This week has been an extremely volatile one in the world of real estate and the economy. We’ve seen Gold at $1,000 an ounce, a collapsing dollar, oil skyrocketing, an much more. Of everything that has happened, probably the most shocking is what came out of the Fed this week . . .
According to the The Daily Telegraph, “The US Federal Reserve has taken the boldest action since the 1930s, accepting $200bn of housing debt as collateral to prevent an implosion of the mortgage finance industry and head off a full-blown economic crisis.” Tim Bond, a strategist at Barclays Capital remarked, “The market was starting to question the solvency of bodies that stand at the top of the credit pile. These agencies together wrap or insure $6 trillion of mortgages. They cannot be allowed to fail because it would cause a financial disaster. The fact that this sector has blown up has caught everybody’s attention in Washington”
At Least President Bush is Confident in the Economy!
It seems like everybody but the President, who continued to dodge questions about the economy until a press conference today where he expressed his “confidence” in the US economy. I’m glad that he is confident, but he’s doing little to stem the collapse of the dollar and the
looming current recession.
To make matters worse, suffering investment bank Bear Stearns today was given a bailout by J.P. Morgan Chase and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. From the Wall Street Journal:
The intervention by J.P. Morgan and the New York Fed shows Bear “didn’t have enough money to turn the lights on this morning,” said Carl Lantz, strategist at Credit Suisse. “And in a big picture sense, this isn’t that comforting.”
This news turned a somewhat positive market (inflation report wasn’t as bad as expected) upside down once again, and at the time of publishing this post, the Dow is down 300 points and Bear Stearns is off 40%.
Talk about an economy we should be Confident in!