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Follow The Bread Crumb Trail As Deflated Wall Street Bonuses Crush NYC Residential Real Estate

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Roughly a year ago, I explained to those who subscribe to BoomBustBlog that NYC real estate ever finished correcting. As a matter of fact, it has some ways to go, as does DC real estate. The reason why NYC and DC markets levitated was because the Fed pumped trillions into Wall Street to reflate the bubble which was (and still is) the zombie banking system. DC saw federal spending attempt to replicate organic economic growth. Are any of these methodologies sustainable or practical. Do bulldogs have pleasant breath?

Bloomberg reports The Riskiest Bank on the Streetand it goes a little something like this:Morgan Stanley Said to Limit Cash Bonuses, Increase Deferrals

Morgan Stanley (MS), owner of the world’s biggest brokerage, is capping immediate cash bonuses at $125,000 as the firm curtails pay and defers more compensation for senior executives, according to a person briefed on the plans.

Members of the company’s operating committee, led by Chief Executive Officer James Gorman, 53, won’t get any immediate cash, said the person, who declined to be identified because the plan hasn’t been made public. Mark Lake, a spokesman for the New York-based bank, declined to comment.

The decision comes after a fourth quarter that some analysts predicted was the worst for trading and investment- banking revenue since the financial crisis. Increased salaries and previous moves toward deferring more pay have limited investment banks’ flexibility to cut compensation costs, analysts including Atlantic Equities’ Richard Staite have said.

Morgan Stanley’s decision will increase the average amount of pay deferred to about 75 percent, the person said. The firm deferred an average of 60 percent in 2010 and 40 percent in 2009. Deferred cash for 2011 performance will be paid out in two equal installments in the final month of 2012 and 2013, a change from the previous deferral plan that paid out in thirds over 18 months, the person said

Apart from whether said bonuses were ever really deserved in the first place.... Yes, I'll go back thee again, seeWall Street Real Estate Funds Lose Between 61% to 98% for Their Investors as They Rake in Fees!":

Last year I felt compelled to comment on Wall Street private fund fees after getting into a debate with a Morgan Stanley employee about the performance of the CRE funds. He had the nerve to brag about the fact that MS made money despite the fact they lost about 2/3rds of their clients money. I though to myself, "Damn, now that's some bold, hubristics@$t".So, I decided to attempt to lay it out for everybody in the blog, see "

The example below illustrates the impact of change in the value of real estate investments on the returns of the various stakeholders - lenders, investors (LPs) and fund sponsor (GP), for a real estate fund with an initial investment of $9 billion, 60% leverage and a life of 6 years. The model used to generate this example is freely available for download to prospective Reggie Middleton, LLC clients and BoomBustBlog subscribers by clicking here:Real estate fund illustration. All are invited to run your own scenario analysis using your individual circumstances and metrics....

... Under the base case assumptions, the steep price declines not only wipes out the positive returns from the operating cash flows but also shaves off a portion of invested capital resulting in negative cumulated total returns earned for the real estate fund over the life of six years. However, owing to 60% leverage, the capital losses are magnified for the equity investors leading to massive erosion of equity capital. However, it is noteworthy that the returns vary substantially for LPs (contributing 90% of equity) and GP (contributing 10% of equity). It can be observed that the money collected in the form of management fees and acquisition fees more than compensates for the lost capital of the GP, eventually emerging with a net positive cash flow. On the other hand, steep declines in the value of real estate investments strip the LPs (investors) of their capital. The huge difference between the returns of GP and LPs and the factors behind this disconnect reinforces the conflict of interest between the fund managers and the investors in the fund.

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Under the base case assumptions, the cumulated return of the fund and LPs is -6.75% and -55.86, respectively while the GP manages a positive return of 17.64%. Under a relatively optimistic case where some mild recovery is assumed in the later years (3% annual increase in year 5 and year 6), LP still loses a over a quarter of its capital invested while GP earns a phenomenal return. Under a relatively adverse case with 10% annual decline in year 5 and year 6, the LP loses most of its capital while GP still manages to breakeven by recovering most of the capital losses from the management and acquisition fees..

