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The Greatest Blog Post Ever

In America, Blogs, Congress, Conservatives, Facebook, Finance, funny, global warming, Government Lies, Health Care, Obama, Religion, Sarah Palin, Socialism, Uncategorized, US Senate, World News on April 26, 2010 at 12:07 am

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For the past five days I have been neck-deep in IT shenanigans far beyond my pay grade.   Next week the Raw Deal will take on a new, sleeker and more reader-friendly look.  During the changeover I immersed myself in other blogs for inspiration.  Often, I enjoy taking a break from the norm and find myself reading things of a completely different nature.  This evening I stumbled upon a most unique and entertaining post by Sam Sommers, Ph.D. and Social Psychologist at Tufts university.  Here’s what I found: Read the rest of this entry »


CPAC: Bob McEwen On American Economics

In America, Breaking News, CPAC, Finance, living free, Tea Party on February 22, 2010 at 10:29 pm

Bob McEwen, master of economics, conveys the complexities of American economics in a simple and concise way that thoroughly informs listeners. Bob McEwen’s bio can be found HERE.

Update: covering the speech.

Update: reporting.

Too Big To Bail

In Congress, Corruption, Finance, Government Lies, Obama, US Senate, World News on February 15, 2010 at 4:19 am

I remember not long ago, the Government’s warning of financial meltdown if certain banks deemed too big to fail, were not bailed out. The warning contradicted everything I thought I knew about the free market.  Did I misunderstand capitalism? Perhaps naïvely, I regard Capitalism like nature in that; every financial institution will naturally find its place on the ever-shifting financial food chain. Even a child understands that nature, while exceedingly magnificent, has a darker side. With today’s breathtaking high-definition coverage, a lion devouring a freshly killed gazelle after a grueling chase is stunning. While nature, like capitalism, is sometimes unfair it remains just and balanced.

President Obama has taken it upon himself to intervene on matters best left alone. When the proverbial lions, AIG, CitiGroup and Lehman Brothers face almost certain death, Barack Obama makes the determination that nearly $1 trillion of taxpayer dollars should be used to “save” the behemoths. Naturally, if such banking giants were to collapse, the effect on the global economy would be devastating; wouldn’t it?

(Source: Too big to fail? This isn’t a designation that the Obama administration wants to exist any more. New regulations proposed by President Obama would result in “leaner and simpler institutions that don’t carry the weight of the system,” according to the Associated Press.

It was believed that the collapse of any of these companies could result in the collapse of the entire American financial system — which is why they were bailed out. But the bailouts did little good other than cost billions and billions of taxpayers’ money. In order to prevent this from happening again, President Obama wants a group of interconnected companies to “pay a heavy price for the systemwide risk they pose.”

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TARP Alternative By Lt. Daniel Kaffee (Guest Author)

In Congress, Finance, Government Lies, living free, Obama, Socialism, US Senate, World News on February 3, 2010 at 3:27 pm

A refreshingly unique perspective by Lt. Daniel Kaffee. Daniel Kaffee, a life-long friend,  has an extensive background in finance and will be guest-authoring at the Raw Deal from time to time. I am honored to share his practical insights with you, my loyal reader.

Key Facts & Assumptions

◆ The TARP has been an unabashed disaster, and must be subject to a redirection and reallocation of resources in order to more effectively stabilize our economy in the long run, not just a focus on ‘tomorrow’.

◆ The high level solution is decentralization of the financial system, like the tech industry, which will lower systemic risk, foster competition and yield better ideas, services and companies. In order to alleviate the current financial market problems, it is important to understand and address the root causes – not just the symptoms and peripheral issues. Topics such as executive pay, bonus schemes, mortgage application fraud, regulatory fraud, credit derivatives and investment mis-selling all need addressing in time, however the primary concern for now must be to stabilize the global financial system and have it reopen for business.

◆ TARP does not insure that those banks and brokers that receive bailout aid will increase lending. There has been no discernible nor measurable uptick in consumer or B2B lending since the advent of the TARP program. The reality is the market is hoarding liquidity and these banks are doing the same. More importantly consumer lending has been a small, often insignificant part of their business. They made money by trading and through securitization of debt. We are talking about a seismic shift in the business model of multi-national institutions, and this will not happen over night. Banks must be viewed on the same plane as utility companies – not mega-centers for corporate profit. They have generally become massive trading houses and hedge funds with a small consumer-deposits component allowing them ready access to a cheap source of capital.

◆ The Wall Street model of securitization and extreme leverage is obsolete. Big banks and brokers made most of their earnings over the past several years in trading, not consumer lending. And now their derivatives are THE problem. Derivative devaluation does not directly affect the general public except for reducing the bank’s capital position to the point that they’re unable to lend. We must segregate the derivative write-downs from the portion of the bank subject to regulatory capital requirements.

◆ There is a fundamental lack of liquidity in financial markets as too many assets (bonds) are looking for long term homes. There is no single solution to this problem however a number of different processes can aid in freeing up markets. A central mandate of any government action must be to encourage private sector price discovery, without the crutch of a Federal Reserve or Treasury backstop or guarantee. There is a price at which buyers and sellers will conduct business. We must expedite the discovery of that price, not hinder it.

◆ Many home owners paid too much for their houses. Time, inflation and economic growth will eventually solve this problem as long as markets are stabilized and we prevent massive forced foreclosures and liquidations. Efforts to ‘prop up’ home prices are misguided, and we must return to historical levels of wage-to-price ratios, and price-to-rent ratios. Robert Schiller has published ample material about where housing prices should be and will likely stabilize – the question is simply how much money will we burn trying to prevent the inevitable from occurring?

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