This is the quote of the week at Mortgage Blues: “”People have been celebrating that we’re through the financial crisis, but the underlying issues are all still there,” said Dean Baker, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research. “We’ve lost trillions of dollars in housing wealth, and consumption’s going to be weak. It’s not the ’30s, but there’s really nothing to boost the economy.””
Our analysts study the financial crisis on a daily basis. Back in 2007 I warned our family, and friends with investments, that the market was too high at 12,500 and it could not be sustained. those who lost moeny on Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and AIG had no one to blame but themselves. Many people did not see the bailout bill, bank bailouts, and financial implosion on the horizon.
Whether you think it is good strategy or a huge hole in security, banks are cutting IT workers. Among the gruesome numbers to come out of the financial crisis are the ones hitting corporate IT, especially at major banks. In a recent round of cuts, 650 IT jobs will go at Credit Suisse, 500 at HSBC and up to 1,800 at Barclays. Many are also slashing their spending with contractors. Goldman Sachs and Citigroup, for example, have demanded that contractors accept a 15% cut in daily rates, while HBOS and Barclays made take-it-or-leave-it offers of 10% reductions.
According to a TIME 24/7 article this morning, “Someone who took out a subprime loan in 2003 is the “patient zero” who began the great recession.” A single borrower set off the series of events that may lead the economy into its greatest downturn since The Great Depression? Blaming the financial meltdown on one borrower is probably the most ridiculous thing I have read since mortgage lending hit the skids. I have a novel idea, “Why don’t we call the mortgage lender or the underwriter “Zero”?
Here is some food for thought during the current financial crisis. When I read the book “The Millionaires” I realized that I used some of the same words in previous blog articles and off-the-record discussions: Continue reading Brad Meltzer and The Millionaires – when our money is not real