Articles About Debt

Author:
Mike Ochs
Posted:
05.14.2012

House Prices At 2002 Levels

The S&P/Case-Shiller home price index of 20 cities revealed a 3.5 percent decline when compared with last year.  Home prices are now at their lowest levels since November 2002.  “Nine (housing markets) hit post-bubble lows,” said David Blitzer, spokesman for S&P, including Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Las Vegas and New York.  “While there might be pieces […]

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Author:
Tom Silva
Posted:
04.25.2011

The Mal-Employment Factor

College graduates with advanced degrees are working as bartenders and baristas.  It’s called mal-employment and currently impacts approximately 1.94 million graduates under the age of 30, according data compiled by Andrew Sum, director of the Center for Labor Market Studies at Northeastern University.  Sum said mal-employment has significantly increased over the past 10 years, making […]

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Author:
James I. Clark III
Posted:
01.17.2011

Economic Recovery Picking Up Steam

Treasuries were little changed after the minutes of the Federal Reserve’s last meeting confirmed that policymakers believe that economic growth is gaining traction.   Fed officials, however, believe that the economic gains were “not sufficient” to curtail their plans to buy $600 billion in U.S. debt to encourage employment in a stimulus strategy called quantitative […]

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Author:
Mike Ochs
Posted:
10.26.2010

Uninsured Americans Rose 9.4 Percent of the Population in 2009

Mortgage rates have hit a record low.  According to Freddie Mac, rates for 30-year mortgages fell to 4.27 percent from 4.32 percent in just one week.  At the same time, safe-haven government debt is more appealing to investors than ever, according to a Freddie Mac survey. The low rates may be a sign that housing […]

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Author:
Matt Ward
Posted:
07.22.2010

European Nations Look Into Selling Public Assets to Resolve Debt

Debt-laden European governments seeking ways to raise money are considering the possibility of selling public properties such as office buildings.  Countries considering selling assets include Germany, the U.K., France and Greece, all of which were hit hard by the global banking crisis. “It is clear that several European governments are looking to secure disposals on […]

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Author:
James I. Clark III
Posted:
06.23.2010

Bernanke Sets Sights on the Growing Deficit

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is warning that – even as the nation struggles to recover from the worst recession in 75 years – Congress must deal with an “unsustainable” level of debt.  “Our nation’s fiscal position has deteriorated appreciably since the onset of the financial crisis and the recession,” Bernanke said in testimony before […]

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Author:
John Coletta
Posted:
07.16.2009

A Win for the Cubs

At a time when real estate assets are moving slowly, other areas are being eyed for opportunity plays.  Bond salesman Thomas Ricketts had just about closed his bidding group’s purchase of the Chicago Cubs from the Chicago Tribune.  Documents relating to the fully financed transaction were sent to Major League Baseball over the 4th of […]

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Author:
Tony Wilbert
Posted:
07.06.2009

Commercial Real Estate Still Troubled

Don’t look for the country’s commercial real estate market to improve any time soon.  In fact, expect it to continue to get worse for the next year or so.  That was the conclusion from a panel at the National Association of Real Estate Editors journalism conference in Washington, D.C., that addressed the question:  “Commercial Real […]

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Author:
Tony Wilbert
Posted:

Commercial Real Estate Still Troubled

Don’t look for the country’s commercial real estate market to improve any time soon.  In fact, expect it to continue to get worse for the next year or so.  That was the conclusion from a panel at the National Association of Real Estate Editors journalism conference in Washington, D.C., that addressed the question:  “Commercial Real […]

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Author:
Tom Silva
Posted:
07.01.2009

Michael Jackson’s Finances Illustrate Investor Over-exuberance

The tragic death of the “King of Pop” provides an interesting insight into how hedge funds and private equity groups buy loans  in anticipation of future earnings. Michael Jackson made real money during his 40 years as an entertainer; unfortunately, he also lost a lot of money, especially over the last 10 years. Reports are […]

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