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PBS Frontline Tackles Money, Power And Wall Street

Watch the three hours and 47 minutes of four total shows here. I love PBS Frontline. I think it tends to be fair and to be journalistically solid. The show does have a definite pro-regulation bias. Whether it is tackling … Continue reading

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Mortgage Interest Rates, Price Of Sex Hit Records Lows

This rings true to me. I’ve never had much money. I used to live out of a 1977 Datsun stationwagon and I made it with half a dozen women in there in 1994. I wonder if part of this has … Continue reading

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Boom Time For Mortgage-Backed Bonds

Until investors are willing to once again pour hundreds of billions of dollars into mortgage-backed securities, lenders will not be willing to make many mortgage loans. They’ll restrict such loans to their best customers. Lenders need to be able to … Continue reading

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As Wall Street Craters, U.S. Treasury Bonds Boom, And Mortgage Interest Rates Fall

The Federal Reserve is buying long-term mortgage backed bonds. This has set off an explosion of demand for such bonds, driving up their price and driving down their yield. About 90% of the funds for U.S. home loans come from … Continue reading

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Were Banks Lying About The Quality Of Their Mortgages?

Lying is a serious charge to throw around. Check out this quote from Bloomberg reports: “You’re not talking about improperly stapling together two documents, you’re talking about systematic fraud in the system,” Neil Barofsky, the former special inspector general for … Continue reading

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Mortgage Rates Hit Record Lows

I’ve been writing such headlines for about four years. It always seems like they can’t drift any lower, but with all the bad economic news piling up, the demand for U.S. Treasury bonds builds, the bond yields decline, and with … Continue reading

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50/50 Chance We’ll Fall Into A Recession

I’m watching Larry Kudlow on CNBC. They’re listing off all the signs that point to a recession. A flight to safety such as gold and U.S. Treasury bonds. A reluctance by business and investors to invest in anything but gold … Continue reading

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Home Purchases Decline As Economy Totters

Would you want to be buy a home in this economy? Knowing that a dramatic stock market crash could happen again any day now? Economic uncertainty drives a flight to safety among investors, bidding up U.S. Treasury bonds and driving … Continue reading

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A Primer On Mortgage Interest Rates

When the economy is at its worst, mortgage interest rates are usually at their lowest. Why? When there is little economic growth, people move into bonds. Bond dividends are fixed. Bond prices vary on demand. The higher the price of … Continue reading

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What Determines Mortgage Interest Rates?

Part of what determines mortgage interest rates are worldwide economic events. What will also determine the interest rate you pay is your credit score. That you have control over. The biggest mover of mortgage interest rates is U.S. Treasury bonds. … Continue reading

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