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Existing Home Sales Flat In May

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…

Smoot-Hawley’s Revenge

“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: […]

NovaStar: The Subprime Litmus Test

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 […]

Oh, What A Tangled Web Housing Riskloves Weave!

In the past day I’ve been gathering together what was intended to be a random collection of housing/housing finance updates that I thought worthy of additional comment.   Upon taking a look at the assortment, much to my surprise, the first thing that struck me about them was how a nearly continuous thread of interconnection and […]

Recession Reality Hits?

A few quick items this morning before I’m off to the factory. The main one is Monster Warns On Q1, on how the purveyor of job ads online is seeing its business take a hit. The reason given is openly described as “economic slowdown”. Labor conditions are noted as problematic. Very […]