Saturday, July 04, 2009

Hussman "High Loan-to-Value + Trigger Event (Unemployment) = Default"

As predicted..... The comeback of the retail investor has marked the top..... Time for Abby Joseph Cohen to adjust her S&P 500 target of 1050 ( Quote Cohen "Fair value based on recession earnings" ). Wouldn´t surprise me if she will revise it upwards.....Maybe this time her model is based on some Goldman insights of the very strange "Robotrading" ( see also a very disturbing "Robotrading" Chart / WSJ ) accounting for well over 50% percent of overall US equity trading volume lately...... This would be as credible as her/Goldman recession proof earnings call.....;-)

For a "slightly" less optimistic ( aka realitic ) view use your common sense, read a link on my blogroll or just take a look at Doomsville via FT Alphaville..... For a daily dose of excellent "ANTI SPIN" i highly recommend to subsribe to the free daily update from David Rosenberg!!! ( Here are some examplesvia Zero Hedge ). I´m taking a much needed break. So posting on this blog will be very light during the next few weeks.

Wie bereits befürchtet hat zumindets in den USA die Rückkehr der Kleinanleger erneut das Top markiert. Wenn man über Wochen halt jeden Tag vermeintliche "Green Shoots" , lächerliche "Stresstest", astronomisch hohen S&P 500 Ziele, aberwitzige Gewinnausweise die mit GAAP nichts zu tun haben, ein Markt der zu über 50% durch computergestützes Handelssysteme kontrolliert wird ( siehe "Robotrading" bzw. einen wenig vertrauenserweckenden "Robotrading" Chart / WSJ ) usw. vorgesetzt bekommt fällt es einigen Anlegern oftmals schwer den gesunden Menschenverstand walten zu lassen bzw den Überblick zu behalten...... Freue mich jetzt schon auf die Revision von Abby Joseph Cohen und Ihrem S&P 500 Ziel von 1050..... Nur gut das bereits dieses Ziel den Fair Value anhand von Rezessionsgewinnen ermittelt hat. ( Zitat Cohen "Fair value based on recession earnings" ) .

Für einen etwas weniger optimistischen ( andere würden auch sagen realistischeren ) Ausblick empfehle ich wahlweise mehr auf den gesunden Menschenverstand zu hören, einen der Links auf meiner Blogroll oder Doomsville via Ft Alphaville. Wer die momentan wohl beste tagtägliche Analyse frei Haus geliefert haben möchte der sollte sich hier registrieren lassen!!!! David Rosenberg unterscheided sich nicht erst seit seinem Wechsel von Merrill Lynch zu Gluskin Sheff wohltuend von den üblichen Verdächtigen ( siehe Cohen ). Hier einige Beispiele via Zero Hedge. Ich werde mir die nächsten Wochen eine dringend benötigte Auszeit nehmen. Die Postingfrequenz wird also stark zurückgehen.


It is very important to recognize that the increasing unemployment rate is likely to exert a different dynamic in this economic downturn than it has in prior downturns, because of the high ratio of household debt-to-income, and the high ratio of mortgage loan-to-value at present.

In normal downturns, unemployment does trigger a certain amount of loan losses, but the general tendency is for unemployment to behave as a lagging indicator.

In the current cycle, high debt-to-income and loan-to-value ratios create a situation where unemployment can easily be the trigger event for further defaults, and could therefore create a tendency for job losses to lead economic weakness (rather than just lagging it).
> Especially when this time the job picture is looking like this.... And lets not forget these already ugly numbers are based on the (Black Box ) BLS numbers.....

> Besonders dann nicht wenn der Arbeitsmarkt im Vergleich zu anderen Rezessionen so aussieht...... Möchte nur noch darauf hinweisen das slebst dieser Blick noch geschönt ist ( da diese Daten auf den teilweise aberwitzigen Statistiken des BLS basieren )......

bigger / größere Version H/T Calculated Risk

I don't think that the feedback will be strong enough to lead to a self-reinforcing collapse, but I do think that it is naïve to expect that the economy will just “shake off the blues” and roar ahead.

At the same time, bank chargeoffs continue to lag the deterioration in credit. The FDIC notes “The high level of chargeoffs ($37.8 billion) did not stem the growth in noncurrent loans in the first quarter. On the contrary, noncurrent loans and leases increased by $59.2 billion (25.5 percent).
The percentage of loans and leases that were noncurrent rose from 2.95% to 3.76% during the quarter. The noncurrent rate is now at the highest level since the second quarter of 1991. The rise in noncurrent loans was led by real-estate loans, which accounted for 84 percent of the overall increase.”

> Click through some of the charts/tables from T2 Partners or just take a look at this chart showing the crash in CRE and it should be clear that the entire US banking system is insolvent. Very frustrating to see that after 12-18 month into the crisis & trillions of taxpayers money wasted that still no progress ( outside of Goldman Sachs...... ) has been made. But with Bernanke, Geithner & Summers in charge...... Unfortunately the situation in Germany & others parts like China, Europe / Emerging Europe, Dubai / Middle East, Japan etc of the world isn´t much better....... Wouldn´t surprise me if the Depression Index will be quite popular in the coming years...

