Greenspan said that while the economy was in worse shape in the Great Depression, the recent financial crisis was potentially more harmful than that in the 1930s because “never had short-term credit literally withdrawn.” Greenspan just said that the current credit crunch is “by far the greatest financial crisis, globally, ever” — including the 1930s [...]
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“According to a spokeswoman, the bank changed the status of the bulk of its consumer checking accounts last year to take advantage of an FDIC policy to provide unlimited account protection to certain types of accounts. When Citi transferred the accounts back to their original status, it triggered the notification of the seven-day requirement,” states [...]
More than 11.3 million homeowners — nearly one-fourth of all Americans with a mortgage — owe more on their loan than their home is now worth, according to a report released Tuesday by FirstAmerican CoreLogic. As long as real wages for the working class decline good paying middle class jobs are outsourced for cheap labor [...]
Bonuses on Wall Street rose 17 percent last year to $20.3 billion even as the industry faced a public backlash over pay practices. While it’s easy to blame the financial industry for this mess, a large part of the trouble was with mortgage backed securities that had been reworked many times since they were merely [...]
“Having been conned by lower than market interest rates heavily set by the Central Bank of Canada, people were misled into purchasing “investments” they will not be able to afford in the future once interest rates rise.” Canada is quickly becoming much worse off than the US was (in terms of house prices to income [...]
“Get used to a “jobless recovery.” The Federal Reserve says the nation’s unemployment rate will stay around 10-percent this year, and eight-to-nine-percent in 2011.” “Unemployment will linger” and, it must be added, will continue as part of the economic elite’s continuing war on working people. The transfer of massive amounts of public wealth to an [...]
“Unlike other kinds of debt, student loans can be particularly hard to wriggle out of… ditching a student loan is virtually impossible, especially once a collection agency gets involved. Although lenders may trim payments, getting fees or principals waived seldom happens.” Some governments believe that the future of their country lies in a well educated [...]
Here’s a trick used by bankers, states trying to add debt without getting voter approval and companies like Enron or Worldcom — and we know how that worked out (they both went bankrupt and their executives charged with fraud). This from the New York State Comptroller (hat tip to our of our viewers): First, consider [...]
The Labor Department said Friday that wages and benefits rose by 0.5 percent in the three months ending in December. For the entire year, wages and benefits were up 1.5 percent, the weakest showing on records that go back to 1982. Wages and benefits rise weak 1.5 percent in 2009 Wages and benefits rise in [...]
In another measure of how what the establishment labels “conspiracy theory” is quickly becoming mainstream, Bloomberg News carries a story today acknowledging that those derided as “crazy” for warning that the world is run by a secret banking cabal have largely been proven right in light of the AIG cover-up. — Paul Joseph Watson of [...]
State Controller John Chiang issued a stern warning Friday about California’s cash reserves, telling legislative leaders and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger they must act on nearly $9 billion in budget cuts the governor is seeking by March — or the state will run out of cash to pay its bills. — Denis C. Theriault Mercury News [...]
“And I sincerely believe, with you, that banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies; and that the principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale.” — Thomas Jefferson Spending is bad when it’s on credit and made frivolous on non-essential [...]
“Sam’s has been the relative laggard, and it has lagged relative to its direct competitors, Costco and the smaller BJ’s (Wholesale Club),” said Craig Johnson, president of retail consultancy Customer Growth Partners. It would be adviseable to point out that as a corporate model Wal-mart is evil incarnate. For decades they have been spreading across [...]
“The crisis was the result of over-extended credit, prohibitively low interest rates, massive speculation by banks, brokerage houses, insurance companies, and corporations worldwide. It just didn’t happen it was planned that way.” — Bob Chapman There are millions of people who’s retirement portfolios are worth far less today than the actual money they had paid-in [...]
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