August 9 – The Wall Street Journal (Henny Sender and Kate Kelly): Quant funds – ‘quant’ stands for quantitative — generally operate by building computer models of market behavior and then allowing the computer programs to dictate trading. A recurring characteristic of the recent trouble in financial markets is that many lenders, funds and brokerages […]
While the final results won’t be tallied until Monday morning, it looks like the LDP (Shinzo Abe’s party) is out in Japan. As the linked article points out, Abe’s top priorities were basically the projection of Japanese power globally, and more nationalism at home.
Resuming a familiar refrain, the market is moving up today for all the wrong reasons. Bad news is being taken as good—as if the deteriorating economic situation over the past year is not proof enough that doe-eyed readings of the leading month or week’s data is pure folly.
The following is taken verbatim from the National Association of Realtors press release today. I have read between the lines and translated the press release for the benefit of anyone who might be tempted to take the Realtors words at face value. Follow the money. Find the profits!Liquidity is money. Regardless of where in the…
The story is the same one that I have been chronicling since the tea leaves first clearly signaled the endgame unfolding in US housing back in 2004 and 2005. Since then it has been slowly but surely downhill. While all real estate is local, since all local markets have been largely homogenized by securitization, the…
Another day, another episode of being bathed in forest fire smoke for the city of Atlanta. We had a really bad day last week as well—and this unfortunately looks set to become a more frequent occurrence, much to the dismay of anyone even remotely sensitive or vulnerable to atmospheric pollutants.
“The bottom line here is very clear: The US Congress just doesn’t do macro.” –Stephen Roach, in Past The Point Of No Return
Isn’t it remarkable that the pea-brains on capitol hill don’t link the obvious negative consequences of the trade imbalance with China (manufacturing job loss) with the “positive” results we’ve come to depend on: […]
New article up at iTulip: “Say Hello To ‘Lendron’“, discussing propagation of the housing finance breakdown out of subprime, and the negative-amortization scam.
MorningStar has a pretty nice article out from yesterday featuring duelling analysts regarding the fate of NovaStar. After their almost naively-sanguine and narrowly-scoped Alt-A/banks article last week, I find this a breath of fresh(er) air. While I believe it is a little bit inane to be discussing subprime at this point (the […]
You really can’t. I am referring to this BrokerUniverse thread, entitled “Soon to be ex-New Century manager needs advice”. You know a thread with a title like that is going to be good. I’ll let the content do most of the talking for itself: