Implode-Explode Heavy Industries news feed http://implode-explode.com/ Tracking the many faces of the global credit implosion. You can pull sub-categories from this feed by adding a ?tags=a,b,c,... style parameter. The category tags (which can be given as numbers or handles) are : id handle category description 1 housing_finance "Housing Finance News/ML-Implode Main" 2 hedge_funds "Hedge Funds News" 3 fed "The Fed, Central Banking and fin. reg." 4 foreclosures "Foreclosures (News)" 5 chavez "Hugo Chavez Watch (News)" 6 builders "Home Builders News" 7 banks "Banks News" 8 credit_bubble "Credit Bubble and Crash (News)" 9 peak_oil "Peak Oil and Energy Security (News)" 10 BRIC_v_us "BRIC countries vs. U.S. (News)" 11 gov_bk "Government Bankruptcy (News)" 12 mediawatch "Mainstream Media Watch" 13 Our commentary "IEHI Original Commentary" 14 rebalancing "Economic Rebalancing (News)" 15 pm "Precious Metals News" 16 inflation "Inflation and Deflation News" 17 nr "Natural Resources News" 18 consumer "Consumer Capitulation/Issues and Populism" 20 pe "Private Equity Implosion (News)" 21 recession "Recession/depression News" 22 ML_implosion "Mortgage Lender IMPLOSIONS" 23 HF_implosion "Hedge Fund IMPLOSIONS" 24 HB_implosion "Home Builder IMPLOSIONS" 25 Bank_implosion "Bank IMPLOSIONS" 26 ML_update "Mortgage Lender UPDATES" 27 HF_update "Hedge Fund UPDATES" 28 HB_update "Home Builder UPDATES" 29 Bank_update "Bank UPDATES" 30 RFWS "Radio Free Wall Street" 31 FHA "FHA and Mtg Regulation (News)" 32 martial_law "Martial Law/Big Brother/NWO Watch" 33 pension "Retirement Implosion (News)" 34 mtgindustry "Mortgage Industry (News)" 35 econlists "Econ insider lists" 36 iehi_fb "IEHI facebook feed" 37 robin_fb "robin facebook" 38 IEHItwitter "IEHI Twitter Feed" 39 ak_linkedin "akrowne LinkedIn (mtg industry)" en-us iehi-feed-64779 Fri, 21 Jun 2019 16:34:49 GMT Americans Have Always Worked Hard to Ignore Vacation http://implode-explode.com/viewnews/2019-06-21_AmericansHaveAlwaysWorkedHardtoIgnoreVacation.html iehi-feed-64778 Wed, 19 Jun 2019 22:40:51 GMT Fed Holds Rates, But Signals Readiness To Cut (UNDER RELENTLESS TRUMP INTERFERENCE) http://implode-explode.com/viewnews/2019-06-19_FedHoldsRatesButSignalsReadinessToCutUNDERRELENTLESSTRUMPINTERFE.html "My colleagues and I have one overarching goal, to sustain the economic expansion," Powell told a press conference following the decision. He noted that apparent progress on trade talks had "turned to greater uncertainty" and many Fed officials "now see that the case for somewhat more accommodative policy has strengthened."

The shift followed attacks on the Fed by President Donald Trump for not doing more to bolster the economy and Tuesday's report by Bloomberg News that the president asked White House lawyers earlier this year to explore options for demoting Powell from the chairmanship.

Asked about the criticism, Powell said he thinks "the law is clear that I have a four-year term and I fully intend to serve it."

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iehi-feed-64777 Wed, 19 Jun 2019 17:43:26 GMT Libra White Paper Shows How Facebook Learned From Bitcoin and Ethereum http://implode-explode.com/viewnews/2019-06-19_LibraWhitePaperShowsHowFacebookLearnedFromBitcoinandEthereum.html With the long-awaited Libra white paper, Facebook is showing off its blockchain smarts, and making a bid for crypto credibility. Released Tuesday morning, the 29-page paper describes a protocol designed to evolve as it powers a new global currency

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As a first step toward achieving the "decentralized" part, the protocol has been turned over to a new organization, the Libra Association, whose members will hold separate tokens allowing them on-chain voting rights to govern decisions about Libra.

"Over time, it's designed to transition the node membership from these founding members who have a stake in the creation of the ecosystem to people who hold Libra and have a stake in the ecosystem as a whole," Ben Maurer, Facebook's blockchain technical lead, told CoinDesk in an exclusive interview.

