Housing Bubble

Reuters Goes To China, Discovers "Ghost Collateral"

"The first time I went, I saw the steel,” recalled Wang, an attorney at Beijing DHH Law Firm, which represents the Shanghai branch of CITIC. "Afterwards, the banker got in contact with me and said, ‘The pledged assets are no longer there"

Who's Really To Blame For America's Accelerating Home Prices?

Fed Chairs Ben Bernanke and Janet Yellen re-blew the Alan Greenspan initiated housing bubble. However, the trend towards higher and higher home prices started well before that dynamic trio made a mess of everything. The following charts show the true origin of escalating home prices...

Goldman Spots An Odd Divergence In Energy

"To put things in context, HY Energy credits have returned 2.3% year to date vs. 3.3% for the broader HY index, while Energy equities are down 9.6% vs. a positive price return of 6.8% for the S&P 500."

Moodys Slashes Ratings On 6 Canadian Banks, Fears Asset-Quality Deterioration, Soaring Household Debt

Amid Poloz-described "unsustainable prices" in various cities, and just days after the collapse of Canadian mortgage lender Home Capital Group and our discussion of the dire state of Canadian savers (and their record household debt), Moodys has cut the rating son six of Canada's largest banks because of "ongoing concerns that expanding levels of private-sector debt could weaken asset quality in the future."

Are US Taxpayers Now On The Hook For Risky Wall Street Real-Estate-Backed Bonds?

This is not a joke... "The BPOs are key elements in securitizations, determining basic figures such as how much rent to charge tenants, how much leverage and risk is embedded in the deal and how much investors could recover if the bonds go sour. Many of the securities were assigned AAA grades and sold off to investors such as pension funds." Is this 2006 or 2017?