The Seeds are Sprouting for the Next Real Estate Bust

A recent Bloomberg article, “There’s Some Hope for First-Time Home Buyers” caught my attention. “First-time homebuyers are finally jumping into the U.S. property market. ….Originations of FHA-backed mortgages, used predominately by first-time buyers, were up 54 percent in September from a year earlier…. By December, the FHA insured 22 percent of all loan originations, up from 17 percent a year […]

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When you are over the barrel, the goal is to get off the barrel

My Marine Corps drill instructor said it best, “When you are over the barrel being flogged, your goal is to get off the barrel and punish your captor so no one will ever think about doing it again.” Do we have a problem? Bloomberg recently quoted spokesmen from Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley predicting oil prices could drop to $20/bbl. or […]

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Want a new car? Hang on it will get interesting.

Seniors and savers regularly lament the Federal Reserve’s Zero Interest Rate Policy when it comes to paying interest on their savings. At current rates a saver who has amassed $100,000 earns enough interest to buy a burger for lunch every day at your nearest fast food joint – as long as you skip the fries. While lenders are punished, borrowers […]

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