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Category: Government Intervention

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Stock-Markets

Friday, September 19, 2008

Paulson Commits Trillions of Tax Payer Dollars to the Mother of All Bailouts / Stock-Markets / Government Intervention

By: Peter_Schiff

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleJust three days ago, after looking at the prospect of bailing a string of distressed financial institution in the country, the government seemingly drew a line in the sand, and refused to bail out Lehman Brothers. The authorities clearly saw Lehman’s demise as a trial balloon to see how the markets would react if the government stayed on the sidelines. That trial balloon quickly turned into the Hindenburg. Immediately reversing course, the Government has decided to go “all in” and bail out every institution with financial exposure to U.S. mortgages.

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Stock-Markets

Friday, September 19, 2008

Financial Armageddon Postponed- Fed Intervenes In Money Markets / Stock-Markets / Government Intervention

By: Mike_Shedlock

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe Fed has announced new liquidity measures this morning governing non-recourse funding of asset backed commercial paper and plans to purchase short-term debt obligations issued by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the Federal Home Loan Banks.

Here is the Fed Press Release On Liquidity Measures .

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Stock-Markets

Friday, September 19, 2008

Financial Insanity: SEC Plans to Temporarily Ban Short-Selling / Stock-Markets / Government Intervention

By: Mike_Shedlock

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleEvery time I think the height of insanity has been reached I have been proven wrong. My new official statement is: "There is no upward limit on insane actions by Congress, the SEC, the president, or for that matter anyone else."

Already I need to amend a post I wrote moments ago: Stock Market Cheers Fiscal Insanity .

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Stock-Markets

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Paulson Seeks Resolution Trust Corporation "Solution" / Stock-Markets / Government Intervention

By: Mike_Shedlock

When you have done as much damage to taxpayers and the economy as Paulson has, one just might expect for him to go into hiding until the next administration fires him.

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Stock-Markets

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Britain Bans Short-Selling Citing 'Extreme' Market Climate / Stock-Markets / Government Intervention

By: Mike_Shedlock

See Addendum: Ban is on Financials Only

MarketWatch is reporting Britain bans short-selling, citing 'extreme' market climate .
LONDON (MarketWatch) -- Britain's Financial Services Authority on Thursday announced the unprecedented move of banning short-selling and forbidding any increase in new positions. Also, disclosure will be required on all positions of more than 0.25% of a stock. The ban is due to remain in force until Jan. 16, but it will be reviewed in 30 days.

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Stock-Markets

Thursday, September 18, 2008

UK FSA Bans Hedge Fund Short Selling After Attack on HBOS / Stock-Markets / Government Intervention

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe FSA in a statement issued a short while ago effectively bans hedge fund short-selling as of midnight tonight of financial stocks. This follows just 24 hours from my analysis ( Hedge Funds Crash Halifax, HBOS Rescued by Lloyds TSB) that in the wake of the HBOS collapse recommended UK government take immediate action to regulate short selling of financial institutions so as to allow the distressed banks time to negotiate with possible merger partners than to be forced into shot-gun weddings or worse as a consequence of relentless hedge fund short-selling that results in market panic actions that acts as a force of great instability for the whole of Britain's financial system.

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Economics

Monday, September 15, 2008

United States to Pay the Price of Nationalization / Economics / Government Intervention

By: John_Browne

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleLast week, the U.S. government took the unprecedented step of effectively nationalizing mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.  Together, the two companies hold or guarantee some $5.2 trillion, or about half, of all American residential mortgages.  A substantial portion of this debt is tilting toward default.  Given the size of the numbers, American tax payers should be very concerned. 

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Stock-Markets

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Bailouts Killing Free Market Capitalism / Stock-Markets / Government Intervention

By: Money_and_Markets

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleBack on August 1, I asked the question: "When is enough, enough?" I wrote:

It seems like every week we get another borrower bailout initiative.

Or another multi-billion dollar package of legislation.

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Stock-Markets

Monday, September 08, 2008

Paulson Bailout of Freddie, Fannie and PIMCO Translated / Stock-Markets / Government Intervention

By: Mike_Shedlock

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleFinancial Institutions Must Be Allowed To Fail

Paulson: "Homeowners should not anticipate a government bail-out. Banks should not expect to be bailed-out by government, despite intervention by the Federal Reserve in the near-collapse of Bear Stearns in March."

Translation: Critical banks and GSEs must not be allowed to fail.

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Stock-Markets

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Government Manipulation Vs Market Forces / Stock-Markets / Government Intervention

By: Money_and_Markets

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleJack Crooks writes: In America, times like these don't come around often. Usually, Americans are blessed with economic prosperity. Enduring periods of stagnant or shrinking economic growth are exceptions to the rule.

There's a big reason we've been so fortunate ... something often referred to as the market process. Contrary to what the current Federal Reserve or U.S. Treasury might have you believe, it is this naturally occurring progression that keeps the markets functioning the way they ought to function — free of interference.

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Stock-Markets

Monday, August 18, 2008

Fed's History of Bailout a Falling Stock Market / Stock-Markets / Government Intervention

By: Captain_Hook

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleTalk of failures and bank holidays is becoming increasing wide spread as each day passes, with good reason . Combine this with the fact it appears both price managers and the market itself are out of touch about the possibilities, and this increases potential for a ‘self-fulfilling prophecy' in this respect. In terms of being out of touch, and much like the situation prior to the stock market crash that commenced in 1929, money supply growth rates are presently insufficient to stimulate growth in the larger economy because price managers are still dealing with the effects of previous accelerations in inflation .