> Klickt Euch wahllos durch die nachfolgende exzellente Präsentation von T2 Partners oder schaut Euch diesen Chart zum Thema gewerbliche Immobilien an und es dürfte klar sein das trotz aller PR, Spinversuche & Bilanzierungsverrenkungen das gesamte US Bankensystem noch immer heftigst insolvent ist. Das mit Billionen von Steuergeldern bisher nicht mehr erreicht worden ist haben wir in erster Linie Bernanke, Geithner und Summers zu verdanken. Leider spielt Obama ebenfalls eine wesentliche Rolle in diesem Drama. Wer trotz desaströser Vergangenheit dieser Leute weiterhin Vertrauen in die Mitarchitekten der Misere setzt macht sich "strafbar".... Da besonders wir hier in Deutschland aber im Glashaus sitzen und es in anderen Teilen der Welt wie z.B. China Europa / Osteuropa , Dubai / Mittlerer Osten , Japan usw. nicht viel besser aussieht dürfte das Wort der "Depression" früher oder später in starker Konkurrenz zur "Rezession" stehen......Unglücklicherweise besteht dieses Mal eine recht große Chance das der Depression Index zukünftig längere Zeit stark erhöht sein wird......T2 July 3 Whitney Tilson: Why There Is More Pain To Come

> Back to Hussman

Now, note that the $59.2 billion figure is the increase, not the total value, of noncurrent loans for the first quarter alone. In a banking system where total capital only represents 10% of total assets (and even that level only thanks to TARP infusions), 3.76% of total loans in the noncurrent category is not a small figure.
> Time for another accounting change......

> Höchste Zeit für eine neue Bilanzierungsregel......

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Blogger jmf said...

You just cannot make stories like these up.....

FDIC's Challenge With Busted Banks

As bank failures mount, hitting 53 this year by Friday, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. needs solid financial institutions to assume the assets and liabilities of collapsed lenders. But instead of passing the weaklings' remains to unequivocally strong banks, many of the acquirers are dealing with issues such as high exposure to commercial real estate

Last month, United Community Banks, of Blairsville, Ga., acquired assets and liabilities of Southern Community Bank, including $224 million of loans, from the FDIC, which provided a loss-sharing agreement. Yet United Community has commercial real-estate exposure equivalent to over 850% of its tangible common equity, or TCE. Such assets are risky as the real-estate market slumps

Moreover, its Texas ratio, nonperforming assets as a percentage of TCE plus loan-loss reserves, is 55%. That is more than double the 26% median for smaller U.S. banks. United Community points out that its regulatory capital is substantially higher than its TCE.

Then there is PrivateBancorp, of Chicago, which this month acquired all the deposits and just over $900 million of assets of Founders Bank. Adjusted for a recent share issue, PrivateBancorp's commercial real estate is equivalent to 590% of its TCE. And there are other question marks. Brokered deposits, which have prompted regulatory unease because they can be flighty, are up over 220% since the end of 2007. They helped fund a 326% increase in corporate loans over the same period. Ballooning that loan book ahead of a recession could carry risks.

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Blogger jmf said...

More fun....

CIT Offers Litmus Test for Washington's Faith in the System

The prognosis is grim. The FDIC, likely unnerved by CIT's asset quality, hasn't yet approved the company's application to issue government-guaranteed debt

But a CIT failure would raise a big question for the Treasury and Fed: Is the financial system strong enough to bear a crisis at CIT, which has $68 billion of liabilities?

The taxpayer also is heavily exposed to CIT through last year's $2.33 billion equity investment under the Troubled Asset Relief Program. Failure to repay that could produce a headline-grabbing loss for the Treasury.

Meanwhile, CIT's problems suggest the Fed was unwise to rush through its conversion into a bank holding company last year. At the time, the Fed said: "CIT Group is adequately capitalized and as a result of its successful efforts to raise additional capital, will be well capitalized prior to consummation [of its change to a bank holding company]."


But with Goldman involved ( $ 3 billion net of edges/collateral ) it would be shocking to see no bailout..... :-)

3:24 AM  
Blogger jmf said...


Bank of America Said to Balk at Paying Fee to U.S. for Backstop

July 13 (Bloomberg) -- Bank of America Corp. is trying to avoid paying billions of dollars in fees to U.S. taxpayers for guarantees against losses at Merrill Lynch & Co., saying the rescue agreement was never signed and the funding never used

Regulators contend Bank of America owes at least part of a $4 billion fee it agreed to pay in January -- even without a completed legal document -- because the company benefited from implied U.S. backing on about $118 billion of Merrill Lynch assets, such as mortgage-backed bonds, people familiar with the matter said. The Charlotte, North Carolina-based bank says it owes the Treasury nothing, according to the people, who declined to be identified because the negotiations are confidential.

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