European House Prices are slowing

While we all expected house prices to slow and even fall in bubble markets like Ireland, the UK and Spain, it comes as news to me that prices are slowing in Germany as well. I was just in Germany this past month, and while there were…

Gas Tax Breaks

I am wading into this debate over whether or not the U.S. government should temporarily suspend the federal tax on gasoline this summer. I come down on the side against the tax break. Here's why?In a post about Windfall taxes on Tuesday, I…

News Round-Up: 2 May 2008

Updated throughout the dayUSU.S. Loses 20,000 Jobs in April; Unemployment Rate Falls to 5% (Bloomberg, 5/2/2008) Dollar Reserve Status Is Tale of Fading Glory (Bloomberg, 5/2/2008)Bank of America May Not Guarantee Countrywide's Debt…

News Round-up

Updated throughout the dayUSCorrection: Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims up 35,000 (U.S. Government, 5/1/2008)Unemployment Benefit Rolls Climb to 4-Year High (Bloomberg, 5/1/2008)Recession's here, economist Kasriel says (Wilmette Life,…

Drilling for oil

Today, I read an article by Robert Samuelson in the Washington Post advising that the U.S. allow drilling for oil in previous no-go drilling zones because the cost of oil is rising. Originally, I agreed with his assessment. Today, I have…

More on HBOS

The Lex column in Yesterday's FT highlights what many market players are thinking about the company's £4 billion ($8 billion) rights issue: the economic outlook in the UK is worse than feared."The main potential explanation for the apparent…

Housing Prices

This blog entry will serve as a timeline to track housing prices over time as they are reported. US: S&P/Case-Shiller Index 2007 03 27 S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Index Declined 0.2% 2007 04 24 S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price…

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…

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