Commentaries

from Rolfe Winkler:

Lunchtime Links 12-21

December 21, 2009

Hedgie Tepper on pace to make $2.5 billion this year (WSJ) The moral hazard trade has a new face. Tepper bet big that government would rescue bank shareholders and creditors. He was right. Can we blame him? He didn't make the rules; he just played the game better than the rest once they were made.

from Rolfe Winkler:

Evening Links 12-16

December 16, 2009

Fed repeats "exceptionally low" for "an extended period" (Fed statement) The Fed maintains that it isn't raising rates for the foreseeable future, but repeated that it plans to end MBS asset purchases by April next year. Too bad we can't get a surprise rate hike in order to chase risk back out of credit markets...

Government weighed down by bad mortgages

November 12, 2009

The Federal Housing Administration – the U.S. agency that actually enjoys full faith and credit of the government – is in quite a pickle. Reuters reporting that its capital reserves stand at a scant 0.53 percent, below the 2 percent regulatory minimum and without spitting distance of the “help me” threshold.

Nooooo…not Fannie and Freddie

October 19, 2009

I know that the government already leaked the plan, but seeing it actually launched I can’t help but feel a little despair that the Obama Administration continues to use Fannie and Freddie to implement new housing policy.  I wrote a column when the idea was first floated to help state and local housing agencies access financing.

The other GSE problem

September 23, 2009

It’s hard to keep all the U.S. housing agencies straight. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are still basket cases relying on government support, while the Federal Housing Administration and its partner, Ginnie Mae, are setting off alarm bells with their more aggressive efforts to support overstretched homeowners.

On MBS, Fed needs to point to the exit

September 21, 2009

When the medication is flowing, it’s hard to see straight.

Amid the giddiness in the markets and the cheers for the end of the recession, what often gets ignored is the fact that government stimulus is still fueling the reflation of financial markets.

Cleaning up the mess that remains

September 14, 2009

At least the Obama administration isn’t saying “Mission Accomplished.”

Securitization survives the fall

September 11, 2009

A year after the government’s seizure of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and AIG , not to mention the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers that sent the global financial system into a tailspin, very little has changed to prevent debt from being sliced and diced, again and again.

To buy, or not to buy MBS

August 31, 2009

It looks like the lines are being drawn within the Fed regarding its massive $1.25 trillion MBS asset purchase plan that’s due to expire at the end of the year.

Don’t be fooled by global stock stumble

August 17, 2009

Don’t blame global stock markets for being skittish. It is August, after all, a month that has spelled trouble in the past two years.