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Now, that we're on the topic of Morgan Stanlely, real estate, and bonuses, keep in mind that there is never just one roach. If Morgan Stanley is slashing bonuses to this extent, so are the other big banks. Remember, I have warned extensively on Goldman Sachs, the big bank that can't trade...

Reggie Middleton Explains the Travails of the F.I.R.E. Sector on CNBC

Here are some links that you are unlikely to find anywhere else...

Just As I Predicted Last Quarter, The World's First FDIC Insured Hedge Fund Takes A Fat Trading Loss

 

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Yes, this more of the hardest hitting investment banking research available focusing on Goldman Sachs (the Squid), but before you go on, be sure you have read parts 1.2. and 3:  I'm Hunting Big Game Today:The Squid On A Spear Tip, Part 1 & Introduction Hunting the Squid, Part2: Since When Is Enough Derivative Exposure To Blow Up The World Something To...

 

About a year ago I penned a piece called...

Dr. Benjamin Shalom Bernanke, AKA Dr. FrankenFinance, Has Successfully Caused NYC Condo Prices To Be The ONLY Major Condo Market To Rise In Price

As excerpted...

Yesterday, I illustrated how NYC is pulling away from all of the other major condo markets - see "". According to the S&P Case Shiller Condo index, is the only major US condo market that not only has firming prices but is actually increasing in price. Chatter and anecdotal evidence from the ground confirms this as developers and speculators are once again bidding up development land, lots and potential conversion properties.

In the afore-linked piece, I gave what I consider to be the cause of this "newfound", yet hard to come by value. The answer??? Dr. Benjamin Shalom Bernanke. You see, Dr. Bernanke has taken over the helm of the "Great Global Macro Experiment” from Alan Greenspan and has supercharged it to the nth degree - all primarily to save our insolvent banking system. Where is the nexus of banking and finance in this country? Answer, right where you see that little positive blip in a chart of otherwise sharply downward trending assets. Trust me, it is not as if there is any dearth of condo unit supply in our dear city, as can be seen in “Who are ya gonna believe, the pundits or your lying eyes?”.  As excerpted from yesterday's post, here is that same area about a year and a half later...

Now, to remind all exactly how much capital and resources Dr. Bernanke pumped into the NYC area, be aware that this industry was literally on the verge of collapse in 2008 (with two of the five biggest banks literally collapsing and the balance getting bailed out by the government right before they collapsed), yet paid out record bonuses on record earnings less than 8 quarters later. This is even more amazing considering the only fundamental change in to the Frankenstein Monster assets that contributed to these banks [near] demise is that they have further PLUNGED IN VALUE! Yes, I do mean Frankenstein assets. I implore you to delve in further - "Welcome to the World of Dr. FrankenFinance!"and.

Let's revisit the charts from yesterday's  The Latest Case Shiller Index – Housing Continues Freefall In Aggressive Search For Equilibrium, with a few modifications to make the obvious more,,, well, obvious...

Remember, as bearish as this chart looks,it is actually overly optimistic, markedly so. Far be it for me to beggar the obvious, but why in the hell would an environment that causes the worlds largest banks to collapse like anorexics in a Weight Watchers convention, suddenly get  A LOT worse, yet spawn such a surge in the banking industry? Well my dear BoomBustBlogger, its one part regulatory capture (More on Lehman Brothers Dies While Getting Away with Murder: Introducing Regulatory Capture), two parts helicopter stunt man (Great Global Macro Experiment).

On the Regulatory Capture front, let’s revisit the FASB tale: About the Politically Malleable FASB, Paid for Politicians, and Mark to Myth Accounting Rules. Remember, the change of these rules to the status of straight silliness that kicked off one of the greatest bear market rallies in the history of US publicly traded stocks. Now, nearly everything financial (as it relates to M2M) is overvalued.

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I declared insolvency throughout the banking system, and it looked as if I was wrong for some time, then the truth’s ugly head started peaking out. See The Financial Times Vindicates BoomBustBlog’s Stance On Goldman Sachs – Once Again!

