Real estate

Monte Paschi Fails European "Stress Test" Meant To Restore Confidence In Europe's Struggling Banks

Moments ago, the European Banking Authority published the 2016 bank stress test results, whose purpose - as every other year -  is to inspire confidence in Europe's struggling banks; it differs from a market-based assessment of bank stress - that particular "test" can be seen by observing the stock prices of such giant banks as Deutsche Bank and Credit Suisse, both of which recently hit all time lows. As previewed yesterday, Italy's 3rd largest, and most insolvent bank, Banca Monte di Siena was the worst performer in European regulators’ stress tests, and the only lender to have its capital wiped out in the exam. 

Peter Schiff Slams The Fed's 'Loud Talk, No Stick' Policy

Theodore Roosevelt’s famous mantra “speak softly and carry a big stick” suggested that the United States should seek to avoid creating controversies and expectations through loose or rash pronouncements, but be prepared to act decisively, with the most powerful weaponry, when the time came. More than a century later, the Federal Reserve has stood Teddy’s maxim on its head. As far as Janet Yellen and her colleagues at the Fed are concerned, the Fed should speak as loudly, frequently, and as circularly as possible to conceal that they are holding no stick whatsoever.

The 50 Altered States Of American Housing

“I think we can let go of the idea that if builders build more homes, then somehow homes overall will be more affordable... We have a permanent housing inflation problem that started four decades ago and will not be easily cured by dithering with the inventory of larger homes.”

With All Eyes On Tonight's BOJ Announcement, A "Minor" Snag Emerges

With all eyes on the BOJ's decision in several hours, an announcement which is expected to contain some component of government deficit funding attached to it, or helicopter-lite, a "minor" snag has emerged in what Japan has affectionately titled the "emergency, peace of mind realization, overall spending measures" fiscal package, namely that only about a quarter of the total JPY 28 trillion in new stimulus is in the form of actual spending.

Corrupt Or Just Stupid? Markets Hand Corporations An Unlimited Credit Card

The crucial thing to understand about credit bubble dynamics is that borrowing money from people desperate to lend and using the proceeds to overpay for assets requires only monkey-level intelligence. So while a bubble is inflating it’s impossible for most of the media, banking and political communities to tell the legitimate operators from the hopelessly corrupt and/or extremely stupid. That’s the world we’ve created by handing monetary printing presses to governments, and by extension to corporate CEOs.

Frontrunning: July 28

  • Fed caution hits dollar as Japan anticipation builds (Reuters)
  • Obama asks U.S. voters to 'carry' Clinton to White House, defeat Trump (Reuters)
  • Democrats skewer Trump (Politico)
  • Obama, Biden Toss Barbs at Trump and Say Clinton Is Only Choice (BBG)
  • Did Donald Trump’s Executives Violate the Cuban Embargo? (BBG)

Insanity In Japan

Of all the developed countries, Japan is in the worst condition economically. Most others, including the United States, are following the same path to insanity though. Unlike Japan, other countries may have time to implement policy changes that will allow them to avoid Japan’s desperate circumstances.

"This One Is Very Surprising" - US Luxury Rental Market Turmoiling As EQR Cuts Guidance For 3rd Time

Those who still assume that US high-paying jobs are doing just fine, the following disclosure from EQR will be disturbing: San Francisco and New York, which account for half of Equity Residential’s projected revenue growth, are seeing a slowdown in hiring for jobs that pay enough to enable renters to afford the new luxury-apartment supply coming in those cities." As Mizuho said "this one is very surprising to us."

Chinese Stocks Sink Over Fears Regulators Will Curb Wealth Management Schemes

Overnight China's Banking Regulatory Commission drafted new rules curbing the nation’s multi-trillion market for wealth management products, which was not taken well by the local stock market, leading to a plunge in stocks in early Chinese trading, before rebounding at the close of trading. China's ChiNext index of smaller companies sank as much as 5.5%.

Frontrunning: July 26

  • Priest killed in French church before police shoot dead hostage-takers (Reuters)
  • On raucous opening night, Democratic stars make a pitch for Clinton (Reuters)
  • Sanders Backs Clinton After Fractious Opening of Convention (BBG)
  • Some in Sanders' army seem determined to march on without him (Reuters)
  • Yen hits two-week high as Japanese stimulus expectations dialled back (Reuters)

Vancouver Finally Cracks Down On Chinese Home Buyers With 15% Real Estate Tax

The British Columbia government finally took our advice to stem hot money inflows into real estate by announcing a 15% transfer tax on foreign nationals who buy real estate in Metro Vancouver.  Finance Minister Mike de Jong unveiled the tax, which will take effect on August 2nd, after recent housing data revealed that foreign nationals spent more than $1 billion on British Columbia property between June 10 and July 14, or a mere $28.6mm per day.