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Analysis Topic: Politics & Social Trends

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Politics

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Why TALF is Bad for America / Politics / Credit Crisis Bailouts

By: Chris_Ciovacco

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe recent Term Asset-Backed Securities Loan Facility (TALF) announcements bring to mind Einstein's definition of insanity – “doing the same things over and over again and expecting different results”. It is well documented that securitization of loans, use of leverage, and government intervention in the free markets helped inflate assets bubbles, fostered a culture of debt, and distorted the efficient allocation of limited resources in our economy. If you want a good real world example, Fannie Mae bonds guaranteed by the government, backed by a pool of subprime mortgages, and bought using borrowed money (leverage) touches most of the bases.

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Politics

Thursday, March 05, 2009

The Worst Global Crisis of All Time / Politics / Water Sector

By: Money_and_Markets

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleLarry Edelson writes: No, I'm not talking about the global financial crisis. Nor am I talking about the AIG disaster … Citibank's failure … the collapse of GM or Ford. I'm not even referring to the Dow's recent plunge to below 7,000.

Don't get me wrong: I am not minimizing the financial crisis that's affecting people all over the world.

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Politics

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Financial Crisis Big Picture: What Can We Do? / Politics / Credit Crisis 2009

By: Rudy_Avizius

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIn Part 1 of this series, we examined how our “leaders” and “experts” ignored the warning signs of an impending economic storm and ended up with huge trade deficits, growing budget deficits, rising consumer debt, the collapse and loss of trust for our financial sector, the erosion of our middle class, significantly increased corporate debt levels, the United States as the world's largest debtor nation, a planet on the verge of potentially catastrophic climate change, and out of control population growth. We essentially had a system that was not sustainable.

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Politics

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Top Secret Credit Crisis Bailouts / Politics / Credit Crisis Bailouts

By: Mike_Shedlock

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleInteresting stories are stacking up again so it's time for some economic potpourri starting with secret dealings by the Fed.

Fed Refuses to Release Bank Lending Data, Insists on Secrecy The Fed refused yesterday to disclose the names of the borrowers and the loans, alleging that it would cast “a stigma” on recipients of more than $1.9 trillion of emergency credit from U.S. taxpayers and the assets the central bank is accepting as collateral.

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Politics

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

The Other Looming $7 Trillion Financial Crisis: Social Security / Politics / US Economy

By: Money_and_Markets

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleNilus Mattive writes: My new retirement report just went to press yesterday, so the material is fresh in my mind. And while I can't share the contents with you here in Money and Markets , there is one topic in that report that I want to talk about today.

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Politics

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

The Great American Pump And Dump Fraud / Politics / Market Manipulation

By: David_Haas

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleHere is a useful definition straight from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) web page which describes several different types of scams investors need to be wary of.

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Politics

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Stop The Seller Funded Down Payment Assistance (SFDPA) Scam / Politics / Credit Crisis Bailouts

By: Mike_Shedlock

Aaron Krowne at Implode-O-Meter has asked me to help stop the Seller Funded Down Payment Assistance (SFDPA) scam.

Barry Ritholtz at the Big Picture, Dr. Housing Bubble, Patrick.Net, Blown Mortgage and the Mess That Greenspan Made have already written about this scam, so I am risking the dreaded "piling on" penalty but here goes.

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Politics

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Financial Crisis Big Picture: What has the Government Response Been? / Politics / Credit Crisis 2009

By: Rudy_Avizius


Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIn the first part of this article we examined how we got ourselves into this economic mess and how our “leaders” and “experts” missed so many warning signs. In this second of 3 parts we will examine what the government response has been.

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Politics

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Recession Politics of the Big Lie of "Shared Sacrifice" / Politics / Recession 2008 - 2010

By: Submissions

It's everywhere you look and in every speech you listen to. Every time a politician or businessmen talks about the recession, an almost in-synch, repetitive mantra can be heard: “Shared sacrifice, equality of sacrifice, hard choices.” Oh my.

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Politics

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Systemic Failure of Capitalism and the Collapse of the Real Economy / Politics / Recession 2008 - 2010

By: Stephen_Lendman

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAfter the 1929 October 24, 28 and 29 market crash, the weekly entertainment industry magazine Variety (on October 30) published its most famous ever headline: "Wall Street Lays an Egg." In October 2008, history repeated, and since the October 2007 peak, equity prices plunged over 50% after the Dow and S & P (in February) posted their second worst ever monthly percentage declines - topped only in 1933 during the depths of the Great Depression. So far, the current market drop matches its 1929 - 1932 pace, and like then, shows no signs of abating.