As excerpted fromDid Bernanke Permanently Cripple the Butterfly That Is US Housing? The Answer Is More Obvious Than Many Want To Believe

This near cessation of foreclosure activity has materially dropped the shadow inventory numbers, but has done so in a way that is quite misleading. Those foreclosures either will happen and become REOs or distressed property sales that are currently averaging a discount of ~25% to conventional retail sales (thus further pressuring sales prices), or will result in the properties being put directly  on the market at steep discount (again, further pressuring sale prices). Basically, the foreclosure backlog is simply accumulating in the background and will print a very sharp spike upwards one way or another once the foreclosure and fraud issues of the banks are sorted out – even if they are sorted out to the detriment of the banks. Despite this reprieve in foreclosures, the ratio of shadow inventory to home sales is not decreasing. This is a double negative, for shadow inventory is decreasing (albeit for very artificial and temporary reasons). The reason for the lack of movement in this very key figure is that housing sales are actually declining both on a seasonally adjusted and non-adjusted basis – and if these figures were to be adjusted for “true” inflation, would look much worse. This leaves the ratio of delinquent and foreclosure activity to sales relatively static. One can surmise what happens when the foreclosure backlog that was caused by the bank’s myriad legal issues clear up.

The most valuable chart in the study just released to subscribers,File Icon Shadow Inventory Update-- March 2011 shows how quickly one can expect the shadow inventory to be consumed by the sale of homes. To make a long story short, we still have quite a ways to go before we reach the pre-bubble levels, and that is without taking into consideration the foreclosure moratoriums. Keep in mind that these numbers do not include the pent up shadow inventory that is being hidden by the foreclosure crisis. That additional inventory on top of a slowing housing sales metric can easily tack one to 4 years onto the inventory numbers.

As you can see, the credit (delinquency measures) metrics are actually moderating slightly over the last few quarters, but have increased over the last two. This is a negative sign considering all of the efforts that have been made by the government and the banks to reduce that figure. The foreclosure inventory, although lulled somewhat, is still slightly on the rise. This lull is synthetic and temporary, a by-product of congressional pressure and legal issues pressing the banks to undergo voluntary and involuntary moratoriums on foreclosure activity. The consequent movement to be expected as these moratoriums are lifted, the banks work out their legal issues, and the properties move one way or the other will cause a very dramatic spike in the shadow inventory numbers. This spike will occur on top of slowing housing sales, dramatically reduced housing prices metrics and potentially deteriorating credit metrics (if the most recent trend continues). If that is not enough good news for you, the Goldilocks scenario of the perfect interest rate environment for real estate needs to (and probably will in the near to medium term) come to an end. SeeThe True Cause Of The 2008 Market Crash Looks Like It’s About To Rear Its Ugly Head Again, With A VengeanceFriday, March 11th, 2011. Our calculations available ot subscribers show a very bleak outlook for housing. It is not as if there is no precedence for such. Take a look at the Japanese situation, and this is not taking into consideration the recent issues of the earthquake, tsunami and radiation poisoning and nuclear meltdown. Few things are as detrimental to property values as radiation poisoning!

A lesson to be learned: Beware for when a true black swan event occurs...

Further reading:

    1. Reggie Middleton ON CNBC’s Fast Money Discussing Hopium in Real EstateFriday, February 25th, 2011
    2. In Case You Didn’t Get The Memo, The US Is In a Real Estate Depression That Is About To Get Much WorseWednesday, February 23rd, 2011
  1. Further Proof Of The Worsening Of The Real Estate DepressionThursday, February 24th, 2011
    1. You’ve Been Had! You’ve Been Took! Hoodwinked! Bamboozled! Led Astray! Run Amok! This Is What They Do!Monday, February 28th, 2011
  2. FASB Appears to Have Bent Over For The Final Time & Accuracy In Financial Reporting Dies An Ignominious Death!!!Wednesday, February 9th, 2011
    1. As JP Morgan & Other Banks Legal Costs Spike, Many Should Ask If It Was Not Obvious Years Ago That This Industry May Become The “New” Tobacco CompaniesThursday, January 6th, 2011
  3. The Latest Case Shiller Index – Housing Continues Freefall In Aggressive Search For EquilibriumMonday, February 7th, 2011
    1. As Clearly Forecasted On BoomBustBlog, Housing Prices Commence Their Downward Price Movement In Search Of Equilibrium Scraping Depression LevelsTuesday, December 28th, 2010
 

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Tue, 01/17/2012 - 19:01 | 2072628 virgilcaine
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Queen and David Bowie , sum it up.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xtrEN-YKLBM

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 17:28 | 2072325 Careless Whisper
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Oh Reggie, so negative on NYC. Don't you know that police commish Ray Kelly just got a special award for keeping NYC safe for rich heterosexual white males?  So at least you got the rich hetero male part covered,:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fRgNHfnAoDE

And Poor Mayor Bloomberg just got booed off TWO stages yesterday during MLK festivities. Reggie, he cares, he tries to be fair, he wants everyone to have freedom. That's why NYC is so wonderful.

