What do you do for $:Fed reveals partial data on emergency lending facilities, still mum on discount window

Update: Well, it would appear absolutely EVERYONE got a bailout except the middle class. And I do mean everyone.

Zero Hedge breaks down the 35 foreign banks that the Fed bailed out here.

…$1.27 trillion in agency MBS was traded by foreign banks…

led by the $410 billion by German-based Deutsche Bank ..

…the $382 billion by the Switzerland-based Credit Suisse.

Other highlights of the disclosure include that GE among other commercial endeavors got $ from the Fed, and that the Fed has essentially been taking all the polluted assets from everyone with a pulse (again, except for the US middle class consumer/homeowner who has been lectured about ‘moral hazard’ and whose house has been foreclosed upon):

.the Federal Reserve purchased $1.25 trillion in agency MBS from all participating banks.

Goldman Sachs borrowed 84 times from Fed’s dealer facility (PDCF) from Sept. 15 to 11/26/08 for amounts ranging from $100m to $8b

Bank of America borrowed 118 times from the PDCF from Sept 18 2008 to May 2009, in amount ranging from $375 million to $11 billion.

And even CA Pension funds got in on the bail out action, per ZeroHedge:

Looking at the TALF data, we see that the biggest borrower by subscription is Calpers, with a total of about $5.4 billion

Federal Reserve data breakdown and press release here. More from WSJ here

WSJ:

…The data released Wednesday include short-term liquidity moves for financial institutions and companies made as part of the Fed’s traditional role as lender of last resort, liquidity injections directly to borrowers and investors in key credit markets and financial support for Bear Stearns Cos. and American International Group Inc. (See all the data from the Fed)

Fed officials reported details on more than 21,000 transactions from December 2007 to July 2010. The emergency programs caused the size of the Fed’s balance sheet to swell. (See a history of the Fed’s lending)…

December 1, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , . CITI, citigroup, Economy, FDIC, Finance, Foreclosures, Housing, Obama Administration, Politics, TARP, Taxes, Unemployment Statistics, Wall St. Comments off.

Too Big to Fail Bankstas and the Financial Collapse: Bethany McLean, author of ‘All the Devil’s are Here” CSPAN Interview

cannot wait to read this book

Courtesy of CSPAN

Reminder: IT IS HAPPENING AGAIN RIGHT NOW, REGULATORS ARE IGNORING THE FORECLOSURE FRAUD AND FAILURE OF TBTF TO DELIVER THE NOTES TO THE TRUSTEE, THE MBS ARE PUTBACKS WAITING TO HAPPEN.

For more on the imminent collapse and why, see Naked Capitalism, Yves Smith today- ‘Why MERS needs to be taken out and shot’

the idea of passing a Federal statue to solve MERS’ growing state-level problems is a huge stretch. As the latest report of the Congressional Oversight Panel noted,

In the absence of more guidance from state courts, it is difficult to ascertain the impact of the use of MERS on the foreclosure process. The uncertainty is compounded by the fact that the issue is rooted in state law and lies in the hands of 50 states judges and legislatures.

We’ve been told that Constitutional scholars have said that repeated Supreme Court decisions have found real estate transactions to be beyond the reach of Commerce clause, and hence not subject to Federal intervention. So the idea that MERS can be legitimated by Congress appears far-fetched.

But what are the problems with MERS? The focus so far has been on its questionable legal standing, but its operational failings are every bit as serious.

Although critics have provided a number of arguments against MERS, the most fundamental relate to MERS’ claim that it acts as mortgagee of record….

And see NC again for Tom Adams on why failure to transfer notes is a serious problem for the TBTF:

(…) Based on my review, Countrywide failed to comply with the terms of the agreement for the delivery of the mortgage notes. In addition, importantly, the trustee also failed to comply with the terms – it was required to certify it had the mortgage notes at closing and then certified annually that it had safeguarded the mortgage loan documents as required by the PSA.As a result, if Countrywide actually failed to deliver all of the mortgage notes to the trustee, as the judge describes in the Kemp case, then

(1) This is a problem for the trustee proving it has standing for foreclosures or bankruptcies, as in the Kemp case,

(2) It seems like investors in the certificates issued by CWABS 2006-8 would have a good case to pursue claims against both Countrywide and the Bank of New York, as trustee, for failing to perform as required under the agreement,

(3) By stating that the notes had been delivered and certifying all of the notes had been received, Countrywide and the trustee seem to have misrepresented the transaction to investors, by creating the impression that the trust had secured the collateral, and

(4) The trustee’s annual certification under Reg AB that the mortgage loan documents were safeguarded and secured may open the parties up to additional liability for misrepresentation to investors, despite the fact that three-year statute of limitations may have expired for misrepresentations made in the offering statement for the transaction.

