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Sound familiar ??? :shk: I'll skip a few as not to get Mod-ized...be sure to read all though!!!
"We will not have any more crashes in our time."
- John Maynard Keynes in 1927 [NB: The authenticity of this one is a little suspect]
"I cannot help but raise a dissenting voice to statements that we are living in a fool's paradise, and that prosperity in this country must necessarily diminish and recede in the near future."
- E. H. H. Simmons, President, New York Stock Exchange, January 12, 1928
"There will be no interruption of our permanent prosperity."
- Myron E. Forbes, President, Pierce Arrow Motor Car Co., January 12, 1928
"No Congress of the United States ever assembled, on surveying the state of the Union, has met with a more pleasing prospect than that which appears at the present time. In the domestic field there is tranquility and contentment...and the highest record of years of prosperity. In the foreign field there is peace, the goodwill which comes from mutual understanding."
- Calvin Coolidge December 4, 1928
"There may be a recession in stock prices, but not anything in the nature of a crash."
- Irving Fisher, leading U.S. economist, New York Times, Sept. 5, 1929
"All safe deposit boxes in banks or financial institutions have been sealed... and may only be opened in the presence of an agent of the I.R.S."
- President F.D. Roosevelt, 1933
Fast forward... year 2001
Originally posted by Hx3_1963
And crash...into the great abyss... ...thought you'd like this post as yer such a Graph-oholic...
Goodbye, Sears Tower; hello, Willis Tower
New owners of Chicago landmark say they offer more than just a new name.
Aug 4, 2009 2:03 a.m.
Originally posted by Hx3_1963
reply to post by GreenBicMan
Nice Charting, but, I was alluding to more of the current run up with 1928/29 charts vs 2008/2009...hmmm nice coincidence 80 yrs BTW...
Find one on the run up to "Chart" and compare...like the prior year to the crash...and compare...?
(yeah I *said* 6 months, but, guess that's a little to tight to see the run...)
[edit on 8/4/2009 by Hx3_1963]
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Fed Plans to Strengthen Bank Examinations With Expert Teams, Tarullo Says
Aug. 4 (Bloomberg) -- The Federal Reserve plans to strengthen its examinations of banks’ lending practices and financial health with new teams composed of experts in everything from law to economics and markets.
Fed Governor Daniel Tarullo outlined the step in testimony prepared for a Senate Banking Committee hearing in Washington today. The overhaul, which would make reviews more uniform across the banking system, builds on the stress tests the central bank completed on the biggest 19 banks in May, he said.
The initiative comes as criticism spreads of President Barack Obama’s proposal to give the Fed powers to oversee systemic financial risks. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner last week told regulatory chiefs -- including Sheila Bair, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. chairman who opposes making the Fed the sole systemic-risk agency -- they should stop attempts to campaign against the administration’s revamp of rules for the industry, a person familiar with the matter said.
“We are prioritizing and expanding” the examination process to “assess key operations, risks and risk management activities of large institutions,” Tarullo said in prepared remarks for today’s hearing. “This program will be distinct from the activities of on-site examination teams so as to provide an independent supervisory perspective.”
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Royal Bank of Scotland, Lloyds May Write Down $29 Billion of Property Debt
Aug. 4 (Bloomberg) -- Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc and Lloyds Banking Group Plc, the U.K.’s biggest taxpayer-funded banks, may post a combined 17.7 billion pounds ($30 billion) of writedowns after the U.K.’s property slump worsened.
Lloyds may set aside 11.3 billion pounds for bad loans, a fourfold increase from the previous year, according to the median estimate of eight analysts surveyed by Bloomberg. RBS may report 6.4 billion pounds in provisions, up from 1.48 billion pounds a year earlier, the analysts said.
“The key fear in our minds is write-offs from distressed commercial property and residential property,” said Richard Champion, who helps oversee about $2 billion at Principal Investment Management in Sevenoaks, England, including shares of London-based Lloyds and Edinburgh-based RBS.
British property values have dropped since the start of the credit freeze, with commercial real estate declining 44 percent from its mid-2007 peak, according to London-based Investment Property Databank Ltd. Residential prices fell 21 percent in the same period, according to the Halifax housing index.
RBS posted 31.9 billion pounds of writedowns and credit market losses from mid-2007 through March 31 and Lloyds reported 33 billion pounds, data compiled by Bloomberg show. Lloyds had 2.5 billion pounds of loan provisions in the first half of 2008.
Banks have “too much commercial property debt and have to get it down,” RBS Chief Executive Officer Stephen Hester said last month. The debt reductions would take three-to-five years, he said. Together, RBS and Lloyds have 97 billion pounds of commercial real estate loans, according to a June 26 report from Paris-based BNP Paribas SA.
Northern Rock makes hefty losses
Northern Rock has reported a loss of £724.2m for the first six months of 2009, compared with a loss of £585.4m in the first half of last year.
The nationalised bank said that 3.92% of its mortgage loans were more than three months in arrears, well above the national average of 2.39%.
It currently owes the government £10.9bn, but is waiting for European regulatory clearance for more funding.
Northern Rock was nationalised in February 2008. It had to be bailed out by taxpayers in 2007, when its model of borrowing short-term funds from wholesale markets to lend to mortgage borrowers was hit by the credit crunch.
BBC business editor Robert Peston said that there were tentative signs that Northern Rock may be over the worst. But he added that its mortgages are continuing to go bad at an alarming rate and a faster rate than most of its rivals.
The bank said the total value of all of its loans had fallen by £602.2m in the first six months of the year...
Originally posted by pause4thought
Things are looking a bit slippery in London:
The pound has continued to gain against the dollar, rising above $1.70 for the first time since October on optimism about the UK economy.
Sterling forged higher on Monday in the wake of strong UK manufacturing data and hopes about the health of the banking sector.