FDIC Banking Report: 305 Troubled Institutions up from 90 in 2008. $13.5 trillion Assets held with 2.1 Million Employees at 8,200 Institutions.
The FDIC is facing the highest amount of bank failures since the early 1990s. To calm Americans the government in 2008 upped the amount secured at FDIC institutions from $100,000 to $250,000 for each customer account. Yet losses have been so deep that in the fourth quarter of 2008 the Deposit Insurance Fund (DIF) quickly [...]
U.S. Dollar Only Down 2 Percent for the Year. Since the Crisis Started in August of 2007, the U.S. Dollar is Unchanged. Yet the Dollar is Down 33 Percent Since the Start of the Decade. The Currency Race to the Bottom.
People have a hard time grasping that given the tumultuous market of 2009 and all the liquidity being funneled into the market by the U.S. Treasury and Federal Reserve, that the U.S. Dollar has only fallen 2 percent for the year. What is even more surprising to many is the U.S. Dollar has remained unchanged [...]
U.S. Treasury and Federal Reserve. Federal Reserve holding over $2 trillion in the Darkest Balance Sheet in Financial History.
The U.S. Treasury and the Federal Reserve have arguably two of the least transparent balance sheets known to humankind. This wouldn’t be such a big issue if the amount of money funneled into these organizations was small. That is not the case. The Federal Reserve since October of 2008 has held on its balance sheet [...]
Alan Greenspan on $100,000 White-collar Comedy Tour: Quantitative Easing and Changing our Economic and Financial Language.
Alan Greenspan continues his White-collar $100,000 speaking fee comedy tour in which he tells the audience that he had nothing to do with the housing bubble. Those expecting to see a mea culpa concert from the former Fed Chairman are going to be waiting for a very long time. According to the majestic maestro, a [...]
State Unemployment Data: 7 States Now With Historical High Unemployment Rate. Michigan 22.8 Percent Unemployment Rate (U-6) with Official Government Data.
There have been many comparisons to the past with our current recession. For the most part, people are trying to find something familiar so they can have a better sense of where we are heading. The only problem is that there isn’t much in our own history to guide us forward. This is a unique [...]
The New American Austerity: Getting By with Less Debt and Less Money. In What Sectors are Americans Spending Less Money?
The Census Bureau reported on Wednesday that for the month of April retail sales came in at $337 billion, a decrease of 0.4 percent from the month before. The market reacted to this news and headed lower. If we pry into the data beyond the headline number, we will see that retail sales are actually [...]
Following the Failed Japanese Economic Playbook: 10 Charts Comparing the Japanese Lost Decade to the United States.
Even as early as last year, anyone trying to compare the circumstances of the United States with the lost decade in Japan appeared to be out of line with mainstream economist and the media. Yet if this financial crisis has taught us anything, it is that the experts can be wrong by a wide margin. [...]
24,700,000 Unemployed or Underemployed Americans: Job Losses Accelerate with 6 million unemployed over last year. Real Unemployment rate now at 15.8 Percent.
It is hard to believe what is taken as good news. 539,000 jobs were lost in April yet this was taken as a positive because it wasn’t 600,000. Forget about the fact that the revised number for March was moved upward to 699,000 from an initial 663,000. So it may be the case when the [...]
S&P 500 up 34 Percent in Less Than 2 Months: S&P 500 went down 38 Percent for all of 2008. So why are we Still Down 42 Percent from the 2007 Peak?
We are witnessing one of the strongest bear market rallies in history. This kind of market volatility only rears its head during extreme environments. One quick fact many market watchers will realize is that if you lose 50 percent of your portfolio, you will need to have a 100 percent gain to break even. How [...]
FDIC Insures $4.7 Trillion in Deposits with a $13.6 Billion Deposit Insurance Fund. This is Like Going into a Hurricane with a 99 Cent Store Umbrella.
On Friday, three banks failed and the FDIC took them over. Now this isn’t the big news necessarily. What it significant is that one of the banks taken over was Silverton Bank of Atlanta, Georgia. Silverton bank has $4.1 billion in assets and will cost the FDIC $1.3 billion from their dwindling insurance fund. This [...]