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Politics

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Financial Crisis Big Picture: How Did We Get Here? / Politics / Credit Crisis 2009

By: Rudy_Avizius

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAs the environmental, financial, and economic situation continues to deteriorate around us, we need to step back and take a look at the big picture. We need to see how we ended up in this economic mess, what the government response has been, and what we can do to climb out of this hole that we have collectively dug ourselves into. We are starting to see that our perceived prosperity has really been an illusion and was totally unsustainable.

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Politics

Monday, March 02, 2009

Is Government Stimulus Spending the Answer? / Politics / Economic Stimulus

By: Dr_Ron_Paul

This week, Congress and the administration once again showed their lack of economic understanding, as they ramped up spending to record levels. On the surface, maybe it does look to some like the economic crisis is a liquidity problem, that the economy is in trouble because money is not changing hands at the pace it once did in the boom years. They believe that to get back to a booming economy money needs to start changing hands again - and the quickest way to do this is for the federal government to massively expand spending to pump new money into the system. If this is the extent of their understanding, no wonder they call for spending, taxing, bailouts and inflation.

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Politics

Monday, March 02, 2009

Financial Crisis Conspiracy Theory / Politics / Credit Crisis 2009

By: Submissions

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticlePeter Chamberlain writes: Sermon From The Corporate Church - Hurricane winds pound at the gates of Fortress America and our leaders send out the order for more straw and sand to pound into the widening cracks. The harder the winds of change blow the more apparent it becomes that our “leaders” cannot lead, when they themselves await orders from above. As our house of cards flies apart at the seams, the master planners send their minions scrambling to salvage their disintegrating investments, worrying only about their “property,” caring less about the human life that is huddled in fear within.

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Politics

Monday, March 02, 2009

President Barack Obama’s Fiscal Year 2009 Budget / Politics / US Debt

By: Richard_C_Cook

Best Financial Markets Analysis Article“The Last Picture Show” was a 1971 film depicting the decay of small town America. It took place in the fictitious town of Anarene, Texas. We hear a distant tune reminiscent of America’s high and lonely places and the sound of a dry wind blowing. It’s March 2010 in the tiny West Texas town of Anarene. Nothing much happens here any more. The last business shut down a couple of years ago. It was a cement plant that went broke after the housing bubble burst and the banks stopped lending. The kids out of high school drive their jalopies from one end of Main Street to the other past boarded-up storefronts.

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Politics

Sunday, March 01, 2009

Credit Crisis Solution: Social Credit / Politics / Credit Crisis 2009

By: Christopher_Quigley

Best Financial Markets Analysis Article"Banking and credit are too important a business for citizens and politicians to be ignorant of. Upon its fair and equitable administration rests the very existence and future of our society".

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Politics

Friday, February 27, 2009

America's Two Party Political System / Politics / US Politics

By: Submissions

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleDavid Michael Green writes: The Republican party in America faces two grave problems today. One is Barack Obama, probably the most skilled and era-appropriate politician in a generation or more.  And that, after he's already through all of one whole month in office. The other problem threatening the very life of the Republican Party today is the Republican Party.

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Politics

Friday, February 27, 2009

Obamanomics Will Destroy What's Left of the U.S. Economy / Politics / Economic Stimulus

By: Peter_Schiff

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIn his first televised speech before Congress, President Obama asserted that prosperity will return once the government restores the flow of credit in the economy. It may come as a surprise to him, but an economy cannot run on consumer loans. Furthermore, credit stopped flowing in the U.S. for a very good reason: there was no more savings left to loan. Government efforts to simply make credit available, without rebuilding productive capacity or increasing savings, are doomed to destroy what's left of our economy.

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Politics

Friday, February 27, 2009

Global Investors' Bill Of Rights May Prevent Economic Déjà Vu / Politics / Market Regulation

By: Steve_Selengut

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe purpose of IBOR is to protect financial markets and to create self-sufficient investors who produce economic growth instead of government deficits. IBOR standards create transparent financial markets, regulate speculation, and protect retirement portfolios. Here's a Summary:

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Politics

Friday, February 27, 2009

Criminal Banks and Brokers Continue To Ply Their Trade... / Politics / Credit Crisis Bailouts

By: Richard_J_Greene

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleStealing From You and Me As the Public Carries On Its Belief in Fantasies - What ever would possess intelligent professionals such as those running the finances of major financial institutions to leverage their equity 88 to one in the case of Citigroup and 134 to one in the case of Bank of America? JP Morgan's credit exposure to financial derivatives, (financial weapons of mass destruction) at last glance exceeded 400 to 1!

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Politics

Friday, February 27, 2009

Obama's $3.6 Trillion Budget Continues Bush Doctrine of Bankrupting America / Politics / US Debt

By: Mike_Shedlock

Dear Mr. President, I read your New Era $3.6 Trillion Budget Proposal . I also listened to your speech Tuesday night. You made a great campaign speech. However, the campaign is over. You won. And the reason you won is you offered hope as well as a promise of change.

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