We come back to the IMF handbook published on April 2009, called “Global Financial Stability Report”. This time, we make refference to its reccomendations.
But before this, a new estimation of the IMF on the global write downs of assets. In January 2009 IMF estiamted the bad assets writing off to around $2.7 billion in the US only. In this latest report, the estimations included also other mature market-originated assets, which could increase the total write offs to around $4 billion. In other words, $4 billion of the US economy has been wiped off by the financial crisis (or will be, total until the end of 2010). Scary, isn’t it? Read more
As we have adopted fundamentally long positions in our US blue chip shares portfolio, there are no changes in the no of shares owned as of today. However, the market seemed to come back a little bit this week and we extended our gains modestly (but certainly, as $8,000 is no little gain I’d say -0.8% per week measn 40% in one year, an investment yield hard to obtain otherwise than by doing a lot of short selling these days).
So the summary of our US portfolio looks as follows: Read more
The US Treasury Department is considering giving banks and investors billions of dollars in fresh incentives to modify troubled mortgages and save homeowners from foreclosure, sources familiar with official deliberations said.
Under one scenario, investors in second liens would receive a cash payment if they agree to ease the terms of troubled loans and accept a smaller return on their mortgage investment, the sources said. Read more
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – David Kellermann, the chief financial officer of mortgage giant Freddie Mac, was found dead in his Virginia home on Wednesday, an apparent suicide, police said and CNN said..
Kellermann, 41, was discovered before dawn in his suburban Washington home in Fairfax County, Virginia, police said. They did not confirm the exact cause of death but CNN said it had confirmed he had committed suicide.
Should this be linked to the neverending financial troubles of the famous mortgages company?!
Well, two weeks have passed since we started our blue chip shares portfolio. If you remember, we created a portfolio of very liquid shares two weeks ago, with the intention of tracking its performance and of comparing it with the investments performance of the DJIA index.
Well, in two weeks the things are quite good. The initial value of our investments portfolio was $1,06 million. In these 13 days we had no bad luck – in fact we had capital gains (since we did not made any transactions with the shares) of $60,000. This corresponds to an investment yield of 6% before any trading commissions and taxes, or roughly to 4% after those. Read more
Here we go again with one more doitinvest.com survey on how long might still last the current financial crisis / recession. Compared to the last two surveys we had a couple of months ago, this one seems to be pretty more optimistic. This optimism is fueled by the recent slow recovery of the stock markets (see the Dow Jones recovering sharply in the last two weeks), as well as by the pace of the bad news pouring in at a slower pace.
The financial investing experts surveyed by doitinvest.com point out at four main causes of their optimism: Read more