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Banking Crisis Digest week 5 January 2011

Rational human beings do not base their decisions on reality but on their understanding of reality and the two are never the same – although the extent of the divergence does vary from person to person and from time to time – and it is the variance that matters……..George Soros

MIKE HAYWOOD'S BANKING CRISIS DIGEST

Independent weekly compilation of current internet articles and blogs relating to Global Banking Crisis

You may not have time to read all the articles. To help you be selective, those articles which I consider an important read or viewing, I have prefixed with XXXXX

Global Debt Clock http://www.economist.com/content/global_debt_clock

Must read Overview Article
XXXXX Davos meeting faces global burnout threat http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/01/19/us-davos-idUSTRE70I41020110119

Peak Oil and interconnectivity with Global economy
XXXX XXXX Welcome, ‘Peak Oil’ http://www.financialsense.com/contributors/puru-saxena/welcome-peak-oil

XXXX The Peak Oil Catastrophe-in-waiting http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/article/2011/01/the-peak-oi...

Global Banking crisis, economy and systemic risk
XXXXX XXXXX More Icelandic bankers arrested http://www.icenews.is/index.php/2011/01/20/more-icelandic-bankers-arrested/

XXXXX XXXXX Iceland shows zero tolerance and arrests bankers http://www.firetown.com/blog/2011/01/22/iceland-shows-zero-tolerance-and...

XXXXX XXXXX Economic Recovery? US Housing Shows There Is No Economic Recovery http://usawatchdog.com/housing-shows-there-is-no-economic-recovery/?sour...

XXXXX XXXXX Accounting tweak could save Fed from losses | Reuters http://uk.reuters.com/article/2011/01/21/us-usa-fed-accounting-idUSTRE70...

XXXXX XXXXX ECB warns of risk of Irish bank run http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/breaking/2011/0128/breaking21.html

XXXXX XXXXX Bailout List: US Banks, Car Companies, and More http://bailout.propublica.org/list/simple

XXXXX Moody’s Says Time Shortens for U.S. Debt Outlook A shock and a salutary lesson http://www.economist.com/blogs/buttonwood/2011/01/economic_growth_imbala...

U.S. Bancorp Enters New Mexico as 4 More U.S. Lenders Collapse http://noir.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=aqe6acRXDgGs

U.S. needs to make progress on deficit, IMF warns http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/01/27/AR201101...

Euro zone crisis seen turning corner http://finance.yahoo.com/news/Euro-zone-crisis-seen-turning-rb-486826314...

Banks Accepted And Bundled ‘Deficient’ Loans http://www.marketwatch.com/story/banks-accepted-rejected-loans-crisis-pa...

'UK Must Kill Off Debt Spectre' http://news.sky.com/skynews/Home/Politics/David-Cameron-In-Davos-Prime-M...

British economy unexpectedly shrinks; pound slumps Economic Report www.marketwatch.com/.../british-economy-unexpectedly-shrinks-pound- slumps-2011-01-25

Banks Get Tough With Municipalities http://www.prudentbear.com/index.php/news

IMF predicts faster global growth http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-12273200

Who is on the Federal Reserve Board? http://gonzalolira.blogspot.com/2011/01/kremlinology-call-it-fed-res-olo...

World Economic Forum Endorses Fraud http://globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot.com/2011/01/world-economic-forum-...

Interview with Nouriel Roubini http://www.forbes.com/2011/01/21/nouriel-roubini-doctor-doom-housing-tra...

European Debt Games http://www.prudentbear.com/index.php/featuredcommentaryview?art_id=10495

Dallas Fed President Attacks Ron Paul http://www.lewrockwell.com/north/north932.html

The Economic State of the Nation is Not Good http://www.brookings.edu/opinions/2011/0124_econ_state_union_sawhill.aspx

Differences between European crisis, muni debt crisis http://www.businessinsider.com/two-key-differences-between-the-us-and-eu...

Bank valuations stuck at 2009 lows showing no crisis recovery http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-01-24/bank-valuations-stuck-at-2009-l...

E-mails Suggest Bear Stearns Cheated Clients Out of Billions http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2011/01/e-mails-suggest-bear...

Japan’s Credit Rating Cut to AA- by S&P on Mounting Debt Burden http://noir.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=aJKMu_hbvqq8

Japan downgrade: The beginning of the end? http://finance.fortune.cnn.com/2011/01/27/japan-downgrade-the-beginning-...

The housing bubble was global and the crash is global http://www.businessinsider.com/chart-of-the-day-global-housing-bubbles-2...

Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission Report http://www.fcic.gov/report

The Totally Bullshit FCIC Commission Report and Dissents, Which Put All Together Actually Reveal Something http://gonzalolira.blogspot.com/2011/01/blind-men-elephantthe-totally-bu...

Americans Increasingly View Global Economy As A Negative http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/01/28/AR201101...

There are hundreds of articles each week about the continuing US Property slump. Here's a sample of them

Sacramento houses selling for the price of a car http://blogs.sacbee.com/the-public-eye/2011/01/interactive-local-homes-s...

US Housing Market Slow to Recover From Collapse in Prices http://www.voanews.com/learningenglish/home/US-Housing-Market-Slow-to-Re...

