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Category: Credit Crisis 2008

The analysis published under this category are as follows.

Currencies

Monday, October 06, 2008

European Banking Crisis Deepens as Germany Guarantees Savings / Currencies / Credit Crisis 2008

By: Mike_Shedlock

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleI am sure glad Paulson says the global financial system is sound. Otherwise I might be worried when I see reports like this: Financial Crisis: Germany guarantees all private savings; UK 'must follow'

The move to protect private bank account deposits in Europe's largest national economy came after similar moves in Ireland and Greece were widely criticised.

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Stock-Markets

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Credit Chaos Next– The Mother of all Bank Runs? / Stock-Markets / Credit Crisis 2008

By: Prieur_du_Plessis

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleNouriel Roubini: Next – the mother of all bank runs?
“It's plain that the current financial crisis is worsening in spite of – or perhaps because of – the Treasury rescue plan. “The strains in financial markets are becoming more, rather than less, severe in spite of the nuclear option of a $700 billion package: Interbank spreads are widening and are at a level never seen before; credit spreads are widening to new peaks; short-term Treasury yields are going back to near-zero levels as there is flight to safety; credit default swap (CDS) spreads for financial institutions are rising to extreme levels as the ban on shorting of financial stock has moved the pressures on financial firms to the CDS market; and stock markets around the world have reacted very negatively to this rescue package.

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Interest-Rates

Saturday, October 04, 2008

LIBOR Gone Crazy as Commercial Paper Market Implodes / Interest-Rates / Credit Crisis 2008

By: John_Mauldin

  • Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe Curve in the Road
  • Necessary but Not Sufficient
  • Why the Government Had to Step In
  • All the King's Horses
  • How Can I Be 59?

The "Bailout Plan" was passed. Will it work? The answer depends on what your definition of "work" is. If by work you mean no more government intervention and no further costly programs and a functioning market, then the answer is no. But there are things it will do. This week I try to help you see what might lie ahead around the Curve in the Road. We look at how the rescue plan will function, see what is happening in the economy, and finally muse as to whether Muddle Through is really in our future. It will make for an interesting, if not very upbeat, letter, so strap in. I would like your promise to not shoot the messenger. I am just trying to give you some of my thoughts as to what may lie in our future. And remember, as you read this, we will get through it. There are better days "a'coming."

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Economics

Friday, October 03, 2008

Anatomy of Financial and Economic Disaster -Part1 / Economics / Credit Crisis 2008

By: Andy_Sutton

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleFor a minute, let's forget about all that has happened in the past year. Forget about the signing of the bailout into law. Let's forget about the failure of some of America 's most iconic Wall Street firms. Let's forget about the insolvency of Fannie, Freddie, and FDIC (yes, they're broke too). Let's forget about Northern Rock, Countrywide, and AIG. They are all but casualties and symptoms. They are not the problem.

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Stock-Markets

Friday, October 03, 2008

Deleveraging Markets Demand Active Investors / Stock-Markets / Credit Crisis 2008

By: Weekly_Wizards

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleJay Matulich writes: What do you see happening with the markets?

What's going on with the markets is what I've been talking with you about for the last year -- that there's a great unwinding of leverage going on, and it's going to continue until at the earliest the middle of next year. What that has done is put a tremendous amount of pressure on selling all asset classes. This winding down of leverage has gone from subprime into other mortgage products and mutated into other areas of the debt market. This has caused all asset classes to be under pressure, since basically all the asset classes from March 2003 went up together, a correlation of 1.0, except for the dollar. As leverage gets unwound all positions get taken off, and it's been very vicious.

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Politics

Friday, October 03, 2008

$700 Billion Bailout Package a Necessary Evil / Politics / Credit Crisis 2008

By: Brady_Willett

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleYears from now conspiracy theorists will no doubt contend that the historic $700 billion 2008 bailout package came about because the Federal Reserve and U.S. Treasury wanted to further cement their control over the U.S. economy and government.  Focusing on Bernanke and Paulson's apocalyptic words leading up to the bailout vote, not to mention some anti-Fed writings from Thomas Jefferson, conspiracy theorists will note how powerful men scared Congressmen into adopting their plan, how the rules of the financial game were changed to help Wall Street, and how the American public, once again, saw their hard earned dollars stolen from them. Needless to say, what the conspiracy theorists will be doing is giving Bernanke and Paulson far more credit than they deserve. Read full article... Read full article...

