Monthly Archives: May 2010

The Global Crisis of Legitimacy | STRATFOR

Financial panics are an integral part of capitalism. So are economic recessions. The system generates them and it becomes stronger because of them. Like forest fires, they are painful when they occur, yet without them, the forest could not survive. … Continue reading

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Great Article on Synthetic CDOs – Turning $38m loss into $280m

Download 2010-5-3 Senate's Goldman Probe Shows Toxic Magnification – WSJ.com n one case, a $38 million subprime-mortgage bond created in June 2006 ended up in more than 30 debt pools and ultimately caused roughly $280 million in losses to investors … Continue reading

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From Buffett, Thought-Out Support for Goldman – NYTimes.com

That was the question so many Berkshire Hathaway shareholders, some in disbelief, kept asking here over the weekend, after Mr. Buffett offered his full-throated support of Goldman and its chief executive, Lloyd C. Blankfein, as they fight a civil fraud … Continue reading

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The Great Reflation – John Mauldin’s Outside the Box – InvestorsInsight.com | Financial Intelligence, Advice & Research / Investment Strategies & Planning for Individual Investors.

Let me start this week's Outside the Box by venting a little anger. It now looks like almost 30% of the Greek financing will come from the IMF, rather than just a small portion. And since 40% of the IMF … Continue reading

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Calculated Risk: 96.5% of Mortgages Backed by Government entities in Q1

From Nick Timiraos at the WSJ: U.S. Role in Mortgage Market Grows Even LargerGovernment-related entities backed 96.5% of all home loans during the first quarter, up from 90% in 2009, according to Inside Mortgage Finance. The following graph from San … Continue reading

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