Posts filed under “Derivatives”

Quote of the day: Moral Hazard

I don’t agree with everything in this Op-Ed, but these couple of paras caught my eye:

"The current crisis is the result of the normal ebb and
flows of credit cycles, and the free market will amply handle the
correction that is already happening. Calls for Federal Reserve
intervention or for other governmental involvement — including an
increase of the Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac lending limits — must be

In the free market, those that made bad credit
decisions must be allowed to pay the price, and only by paying dearly
can lessons truly be learned. Borrowers who were unwitting and took on
too much debt must learn that there are consequences for their actions.
Homebuilders that built too many homes or overpaid for land need to
face the consequences. Wall Street firms that provided credit to all of
these activities with too much laxity must also pay a price. This is
all part of a healthy correction.

All of these players reaped benefits during the
housing boom that preceded the current crisis. Certain homeowners were
able to temporarily live above their means. Homebuilder and bank
profits have been exorbitant, and shareholders and executives of these
companies have profited mightily in the boom. To not permit losses now
would be a direct violation of the free-market ideals at the foundation
of our economy."

Well said . . . 


Fannie, Freddie and the Housing Bust
August 16, 2007; Page A11

Note:   Mr. Penner is a principal with the firm Lubert-Adler and is the managing partner of PGP, a real-estate investment firm. In the 1990s, as CEO of Nomura Capital, he helped pioneer the application of securitization technology to real-estate finance.

Category: Credit, Derivatives, Psychology

Ratings Agencies 2007 = Equity Analysts 2000 ?

Category: Credit, Derivatives, Hedge Funds, Psychology, Real Estate

Open Thread: Closing the Barn Door on Sub-Prime ARM Mortgages

To be filed under "Better-Late-Than-Never" regulatory actions: The Federal Reserve is considering the following changes in Sub-Prime lending disclosures:

The federal financial regulatory agencies today issued proposed illustrations
of consumer information for certain adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) products
described in the agencies’ Statement on Subprime Mortgage Lending (Subprime
Statement), effective July 10, 2007. The Subprime Statement recommends
communications that ensure consumers have clear, balanced, and timely
information about the relative benefits and risks of certain ARM products. The
illustrations are intended to assist institutions in providing this information.

(Below is a table of the proposed changes)

So is this a case of too-little-too-late, or might this actually accomplish something positive?

What say ye?


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The rest of the proposed changes are after the jump . . .

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Category: Credit, Derivatives, Federal Reserve, Psychology, Real Estate

Goldman Sachs Conference Call Highlights

Category: Corporate Management, Derivatives, Earnings, Hedge Funds

Open Thread: Fed Intervention

Category: Credit, Derivatives, Federal Reserve

The Greenspan Kaput

Category: Books, Derivatives, Federal Reserve, Markets, Psychology

Open Thread: Rescue Me!

Category: Credit, Currency, Derivatives, Federal Reserve, Markets, Psychology

Category: Credit, Derivatives, Psychology

Time to Warm Up The Helicopters?

Category: Credit, Derivatives, Federal Reserve, Psychology

Advice for Rich Uncles and Others . . .

Category: Credit, Derivatives, Investing, Markets