 


Stock-Markets

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Defense of Speculators and Short-Sellers / Stock-Markets / Credit Crisis 2008

By: Alex_Epstein

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAmit Ghate writes: Everywhere today government bureaucrats and media pundits blame unwanted price movements on speculators and short-sellers. If prices are “too high”--it's the fault of greedy speculators; if prices are “too low”--it's the work of evil short-sellers. To hear these critics tell it, speculators have the ability to create artificially high prices, while short-sellers can wantonly destroy sound companies. (Ignore for now the obvious question: “Where are the short-sellers in markets that are 'too high' and the speculators in markets that are 'too low'?")

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Stock-Markets

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Credit Crisis Government Manipulation- Shocking Answers / Stock-Markets / Credit Crisis 2008

By: EWI

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThree Questions The Government Doesn't Want You To Ask About the Financial Crisis And 3 Shocking Answers!

Bob Prechter, President of Elliott Wave International (EWI), is no stranger to challenging the status quo. His New York Times bestseller, Conquer the Crash , was published in 2002 before anyone was even talking about the current financial crisis.

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Companies

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Major Insurance Company On Verge Of Bankruptcy: Senator Reid / Companies / Credit Crisis 2008

By: Mike_Shedlock

Bloomberg is reporting Hartford, Prudential, MetLife Credit Swaps Widen to Records .

The cost to protect against a default by Hartford Financial Services Group Inc., Prudential Financial Inc. and MetLife Inc. rose to record levels on speculation that the turmoil in financial markets may be spreading to insurers.

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Interest-Rates

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Bailout Fixes Nothing, Banking System Collapse Approaches Climax / Interest-Rates / Credit Crisis 2008

By: Jim_Willie_CB

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticlePardon the brief and jumpy style, laced with more emotion than usual. The events of the last few days have been remarkable, alarming, chaotic, and surreal. Gonna attend the Toronto gold show hosted by the Cambridge House this weekend. If you are there, grab my arm and say hello. Let me know your perspective on the brewing crisis.

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Companies

Thursday, October 02, 2008

UK Company Business Bank and Savings Account Guaranteed? / Companies / Credit Crisis 2008

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWhilst individual savers continue to adjust to yesterdays announcement by the Prime Minister, Gordon Brown to extend the 100% guarantee to the first £50,000 for individual savers. However this is an apt reminder that the guarantee does NOT extend much of the business sector, the consequences of which are that corporate runs on banks occur as corporate depositors which amount to some £1.2 trillion seek to immediately withdraw funds from potentially failing banks.

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Stock-Markets

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Banking Crisis Bailouts Analysis Costs and Impacts / Stock-Markets / Credit Crisis 2008

By: John_Mauldin

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleDo government bailouts in times of banking crises work? Philippa Dunne & Doug Henwood of The Liscio Report highlight a major study of 42 fairly recent banking crises around the world. Result? Some types of government intervention works and some don't. One characteristic that is needed though is speed. Dithering, a la Japan, is a recipe for disaster. This is a brief summary of the report (to which they provide a link) and their conclusions as to the basic outlines of what the US should do. Given that Europe is already in the throws of its own bank crisis, and the rest of the world could experience problems, this should be useful reading. They also provide graphs of banking crises and comparisons with developed countries and the resulting market experience.

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Companies

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Corporations Implodes, GE Credit Default Swaps Soar, Ford Sales Plummet / Companies / Credit Crisis 2008

By: Mike_Shedlock

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleMarketWatch is reporting U.S. Sept. ISM manufacturing index plunges to 43.5%

WASHINGTON - The nation's manufacturers cut back production at a much faster pace than expected in September, the Institute for Supply Management reported Wednesday. This is the lowest level since October 2001. The ISM index plunged to 43.5% in September from 49.9% in August. This is the biggest drop in the index since 1984. The drop surprised economists. The consensus forecast of estimates collected by Marketwatch was for the index to slip only a bit to 49.6%. Readings below 50 indicate contraction. The ISM index has been holding near 50 since the summer. The previous low this year was 48.3 in February. Economists said the ISM index was near recessionary levels.

