Archive for December, 2010

bTunes Dedication To Josh Brown, Best Financial Blogger On The Web

This installment of bTunes is Brooklyn rap for the best finance blogger on the web. As the Talib Kweli gospel goes: “you gotta do, fuck that almost shit.” This perfectly defines the reformed broker Josh Brown and his command of the zeitgeist, whether arcane financial or inane pop cultural. The man is just as good […]

Santa Tracker Update: Skiing In Telluride Colorado

Great photos of Santa skiing in Telluride, Colorado. Thanks Zach T!

Rates Up Before Christmas: Stat Roundup & Trading Reaction

30-year fixed mortgage rates head into Christmas at about 5% for a single family home loan up to $417,000, and about .25% higher for larger loans and most condo loans. Bond markets close at 2:00 ET today and reopen Monday. While today’s inflation report was flat, mortgage bonds sold off and pushed rates higher on […]

Economic Growth Or ‘Shrinkage’ Since 2006 (CHART)

Economic growth predictions are getting more positive for 2011 and the very rough consensus is around 3% GDP growth. Yesterday’s 3Q2010 final GDP reading (third of three readings) showed the economy grew at 2.6%. The first of three 4Q2010 GDP readings will be released January 28, and below is a chart showing all quarterly GDP […]

Fannie Mae’s 2011 Housing Predictions. Six Banks Repay TARP To Taxpayers

Economist vs. Market Participant Outlook Economists make their living off of forecasting the future or explaining why their earlier predictions were incorrect. But by then, many have forgotten the earlier prediction. Rarely do traders base decisions on what an economist will say but in the mortgage banking arena, predictions by the MBA, Freddie, and Fannie […]

How Well Capitalized Are Surviving Banks? Latest FDIC Dealing on Failed Banks.

More FDIC Dealing On Failed Banks This week, the FDIC closed sales of 40% equity interest in three limited liability companies it set up to hold commercial and residential assets of 26 failed banks. $620 million in unpaid principal on these portfolios was sold for roughly $198 million, less than one-third of the face amount. […]

Favorite holiday card so far: from

Happy holidays! Click image to enlarge. By photographer Peter Samuels.

Fed Up, Again: Steve Hanke on why near-zero Fed rates are causing a credit crunch

In a new piece called Fed Up, Again economics professor Steve Hanke makes his case for why the Fed must hike hike overnight bank-to-bank rates from .25% to 2% in order to end the credit crunch their existing low rate policy has caused. Below is an excerpt explaining the concept clearly using retail bank lending. […]

Julian Assange On Mark Zuckerberg As Time ‘Person Of The Year’

“I [Julian Assange] give you private information on corporations for free and I’m a villain. Mark [Zuckerberg] gives your information to corporations for money and he’s man of the year.” This is a cringingly accurate portrayal of Assange by Saturday Night Live’s Bill Hader (video below). Unlike The Daily Show, SNL goes for pure jokes […]

Latest On The Death of Mortgage Brokers

Mortgage brokers have always been quick to point out that rumors of their death are greatly exaggerated, but the stats on mortgages done by direct lenders vs. brokers suggest otherwise. National Mortgage News reports that: The wholesale/broker loan channel accounted for 11.6% of originations in 3Q, compared to 10.5% in the second quarter, a period […]

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