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Yes, Ezra, There Is No Santa Claus

Ezra Klein asked (and answered) in the Washington Post today, “Why are the markets down today? No reason.” What would you expect him to say? He’s a mainstream media journalist, and therefore, by definition, clueless. I took a moment to answer his rhetorical question/answer with the real explanation (as I see it) in the comments…

Sour Housing Notes

The following is an excerpt from the Professional Edition Fed Report of December 23. It was also made available to Wall Street Examiner Economic Bulletins, a free email service, on December 24. You can subscribe via the form in the left sidebar. The Mortgage Bankers Association’s Mortgage Applications index announced Wednesday did a belly flop.…

More Little Lies and Big Spin- Gains or Blips?

The FIM (Financial Infomercial Media) has gifted us with more nonsense today in the form of Pending Homes Sales data from the NAR (Realtors) and the Purchasing Managers Manufacturing Index from the ISM (Purchasing Managers). Bloomberg was positively ecstatic about the housing data, proclaiming “The number of contracts to buy previously owned homes rose more…

Hype and Hysteria- Professional Edition Fed Report

The Fed bought another load of Treasuries today, as previously scheduled, and consistent with their behavior in past weeks. Did they help the PDs absorb this week’s mountain of supply? Of course. That’s what the Fed does. It’s part of their mandate. They’ve been doing it since time immemorial, way, way before quantitative easing ever…