In short, Libra is designed to be a high throughput, global blockchain, one that's built with programmable money in mind but limits how much users can do initially as it evolves from prototype to a robust ecosystem.

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iehi-feed-64776 Tue, 18 Jun 2019 15:03:17 GMT Mortgage Elimination Company Owner Convicted In $38 Million Scam http://implode-explode.com/viewnews/2019-06-18_MortgageEliminationCompanyOwnerConvictedIn38MillionScam.html iehi-feed-64775 Mon, 17 Jun 2019 13:18:41 GMT Quicken Loans Throws In The Towel And Agrees To Pay Fine To Feds http://implode-explode.com/viewnews/2019-06-17_QuickenLoansThrowsInTheTowelAndAgreesToPayFineToFeds.html iehi-feed-64774 Sun, 16 Jun 2019 19:07:28 GMT Reverse Mortgage Foreclosure Alert! Detroit Ranks Number 1 http://implode-explode.com/viewnews/2019-06-16_ReverseMortgageForeclosureAlertDetroitRanksNumber1.html iehi-feed-64773 Sun, 16 Jun 2019 15:50:56 GMT Minneapolis Leads The Way By Abolishing Single Family Home Zoning http://implode-explode.com/viewnews/2019-06-16_MinneapolisLeadsTheWayByAbolishingSingleFamilyHomeZoning.html Don't be misled by the construction cranes that punctuate city skylines. The number of housing units completed in the United States last year, adjusted for the size of the population, was lower than in any year between 1968 and 2008. And the problem is most acute in major urban areas along the east and west coasts. Housing prices, and homelessness, are rising across the country because there is not enough housing.

Increasing the supply of urban housing would help to address a number of the problems plaguing the United States. Construction could increase economic growth and create blue-collar jobs. Allowing more people to live in cities could mitigate inequality and reduce carbon emissions. Yet in most places, housing construction remains wildly unpopular. People who think of themselves as progressives, environmentalists and egalitarians fight fiercely against urban development, complaining about traffic and shadows and the sanctity of lawns.

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What went right in Minneapolis? The story begins with a crop of young politicians who want more housing: The city is conducting an early experiment in government by and for millennials. For the first time in the city's modern history, more than half of its residents are renters, including Mayor Frey. Many residents -- again, younger people in particular -- also describe density as a necessary response to climate change. Environmentalism, which began as an effort to protect people from cities, is increasingly embracing cities as the best way to protect the planet from people.

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All of this deserves wide emulation by other American cities. But Minneapolis has an important advantage: Its housing prices still are relatively modest, so its population includes a lot of middle-class families. Housing debates in coastal cities pit the wealthy against the poor, and middle ground has been hard to find.

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iehi-feed-64772 Sun, 16 Jun 2019 14:13:34 GMT Broward County Auction Alert: Its Caveat Emptor For Amateur Investors! http://implode-explode.com/viewnews/2019-06-16_BrowardCountyAuctionAlertItsCaveatEmptorForAmateurInvestors.html iehi-feed-64771 Fri, 14 Jun 2019 14:31:52 GMT Ocwen Financial Puts Lipstick On A Pig And Calls It PHH Mortgage http://implode-explode.com/viewnews/2019-06-14_OcwenFinancialPutsLipstickOnAPigAndCallsItPHHMortgage.html iehi-feed-64770 Thu, 13 Jun 2019 16:42:43 GMT THIS TIME ISN'T DIFFERENT: Billionaire investor warns lazy thinking is taking over markets http://implode-explode.com/viewnews/2019-06-13_THISTIMEISNTDIFFERENTBillionaireinvestorwarnslazythinkingistakin.html He continued: "Are recessions really avoidable or merely postponable? And if the latter, is it better for them to occur naturally or be postponed unnaturally? Might efforts to postpone them create undue faith in the power and intentions of the Fed, and thus return of moral hazard? And if the Fed wards off a series of little recessions, mightn't that just mean that, when the ability to keep doing so reaches its limit, the one that finally arrives will be a doozy? "

Such skepticism comes in stark contrast to the confidence exuded by the likes of venture capitalist Chamath Palihapitiya. An early Facebook stakeholder and investing presence across several industries, Palihapitiya told CNBC at the time that entities like the Fed have used tools like quantitative easing to orchestrate a pacified economy.

"I don't see a world in which we have any form of meaningful contraction nor any form of meaningful expansion," he told CNBC in April. "We have completely taken away the toolkit of how normal economies should work when we started with QE. I mean, the odds that there's a recession anymore in any Western country of the world is almost next to impossible now, save a complete financial externality that we can't forecast."

