Posted by WARREN MOSLER on 26th June 2009
Lending follows the markets.
As the economy improves banks and other lenders figure it out and jump in.
Also, today’s news on personal income is very bullish as well.
It shows fiscal policy ‘works’ as it did for q2 last year.
The concern is that the ‘savings rate’ is high which takes away from spending.
The ‘savings’ comes from federal deficit spending.
Net federal spending adds financial assets to someone’s account in the non government sector that can’t ‘go away.’
The federal spending can be spent many times over and savings will still go up by the same amount.
So to me it looks like the deficit spending is currently high enough to have sufficiently restored savings to levels that promote at least modest increases in consumption.
But not yet enough to bring unemployment down as the output gap continues to grow.
by Jody Shenn
June 26 (Bloomberg) —JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Citigroup Inc. are expanding in â€œjumboâ€ mortgages used to buy the most expensive homes, helping revive a market that shriveled amid a three-year jump in homeowner defaults.
JPMorgan resumed buying new jumbo loans made by other lenders this month, after halting purchases in March, spokesman Tom Kelly said. Borrowers must have checking accounts with the bank, he said. Citigroup is again offering the loans through independent mortgage brokers, spokesman Mark Rodgers said.