Berkeley CSUA MOTD:Entry 49442
Berkeley CSUA MOTD
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2008/3/13-17 [Computer/SW/Unix] UID:49442 Activity:nil
3/12    Unix sysadmin for last 6 months says:  Market in for real hurting
        \_ Uhm... so?  He has some points, what does his unix background have
           to do with anything either way?
           \_ the non sequitur is interesting by itself
           \_ maybe he's like all us losers, but in that case, it would be
              interesting if he were right
        \_ This guy hasn't worked since 98?
           \_ i believe he sold his business for $5-15M and is doing smaller
              jobs when he feels like it
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Instructional or informational posts are copied here where they form a "library of sorts" for those who may want to reference materials without having to wade through the daily banter of the regular Market Ticker site. Credit Bubble Stocks Saturday, March 8, 2008 Open Letter To The President And Others President Bush 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue Washington, DC 20015 Transmitted by Fax CC: Joint Economic Committee Members House Financial Services Committee Members Senate Banking Committee Members Hillary Rodham Clinton, Senator New York and Presidential Candidate Barack Obama, Senator Illinois and Presidential Candidate John McCain, Senator Arizona and Presidential Candidate Dear Mr President: It is now clear that we face a nearly-unprecedented financial crisis in this nation. Since President Clinton signed the repeal of the last pieces of Glass-Steagall, our banking system has intentionally and willfully ignored both the letter and spirit of the law when it comes to regulatory requirements and just plain old fashioned good conduct. The stress imposed by the collapse of the subprime lending space has exposed the truth - banks and other institutions have employed Enron-style financing vehicles to keep liabilities hidden and assets unvalued by the market, literally inventing valuations as they go along. Ratings agencies, paid by the seller of securities, have admitted to using flawed computer models - specifically, the assumption that house prices would never decline - in their rating of these securities. The Federal Reserve has been complicit in this game of "Hide Waldo" by first issuing "23A Exemption Letters" starting in the spring of 2007, and now, through the use of the "TAF" facility, it is preventing the investing and depositing public from learning who is under stress and to what degree. What is clear from the market, however, is both that this stress is real and that it is dangerously close to a breaking point. The expansion of the TAF facility on March 7th, 2008 is rumored to have been prompted by a potential collapse of one or more major financial institutions. Other institutions, including Thornburg Mortgage, have disclosed that they are restating earnings for the December quarter and may have to file for bankruptcy protection. If December's earnings are being restated, that means they were aware of - but did not disclose - the level of stress they were under when they originally filed those reports. The secondary mortgage market, six months into this mess, remains almost completely frozen. In addition, Hedge Funds and other unregulated entities have been met with increasingly stringent capital demands and margin calls, with the latest two to fall being Peloton and now, it appears, Carlyle. Peloton has collapsed outright while Carlyle has been suspended from the public exchanges in Europe. These margin calls, along with a lack of trust and the ability of the market to absorb forced sales, have caused spreads on Fannie and Freddie paper to rise to historic wide levels. Mr Bernanke and The Fed have lowered the Fed Funds Target from 525% to 3% over the last few months and the "slosh", or free funds available in the Fed Banking System, has nearly doubled over that time. Yet this additional liquidity has done nothing to address the problem and won't because the issue is not one of inadequate liquidity; rather it is a desperate move to hide the fact that a significant number of financial institutions in our nation are, if forced to mark all their paper to the market and recognize their exposure to off balance sheet vehicles, insolvent. At the root of the matter, Mr President, is a lack of trust caused by the intentional acts of these institutions, and lack of regulatory enforcement by both the Federal Reserve and other agencies such as the OTS and OCC. As a direct consequence, those who lend money have literally taken their ball and gone home, either parking their funds in the Treasury market (irrespective of the yield being under the rate of price inflation) or sending their money outside the United States entirely. The Fed's attempt to manage this crisis by injecting liquidity has only forced the dollar lower, which feeds a perverse cycle of price inflation in our economy. Oil is over $100 precisely because the dollar has been debased by 18% in the last two years. But for this intentional debasement, oil would be under $80 right now. Instead, the dollar continues to decline, and all goods and services priced in other currencies continue to increase in price. The economic impact of these actions on American Families has been catastrophic. Food and energy price inflation has destroyed the purchasing power of those on fixed incomes and families just starting out, such as Senior Citizens and our legal immigrants. Real purchasing power of the American Family has declined for the last three years while, according to the Federal Reserve's latest documents for the 4th quarter of 2007, so has Americans' net worth. That outcome is due to the lack of trust, which is the root of the problem - banks and others simply do not know who is bankrupt and who is not, because nobody is able to get an honest look at these institutions' financial condition! net/ about this matter, and have continued to chronicle on a near-daily basis the insanity that is being allowed to continue in our financial markets. This beast was created through intentionally making unsound loans in the belief that the risk could be sold off and therefore quantity was the only metric that mattered, while quality was immaterial. This in turn drove up the price of houses to unsustainable levels. More than 100 years of history tells us that the maximum sustainable home price is approximated by a median home in a given area selling for approximately three times the median income in that same area. Today, most markets have home prices that are well in excess of this figure with coastal areas frequently running in excess of five times incomes. Proposals floated by various parties that attempt to prevent the correction of home prices to historical means will not work. Such price levels cannot be sustained, and it does not matter whether this is politically palatable or not. Home prices must be allowed, and in fact encouraged, to contract until they reach economic equilibrium with household incomes. Today, on the 7th, we had printed the second consecutive negative jobs figure. Since this statistic has been kept, two consecutive negative prints have, 100% of the time, indicated that a recession has begun within the last two to three months. We are in a recession, and it is incumbent upon our public officials to admit to our economic situation. I, and those who have signed this letter, call upon you Mr President, the members of the House and Senate Banking Committees, and the members of the Joint Economic Committee, to immediately act to address this issue before we find ourselves in a fully-developed deflationary credit collapse - that is, a re-run of either Japan's experience or worse, ours of the 1930s, both of which were caused, at their root, by the same abuses and lack of government oversight and regulation. if you cannot obtain a bid for a thing, today, its value for today is zero! These marks must be taken nightly for tradable instruments and no less often than annually for real property. It is simply obscene that we have firms rated "AAA" who hold less than 1% of their exposure in actual capital. That is not "AAA" credit irrespective of what anyone tells you, and when the bond market is trading their debt at 70 cents on the dollar, the market is saying that this firm is rated "C" - or just above default - at best. In addition, the idea that a bank or hedge fund can write a credit default swap without having to prove capital adequacy for the duration and reserve commensurately is an outrage - these are forms of insurance and must be regulated as such. Enron collapsed in no small part because these off-balance-sheet vehicles allowed them to hide their exposure until it was literally too late to do anything about it. We cannot afford a repeat of the "Enron experience" on an even larger...
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