Articles About Economics

Author:
James I. Clark III
Posted:
05.13.2009

Sovereign Wealth Funds Still Interested in U.S. Real Estate

Sovereign wealth funds (SWFs) have been closely watching the credit crisis evolve, according to a Deloitte LLP report.  The good news is that they haven’t entirely lost their taste for American commercial real estate. Consider that two of 2008’s highest profile transactions were the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority’s $800 million acquisition of the iconic Chrysler […]

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Author:
Tom Silva
Posted:
05.11.2009

Manufacturing Showing a Glimmer of Hope

A significant measure of manufacturing activity rose for the fourth straight month in April. This could mean that the sector is starting to stabilize, even though the index has been at contraction level for 15 consecutive months. According to the Tempe, AZ-based Institute for Supply Management (ISM), its manufacturing index climbed to 40.1 in April, […]

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Author:
James I. Clark III
Posted:
05.08.2009

Bernanke Sees Some Light at the End of a Long Tunnel

Encouraging data on home and auto sales, homebuilding and consumer spending is seen by Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke as “tentative signs” that the recession may be moderating.  Still, he cautions that lasting recovery depends on the government’s success in stabilizing the reeling financial markets and unfreezing credit. In remarks to faculty and students at […]

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Author:
Pat Gallagher
Posted:
04.22.2009

No Port in the Global Fiscal Storm

Shipping activity has plunged as much as one-third at U.S. ports most heavily invested in the once red-hot but now declining Asia trade. Freight rates from South China to Europe have slid as much as 42 percent from some ports since November, leading shipping industry authority Drewry Container Freight Rate Insight Report to speculate that […]

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Author:
Tom Silva
Posted:
04.21.2009

Dr. Geithner’s Harsh Medicine

The Obama administration has proposed the most comprehensive overhaul of the nation’s financial industry since the Great Depression.  The measures, as outlined by Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner, will require regulation of hedge funds for the first time and give government wide-ranging powers to seize and take apart companies that are perceived as threats […]

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Author:
Tom Silva
Posted:
04.10.2009

Wells Fargo Wagon Rolls onto Wall Street

The Wells Fargo wagon delivered good news to Wall Street when the San Francisco-based bank announced a record first-quarter profit of approximately $3 billion, or 55 percent per common share.  Contrast these numbers with the fourth quarter of 2008, when Wells Fargo reported a $2.6 billion loss. The news sent the Dow Jones Industrial Average […]

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Author:
James I. Clark III
Posted:
03.31.2009

Happy 212th Birthday, Nykredit Realkredit!

The CMBS market is anything but rotten in the state of Denmark. While the American mortgage securitization system crumbles, the Danes are successfully securitizing commercial and residential loans exactly as they have since 1797.  That’s when Nykredit Realkredit – Denmark’s largest mortgage bank – was established.  And, there hasn’t been a single Danish mortgage bond […]

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Author:
Michael Alter
Posted:
03.12.2009

Nothing Succeeds Like Success

Tuesday, March 10’s 379.44 stock market spike – the best finish since Thanksgiving – came on the heels of Citigroup, Inc.’s news that it had made a healthy profit during the first two months of 2009.  At the end of the day, the stock market had soared to a 6,926.49 close. So, what did it?  […]

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Author:
James I. Clark III
Posted:
03.05.2009

Deep Freeze of an Unregulated Economy

Iceland’s economic collapse, the result of a reckless government and a lack of financial regulation, is an object lesson to Americans who fear increased — but necessary – markets oversight. Icelandic debt is 10 times the country’s GDP!  In the United States, our debt would have to be close to $100 trillion to put us […]

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Author:
Kurt Rosene
Posted:
03.02.2009

Obama’s Housing Plan Seeks to Help Homeowners in Trouble

Nine million homeowners can breathe a preliminary sigh of relief.  They may get to keep their homes now that President Obama has unveiled his ambitious – and larger than expected — $75 billion mortgage relief plan.  At the same time, the Treasury Department will double the size of its support of Fannie Mae and Freddie […]

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