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from James Saft:

Britain eats (leverages) its young

November 22, 2011

James Saft is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

Four years, several failed banks and at least one global recession later, Britain has finally discovered what its young people need: 19-1 leverage.

from Breakingviews:

Complacency seeps in as Fed stops buying MBS

March 30, 2010

By Agnes Crane and Antony Currie

Investors seem remarkably relaxed about the end of the U.S. Federal Reserve's $1.25 trillion program to buy mortgage-backed bonds guaranteed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

from The Great Debate:

A brief, but welcome recovery in housing

By J Saft
August 27, 2009

jamessaft1.jpg(James Saft is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own)

Activity in the U.S. housing market has bottomed - a huge plus for the economy - but a recovery in prices will not be sustained and the threat from real estate to bank capital remains acute.

from The Great Debate:

Learning to love falling house prices

June 18, 2009

Christopher Swann-- Christopher Swann is a Reuters columnist. The views expressed are his own --

Optimism has been all but extinguished from the U.S. housing market.

The number of Americans lining up for new home loans is shrinking again, according to Wednesday's release from the Mortgage Bankers Association, and the best that can be said of homebuilding is that it has stabilized at almost 80 percent below its peak.

The truth about house prices

June 12, 2009

david-kuo_motley-foolthumbnail- David Kuo is director of financial website The Motley Fool. The opinions expressed are his own.-

from The Great Debate:

An emerging opportunity in U.S. housing

April 22, 2009

James Saft Great Debate -- James Saft is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own --

Deep breath. Ok, here goes: For the first time in a very long time U.S. housing might actually be a reasonable buy on a five-year view.

from The Great Debate:

Fishing for the housing bottom in San Diego

By J Saft
March 30, 2009

-- James Saft is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own --
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When prophetic long time bears turn a bit cuddly, it is usually best to take notice.  A real estate maven who rejoices in the "nom-de-blog" of Professor Piggington has now, after five years of correctly shouting bubble, labelled San Diego housing prices "reasonable" based on the latest available housing data.

from UK News:

Housing market: what is your prediction?

January 14, 2009

One thing looks to be sure this year - the housing market has further to fall. Some of the gloomiest predictions are for a further 20 percent slump before a recovery may set in.

Britain faces recession without housing ATM

By J Saft
December 17, 2008

James Saft is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

james-saft1Even in the good times, many British consumers were borrowing against their houses just to fund routine consumption, indicating a big hit to come for retail sales and for the banks who hold the loans.