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iehi-feed-64769 Thu, 13 Jun 2019 16:11:29 GMT Japan Un-Publishes Government Report That Admitted Demographic and Pension Disaster http://implode-explode.com/viewnews/2019-06-13_JapanUnPublishesGovernmentReportThatAdmittedDemographicandPensio.html This year's ‘Annual Report on Ageing Society' plainly stated this reality; it was a brutally honest assessment of Japan's underfunded pension program.

The report went on to tell people that they needed to save their own money for retirement because the pension fund wouldn't be able to make ends meet.

This terrified a lot of Japanese workers and pensioners.

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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe apologized for the report, calling it "inaccurate and misleading."

And Finance Minister Taro Aso-- himself a pensioner at age 78 (though in typical Japanese form he looks like he's 45)-- simply un-published the report.

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iehi-feed-64768 Thu, 13 Jun 2019 13:37:03 GMT With One Move, New York Cuts Sprint and T-Mobile Down to Size http://implode-explode.com/viewnews/2019-06-13_WithOneMoveNewYorkCutsSprintandTMobileDowntoSize.html In December 2016, Masayoshi Son, the billionaire owner of Sprint, paid a visit to Trump Tower to meet the president-elect. Afterward, the two announced that Mr. Son had spontaneously decided to invest $50 billion in the United States and create 50,000 jobs. There was an unspoken but widely understood quid pro quo. The Trump administration would finally agree to do what the Obama administration had refused: allow a giant, anticompetitive merger of Sprint with T-Mobile, leaving just three gigantic wireless carriers in the country.

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But President Trump and Mr. Son had made a giant miscalculation, one the business press also missed. They forgot about the states.

This week, nine states and the District of Columbia, led by New York's attorney general, Letitia James, filed suit in federal court in New York to block the merger... if the states win in court, as they seem likely to, the merger is dead. Inadvertently, this corporate blunder has created a new role for the states in merger review: acting as a backstop in cases of gross dereliction of duty by the federal government.

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Companies tend to act in their financial self-interest, and where there is less competition, they feel much less need to invest money to keep customers (ask your local cable company). And internal documents, referred to in a partly redacted complaint filed as part of the lawsuit, appear to confirm that the carriers saw the merger less as an opportunity to do battle with China (always an unclear mission for a domestic phone company) but rather as an opportunity to raise prices. The companies' own economists predict the merger will cost subscribers at least $4.5 billion a year.

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iehi-feed-64767 Tue, 11 Jun 2019 00:10:39 GMT Comerica Bank VP Busted For Being Involved In Kiddie Sex Ring http://implode-explode.com/viewnews/2019-06-10_ComericaBankVPBustedForBeingInvolvedInKiddieSexRing.html iehi-feed-64766 Mon, 10 Jun 2019 22:06:45 GMT Shale Fail: A ‘'Gusher Of Red Ink'' for Whole US Industry, Stoking Recession Fears http://implode-explode.com/viewnews/2019-06-10_ShaleFailAGusherOfRedInkforWholeUSIndustryStokingRecessionFears.html iehi-feed-64765 Sun, 09 Jun 2019 02:02:55 GMT Millennials are unable to save the California housing market: Inflated prices and a labor force that is aging http://implode-explode.com/viewnews/2019-06-08_MillennialsareunabletosavetheCaliforniahousingmarketInflatedpric.html iehi-feed-64764 Sat, 08 Jun 2019 15:50:03 GMT Frat Boy Busted Running Fake Hedge Fund Out Of Frat House http://implode-explode.com/viewnews/2019-06-08_FratBoyBustedRunningFakeHedgeFundOutOfFratHouse.html iehi-feed-64763 Fri, 07 Jun 2019 15:50:32 GMT FORT LAUDERDALE TOURIST WARNING! Drug Addicts Prey On Tourists http://implode-explode.com/viewnews/2019-06-07_FORTLAUDERDALETOURISTWARNINGDrugAddictsPreyOnTourists.html iehi-feed-64762 Tue, 04 Jun 2019 23:43:21 GMT The shadow banks are back with another big bad credit bubble http://implode-explode.com/viewnews/2019-06-04_Theshadowbanksarebackwithanotherbigbadcreditbubble.html Middle-market lending, of course, is just part of the biggest expansion in corporate borrowing the U.S. economy has ever seen, a result of eight years of cheap and easy money engineered by the Fed and other central banks after the 2008 financial crisis.

