Using Veritas to Construct the "Per…

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Using Veritas to Construct the "Perfect" Digital Investment Portfolio" & How to Value "Hard to Value" tokens, Pt 1

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The Veritas 2017 Token Offering Summary …

15-04-2017 Hits:79034 BoomBustBlog Reggie Middleton

The Veritas 2017 Token Offering Summary Available For Download and Sharing

The Veritas Offering Summary is now available for download, which packs all the information about Veritas in a single page. A step by step guide to purchasing Veritas can be downloaded here.

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What Happens When the Fund Fee Fight Hit…

10-04-2017 Hits:78884 BoomBustBlog Reggie Middleton

What Happens When the Fund Fee Fight Hits the Blockchain

A hedge fund recently made news by securitizing its LP units as Ethereum-based tokens and selling them as tradeable (thereby liquid) assets. This brings technology to the VC industry that...

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Veritaseum: The ICO That's Ushering in t…

07-04-2017 Hits:83362 BoomBustBlog Reggie Middleton

Veritaseum: The ICO That's Ushering in the Era of P2P Capital Markets

Veritaseum is in the process of building peer-to-peer capital markets that enable financial and value market participants to deal directly with each other on a counterparty risk-free basis in lieu...

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This Is Ground Zero for the 2017 Veritas…

03-04-2017 Hits:79932 BoomBustBlog Reggie Middleton

This Is Ground Zero for the 2017 Veritas Offering. Are You Ready to Get Your Key to the P2P Capital Markets?

This is the link to the Veritas Crowdsale landing page. Here is where you will be able to buy the Veritas ICO when it is launched in mid-April. Below, please...

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01-04-2017 Hits:82243 BoomBustBlog Reggie Middleton

What is the Value Proposition For Veritas, Veritaseum's Software Token?

 A YouTube commenter asked a very good question that we will like to take some time to answer. The question was, verbatim: I've watched your video and gone through the slides. The exchange...

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This Real Estate Bubble, Like Some Relat…

28-03-2017 Hits:53217 BoomBustBlog Reggie Middleton

This Real Estate Bubble, Like Some Relationships, Is Complicated...

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Bloomberg Chimes In With My Warnings As …

28-03-2017 Hits:81239 BoomBustBlog Reggie Middleton

Bloomberg Chimes In With My Warnings As Landlords Offer First Time Ever Concessions to Retail Renters

Over the last quarter I've been warning about the significant weakness in retailers and the retail real estate that most occupy (links supplied below). Now, Bloomberg reports: Manhattan Landlords Are Offering...

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Our Apple Analysis This Week - This Comp…

27-03-2017 Hits:81251 BoomBustBlog Reggie Middleton

Our Apple Analysis This Week - This Company Is Not What Most Think It IS

We will releasing our Apple forensic analysis and valuation this week for subscribers (click here to subscribe - lowest tier is the same as a Netflix subscription). As can be...

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The Country's First Newly Elected Lame D…

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The Country's First Newly Elected Lame Duck President Will Cause Massive Reversal Of Speculative Gains

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Sears Finally Throws In The Towel Exactl…

22-03-2017 Hits:86901 BoomBustBlog Reggie Middleton

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The Transformation of Television in Amer…

21-03-2017 Hits:84919 BoomBustBlog Reggie Middleton

The Transformation of Television in America and Worldwide

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In reading an article in the NY Times just now, I came across this poignant statement:

The Treasury secretary, Henry M. Paulson Jr., who won authority from Congress last month to use taxpayer money to bolster the companies, always maintained that he hoped never to use that power. But, as the companies’ stocks continued to languish and their borrowing costs rose, some within the Treasury Department began urging Mr. Paulson to intervene quickly.

Then, last week, advisers from Morgan Stanley hired by the Treasury Department to scrutinize the companies came to a troubling conclusion: Freddie Mac’s capital position was worse than initially imagined, according to people briefed on those findings. The company had made decisions that, while not necessarily in violation of accounting rules, had the effect of overstating the companies’ capital resources and financial stability.

Indeed, one person briefed on the company’s finances said Freddie Mac had made accounting decisions that pushed losses into the future and postponed a capital shortfall until the fourth quarter of this year, which would not need to be disclosed until early 2009. Fannie Mae has used similar methods, but to a lesser degree, according to other people who have been briefed.

 Is anybody truly surprised? These companies used massive leverage to write and/or insure trillions of dollars of loans, many of which were written on top of the largest real asset and credit bubble in modern history. It was bound to happen. I have went through this in excruciating detail (see The Asset Securitization Crisis).