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Companies

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

SEC Selective Short Selling Protection Ensures Survival of the Unfittest / Companies / Government Intervention

By: John_Mauldin

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIt is indeed a very interesting time in which to live, especially watching the financial markets. The disconnect among authorities, regulators, companies and investors is almost too much to comprehend. There are no precedents for the turmoil we are in. This week we read an essay by a name familiar to readers of Outside Box, Michael Lewitt of Hegemony Capital Management ( www.hegcap.com ). As usual he offers us some very cogent comments on the continuing efforts by those in authority to bail out the system, along with insights on the deal by Merrill and the woes at GM. It is a very interesting letter, so I will stand aside and let Michael jump in.

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Housing-Market

Saturday, August 02, 2008

The Cost of Escalating Fed Bailouts is Sustainable Home Ownership / Housing-Market / Government Intervention

By: Money_and_Markets

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleMike Larson writes: When is enough, enough? How much is too much?

Those are the questions I've been pondering lately as I survey the housing and mortgage market landscape. It seems like every week we get another borrower bailout initiative.

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Stock-Markets

Thursday, July 31, 2008

America's Lurch Away From Free Market Capitalism / Stock-Markets / Government Intervention

By: Kurt_Kasun

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe cover of this week's The Economist magazine reads "Unhappy America". To the authors' credit the article goes beyond the typical Bush-bashing and identifies several factors at play. They were treading down the right path when they observe that "Lax monetary policy allowed Americans to build up debts and fuelled a housing bubble that had to burst eventually." But rather than going into further detail in addressing the subject of easy money, the chief culprit of the financial mess we will be in for years, the authors turn their sights on the need for education, healthcare, and other reforms. The authors exercised relative restraint in assessing America's lurch away from free-market capitalism in the wake of the housing market bailout, the Fannie (NYSE:  FNM ) and Freddie (NYSE:  FRE ) backstop, the special protected status 17 financial companies are receiving against naked short sales, etc.

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Economics

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

United States Abandoning Capitalism for Socialism / Economics / Government Intervention

By: John_Browne

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleOver the past few decades, the United States has steadily evolved from a nation of ‘producers' to one of ‘consumers'.  The change has been celebrated by politicians and economists as proof of America's arrival at the top of the global economic food chain.  In reality, the development has depleted the nation of its hard-earned wealth, and has led us to the brink of ruin.

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Housing-Market

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Government Plays Dr Seuss By Artificially Propping Up House Prices / Housing-Market / Government Intervention

By: David_Vaughn

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleEver notice how those books at home on your shelves seems to grow higher and higher over the years? I noticed the same thing myself and decided to weed out the old books that no longer seemed worthwhile to keep. Among those dusty books I discovered were books that I read to my child just a few “short” years ago. The Tonka truck book, the book about trains and ships, Yertle the Turtle, Dr. Seuss.

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Stock-Markets

Thursday, July 24, 2008

FDIC Chairman Sheila Bair Is Out Of Control / Stock-Markets / Government Intervention

By: Mike_Shedlock

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIn a sad twist of irony Shelia Bair is accusing blogs of being "out of control". Sadder still is the fact that San Francisco Business Times writer Mark Calvey agrees. Please consider the incredibly inane article FDIC learns it ignores bloggers at its peril .

The federal agency insuring bank deposits learned that it can't afford to ignore the blogs following its seizure this month of IndyMac Bank, the largest bank failure since the 1980s.

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Housing-Market

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Fed Asks for Blank Check for Fannie and Freddie in Flawed Rescue Plan / Housing-Market / Government Intervention

By: Mike_Whitney

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe Fed's emergency rescue plan for the financial markets is hopelessly flawed. It's a scattershot approach that doesn't address the real source of the problem; an unregulated, unsustainable structured finance system that emerged in full-force after 2000 and spawned a shadow banking system that creates trillions of dollars of credit without sufficient capital reserves. This is the heart of the problem and it needs to be debated openly. The present system doesn't work; it's as simple as that. It makes no sense to provide trillions of dollars of taxpayer money to shore up a system that is essentially dysfunctional. It's just throwing money down a rat-hole.

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Stock-Markets

Saturday, July 19, 2008

The Financial Dogs Bitching About SEC Short Selling Ruling / Stock-Markets / Government Intervention

By: Mike_Shedlock

Many banks are bitching about the new SEC rules on shorting. On the off chance you are new to the story, it's time for a full recap from the beginning.

Complete Chronological Recap

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Housing-Market

Friday, July 18, 2008

Protecting Mortgage Giants from Slingshots / Housing-Market / Government Intervention

By: Doug_Wakefield

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWhether he intended to or not, Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson's statements, in a July 15th Bloomberg article titled, “Paulson Sees Fannie, Freddie Share Purchase Only If Necessary,” show the weakness of our current financial markets.

“Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac ‘represent the only functioning secondary mortgage market,' Paulson said in written testimony today to the Senate Banking Committee. ‘Our plan is aimed at supporting the stability of financial markets, not just these two companies.'”

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