 34% from its peak in December, and 2-year Treasury bond yields (yields move inverse to bond prices) have spiked from below 0.80% to 4.3% this year alone. Bonds' rapid decline has caused steep losses for investors who built...
  • Powell Predicts Housing Market Correction As Existing Home Sales Decline For Seventh Straight Month

    09/23/2022 3:47:33 AM PDT · by millenial4freedom · 28 replies
    msn ^ | 09/22/2022 | Vance Cariaga
    Powell made his comments at a news conference following the Fed’s decision to raise its benchmark interest rate by 75 basis points in its ongoing quest to tame inflation — the third straight time rates have been hiked by that amount. His comments also came on the heels of the National Association of Realtors’ latest home sales report, released on Wednesday. That report found that existing-home sales experienced a slight dip in August 2022 — the seventh straight month of declines. Year-over-year sales fell in all four major U.S. regions. Despite slower sales, housing prices have continued to zoom higher...
  • Take Heart! Our Inflation Nightmare Will Flatline in Six Months

    09/20/2022 8:43:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Equities ^ | 09/20/2022 | Thompson Clark
    Investors are running scared. Chalk it up to the August CPI reading, which prompted a brutal sell-off on Wall Street last Tuesday. Stocks suffered their largest one-day drop in more than two years. Why? The market took a “glass half empty” view of positive news: The headline inflation rate decreased from 8.5% in July to 8.3% in August. As you can see, inflation has continued to trend downward since peaking in June:Click to enlarge Readers, this is good news. And it’s part of why our inflation nightmare could end within six months. Let me explain… The CPI core rate is...
  • Argentina to Hike Interest Rates to 75% as Inflation Nears 100%

    09/16/2022 8:43:38 AM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 19 replies
    End Times Headlines ^ | 9/16/22 | Staff
    Argentina’s central bank raised its benchmark interest rate Thursday in a bid to prop up its currency and curb inflation nearing 100%. The central bank boosted its benchmark Leliq rate by 5.5 percentage points to 75%, according to an emailed statement. The move comes a day after data showed consumer prices jumped nearly 79% a year in August, the fastest pace in 30 years. It was the bank’s ninth rate hike this year. The bank’s board of directors also added in the statement that it intends to reduce the level of short-term debt held by the central bank next year,...
  • Want to Buy a House Now? Mortgage Rates Jump Above Six Percent for First Time Since 2008

    09/15/2022 8:43:04 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Red State ^ | 09/15/2022 | Bob Hoge
    Mortgage rates when President Joe Biden took office? 2.65 percent. Today? 6.28 percent.On Tuesday, Biden held a weird celebration of his “Inflation Reduction Act” on the lawn of the White House. Why was it weird? Because at the very same time as Democrats were applauding themselves, the U.S. Labor Department was releasing figures that showed an “unexpected” rise in inflation, with the cost of rent, food, and other basic necessities continuing to skyrocket.Now we learn that mortgage rates have climbed above six percent for the first time since 2008. Wonder what kind of party Biden has planned for this milestone?30-Year...
  • Dow futures drop 400 points after hot inflation report

    09/13/2022 6:09:57 AM PDT · by tanstaafl.72555 · 76 replies
    CNBC ^ | 09/14/2022 | Jesse Pound
    ock futures dropped on Tuesday morning after an August inflation report came in hotter than expected. Dow Jones Industrial Average futures sank 406 points, or about 1.3%. S&P 500 futures fell 1.7% and Nasdaq 100 futures slid 2.3%. The August consumer price index report showed a higher-than-expected reading for inflation. Headline inflation rose 0.1% month over month, even with falling gas prices. Core inflation rose 0.6% month over month. Economists surveyed by Dow Jones had been expecting a decline of 0.1% for overall inflation, with a rise of 0.3% for core inflation.