I tracked down the pooling and servicing agreement in the Kemp case from CWABS 2006-8 to make sure it did not have any unique exceptions to delivery. It did not. Section 2.01 of the PSA requires the Depositor (CWABS) delivery of the note to the trustee with all intervening endorsements as follows:…read it all!

November 22, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Economy, Education, Finance, Foreclosures, Housing, journalism, media, Obama Administration, Politics, Popular Culture, TARP, Taxes, Unemployment Statistics, Wall St. Comments off.

SCOTUS rejects Campaign Finance Law…

Instapundit links to the opinion : Link to opinion (which I have not read yet) is here. Lots of concur, dissent, in part…

KENNEDY, J., delivered the opinion of the Court, in which ROBERTS,
C. J., and SCALIA and ALITO, JJ., joined, in which THOMAS, J., joined as to all but Part IV, and in which STEVENS, GINSBURG, BREYER, and SO-TOMAYOR, JJ., joined as to Part IV. ROBERTS, C. J., filed a concurring opinion, in which ALITO, J., joined. SCALIA, J., filed a concurring opin-ion, in which ALITO, J., joined, and in which THOMAS, J., joined in part. STEVENS, J., filed an opinion concurring in part and dissenting in part,in which GINSBURG, BREYER, and SOTOMAYOR, JJ., joined. THOMAS, J., filed an opinion concurring in part and dissenting in part.

WSJ has it up

breaking CNBC chyron…and to think it is a case by the dirtbags at ‘citizens united’ and we all know the extended acronym, that was trying to keep Hill out would be the case to overturn this law….

since Obama is bent on playing Mr Populist vs Wall St Bankstas now maybe corporate America will WAKE UP and realize these people are NOT their friends, American consumers are their friends and we need JOBS to buy their products!

Obama is taking Volcker out of mothballs to prop him up as his cred for attacking banks today….

…MNCs who think the American consumer is done and are moving to india and china for consumer spending should rethink ……America baby…..

January 21, 2010. Tags: , , , , . Politics. Comments off.

DOW 10,000? Watch the zombie bull ride as the US Dollar tanks!

Update: linkys added

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How long can it go on before the falling dollar slips from the control of Rahm and Timmeh and we get slammed with hyperinflation? MiM is long HARD assets now, like  ‘drop it on my foot go ouch’ hard as the guys on FastMoney would say…it may seem like a brilliant idea to these fools on the Hill to let the dollar slip to reduce the ginormous debt, but Americans buy goods with American dollars ya dig? maroons, all of them. No nation ever got strong by devaluing its own currency, was that Reagan? Kudlow opines:

Smells like the 1970s.Just look at two ominous headlines in the news: First is the global shift out of the dollar and into commodities. Second is the dollar losing its reserve status to the yen and the euro.

In the second quarter ending in June, central banks around the world invested 63 percent of their new cash reserves into euro and yen, and put only 37 percent into dollars. Over the past six months, the dollar has lost 15 percent while gold has climbed nearly $150. If this continues, spiking inflation and interest rates will choke off the bull market in stocks and do serious damage to the economy. It could happen fast.

Yet markets are rallying hard off the weakened greenback. They think consumers will feel BETTER about spending as their dollar value shrinks?? (exports may help the MNCs and unions short term but it is a fool’s game) The DOW is up >100 b/c the retail sales only fell 1.5% (consensus was over 2%)  IMO any bump on anything but sustained job growth is premature, I dont give a flying frak if they say it is a lagging indicator*, the US Consumer is STILL 70% of GDP and TOTUS is off the rails of the crazy train spending like it’s going out of style (and it has gone out of style!)…

How bout some Metallica? The Bell is Tolling for the US Economy and the fools don’t hear it.

