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Japan’s Hidden Jobless Hits 4.69mn, Worse Than After Lehman Shock

Japan’s Hidden Jobless Hits 4.69mn, Worse Than After Lehman Shock November 16 (Nikkei) —The number of Japanese that want to work but are not actively seeking employment has surpassed levels from after the global financial crisis erupted, according to government data released on Tuesday. Some people have given up searching for work ...Read More

WSJ- Boehner pulls out of debt talks….

As previously discussed, the President is no longer involved, and if Congress does get a bill to his desk he’ll sign it. Grand Bargain Talks Collapse By Carol E Lee and Janet Hook July 22 (WSJ) — A high-stakes effort by President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner to hatch a ...Read More

Economy Faces a Jolt as Benefit Checks Run Out

When there is a lack of aggregate demand due to high ‘savings desires’ as the unemployed take jobs when benefits expire, it just means someone else loses a job, and then some, as govt deficit spending falls as well, further reducing aggregate demand. It also serves to drive down wages, as per ...Read More

Obama Responsible for Poor Jobs Picture: Bachmann

Couldn’t agree more, but for different reasons. (feel free to repost) Comments below: Obama Responsible for Poor Jobs Picture: Bachmann By Jeff Cox July 8 (CNBC) — The dismal state of employment offers more proof that President Obama’s economic plan isn’t working, Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann told CNBC. Agreed! Speaking just ...Read More

China Extends Crackdown on Off-Balance-Sheet Loans

Cutbacks now will further slow things: China Extends Crackdown on Off-Balance-Sheet Loans July 4 (Reuters) — China’s bank regulator has cracked down on off-balance-sheet lending by the country’s banks, sources told Reuters on Monday, its latest step to prevent over-zealous and risky lending from hurting its financial system. China Banking Regulatory Commission ...Read More

mtg apps dip

How does that go again about low rates helping housing? Mortgage Applications Dipped Last Week June 29 (Reuters) — Applications for U.S. home mortgages slipped last week as demand waned, even as mortgage rates dropped, an industry group said Wednesday. The Mortgage Bankers Association said its seasonally adjusted index of mortgage application ...Read More

mtg apps for new purchases fall again

Seems the fall off after the tax credit ended April 30th has yet to fully run its course: US Mortgage Applications Soar on Refinance Demand July 7th (Reuters) —Refinancing drove total U.S. mortgage applications to a nine-month high last week, while demand for loans to purchase homes sunk to a near 13-year ...Read More

Reason to Believe

[Skip to the end] Dedicated to all the world’s politicians: ‘If I listen long enough to you, I’ll find a way to believe that it’s all true. Knowing that you lied, straight faced, while I cried. Still I look to find a reason to believe. [top] ...Read More