This Real Estate Bubble, Like Some Relat…

28-03-2017 Hits:444 BoomBustBlog Reggie Middleton

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

CNBC reports US home prices rise 5.9 percent to 31-month high in January according to S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller. This puts the 20 city index close to an all time high, including...

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Bloomberg Chimes In With My Warnings As …

28-03-2017 Hits:760 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:872 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…

27-03-2017 Hits:1218 BoomBustBlog Reggie Middleton

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

Note: Subscribers should reference  the paywall material here for stocks that should give a good risk/reward scenario for bearish trades. The Trump administration's legislative outlook is effectively a political desert, with...

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Sears Finally Throws In The Towel Exactl…

22-03-2017 Hits:2091 BoomBustBlog Reggie Middleton

Sears Finally Throws In The Towel Exactly When I Predicted "has ‘substantial doubt’ about its future"

My prediction of Sears collapsing once interest rates started ticking upwards was absolutely on point.

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The Transformation of Television in Amer…

21-03-2017 Hits:2332 BoomBustBlog Reggie Middleton

The Transformation of Television in America and Worldwide

TV has changed more in the past 10 years than it has since it's inception nearly 100 years ago This change is profound, and the primary benefactors look and act...

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It's the Real Estate Crash That I Warned…

20-03-2017 Hits:2866 BoomBustBlog Reggie Middleton

It's the Real Estate Crash That I Warned You About (again)

I've issued several warnings late last year warning of the real estate bubble peaking and popping. I feel I'm especially qualified to do such since I quite accurately called the...

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When It Comes Time To Show and Prove, Eq…

20-03-2017 Hits:2421 BoomBustBlog Reggie Middleton

When It Comes Time To Show and Prove, Equity Markets May Drop Hard

The markets have gotten euphoric since the Trump election, apparently because someone believed what he was selling. Take a look at the broad market jump (powered greatly by the bank...

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So, Brexit Is Now Almost Official. Is Th…

20-03-2017 Hits:1426 BoomBustBlog Reggie Middleton

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In Less Than Two Weeks, Another Bitcoin …

17-03-2017 Hits:3324 BoomBustBlog Reggie Middleton

In Less Than Two Weeks, Another Bitcoin ETF Faces SEC Deadline - It's Denial Is NOT A Bearish Event

LedgerX's "SOLIDX BITCOIN TRUST" has an approval deadline this March 30th, 2017.If it is approved, Bitcoin is due for one hell of a bump, but...  

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The Fed Raises Rates While Still Baby Fe…

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The Fed Raises Rates While Still Baby Feeding the MBS Market With Billions in Monthly Purchases

The Fed has raised rates, officially making real what was mere signaling of the end of its expansionary era... Or is it? You see, from a practical perspective, QE is...

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A Bitcoin ETF or Similar Regulated Insti…

16-03-2017 Hits:3593 BoomBustBlog Reggie Middleton

A Bitcoin ETF or Similar Regulated Institutional Vehicle is a Forgone Conclusion - What Happens Next?

Someone with over 53 years on Wall Street sent me this article from Lex of the Financial Times...

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Observation: MBIA is forced to borrow at deep junk rates (14%) in a 7% environment (surplus notes have a slight premium). These notes then go on to trade at an immediate discount, yielding 20%.

Observation: MBIA had to reduce, then cut its dividend to preserve capital (they didn't even have a chance to pay out the reduced dividend).

Observation: MBIA has diluted there current shareholders by considerably over 50%, raising discounted equity capital in amounts that approach what was thier extant market capitalization. This was on top of the record cost of the debt offering, at least for a "AAA" company!

Obervation: MBIA has lost more then 80% of its equity value in less than a year. 

Observation: MBIA has recorded two historic and unprecedented losses, back to back, and foresee several more to come.

Observation: MBIA has written down to zero the interests in its captive reinsurer.

Observation: MBIA's captive reinsurer lost its AAA rating, cut to A-, thus forcing it swallow those risks.

Observation: MBIA as insured securities and structures with minimal loss history and nearly no legal precedent in how to handle conflicts during losses and liquidations, on an underlying of that is going through the biggest correction/bust in the history of this country's financial system.

Observation: MBIA now has competition from a better capitalized, cleaner, and arguably better managed competitor that is eating into its business at a rate as fast as 60 clients per day.

Observation: MBIA reinsures, and is reinsured by very small circle of entities whom concentrate very highly correlated risks using more than 80x leverage.

Observation: MBIA's insurance of leveraged loans and junk bond CDOs has not surfaced yet, but I'm pretty sure its there.

Final Observation and Conclusion: S&P has just affirmed the highest credit rating available to this company. This is a damn shame! This does not confirm the creditworthiness of MBIA, it devalues the meaning and worth of the AAA moniker. Shame on you S&P.