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  • Farewell to the Free Market? Western governments have compounded the economic crisis by...

    02/08/2012 6:01:09 PM PST · by neverdem · 6 replies
    City Journal ^ | Winter 2012 | Nicole Gelinas
    Western governments have compounded the economic crisis by rejecting the one force that can end it.In the years leading up to 2007, the rules necessary to govern a flourishing market economy broke down, producing a financial and economic crisis. Rather than responding to the crisis by fixing those rules, the West aggressively repudiated market economics, and the repudiation continues to this day. Through their actions, which have lately involved everything from European debt to the American financial system to house prices in Britain, government officials around the world have revealed a disturbing assumption: that they can decide how to allocate...
  • Where No Mortgage News Is Fit to Print

    12/22/2011 12:36:20 AM PST · by neverdem · 3 replies
    The American ^ | December 20, 2011 | Peter J. Wallison
    The New York Times op-ed page and the left-wing echo chamber. When Joe Nocera was given a regular op-ed column in the New York Times, there was kind of a collective “uh-oh” among people who have watched the gradual slide of that page into Krugmanism and ideological irrelevance. I was one of them, but thought there might be some hope. Some of his columns in the Times business section had suggested a glimmering of a willingness to consider other points of view and even facts.At first, I was disappointed. As he said in today’s column, he called my dissent from...
  • Anxious Greeks Emptying Their Bank Accounts

    Many Greeks are draining their savings accounts because they are out of work, face rising taxes or are afraid the country will be forced to leave the euro zone. By withdrawing money, they are forcing banks to scale back their lending -- and are inadvertently making the recession even worse. Georgios Provopoulos, the governor of the central bank of Greece, is a man of statistics, and they speak a clear language. "In September and October, savings and time deposits fell by a further 13 to 14 billion euros. In the first 10 days of November the decline continued on a...
  • Barney Frank: The Community Reinvestment Act Was a Republican Failure

    10/12/2011 10:59:56 PM PDT · by neverdem · 58 replies
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE ^ | October 12, 2011 | Jim Geraghty
    In today’s Wall Street Journal: Asked who was to blame for the 2008 financial crisis and whether any bankers should have been prosecuted, Mrs. Bachmann and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich put the onus on the federal government, with Mr. Gingrich suggesting that former Senate Banking Chairman Chris Dodd and Rep. Barney Frank, former chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, should both be jailed.“It was the federal government that pushed the subprime loans . . . that pushed the community reinvestment act,” said Mrs. Bachmann, citing what she considered the causes of the housing meltdown.Mr. Frank released an emailed...
  • Why Jobs Haven't Come Back - Weak Demand Is the Problem

    01/18/2011 6:33:28 PM PST · by neverdem · 43 replies
    NY Times ^ | January 17, 2011 | Laura Tyson
    Will high unemployment remain a constant feature of the new economy? So far the pace of recovery from the 2008-2009 recession, the deepest since the Great Depression, has been agonizingly slow, barely enough to absorb the monthly growth in the labor force and not nearly enough of offset the job losses that have occurred. Weak demand rather than structural changes in the composition of output or a mismatch between worker skills and jobs is the primary cause of continued high unemployment. Even if demand strengthens enough to create 300,000 jobs per month, three times the average monthly rate in 2010,...
  • Peter Schiff: "We're in the Early Stages of a Depression"

    08/16/2010 11:16:14 AM PDT · by Atlas Sneezed · 37 replies
    Motley Fool ^ | August 9, 2010 | Jennifer Schonberger
    (snip) Schonberger: Sans fiscal stimulus and the Feds' intervention -- quantitative easing -- do you think we would even have GDP [gross domestic product] growth? Schiff: We don't have economic growth. GDP is going up, but that's not a sign of any economic growth. All we're measuring is what we're consuming. But we are paying for it by going into debt. As a nation, we're in worse shape because of the GDP growth. The real economy is shrinking. All we're doing is borrowing money from economies that are growing, like China, and we're spending their money. But that's going to...
  • Buffetts Goldman (GS) Deal Being Probed Galleon Group Insider Trading Case

    04/25/2010 1:40:13 AM PDT · by Daisyjane69 · 10 replies · 517+ views
    Benzinga (trading publication) ^ | 4/23/10 | Ed Liston
    In the Galleon Group insider trading case, the focus has now turned to Warren Buffetts Goldman Sachs (NYSE: GS) deal, which came during the peak of the financial crisis. The Wall Street Journal, citing a person close to the situation, has reported that before the public announcement of the deal where Buffetts Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE: BRK.A) invested $5 billion in Goldman Sachs Group, a director at the bank tipped off Galleon Groups Raj Rajaratnam about the deal.
  • Four more banks bite the dust [FDIC Friday] [total cost is $1.1 billion]

    07/18/2009 12:46:12 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 6 replies · 1,028+ views
    CNN ^ | 2009-07-18
    Two in California, one in Georgia and one in South Dakota - these FDIC closures bring the total number of failed banks in 2009 to 57. BY CATHERINE CLIFFORD NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- State regulators shut down four banks Friday, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation said. The bank were: First Piedmont Bank, based in Winder, Ga.; BankFirst, based in Sioux Falls, S.D.; Temecula Valley Bank of Temecula, Calif.; and Vineyard Bank of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. Friday's actions bring the total number of closings for 2009 to 57. . . . . . Friday's failures will cost the FDIC fund nearly...