Why prices will continue to fall http://patrick.net/forum/?p=610606#header

23 percent who lost homes to foreclosure could afford payments http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2011/jan/25/nevada-23-percent-who-lost-h...

Foreclosure activity up across most US metro areas http://finance.yahoo.com/news/Foreclosure-activity-up-apf-643232345.html

Satellite Tour Of America's Foreclosure Wastelands http://www.businessinsider.com/satellite-tour-foreclosure-cities-2011-1

Churches Find End Is Nigh http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000142405274870411540457609615121414182...

US Foreclosure Fraud and mortgage Bond fraud
XXXXX Wall Street Appears To Have Violated Federal Securities Law, Crisis Panel Finds http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/01/27/wall-street-appears-to-ha_n_815...

“Massive Fraud” Alleged in Suit Against B of A’s Countrywide Financial http://www.totalmortgage.com/blog/mortgage-rates/massive-fraud-alleged-i...

Bank of America’s Mortgage Headaches Won’t End http://blogs.wsj.com/deals/2011/01/25/bank-of-americas-mortgage-headache...

Did Bear Stearns Know Its Mortgage Securities Were a House of Cards? http://www.dailyfinance.com/story/credit/bear-stearns-mortgage-backed-se...

UK Property Market
Property investment ‘in decline’ http://www.expressandstar.com/money/uk-money/2011/01/26/property-investm...

U.K. January Home Prices Fall on Drop in Demand, Hometrack Says http://noir.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601102&sid=aYEoQUzhJHYw

Pension "time bomb” and aging population

XXXXX Report reveals growing council pensions black hole http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-12304253

XXXXX Moody’s Credit Ratings of States to Factor in Unfunded Pensions http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/27/business/27pension.html?_r=1&partner=r...

XXXXX Pensions add to US states’ leverage http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/e3bdbc1a-29ae-11e0-bb9b-00144feab49a.html?ftca...

XXXXX Spain to Pass Pension Bill as Yields Continue to Surge http://noir.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=ac3bb7qi4fxQ

XXXXX Dead ahead: US State and city pension FAILURES! http://www.moneyandmarkets.com/dead-ahead-state-and-city-pension-failure...

XXXXX US City must weigh pension needs against taxpayers' http://news.cincinnati.com/article/20110123/NEWS01/101240321/City-must-w...

XXXXX US State pension + debt = big numbers http://money.cnn.com/2011/01/27/news/economy/pension_debt_liabilities/in...

Yet another battering for our pensions http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/article-1351518/SUNDERLAND-ON-SATURDAY-...

The affect of Austerity measures
XXXXX XXXXX Bank of England chief Mervyn King: standard of living to plunge at fastest rate since 1920s http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/8282354/Bank-of-England-chi...

Austerity preferable to euro break-up, says German Chancellor Angela Merkel http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/financetopics/davos/8289588/Davos-WEF...

Retail sector pain in the city as HMV and GIVe close stores http://www.liverpooldailypost.co.uk/ldpbusiness/business-local/2011/01/2...

North African Unrest May Spread as Davos Warns on Food Prices http://noir.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=aVYKKzjbYlOA

In U.S., One in Four Unemployed Adults in Financial Distress http://www.gallup.com/poll/145772/One-Four-Unemployed-Adults-Financial-D...

UK consumer poll finds 'astonishing collapse' in confidence http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2011/jan/28/uk-consumer-confidence-in...

Deflation or inflation?
XXXXX Inflation? No Problem ... If You Avoid Food http://money.cnn.com/2011/01/25/news/economy/thebuzz/index.htm

Our currency has gone West as stagflation nears http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/comment/liamhalligan/8276130/Our-curr...

Inflation’s Real Victims: Quality, Honesty, Character http://dollarcollapse.com/inflation/inflation’s-real-victims-quality-honesty-character/

US recessionary trends
XXXXX Potholes Gape From Detroit to New York as Funds Fade http://www.businessweek.com/news/2011-01-24/potholes-gape-from-detroit-t...

27.6% Teen Jobless Rate For 2010 An Illinois Record http://chicagobreakingbusiness.com/2011/01/27-6-teen-jobless-rate-for-20...

Only 35% of Americans Have Emergency Savings http://www.declineoftheempire.com/2011/01/only-35-of-americans-have-emer...

US Unemployment

XXXXX XXXXX XXXXX XXXXX Only 47% of working age Americans have full time jobs http://theautomaticearth.blogspot.com/2011/01/january-23-2011-only-47-of...

Eureka Articles that may inspire you to question the status quo

XXXXX XXXXX XXXXX XXXXX Conserving Doomed Systems (Or, Why We're Staying On The Titanic) http://www.oftwominds.com/blogjan11/conserving-doomed-systems01-11.html

XXXXX XXXXX The Big Squeeze 1: Predicting the Effects of Savings Extortion and Abuse of the Middle Class http://www.oftwominds.com/blogjan11/Zeus-one01-11.html

XXXXX XXXXX The Big Squeeze 2…Abused Fundamentals and Fake Markets: How They Play Out http://www.oftwominds.com/blogjan11/Zeus-two01-11.html

XXXXX XXXXX XXXXX XXXXX Exponential Credit Petri Dish http://globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot.com/2011/01/steve-keen-responds-t...