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Stock-Markets

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Spreading Global Banking Crisis and its International Ramifications  / Stock-Markets / Credit Crisis 2008

By: William_R_Thomson

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe United States prides itself on being the home of free market capitalism, governed by the rule of law. However, the rapidly developing capital market crisis demonstrates once again that, faced with a systemic crisis, rules and ideology take second place to pragmatism. A similar incident happened on 15 August 1971 when Nixon arbitrarily ditched the solemn US international pledge to honour the Bretton Woods Agreements making the dollar convertible into gold at US$35 an ounce. Cynics might say that the US lives by the Gold Rule: he who has the gold makes the rules.

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Companies

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

HBOS Risk on Speculation of Lloyds TSB Takeover Bid Resistance / Companies / Credit Crisis 2008

By: Nadeem_Walayat

The shotgun wedding at the behest of the FSA for the rescue of Halifax Bank of Scotland (HBOS) by Lloyds TSB less than 2 weeks ago for £12 billion at a price of £2.32 per share is coming under pressure as speculation grows that Lloyds shareholders are not happy with the price being paid for a near bankrupt mortgage bank. The current HBOS market price of £1.34 is near half of the original Lloyds TSB bid price. .

The news has not gone down well with HBOS customers who appear to have been inundating the HBOS online service which has been showing signs of cracking under the strain, an unknown number of customers which includes yours truly are being met by the following page when attempting to log-in:

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Commodities

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Will Commodities Recover from the Credit Crisis? / Commodities / Credit Crisis 2008

By: Clif_Droke

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis Article“Money is the lifeblood of the economy.” This famous saying is easy enough to remember, yet how much easier is it to forget it when asset prices are pushed to unreasonable extremities. Consumers and investors alike are now being reminded of the veracity of this statement in a big way as the money panic rages on.

The term “credit crisis” can actually be broken down into two separate yet related categories. On the one hand the credit problem is a crisis in confidence. Confidence, after all, is the baseline requirement of any banking system. This is especially true for one as vast and reticular as the U.S. financial system. When confidence is lacking among participants in any credit-based financial system, money will become scarce and if the fear continues long enough, the wheels of commerce will grind to a halt.

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Politics

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

The Political Nature of the Credit Crisis / Politics / Credit Crisis 2008

By: STRATFOR

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleClassical economists like Adam Smith and David Ricardo referred to their discipline as “political economy.” Smith's great work, “The Wealth of Nations,” was written by the man who held the chair in moral philosophy at the University of Glasgow. This did not seem odd at the time and is not odd now. Economics is not a freestanding discipline, regardless of how it is regarded today. It is a discipline that can only be understood when linked to politics, since the wealth of a nation rests on both these foundations, and it can best be understood by someone who approaches it from a moral standpoint, since economics makes significant assumptions about both human nature and proper behavior.

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Stock-Markets

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Derivatives Deleveraging, Debt Deflation, Gold and Bailout II / Stock-Markets / Credit Crisis 2008

By: Christopher_Laird

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleNow that Bailout I voted down, bailout II comes up next. Surely some new bailout manifestation will emerge this week and pass. We suspected in our Sunday newsletter Bailout I would fail to pass. But, Congress, shell shocked by fast moving events, will do something.

But it won't work. Ultimately, even if they came up with a $1 trillion program, all it would do is buy time. I mentioned that there is $1000 trillion of various leveraged markets deleveraging, and putting up 1 trillion against that just won't work.

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InvestorEducation

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Credit Crisis Explained and What Happens Next- Online Video / InvestorEducation / Credit Crisis 2008

By: Brent_Harmes

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIn a video interview monetary historian and precious metals expert Michael Maloney weighs in on why this current financial crisis was so predictable.

•  Why brokerage houses were allowed to combine with banks in the late 1990's and why this led to a financial bubble.

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Stock-Markets

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Financial Tsunami: The End of the World as we Knew it / Stock-Markets / Credit Crisis 2008

By: F_William_Engdahl

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe unexpected US Congress' rejection of the Bush Administration financial rescue plan, TARP on September 29 has opened up the spectre for the first time of a 1931-style domino wave of worldwide bank failures. That is already underway across the US banking spectrum with the failure, nationalization or forced liquidation in the past two weeks of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, of the giant Washington Mutual mortgage lender, of the nation's fourth largest deposit bank, Wachovia. That was on top of a wave of smaller bank failures that began with IndyMac in the spring. For some it is appealing and more simple to grasp the magnitude of these titanic events in the US-centered financial world by assuming it is all part of a pre-planned grand conspiracy by the Money Masters, what in the 1920s in the USA was termed the Money Trust, to control the entire financial world.

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