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/he_mayor_boo_berg_x43VgbVirHYTX38u7FsNIO

And from the "I should have seen it coming" department; NYPD has new device to infrared scan EVERYONE for guns; device mounted on van (for now).

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/nypd_developing_new_device_to_detect_...

 

 

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 16:51 | 2072205 Centauri
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Another "I told ya so" exclusive? You mean like the one where Apple was on its way down and could not escape the juggernaut that is Google? You definately told us so.

Did aapl just hit an all-time high? Must be that impending bankruptcy that Reg was talking about...

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 16:52 | 2072200 virgilcaine
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NY Frankie..When 'live theater' in Times Sq  wasn't Mickey Mouse..lol  Most today have no idea what it was like. Remember the 77-78 Yanks and holding "Reggie" signs in right field.

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 15:52 | 2071996 Jim in MN
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The End is Nigh...reporting this link from another ZH story as it seems to be 'moving around' the Internet.

http://www.americanbanker.com/issues/177_7/jpmorgan-chase-consumer-debt-...

JPMorgan Chase suspending all debt collection and summarily firing all the collection office staff to avoid investigation.  Probable mass fraud/credit card balance fabrication/robosigning of consumer accounts being sold off for collection.

Major implications for bank earnings.

 

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 15:32 | 2071932 Bartanist
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I have a hard time believing that the best and brightest are living paycheck to paycheck... and NY real estate has been massively overpriced because of the Wall Street distortion anyway. A few dead REITs and bankrupt Trump types is a good thing.

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 15:25 | 2071909 Mercury
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Breadcrumb logic would suggest that prices for townhouses in DC/Georgetown must be going through the roof!

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 14:07 | 2071578 Widowmaker
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Reggie, since you portend to know real estate, so shall I.

RE in aggregate (who cares about demographic) has another 50% OR MORE to decline.  My sources say the Midwest is due for 80%+ decline!!  It's nothing but a fraud-hologram everywhere one looks in the US (worldwide??).  People have no money, they have debt, and nothing but.  No homes moving except for government giveaways.

If you bought or are planning to by a home anywhere in the near future you are the sucker, and will get your ass handed to you in the next 5-9 years (or longer).

Rent and wait.  Housing is a fucking racket and fraud-magicians tricks only work so long. Anyone selling ain't selling, that is a fact.  Same with new automobiles -- all gimmicks to distract from the mountain of shit under the rug while coward uncle sam looks the other way ignoring all matters of socialized crime!

You can thank this anonymous poster later, RE ain't coming back (appreciating more than manipulation) in a generation.

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 16:59 | 2072239 Gromit
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No, you are mistaken.

When people comprehend the MF Global debacle and realize that numbers on a piece of paper or computer console can vaporize without warning they will gravitate towards real assets.

Real estate (not necessarily manhattan coops) will get a bid. Most probably the government will use the tax code to encourage real estate rental ownership but in any case the bottom is in.

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 20:49 | 2072859 i-dog
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You call a depreciating pile of bricks sitting on a patch of state-owned dirt a "real asset"? Wow!

Hint: Anything the .gov promotes (including home ownership and having more kids) is not in your interest, it's in theirs.

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 14:30 | 2071725 NuYawkFrankie
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Re My sources say the Midwest is due for 80%+ decline!

Lest anyone think you exaggerate, I recall that  the late John Templeton (who knew a thing or two about mkts) was calling for a !!!90%!!! decline from peak back in 2005. 

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 15:37 | 2071950 cranky-old-geezer
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It's already down 60% in constant dollar terms.

