HBOS to raise new capital

As I predicted on Saturday, HBOS has got caught up in the global mortgage meltdown. Bloomberg reports:HBOS Plc, the U.K.'s biggest mortgage lender, will sell 4 billion pounds ($8 billion) of shares to bolster capital depleted by asset…

CPI understates inflation

When you hear about inflation on TV, don't you often wonder why the official number seems lower than inflation feels to you when you go shopping? It's an open secret in Washington, but the Consumer Price Index (CPI), the common measure of…

Globalization hits a brick wall

As I suggested in my blog titled 'The U.S. Economy 2008,' protectionism is the obvious outcome to a global economic downturn. As the economy turns down, people feel frustrated and angry. They look for scapegoats and turn to economic…

News Roundup: 28 Apr 2008

Buffett Says Recession May Be Worse Than Feared (Yahoo! News, 4/28/2008)One Guy Who Has Seen It All Doesn't Like What He Sees Now (WSJ, 4/26/2008)Ignore nonsense that credit crisis is over (Stene Pearlstein, Fort Wayne Journal Gazette…

Where’s HBOS?

Looking through old e-mails, I read an article from the FT in 2006 that surfaced claiming that HBOS (Halifax Bank of Scotland)were poised and ready to go offer loans for 125% of value. That's right, HBOS thought it a good idea to cover 95%…

Spain’s problems

There was heavy overbuilding in Spain as the global housing bubble caught fire there these past years. Now, Spain's bubble has burst and it is having dire economic consequences. The Spanish National Statistics Office released the most…

Housing optimism

While I am not particularly optimistic about house prices in the U.S. nationally over the medium term, a recent Washington Post article suggests that prices in the Maryland suburbs of DC are not suffering like other jurisdictions around the…

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