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Americans Sees Biggest Home Equity Jump in 60 Years: Mortgages – Bloomberg

Home equity in the first quarter rose to $6.7 trillion, the highest level since 2008, as homeowners taking advantage of record-low borrowing costs to refinance their loans brought cash to the table to pay down principal. The 7.3 percent gain was the biggest jump in more than 60 years, according to an analysis by Bloomberg…

New York City Budget Balanced With Help From Wall Street – Bloomberg

New York City balanced its $68.7 billion spending plan for fiscal 2013 with revenue from $7.3 billion in Wall Street firms’ first-quarter profits, state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli said. New York Stock Exchange firms bounced back after losing $2 billion in the fourth quarter of 2011, DiNapoli said in his yearly analysis of the city budget……

Subprime Student Slaves: The Lowlife Trap of Higher Education

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.

But wait.

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?

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