It looks like just 30% because Bernanke has been debasing the dollar, offsetting some of that 60% drop via inflation.

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 13:49 | 2071530 virgilcaine
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Reg from one Nyer to another, NYC is a blubble within a bubble. We're about the same age and probably both miss the old NY.. grime and all.  It's done for a generation. Not even to mention Bklyn, which was once an industrial ctr itself. I remember going to my  Aunt's house in Bklyn hts and watching the Ships in Bklyn harbor.  Great memories. My Grandfather worked on the Empire st bldg & other landmarks, bulit in 3 yrs in the GD.

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 14:37 | 2071575 NuYawkFrankie
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Ahhhh... the Old New York!

I used to stroll down 42nd St and be accosted by hookers, druggies, nutters - you name it... I'd have a pocketful of flyers for every illicit service imaginable by the time I got to the office- them were the days!

Then that royal pain-in-the-ass Guiliani decides he wants to clean things up - completely ruined the ambiance of the place... now all you have are tourists getting lost and asking the way to the Disney Store, Morgan freekin' Stanley in Times Sq - on the EXACT site where my fave strip joint used to be! THey even had a $10 All You Can Drink beer special on Fridays - with a complimentary lap-dance thrown in for regulars.

Try getting that sorta deal in prissy Barmy Bloombergs NY - aint gonna happen, the NYPD Pussy Posse 'd be banging the door down. Anyway - thanks for the memories.

 

 

 

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 13:29 | 2071488 NuYawkFrankie
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I hear you loud 'n clear Reggie - Escape from New York comin real soon to a theatre near you!

Ditto Greenwich CT

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 14:29 | 2071716 gringo28
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why Greenwich? curious about that view since it is a natural draw for those escaping NYC, particularly those with children. basically you can get access to great public services/schools for $500/sf and $3/sf in property tax whereas in the city, you're buying crap below $1,300/sf and pay $7/sf in property tax plus $5/sf minimum for maintenance and then the big whopper - $34/sf at least for two private school tuitions. you could rent in either location but in Greenwich you get twice the space and great public services included.

the bottom line is we're in a position where the incremental USD earned in becoming less attractive given our tax code and likelihood of higher taxes, so it would make sense to turn into part time consultants, run our own money, keep earned income on the lower side (thus minimizing the impact of AMT) and max the shit out of deductions, like mortgage interest. you can't do that in NYC but you can easily do it in Fairfield County at current prices.

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 13:25 | 2071466 williambanzai7
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I guess my comment in the Morgan Stanley bonus post was prescient ;-) I thought last years tour of the NYC real estate pyramids was hilarious. You should do an update. Maybe a music video. I can help with ideas if you want.

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 13:41 | 2071542 chunga
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LOL

 

Wooo...that happened fast! It's over at American Banker dot com.

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 10:31 | 2070850 lynnybee
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looting the country, the level of corruption is appalling.    thank you for that comment, CHUNGA, it does my heart good to see the names & their crimes .    

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 11:00 | 2070945 chunga
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You're welcome Lynnybee. Thank you for reading.

It's not often I toot the horn of a politician. I posted this as a reply twice already and Reggie's post got pushed off.

I'll get branded as a spammer but I'm going to post it again in the next scandalous banker post...lol.

Shouldn't be too long! Go Senator Moura!!! I love you!

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 11:41 | 2071084 i-dog
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+1. The dirty laundry needs a lot more airing.

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 10:29 | 2070841 Waterfallsparkles
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Looks like you are coming up in the World Reggie.  Lots of interviews and was really impressed with your appearance on CNBC.

Curious though about the necklace.  It actually looks great on you but was a little surprised as it is an unusual accent for a Man.

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 11:05 | 2070966 Reggie Middleton
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My (then) four year old daughter made it for me and I promised her I wouldn't take it off. It has been in a Forbes interview, two Crains NY interviews and two European/international documentaries - it really has gotten around. I guess now you know who the boss is in my family :-)

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 16:17 | 2072066 NotApplicable
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Good answer. It's nice to see your priorities are in proper order (from a human perspective).

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 10:06 | 2070758 LongSoupLine
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Love to see the tri-state luxury car overhang as well.  It's got to be brutal for MB, BMW, Audi, Land Rover, Jag, Lexus, etc, etc.

