Archive for January, 2011

Revisiting Epic Car Chase: WATCH Steve ‘Bullitt’ McQueen Tear Up San Francisco

The Wall Street Journal just did a great tribute to one of the best movie car chases of all time. Some Friday awesomeness for you below: watch Steve McQueen as Bullitt going wild on San Francisco streets. I wish only for one day they’d let me do this. Also here’s an HD version but they […]

Rates Fall As Egypt Unrest Outweighs Improving U.S. Economic Data

Rates are down to about 4.75% today as turmoil in Egypt is causing stocks to fall and bonds to rise. The Dow is currently down 172 points and mortgage bonds are currently up 34 basis points (4% FNMA 30yr). When bond prices rise on this kind of rally, rates fall. HuffingtonPost has lots of Egypt […]

Our $14t Deficit Doesn’t Matter, Until It Does. Solving Fannie & Freddie’s 242k Foreclosure Backlog.

Yesterday the markets were concerned about S&P cutting Japan’s credit rating for the first time in 9 years to AA- to account for their mounting debt. What about here in the US, are we broke yet? Our deficit is over $14 trillion. This doesn’t matter … until it does. But when does that happen? When […]

Smart Money: Are Financial Advisors & Mortgage Lenders On Your Side?

Smart Money just published a good piece on how to determine if financial advisors, mortgage lenders, insurance agents and college aid advisors have your best interest in mind—or if they’re in it for themselves. It’s got some good basic tips for consumers. Below are the financial and mortgage advisor excerpts, and here’s the full report. […]

Rates Even Despite Worse Jobless Claims, Pending Home Sales, Manufacturing Orders

Rates are about even today after rising yesterday, and 30yr rates are about 4.875%. Yesterday, December’s New Home Sales showed a 17.5% increase in single-family home sales (way more than 3.1% expected), the Fed said the economy is still struggling, and there was a well-received 5-yr Treasury auction. The Fed announcement should have offset the […]

Fannie and Freddie Try To Cut Preferred Stock Dividends So They Can Repay Taxpayers

A team of scientists from Japan, Russia and the United States hopes to clone a mammoth, a symbol of Earth’s ice age that ended 12,000 years ago. The researchers say they hope to produce a baby mammoth before Freddie and Fannie get restructured. The Financial Times reports that Freddie and Fannie have been quietly lobbying […]

Ridiculous Market and Movie Character Overreactions

Markets often overreact. Like last May 6 when the Dow dropped 1000 points after Greece’s parliament voted on measures to control it’s out of control debt. Or even like today when rates rose .2% after New Home Sales rose 17.5%, making mortgage bond traders think the economy is fixed. It’s enough to drive you insane. […]

Fed: Economy and Jobs Picture Still Unstable. No change to QE2 or overnight rates.

Below is the statement from the first Fed rate policy of 2011, which shows their view that the economic recovery and jobs situation is still unstable. They left overnight bank to bank lending rates the same at a 0-.25% target, and also said they’d continue their $600b quantitative easing program designed to lower business rates […]

2011 Rate Outlook, Part 1: Rates Crisis Peak To Present

An old lending joke says: the most accurate rate outlook is that rates will go up, down or stay the same. And with market heavy volatility since 2008, this could in fact be the most accurate outlook. But in all seriousness, below we examine these three scenarios since November 2008. This post is PART 1 […]

What Do You Spend Money On? (CHART)

Good graphics from ReformedBroker via NielsenWire showing how job and inflation concerns influenced what consumers spent money on last quarter.

 
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