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Former Goldman MD on Goldman Profits

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I thought this was an interesting read. The arguments rests on the now well-publicized observation that bank profits are being driven by the 'free' money provided by the Fed. Nevertheless, another viewpoint never hurts (care of Zero Hedge).

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July 31, 2009 at 1:50 pm

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Spitzer On Bloomberg

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Say what you want about Eliot Spitzer, he gives a decent interview here. No new insights, I don’t think, but a decent nutshell perspective on recent events.

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July 14, 2009 at 7:58 pm

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The Ascent of Money

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PBS rocks. While it’s no samurai sword tutorial, The Ascent of Money is classic PBS at its best. Historian Niall Ferguson takes the viewer on a tour through the history of credit. You can watch four different episodes or a single two-hour program.

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July 10, 2009 at 3:27 pm

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What the heck is going on at Goldman?

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July 10, 2009 at 2:49 pm

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Innumerate America on HGTV

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I couldn’t sleep last night and ended up watching, of all things, HGTV’s “My First Place.” It was incredibly frustrating. A young couple moves from Colorado to Arizona and is looking to buy a home. They are pre-approved for 100% financing and are looking to spend about $350,000 for four bedrooms, etc. Over the course of the episode, they consider buying a home in foreclosure, their financing falls through, Phoenix is designated a falling market, and they end up borrowing the 3% downpayment they need to buy a less expensive home that comes in around $290k if I remember correctly. It’s like they are trying to end up upside-down on their mortgage.

The husband is a gym teacher and the wife is graduating from veterinary school. The couple seems very nice, but also incredibly clueless. What are they doing looking to buy a four bedroom home (they have two dogs but no kids) with zero equity in a falling market? If I hear the phrase “granite countertops” again, I’m going to lose it.

Now, I’m not sure when the episode was taped. Probably last year sometime. Nevertheless…WAKE UP AMERICA! If you are just graduating from school and can’t scrounge together even 3% in equity in a falling market, you have no business buying a house! It’s insane! (unless mommy and daddy are wrapping your risk, in which case, congratulations).

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July 1, 2009 at 1:26 am

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