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 09:42 | 2070679 chunga
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What about the GSE pricks...how are they doing in the bonus department?

Here's a brief half-assed history on these bastards:

FRANKLIN RAINES [D] – FNMA CEO (1999 – 2004) Raines accepted “early retirement” from his CEO position while the SEC pretended to investigate accounting irregularities. Fannie’s own OHFHEO also accused him of abetting widespread accounting errors, including the shifting of losses, so he and his fellow execs could “earn” large bonuses. The WSJ reported back in 2008 that Raines was one of several cronies that received below market rates for mortgages from Countrywide. Raines alone receive loans for over $3 million while CEO of FNMA. Raines’ compensation for his “work” at FNMA - $90 million.

RAINES GRADE – F

DANIEL MUDD [R] – FNMA CEO (2005 – 2008) Before becoming CEO of FNMA, Mudd worked at the Office of the Secretary of Defense, was an advisor to Asia-Pacific Economic Corp., “served” on the board of the Council of Foreign Relations, “consulted” at the World Bank, and held many positions at GE Capital including president and CEO. Mudd was dismissed as CEO of FNMA when FHFA became conservator in 2008. In 2011 Mudd and other GSE execs were charged by SEC with securities fraud. After his career at FNMA Mudd became CEO of a NYC hedge fund named “Fortress”. Fortress invested in purchasing tax liens on delinquent property taxes from local governments under many benign corporate names such as “Pleasant Valley Capital” and “Travis Farm Investments”. Cozy. Mudd’s compensation for his “work” at FNMA - $80 million.

MUDD GRADE – F

NEEL KASHKARI [R] – FNMA CEO (Tenure is murky) Kaskari was a former investment banker for Goldman Sachs, was tapped by Hank “The Shank” Paulson to lend his skills over at TARP HQ, and now rather ironically, continues God’s work as a Managing Director at PIMCO. Kaskari’s compensation for his “work” at FNMA is also murky; I’ll just assume it was too much.

KASHKARI GRADE - F

HERB ALLISON [D] – FNMA CEO (2008 – 2009) The esteemed Mr. Allison was quickly whisked off to oversee the wildly successful TARP program. I didn’t find much on his compensation during his brief stint as FNMA CEO. Allison served in various positions at Merrill Lynch and became a member of the board in 1997. He was a director of the NYSE from 2003 – 2005.

ALLISON GRADE – F

MICHAEL WILLIAMS [?] – FNMA CEO (2009 – Jan 1, 2012) Mr. Williams is a 20 year veteran at FNMA. While “serving” as FNMA CEO, Williams managed to scrape by on less than $6 million in 2011 alone. This could and should be considered a hardship, given the complexities involved in purloining ~ $60 billion of Fed bailout money.

WILLIAMS GRADE – F

Fannie’s major dance partner – Freddie – has performed equally abysmally.

Charles (my friends call me “Ed”) Haldeman has announced his retirement plans but intends to be a good sport and stay on with insolvent FHLMC until another crony can be found to fill his wing-tips.

That might take a while. “Serving” as CEO of the ultimate backstops for the lion’s share of the MBS Ponzi is very stressful.

We’ll have to accept former Freddie exec David Kellermann’s testimony posthumously. Mr. Kellermann was found hanging by the neck in the basement of his posh Vienna, VA home in the affluent suburb of Washington. D.C. way back in April of 2009. It is presumed he had no help and local police have stated there was no evidence of foul play.

Last week, a wisp of political fresh air was carried in the breeze.

For Immediate Release FROM Senator Bethany Moura [R-RI] Jan. 10, 2012

"Freshman RI Senator levels serious allegations at Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac - Jan. 10, 2012"

This press release came on the heels of this fax to US Senator Jack Reed...

URGENT FAX FROM RI SENATOR MOURA TO SENATOR JACK REED

"I DEMAND THIS BE PUT TO AN END, AND SANCTIONS IMPOSED WHAT I PERCEIVE TO BE TWO CRIMINAL ORGANIZATIONS."

...and before that...

R.I. Senator Moura Complaint To The Department of Treasury RE: Wells Fargo

"Please be advised that I will be filing a complaint with the Department of the Treasury, against Wells Fargo..."

