Housing Bubble

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?

Don't Show Jim Bullard This Chart

St. Louis President James Bullard said that "though equity valuations are high"... "we are not in anything like what we saw with the housing bubble.” He is right: on a Price-to-Sales ratio, we are much higher...

How Governments Outlaw Affordable Housing

The current planners don't want more housing. The government planners only want a certain type of housing. Meanwhile, the renters live in smaller and smaller units, and drive further and further. But there's one thing of which we can be sure. "Capitalism" will be blamed for it all.