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Bad Debt At China’s – And The World’s – Largest Bank Surges By Most Ever

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden on 10/30/2014 14:17

A week ago, when showing the following chart of Chinese housing trends…

… we reported that the “burst Chinese housing bubble leads to first annual price decline since 2012“, and warned that it is only a matter of time before both China’s GDP, extensively reliant on [...]

The American Dream Going Bust – in One Chart

wolfstreet.com / by Wolf Richter / October 29, 2014

The quintessential ingredient in the stew that makes up a thriving housing market has been evaporating in America. And a recent phenomenon has taken over: private equity firms, REITs, and other Wall-Street funded institutional investors have plowed the nearly free money the Fed has graciously [...]

Does This Look Like A Housing Recovery To You?

theeconomiccollapseblog.com / By Michael Snyder on October 28th, 2014

We just learned that the homeownership rate in the United States has fallen to the lowest level in 19 years. But of course this is not a new trend. As you will see in this article, the homeownership rate in the United States has been [...]

This Has Never Happened Before Without A Massive Bubble Bursting

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden on 10/28/2014 15:35

Back in June we first observed that “America’s Most Important Housing Market Signals A Red Alert For Housing Bubble Watchers” and showed the following chart:

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Could the ‘Taylor Rule’ Have Prevented the Housing Bubble?

mises.org / by Mateusz Machaj / October 28, 2014

[This is a transcript from the September 22, 2014 episode of the Tom Woods Show, featuring Mateusz Machaj, former Summer Fellow at the Mises Institute, and founder of the Mises Institute of Poland.]

Thomas Woods: The Taylor rule has been cited for so long by so [...]

New Home Prices Plunge the Worst EVER (in One Ugly Chart)

wolfstreet.com / by Wolf Richter / October 28, 2014

The Commerce Department reported another miracle on Friday. Or rather a mirage. In September, new home sales edged up 0.2% from August to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 467,000 units. This isn’t a huge number, compared to the crazy days of Housing Bubble 1, [...]

Housing Bubble 2 Pops: New Home Prices Plunge the Worst EVER

wolfstreet.com / by Wolf Richter / October 28, 2014

The Commerce Department reported another miracle on Friday. Or rather a mirage. In September, new home sales edged up 0.2% from August to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 467,000 units. This isn’t a huge number, compared to the crazy days of Housing Bubble 1, [...]

Don’t Buy A Home: You’ll Get Burned

theautomaticearth.com / by Raúl Ilargi Meijer / October 27, 2014

Albert Freeman Effect of gasoline shortage in Washington, DC 1942

Europe had hundreds of inspectors check 130 banks for a year in that stress test. Who do you think picked up the tab for that? And what did Europe’s taxpayers get in return? As [...]

Working for peanuts: Half of American workers earn less than $28,031 per year and household income now back to levels last seen two decades ago.

mybudget360.com / OCT 26 2014

Every fall, two pieces of data are released reflecting the earning potential of American families and workers. The low wage economy has certainly taken a toll on how much Americans earn. Social Security data was recently released and shows that 50 percent of the country earns less than $28,031. This [...]

Stocks Shrug Off Ebola, Surge Most Since 2011, Still A Red October

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden on 10/24/2014 16:06

Ebola in NYC, no problem. Crappy housing data, all good. School shooting in WA, buying opportunity… and that is how the S&P 500 broke back above its 100-day-moving-average (proving the world is fixed again), and had its biggest low-to-high swing since Dec 2011. It wasn’t all [...]

The Housing Recovery Has Been Canceled Due To Data Revisions

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / 10/24/2014 10:29

Last month, when, with great amusement, we reported that “New Home Sales Explode Higher Thanks To… Record High Average New Home Prices?”, we mocked the latest batch of bullshit data released by the US department of truth as follows:

New Home Sales rose a magnificent (seasonally-adjusted [...]

“Evidence Of A Sweeping Housing Bust Is Starting To Appear”

investmentresearchdynamics.com / By David Kranzler / October 23, 2014

Bloomberg notes, for instance, that in the immediate vicinity of One57, three copycat buildings are “rushing” toward completion, and “some real-estate experts warn of an oversupply of luxury dwellings.” Across the river in New Jersey, the story is the same: “Real estate officials are predicting [...]

The Mortgage Purchase Index Plunges – Again

investmentresearchdynamics.com / By David Kranzler / October 22, 2014

The lack of movement for the purchase index underscores the lack of traffic and lack of demand in the housing sector. – Bloomberg News

Once again the Mortgage Bankers Association purchase applications index fell 5% week to week and 9% year over year (LINK). Mortgage rates [...]

Rental fury: The trend for renting continues to grow stronger. Housing starts jump largely on the back of multi-family housing starts.

doctorhousingbubble.com / 18 Oct, 2014

There was an odd sort of rejoicing last week in the midst of market volatility. Housing starts jumped but the people pointing at this failed to grasp that a large reason for this was because of multi-family housing starts. In other words, the demand is reflecting a nation that is [...]

How Americans go poor by spending money on housing and related expenses: Americans spend 33 percent of their income on housing-related items.

mybudget360.com / OCT 17, 2014

People tend to think that buying a home means only paying principal and interest. Most conveniently forget the other myriad of expenses associated with being a homeowner. As Americans find less disposable income in their bank account each month, less Americans are becoming homeowners. The middle class is moving away [...]

Homebuilders Setting Up For Another Short Entry

investmentresearchdynamics.com / David Kranzler / October 18, 2014

The homebuilder stocks staged a dead-cat bounce higher this week. I have been saying that the builders were very oversold and would likely engage in a sharp short-squeeze rally. Today’s huge short-squeeze move – see this link – in the entire stock market added fuel to [...]

Mel Watt, Federal Housing Finance Agency Head, is Pushing Banks to Make Extremely Risky Home Loans

libertyblitzkrieg.com / Michael Krieger / Oct 17, 2014

Mel Watt is one of the most dangerous financial oligarch puppets operating in America today. The first time he came across my radar screen was back in 2009, when he “gutted” Ron Paul’s End the Fed bill while it was in subcommittee, something I outlined in the [...]

What Options Are Left for Central Banks?

charleshughsmith.blogspot.com / By CHARLES HUGH SMITH / OCTOBER 15, 2014

Central banks have reached a fork in the road.

Never before have quasi-omnipotent financial gods had so few powers. A lot is being written about central bank policies now as the Federal Reserve ends its primary quantitative easing (QE) program and the limitations of central [...]

What QE4: US Monetizable Deficit Drops To Just $483 Billion, Or 2.8% Of GDP

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden on 10/15/2014 11:14

Remember that in addition to its primary function, which is to push stocks higher i.e., the “wealth effect”, the Fed’s Quantitative Easing has another just as important role: to monetize the US deficit. Which is why the news that was released moments ago from the Treasury, namely [...]

Further Deterioration In Housing Market Fundamentals

investmentresearchdynamics.com / David Kranzler / October 6, 2014

The construction rate for single-family homes is about 40% below its long-term average, but even that depressed pace may be too high given that vacancy rates haven’t dropped much from post-housing-collapse highs – Jed Kolko, chief economist, Trulia.com

I have been making the case for over a [...]