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October 14, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , . Economy, Finance, Heavy Metal, Labor Department, Obama Administration, Politics, Taxes, Unemployment Statistics, Wall St. Comments off.

Update: Anyone? Bueller? Market Mover Monday: Smoot-Hawley rises from the grave and TOTUS to ‘admonish’ and ‘push’ for his regulatory scheme today…

Update 2: BWAAAHAA!!! Bob Pisani of CNBC says the traders have been passing around the Ben Stein Smoot Hawley Tariff scene from Ferris Bueller on the floor this morning!! lol..

Update: OMG in his opening remarks TOTUS recognizes Barney Frank D-MA as the man who will be instrumental in leading our financial policies and regulatory reforms. OH NOES! The guy who gave FAN FRED a pass?

He mentions Paul Volcker (who seems to serve primarily as TOTUS’ figurative crucifix against the vampires of reality who note TOTUS is fumbling the economy and implementing disastrous policies) Why does Volcker let himself be used this way? Sad. TOTUS is touting him as the CHIEF of his council of something or other, and we all KNOW Volcker is being ignored..Our previous posts on Volcker here. And here is one of interest concerning his speech in February wherein he said ‘MOST aspects of capitalism will survive’.

Apparently no one ever told TOTUS you don’t start a land war with Asia and you don’t start a trade war with your banker..

TOTUS’ decision to put a tariff on Chinese Tire imports is well..untimely…to say the least. Timmeh Geithner just got back from another round of promising China we would restrain our deficit (AS IF!) and now here is TOTUS starting a trade war. At whose behest?? LABOR OF COURSE!!! Good grief! Our previous post on Smoot Hawley here

…China indicated Sunday it would restrict U.S. imports of chicken and auto products after Washington’s move to slap punitive sanctions on Chinese tire imports, raising tensions in a trade dispute ahead of two planned meetings between the countries’ leaders.

Citing a jump in Chinese imports, the Obama administration said Friday it would impose stiff tariffs on Chinese-made tires for the next three years, invoking a section of trade law that China agreed to as a condition for its joining the World Trade Organization in 2001. The move essentially would cut off the source of nearly 17% of all tires sold in the U.S. last year and hit cost-conscious consumers particularly hard, as retailers will have to find alternative sources for the lower-end tires that make up much of what China sends to the U.S….

wall_st_bear_smallAnd just to follow up, TOTUS will come on down to Wall St to give another lecture and remind everyone that they are bad bad people. Despite Sheila Bair’s resistance, TOTUS is leaning HARD on FDIC and SEC to give Treasury and the Fed expanded powers..

WSJ:

President Barack Obama, speaking on Wall Street Monday on the first anniversary of the crescendo of the financial crisis, will discuss the administration’s plans “to wind down government involvement in the financial sector,” will push for “immediate action” on regulatory changes need to prevent future crises and admonish Wall Street to avoid the practices that led to the crisis, an administration official said. The president’s remarks, follow similar comments from the Treasury and Federal Reserve aimed at blunting criticism that they lack an “exit strategy” for withdrawing their support for the financial system with speeches and documents timed for the first anniversary of the worst moments of the crisis.

More after the break:

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September 14, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , . Economy, FDIC, Finance, Obama Administration, Politics, Popular Culture, Wall St. Comments off.

Most Counter-Productive Idea Evah?: AFL-CIO and Dems push for new tax on stock trades: 1/10% of each transaction

howtobeatthehicostlivingEvery time I think it is safe to go back into the water markets, the SOOPERGENIUSES in Congress or the WH come up with a new economy killing agenda item of some sort. Remember that 70s movie where they try to rob the moneyball in the mall? The way these guys are mucking up the markets that may be a better investment plan, we would have more clarity going forward than we would investing under this Administration…

And all the ideas seem to involve spending and taxing. Under the anti business atmosphere of Team TOTUS this sort of thing is flourishing. And why are the AFL-CIO floating new tax plans?

I have no idea how anyone who has ever opened an American history book or has even passing knowledge of the Depression can suggest these capital killing, investment slaying, consumer scaring ideas:

The Hill:

The nation’s largest labor union and some allied Democrats are pushing a new tax that would hit big investment firms such as Goldman Sachs reaping billions of dollars in profits while the rest of the economy sputters.

