The Blog of Author Mark MacKenzie: It's The Housing Market, Stupid!

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For the past several months I have been trying to find a meaningful relationship between NAR's pending home sales index and existing home sales, I have been unable to.  The index is an indication of the number of properties that are currently under contract and are expected to close within 30-60 ...
05/05/2009
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Citigroup may need to raise an additional $10 billion in capital due to the findings of the Federal Reserve's stress tests. The results of the stress tests are due to be published this Thursday.  Not surprisingly, from what has been leaked so far, it appe...
05/04/2009
How many times have we heard either politicians, talking heads, or CEOs say, "we need to get credit moving again"? As I have written about before the accepted philosophy has been that once we fixed the banking system and gave the banks enough capital, or guaranteed enough of their loans, or when ...
05/04/2009
According to the National Association of REALTORS, the pending home sales index inched up 3.2% from last month and 1.1% from last year to 84.6. The index is an indication of the number of properties that are currently under contract and are expected to close within 30-60 days. As I have written a...
05/04/2009
The Senate defeated the proposed mortgage cram down bill 51-45 on Thursday, falling 15 votes short for a bill that would have allowed judges to modify home loans through bankruptcy. Specifically it would have allowed judges to either lower the interest rate and or reduce the principal on loans fo...
05/02/2009
That is the question posed by CNBC's Senior Features Editor Albert Bozzo.  The headline of his report is, "US Economy Could Recover Much Sooner Than Expected". His rationale is, "Among the reasons for the new optimism: a significant easing of the credit crunch, improvement in consumer spending, a...
05/01/2009
According to an article by Reuters, "The Reuters/University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers said its final index of confidence climbed to 65.1 in April from 57.3 in March. That was the highest since September 2008 and the biggest one-month increase since October 2006."  This is certainly good ne...
05/01/2009
The Commerce Department announced on Wednesday that the 1st quarter GDP declined by -6.1%; this was larger than the -4.9% change that many economists had predicted.  It is the third straight quarter for GDP declines. And while Wall St. blindly celebrated the data and the fact that consumer spendi...
05/01/2009
The Mortgage Bankers Association released their weekly mortgage application survey on Wednesday which showed that the mortgage purchase application index has dipped to an 8-week low to 251.6.  This was despite the fact that the 30-year fixed rate mortgage declined from 4.73% to 4.62% this week. T...
04/30/2009
For the past several months I have listened to CNBC analysts, politicians in Washington, and bank CEOs talk about the need to get credit flowing.  That once we fixed the banking system and gave the banks enough capital, or guaranteed enough of their loans, or when we removed the toxic assets (all...
04/26/2009
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