Commentators are wringing their hands again, worried the troubles in Spain could cause the whole euro project to collapse. As a result, all eyes are now on Spanish 10-year debt yields, which went above 6% last week as the threat of euro-chaos returned. But it’s not Spain the markets should be worried about.
The Senate torpedoed the Administration’s Buffet Rule.
This was a dumb piece of legislation. The joke was that it would have only raised $5b a year. That’s chump change. It never had a chance of passing. It was a show pony for the November …
There’s been lots of conomic data over the past couple of days. I covered the NAHB builder survey yesterday. Regardless of the fact that the housing market is at pathetic levels historically, the builder data showed the rebound off the lows to be on track. Today, the government released data on housing starts to add…
The latest evidence that a bottom of sorts is in for the housing market comes from California. Here’s the PR from the California Association of Realtors. Considering the source, you can take it with a grain of salt, but it’s entirely consistent with the national housing trends I’ve been tracking. LOS ANGELES (April 16) – California…
Intersecting global crises cannot be papered over with artifice and propaganda for long.
We all know the Status Quo’s response to the global financial meltdown of 2008 has been a travesty of a mockery of a sham–smoke and mirrors, flimsy facades o…
And the strong to seem to get more
While the weak ones slave
Empty pockets don’t ever make the grade
Mama may have, and Papa may have
But God bless the child that’s got his own
That’s got his own.”
We can thank the late, great Billie Holiday for those lyrics. And we can thank our higher education system for giving “the child that don’t his own”a chance to get some.
Some debt, that is.
Students, many of them adults looking to gain new skills, are being systematically ripped off and enslaved by schools and lenders, blinding them with hope about what a higher education can do for them while bilking them for billions in the process.
It’s a dirty game, and a big one at that. You probably know, because you probably owe.
First, let me offer some insights on the market before I get to my indictments…
Why the Doom and Gloom?
So far, so good…as far as earnings season, that is. Three quarters of companies reporting, so far, have beaten Street expectations. And 81% have offered up better than expected revenue forecasts for the future.
So… why all the doom and gloom?
Many investors are convinced the market is stacked against them. It is…. but not for the reasons you might think. Dismal returns actually have very little to do with super computers, research, insider information or access to the trading floor. The real issue comes down to something very simple – the difference between how individuals and professionals approach stock market volatility. Most investors head for the hills when volatility rises.
Successful traders, on the other hand, embrace it because they know stock market volatility represents an opportunity.
Remax says home prices heading up. http://www.remax.com/documents/homepage/REMAX%20National%20Housing%20Report_March%
So I’ve been riding the Miami Marilyns’ fans about their lack of a sellout in their new glass palace in the middle of an inaccessible city neighborhood location with no subway access and no interstates nearby, and a parking situation from hell (Can you say garage parking for 5600 cars, and scattered offsite 6 blocks…
By William K. Black (Cross-posted from Benzinga.com) Presidential nominees of either U.S. party can secure economic advice from any economist in the world. This makes it all the more amazing and sad that they choose economists with track records of … Continue reading →