The ratio of corporate borrowing to a variety of metrics -- profits and assets, book value or the size of the overall economy -- is at or near an all-time high. So is the riskiness of the loans, reflecting the amount of debt companies have taken on, the absence of covenants and the rosy assumptions made about the amount of cash flow companies will have to cover debt service.

Meanwhile, the difference in interest rates between the safest loans and the riskiest -- in financial jargon, the "spread" -- is at historically low levels, a reliable indication of too much money chasing too few good lending opportunities. According to the latest "financial stability" reports from the Federal Reserve and the International Monetary Fund, all of these measures have gotten worse in the last two years, with many flashing yellow and red on their dashboards of systemic financial risk.

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If all this newly borrowed money were being used to create new technology or enhance productivity, piling up all this debt might be a risk worth taking. But the evidence suggests that what it is mostly doing is artificially stimulating the economy. Companies have used much of this newly borrowed money to buy back their own shares, pay special dividends to private equity investors and acquire other companies, all of which have the effect of inflating stock prices. The recent wave of richly priced mergers and overpriced stock offerings, and the declining returns offered by recent commercial real estate deals, are all good indications of a credit bubble waiting to burst.

So, is this a replay of 2008?

... as before, this excess of supply relative to demand has led to a deterioration of lending standards that started in the shadow banking system and has now spread to regulated banks anxious about a further reduction in their market share. (My favorite stat: During the first three months of this year, according to Trepp, a data company, interest-only loans -- loans requiring no payback of principal until the loan is due -- accounted for three-quarters of all new commercial real estate loans.)

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Perhaps the biggest similarity between the previous credit bubble and this one, however, is the stubborn reluctance of regulators to let some of the air out of the credit bubble before it bursts.

... The [Financial Stability Oversight] Council is headed by Treasury Secretary Stephen Mnuchin, a former Goldman Sachs investment banker who eventually made more than $10 million buying and selling -- with partners -- a California bank that, after engaging in aggressive mortgage lending, failed during the last housing crisis.

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Powell, Quarles and Mnuchin are overconfident for the same reason Fed chairmen Alan Greenspan and Ben Bernanke and Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson were overconfident during the Bush years.

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iehi-feed-64761 Tue, 04 Jun 2019 21:30:13 GMT GOP lawmakers discuss vote to block Trump's new tariffs on Mexico, in what would be its first real act of defiance http://implode-explode.com/viewnews/2019-06-04_GOPlawmakersdiscussvotetoblockTrumpsnewtariffsonMexicoinwhatwoul.html ``Congressional Republicans have begun discussing whether they may have to vote to block President Trump's planned new tariffs on Mexico, potentially igniting a second standoff this year over Trump's use of executive powers to circumvent Congress, people familiar with the talks said.

The vote, which would be the GOP's most dramatic act of defiance since Trump took office, could also have the effect of blocking billions of dollars in border wall funding that the president had announced in February when he declared a national emergency at the southern border, said the people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the talks are private.

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Trump's plans to impose tariffs on Mexico -- with which the United States has a free-trade agreement -- rely on the president's declaration of a national emergency at the border... Congress passed [a blocking] resolution in March after Trump reallocated the border wall funds, but he vetoed it. Now, as frustration on Capitol Hill grows over Trump's latest tariff threat, a second vote could potentially command a veto-proof majority to nullify the national emergency, which in turn could undercut both the border-wall effort and the new tariffs.

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iehi-feed-64760 Tue, 04 Jun 2019 21:28:00 GMT Cuba travel ban redux: Trump admin. halts cruise ships, group tours from visiting http://implode-explode.com/viewnews/2019-06-04_CubatravelbanreduxTrumpadminhaltscruiseshipsgrouptoursfromvisiti.html The Trump administration on Tuesday ended the most popular forms of U.S. travel to Cuba, banning cruise ships and a heavily used category of educational travel in an attempt to cut off cash to the island's communist government.

Cruise travel from the U.S. to Cuba began in May 2016 during President Barack Obama's opening with the island. It has become the most popular form of U.S. leisure travel to the island, bringing 142,721 people in the first four months of the year, a more than 300% increase over the same period last year. For travelers confused about the thicket of federal regulations governing travel to Cuba, cruises offered a simple, one-stop, guaranteed-legal way to travel.

That now appears to be over.

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Collin Laverty, head of Cuba Educational Travel, one of the largest Cuba travel companies in the U.S., called the new measures "political grandstanding aimed at Florida in the run up to the 2020 elections."

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