"I have access to piles of detailed notes, emails, faxes and requests to explain in great detail the poor practices of Wells Fargo."

Yesterday, the firebrand freshman was on the Dan Yorke show for an hour. It is archived here.

The show's host kept a tight rein on her but she vows not to stop. Twitter users can show support @Senator_B_Moura

Disclosure: I do not reside in RI but if I did I'd be volunteering in her campaign...for US Senate.

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 09:36 | 2070663 New_Meat
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NYC revenue is still like 50% from the top ~40k "earners".  NYC revenue in the shitter. - Ned

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 13:55 | 2071580 WestVillageIdiot
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And the amount of building in this area has been staggering.  It is not just Manhattan.  it is the boroughs and even across the rive in Jersey.  The level of inventory is shocking.  I guess the "freedom" tower is going to bring in tons of high paying finance jobs.  That must be what some are hanigng their hat on.  It is funny to see new office towers going up on that spot as so many office buildings in the financial district have been turned to condos.

I don't hear many people in NYC talking about another potential loss of income.  If the Euro keeps dropping it could have a huge impact on tourism.  You can't walk down a Manhattan street the past 5 years without tripping on Euro-whatever.  If the Euro goes to parity that would hit this city in two huge ways, tourism and the profits of mulitnationals.  Good luck on that.

I just see all of the inventory and think this city, even with all it has skimmed from the bailouts, is still living way beyond its means.  And so few people here understand that the relative stability of the pats 3 years was all about the epic robbery of NYC from the rest of the country.  Manhattan is a criminal enterprise from top to bottom.  I can't get out of here soon enough. 

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 15:56 | 2072002 dhengineer
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We finally got out of Queens last summer.  Sold our coop for double what we paid for it in 2001, cleaned out the IRA's and bought a run-down little house in the Mohawk Valley, dead-center between Albany and Syracuse.  We spent about $45 per square foot, and put about $25 per square foot into repairs and upgrades, all cash and all of which we did ourselves on weekends while we transitioned.  We pay only $1000 per year in taxes, and we took advantage of the gummint home-buyers tax deduction, so the IRA penalty was cut in half.  We now avoid the NYC income taxes.  Since our incomes up here are about a third of what we were making in the city, the Fed/NYS tax people are taking much less from us.  Food, fuel, and everything else up here is cheap compared to the city, and the sales tax is less.   Rumor has it that a lot of Boston and NYC financial types are coming up here to go back to the land.  A young couple down the road bought a farm with 100 goats and dozens of chickens... they were from a Boston bank and decided to do something real.  Their only sin was to paint their huge barn yellow... People work hard up here and don't tolerate bullshit.

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 09:12 | 2070588 I am more equal...
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Know why flies hang around crap?  Its a free meal.

Know why commercial loan officers hang and bank around crap?  Its a free meal with a big bonus.

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 09:06 | 2070566 i-dog
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Ahhh, Reggie .... Gloating again?! Go for it, son! If you've got it, flaunt it.

"The meek shall inherit the leftovers" ... God.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kjJ1bsnxxhs

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 08:53 | 2070533 new game
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reggie-great work! as a RE broker for 19 years it is all simple(eventually); reversion to long term trends of income, rent and market value.

got some humps on the camels back...

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 14:23 | 2071689 Widowmaker
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Unfortunate for you is all your perspective is 100% bubble-bullshit and fraud.

You ain't seen anything like the next 25 will be -- most everyone you know/knew will be out of the business entirely.

Anyone getting appraisals at or above the mortgage is in for loss, deep loss, essentially all equity (down payments) just to start.  Appraisers are a fucking joke, relentless bullshit in the upward direction.  They are the barometers of how socialized crime is alive and well, and how RE can just keep going down...

Housing should be a new reality series -- America's Biggest Suckers.

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 10:26 | 2070825 Waterfallsparkles
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What State do you work in?

 

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 14:28 | 2071713 TheMerryPrankster
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state of anxiety

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 16:11 | 2072044 NotApplicable
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State of misery.

Wed, 01/18/2012 - 02:00 | 2073580 StychoKiller
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State of confusion.

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