The AFL-CIO, one of the Democratic Party’s most powerful allies, would like to assess a small tax — about a tenth of a percent — on every stock transaction.

And they still DO NOT GET the link between over taxation and reduction of cash flow to the Treasury:

There is also a growing realization among Obama administration officials and lawmakers that tax increases may be necessary to curb the ballooning federal deficit.

No STOPPING SPENDING would curb the damned ballooning deficit you yahoos!

The idea of taxing financial transactions has gained some support on Capitol Hill and among senior government officials in London, a major foreign financial center.

In Congress, Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), chairman of the Highways and Transit Transportation Subcommittee, has seized on the idea as a way to help pay for a new massive surface transportation reauthorization bill, estimated to cost $450 billion over six years.

We had a 780 Billion dollar stimulus and they want a new tax to fund highway projects because they pixxed all that money away without giving anything to infrastructure.

Instead of taxing all stock transactions, as the AFL-CIO has contemplated, DeFazio wants to focus on oil-based derivatives.

At the end of July, shortly before the House broke for the August recess, DeFazio introduced legislation that would impose a 0.2 percent transaction tax on crude oil futures contracts. The legislation would tax the options for oil futures (in other words, the premium paid to have the option to buy a futures contract) at 0.5 percent.

Oh goody they want to frak up the energy markets ahead of winter heating season too! We can all look forward to that when they get back!

Jamey Johnson courtesy of bowhunterml

August 31, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Economy, Finance, Obama Administration, Politics, TARP, Taxes, Unemployment Statistics, Wall St. 3 comments.

Hank Paulson on the Hill…

Reminder, here is where we were almost a year ago now, the world was ending and Hank was in a sea of flotsam and jetsom trying to keep us afloat..do I like what he did, hell no, am I glad TOTUS and Timmeh werent alone at the reins then? Hell yes!

Update: Video as it is available…

Watching them grill Hank on the Hill

Live feed here

IMO this is bad, very very bad..

This is what they would do with a CIA investigation of ‘Torture’…go back and question shxt they knew about and never opened their mouths about before to look good….

They are going back and questioning every aspect of decisions they KNEW at the time were being madem, that they rolled over for..

After 9/11, after the collapse of Lehman, things were not ‘normal’

Never thought I could feel bad for Hank but I do..

This is a witch hunt and a kangaroo court and a clusterfark all rolled into one…

These people have NO CLUE about the financial system, and the things they are allowing Team TOTUS to do RIGHT NOW IMO far outweigh what Hank did with TARP and BofA and Merrill…

Shit Chrysler Senior Debtholders were threatened a few months ago, none of these Congress critters made a peep..

Pelosi and Paulson and Reid, Oh My!

These are the same tools who LOVED them some Hank in October of 2008…

Hank does not look well….

The Critters are frankly really interrogating him at this point…cutting him off…beating him up and bullying him in fact with emails he has never seen…this is a guy they schmoozed like crazy, a guy who like it or not saved the system form collapsing, I do not agree with everything they did and didnt want TARP but we HAVE A FINANCIAL SYSTEM TODAY b/c Hank did something, unlike the Congress who was clueless and led by Nancy who was busy interfering with national elections and not minding the store….

Dennis Kucinich has bene on a MISSION to get Ken Lewis fired and BofA shareholders a nifty lawsuit, he is on CNBC now attacking Paulson….

July 16, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Politics. Comments off.

Market Update: Quadruple Witching…

Quadruple Witching today, the Third Friday of the month, on which contracts for stock index futures, stock index options, stock options and single stock futures are all expiring…we usually see good volume and an up day…

An hour to the close and markets are mixed…

DOW down 37 to 8518

S & P flat at 918

NAS up 14.47 to 1822..

Gold flat at 935.20, rest of precious metals are flat to down slightly..

Oil down, yay!, down 1.74 to 69.63

HEALTH CARE SECTOR of all things is what is pulling us up, LOL! Thiss off rumors the Senate is pulling the public option off the table…call Critters anyway, could be a head fake….

Via CNBC health care stock recovery  in past 4 days:

Cigna up 22%

HealthNet up 19%

Coventry up 18%

Aetna up 15%

Humana up 13%

UnitedHealth up 10%

*Eagles courtesy of rebelyeller987

June 19, 2009. Tags: , , , , . Entertainment, Finance. Comments off.

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