Aug 17 2010

As more Americans save the typical too big to fail banking savings account is paying close to 0 percent in interest. At the same time the average credit card interest rate is over 14 percent.

The one silver lining of this crisis if there is one to be had is that many more Americans are actually saving more money.  However the problem that many now face is historically low interest rates through bank savings accounts.  Average Americans have few places to go receive a decent return (5% or lower) without […]

Jul 1 2010

Commercial real estate transactions collapse 90 percent from 2007 to 2009. The next taxpayer bailout in the $3.5 trillion CRE market. From $522 billion in sales to $52 billion. CRE market over 4 times the size of the entire credit card market.

The massive commercial real estate market is already plaguing the weak balance sheets of banks.  It is the case that each Friday, we are likely to see one U.S. bank fail because due to high levels of commercial real estate (CRE) debt on their books.  This market is likely to cause the failure of hundreds […]

Aug 5 2009

In Goldman Sachs We Trust: The Story of a $222 Stock going to $1 During the Great Depression.

As we look over the masters of the universe on Wall Street with Bear Stearns, Lehman Brothers, Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, and Goldman Sachs only two remain standing and no longer in their previous form.  Yet in the midst of all this turmoil, the storied Goldman Sachs is still churning out the profits.  A recent […]

Jul 16 2009

Bankruptcy Filings up 33 Percent over a 12-month Period: Total 12-month Total of Bankruptcy Filings 1.2 Million. In last Report, Filings up 27 Percent in one month.

Bankruptcy filings are soaring in the United States.  In the last data point, we had 134,282 bankruptcy filings for the month of March 2009.  Bankruptcy data usually lags 3 or 4 months but the trend is ominous.  For the last 12 months some 1.2 million bankruptcy filings have occurred.  Much of this is linked to […]

Jul 13 2009

The Doctrine of Preemptive Bailouts and the Biggest Bailout you haven’t Heard About: The U.S. Treasury Plan C and the $3.5 Trillion You will be Paying.

Last week a story which gained very little traction hit the financial newswires.  The U.S. Treasury is working on an internal project informally called “Plan C” which seeks to deal with further problems in the economy before they occur.  The anonymous report came out stating the administration is reluctant to commit any additional money especially […]

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