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Tim Geithner Has Completely Forgotten the Point of TARP, Calls it a Success

Tim Geithner Has Completely Forgotten the Point of TARP, Calls it a Success

Courtesy of Jr. Deputy Accountant 

Maybe Tim Geithner was too busy scheming on backroom bailouts running the NY Fed around the time TARP was passed but it appears as though he has forgotten that its original intention was to foster improved credit conditions for US consumers. OK wait, its truly original intention was to buy up crap assets but that got ditched shortly after it was passed so let’s go with "bank lending" instead. Either way, he seems to be confused as to the definition of "working".

CNN Money:

Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner defended the government’s bailout of the financial system on Tuesday, saying it has been a "critical" part of the economic recovery and will ultimately cost less than expected.

Geithner is testifying before the Congressional Oversight Panel, the main watchdog for the Troubled Asset Relief Program, or TARP. The government enacted TARP in 2008 at the height of the financial crisis. The program is due to expire in October.

While the economy remains challenged, Geithner said TARP and other "extraordinary actions" taken to combat the financial meltdown "have helped stabilize the financial system and restore economic growth."

So what WAS the goal, exactly, Timmy? Free money for the bankers? Some kind of sick money laundering operation using the sick banks to buy up Treasury debt? You tell me since you’re the one who seemed to think it worked out the way it was supposed to.

I’ll be over here waiting for credit markets to unfreeze whenever you’re ready to talk.


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Case-Shiller: housing double dip threat as only 4 of 20 markets rise

Case-Shiller: housing double dip threat as only 4 of 20 markets rise

Courtesy of Edward Harrison at Credit Writedowns 

The December 2009 data for the widely followed S&P/Case-Shiller Indices were released this morning.  The data are showing a mixed picture. On the one hand, the unadjusted numbers are down on both a month-to-month and year-over-year basis (Composite-10 and Composite-20 respectively down 2.5% and 3.2% versus December 2008). Only four of twenty markets saw price increases. However, the seasonally-adjusted data do show a slight improvement in markets on a month-to-month basis, despite year-over-year price declines.

Below are the non-seasonally adjusted data:

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What is clear from the numbers is that the markets in which prices are now doing the best are mostly the same ones that had both experienced the greatest carnage and had also experienced a prior price bubble. This includes Phoenix, LA, San Diego, San Francisco, and Las Vegas. You see yearly home price increases in California for example. Moreover, the only four markets where prices increased month-to-month were in the previously devastated bubble markets of Phoenix, Las Vegas, San Diego and Las Vegas.

The breadth of price increases has now narrowed to 4 of twenty markets. And that has to be worrying whether you are looking at unadjusted winter month data or seasonally-adjusted data. Since June, the number of markets in the Composite-20 where prices have risen has gone from 18 in June to 18 in July, 17 in August, 10 in September, 8 in October, 5 in November and 4 in December.

Some analysts are unfazed by the fall in the number of markets with price increases. They believe the declines are seasonal in nature and that by Spring the market will be back to rising modestly. However, I believe a housing double dip is a distinct possibility given recent concerns about shadow inventory, strategic defaults and rising option-ARM resets.

The underlying U.S. economy sans fiscal and monetary stimulus is weak. Moreover, U.S. consumer confidence is fragile. In this environment, any renewed price declines in home prices will leak into the real economy. So, this data series bears watching.


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Health insurers are starting to roll back coverage for telehealth - even though demand is way up due to COVID-19

 

Health insurers are starting to roll back coverage for telehealth – even though demand is way up due to COVID-19

Private insurers saw telehealth claims increase over 4,000% from 2019 to 2020. Solskin/DigitalVision via Getty Images

By Jennifer A. Mallow, West Virginia University and Steve Davis, West Virginia University

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World Bank-Cambridge Study Reveals The Impact Of Covid-19 On Financial Regulators

By Jacob Wolinsky. Originally published at ValueWalk.

World Bank and University of Cambridge report highlights increasing digitalisation of financial services has accelerated the pace of regulatory innovation during Covid-19

Q3 2020 hedge fund letters, conferences and more

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Kimble Charting Solutions

Tech Bull Trend Could Change, If A Double Top Is Forming!

Courtesy of Chris Kimble

Is the bull trend in tech about to end? What Tech and its volatility index does in the next few weeks will go a long way to answer this question!

This chart looks at the NDX 100 and its Volatility Index (VXN) on a weekly basis over the past couple of years.

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How to track your mail-in ballot

 

How to track your mail-in ballot

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Courtesy of Steven Mulroy, University of Memphis

Many voters who want to participate in the election by mail are concerned about when they’ll receive their ballot – and whether it will get back in time to be counted.

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Bitcoin: the UK and US are clamping down on crypto trading - here's why it's not yet a big deal

 

Bitcoin: the UK and US are clamping down on crypto trading – here's why it's not yet a big deal

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Courtesy of Gavin Brown, University of Liverpool

The sale and promotion of derivatives of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies to amateur investors is being banned in the UK by the financial regulator, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). It is a...



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COVID-19 Forces More Than Half of Asset Management Firms to Accelerate Adoption of Digital Marketing Technology

By Jacob Wolinsky. Originally published at ValueWalk.

There is no doubt that the use of technology to support client engagement initiatives brings both opportunities and threats but this has been brought into sharp focus this year with the COVID-19 pandemic.

The crisis has brought to the fore the need for firms to enable flexibility in client engagement – the expectation that providers will communicate to clients on their terms, at their speed and frequency and on their preferred channels, is now a given. This is even more critical when clients are experiencing unparalleled anxiety from both market conditions and their own personal circumstances.

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Adaptive Fibonacci Price Modeling System Suggests Market Peak May Be Near

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Texas, Florida, Arizona, Georgia - The Branch COVIDIANS Are Still Burning Down the House

 

Texas, Florida, Arizona, Georgia – The Branch COVIDIANS Are Still Burning Down the House

Courtesy of Lee Adler, WallStreetExaminer 

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