Does anybody truly think that "real" privately owned and publicly traded banks operated any differently. Reread the NY Times quip above, then visit my findings (yes, I was the first) on Wells Fargo accounting proclivities below. An excerpt:

Increasing provisions and chare-offs

·  In 1Q2008, WFC’s NPAs increased to over 1.16% of total loans  from 1.01% in 4Q2007. Overall NPAs increased to $4.5 bn from $3.9 bn in 4Q2007. NPAs in real estate construction loans witnessed highest increase of 49% to $438 mn in 1Q2008. NPAs of C&D loans stood at 2.32% of total C&D loans, followed by real estate 1-4 family mortgage (1.91%) and lease financing (0.83%)

· Wells Fargo’s gross charge offs increased to 0.46% of total loans compared to 0.37% of total loans in 4Q2007. C&D loans witnessed the highest increase in charge-offs with an increase of nearly three-fold to $29 mn in 1Q2008, showing signs of increased stress in these loans. Real estate 1-4 family junior lien mortgage, credit card loans and Other revolving credit and installment had charge-offs of 0.61%, 1.68% and 0.98% to total loans, respectively.

· However despite increase in NPAs and increase in charge offs, Wells Fargo provision for credit loss sequentially declined to $2.0 bn in 1Q2008 from $2.6 bn in 4Q2007. (0.52% of total loans in 1Q2008 from 0.68% of total loans in 4Q2007) raising concerns over possible inadequacy of provision amount.

· From April 1, 2008 onwards, Wells Fargo has changed its home equity charge-off policy to 180 days from 120 days previously. Amid current deteriorating credit markets with residential sector showing no signs of recovery, it is quite understandable that the bank has changed the policy in a bid to defer recognition of provision and charge-offs.


 

Wells Fargo observations
 

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Large Second Lien Home Equity exposure with rising NPAs: As of 3Q2007, Wells Fargo had second highest home equity loans exposure among all US banks in absolute amount. In 1Q2008, Wells Fargo had $83 bn loans in home equity comprising nearly 19% of total loans and a staggering 174% of its shareholder’s equity.

·  Within its home equity exposure 37% of loans are in California comprising 7% of its total loan or 64% of its shareholders equity.

·  In 1Q2008 Wells Fargo’s annualized loss rate on home equity loan portfolio increased to 2.12% from 1.42% in December 31, 2007.

·  As of December 31, 2007 nearly 29% of the bank’s home equity exposure had LTV greater than 90%. With housing prices expected to continue to decline over the reminder of 2008, Wells Fargo’s significant exposure in high LTV home equity loans with concentration towards California could pose a much harder time for the bank in the quarters to come. 

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Large exposure in Construction and Development (C&D) loans: Of its total loans of $386 bn, Wells Fargo (WFC) had $19 bn exposure in construction and development loans in 1Q2008. WFC’s exposure was the fourth largest among all US banks in absolute amount after Bank of America, Wachovia and BB&T, comprising nearly 36% of its shareholder’s equity (this is unadjusted for bullsh1t). In 1Q2008, C&D loans witnessed the highest stress with NPA to loan ratio of 2.32%, followed by real estate 1-4 family first mortgage with NPAs to loan ratio of 1.91%. C&D NPAs (Non-performing or dead assets) witnessed a 114% increase over 1Q2007 and 38% increase over 4Q2007. In Wells Fargo loan portfolio, as of December 31, 2007 California represented nearly 32% of total C&D loans, Florida represents 5%. These areas are experiencing extreme stress due to thier high (the highest in the country) residential delinquency, foreclosure and REO rates.

This stress is real, and is already causing losses in the condo construction and sales markets, retail malls and now office buildings.  Please see my primer and series on the Commercial Real Estate Crash and ongoing series of financial shenanigans and excessive debt issues of General Growth Properties for additional information.

 
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Sizeable Real Estate loans exposure in troubled markets:  Wells Fargo had $148 bn loan in 1-4 Family Mortgages (WFC has a high correlation to industry-wide losses) which represented nearly 38% of the banks’ total loan. Out of these loans nearly 51% comprised junior lien mortgage loans (much higher probability of total loss and no recovery). After C&D loans, real estate loans have highest NPAs as proportion of total loans.  In 4Q2007, real estate 1-4 family first mortgage NPAs to total loans stood at nearly 1.91% of total loans with total NPAs of $1.4 bn. In terms of geographic exposure, real estate loans from California and Florida comprised 33% and 4% of total real estate loans (i.e 13% and 2% of WFC’s total loan portfolio).

 

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WELLS FARGO 1Q-2008 4Q-2007 3Q-2007 2Q-2007
         
Loan Composition        
Commercial 92,589 90,468 82,598 77,560
Other real estate mortgage 38,415 36,747 33,227 32,336
Real estate construction 18,885 18,854 17,301 16,552
Lease financing 6,885 6,772 6,089 5,979
Total commercial and commercial real estate 156,774 152,841 139,215 132,427
Real estate 1-4 family first mortgage 73,321 71,415 66,877 61,177
Real estate 1-4 family junior lien mortgage 74,840 75,565 74,632 72,398
Credit card 18,677 18,762 17,129 15,567
Other revolving credit and installment 55,505 56,171 57,180 53,701
Total consumer 222,343 221,913 215,818 202,843
Foreign 7,216 7,441 7,889 7,530
Total Loans 386,333 382,195 362,922 342,800

 

Wells Fargo haa increased their loan assets every quarter for the past 4 quarters. Those past 4 quarters are just past the peak of the largest equity real asset and credit bubble of the century? Question: Why is Wells Fargo increasing the amount of these quickly depreciating assets on its books while the underlying properties are rapidly decreasing in price? 

 
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Wells Fargo observations
 

Large exposure in Construction and Development (C&D) loans: Of its total loans of $386 bn, Wells Fargo (WFC) had $19 bn exposure in construction and development loans in 1Q2008. WFC’s exposure was the fourth largest among all US banks in absolute amount after Bank of America, Wachovia and BB&T, comprising nearly 36% of its shareholder’s equity (this is unadjusted for bullsh1t). In 1Q2008, C&D loans witnessed the highest stress with NPA to loan ratio of 2.32%, followed by real estate 1-4 family first mortgage with NPAs to loan ratio of 1.91%. C&D NPAs (Non-performing or dead assets) witnessed a 114% increase over 1Q2007 and 38% increase over 4Q2007. In Wells Fargo loan portfolio, as of December 31, 2007 California represented nearly 32% of total C&D loans, Florida represents 5%. These areas are experiencing extreme stress due to thier high (the highest in the country) residential delinquency, foreclosure and REO rates.

This stress is real, and is already causing losses in the condo construction and sales markets, retail malls and now office buildings.  Please see my primer and series on the Commercial Real Estate Crash and ongoing series of financial shenanigans and excessive debt issues of General Growth Properties for additional information.

 
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Sizeable Real Estate loans exposure in troubled markets:  Wells Fargo had $148 bn loan in 1-4 Family Mortgages (WFC has a high correlation to industry-wide losses) which represented nearly 38% of the banks’ total loan. Out of these loans nearly 51% comprised junior lien mortgage loans (much higher probability of total loss and no recovery). After C&D loans, real estate loans have highest NPAs as proportion of total loans.  In 4Q2007, real estate 1-4 family first mortgage NPAs to total loans stood at nearly 1.91% of total loans with total NPAs of $1.4 bn. In terms of geographic exposure, real estate loans from California and Florida comprised 33% and 4% of total real estate loans (i.e 13% and 2% of WFC’s total loan portfolio).

 

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WELLS FARGO 1Q-2008 4Q-2007 3Q-2007 2Q-2007
         
Loan Composition        
Commercial 92,589 90,468 82,598 77,560
Other real estate mortgage 38,415 36,747 33,227 32,336
Real estate construction 18,885 18,854 17,301 16,552
Lease financing 6,885 6,772 6,089 5,979
Total commercial and commercial real estate 156,774 152,841 139,215 132,427
Real estate 1-4 family first mortgage 73,321 71,415 66,877 61,177
Real estate 1-4 family junior lien mortgage 74,840 75,565 74,632 72,398
Credit card 18,677 18,762 17,129 15,567
Other revolving credit and installment 55,505 56,171 57,180 53,701
Total consumer 222,343 221,913 215,818 202,843
Foreign 7,216 7,441 7,889 7,530
Total Loans 386,333 382,195 362,922 342,800

 

Wells Fargo haa increased their loan assets every quarter for the past 4 quarters. Those past 4 quarters are just past the peak of the largest equity real asset and credit bubble of the century? Question: Why is Wells Fargo increasing the amount of these quickly depreciating assets on its books while the underlying properties are rapidly decreasing in price? 

 
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1. Doo Doo 32 Bank Drill Down 1.5: The Forensic Analysis of Wells Fargo
(Archived/Reggie Middleton's Boom Bust Blog/MyBlog)
Wednesday, 11 June 2008

2. Doo-Doo bank drill down, part 1 - Wells Fargo
(Archived/Reggie Middleton's Boom Bust Blog/MyBlog)
...bank is,,, (drum roll in the backgroud, crescendo.... I know some of you hate it when I do this........) Wells Fargo! I can hear a few of you naysayers cackling behind your computer screens as I type ...
Friday, 30 May 2008

Not to pick on WFC, you can find aggressive, fact concealing accounting in nearly all of the banks on the Reggie Middleotn Doo Doo 32 list .