Friday, October 31, 2008

The AIG Debacle

This news has made it to the front pages, but is still important enough to cover.  According to the linked NY Times article, in a matter of 1-2 months, AIG has spend most of the $123 billion bailout money it received from taxpayers.

But the latest news from today show that not only did AIG blow through most of the $123 billion bailout.  They are getting another line of credit for $21 billion!!!!

So you must be asking yourself why are we giving so much money to AIG?  Why don't we let them fail?  It turns out that there is more to the AIG implosion than what most people know.   In the linked video of CNBC's Fast Money, there is a small little segment where one of the show's hosts, Karen Finerman, reveals something that is of interest between Goldman Sachs and AIG. She doesn't go into much detail around the 6 minute mark of the video, but she does state that there is some sort of interest that binds AIG with Goldman Sachs.

Peter Schiff on Bloomberg 10/28/08

The Oracle has been a big Peter Schiff fan for quite some time.  For those that don't know who he is, Mr. Schiff has called for an economic crisis for many years now because he saw that our government went on a wild spending spree since Bush took office and we are now paying for the consequences of this irresponsible fiscal policy. 

There is nothing the Oracle disagrees with here and below are the Bloomberg videos. 

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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

$3.25 trillion in European bonds to hit the market next year

The Oracle found this little article on the internet and boy does it give you a glimps of what is to come here and abroad. According to the linked article, Europe will issue a total of about $3.25 trillion in bonds next year. This provids for a very interesting situation because as the market is flooded with debt, the market will suddenly become a buyer's paradise.

Why? The reason is because with so many different types of bonds in the market, investors will be able to demand higher interest rates from the issuer. Those with lower rates will simply not be bought. This is the good news for investors.

The bad news is that with so much debt in the market, some bonds simply will not be bought. There is currently a flight to safety by investors. If safety is a huge concern, why would he choose high yielding corporate debt (something we have seen completely impload in the last year with derivative bonds) when he can invest in bonds that are backed by governments?

The possible outcome of this is:

1. Some debt will not be bought.

2. Governments will also have to back corporate debt.

3. Both of the above.

The Oracle thinks that answer number 3 is probably the correct answer because if there is no safety net for corporate bonds people will simply not buy them. Governments will be forced to back corporate debt as it will give the appearance of safety. In addition, $3.25 trillion is a lot of money. That doesn't even include the explosion of debt that will be released in the US markets. There is simply going to be too much debt in the market and some of that debt will not be bought.

You got to love deleveraging.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Dylan Ratigan of CNBC comes clean

The more the Oracle watches CNBC, the more he realizes that the channel is the FOX News of the financial news. It seems like everyday during this credit crisis, the so-called "experts" have been calling a bottom to the stock market when we all know damn well that is not the case.

With that said, every now and then a little bit of valuable news or insight does come out from CNBC or its hosts. The below video is a recording of a radio show based in Arizona. The hosts are actually quite entertaining. In this video they play the interview around the 1:30 minute mark with the host of CNBC's Fast Money, Dylan Ratigan. Mr. Ratigan usually will make comments regarding the market and its policies, but rarely does he come out to state an opinion regarding the people in charge of our political system.

In the interview his states his opinion regarding the conflicting situation of having Hank Paulson, the current Treasury Secretary and ex-CEO of Goldman Sachs, steer us through the current financial crisis. For those that don't know, while Hank Paulson was at Goldman Sachs, he successfully lobbied Capital Hill to allow banks/investment firms to change the debt to asset ratio from 12/1 to 40/1. As a result of this move, most banks were stretched thin when subprime loans began imploding and this extention of leverage was one of the reasons why banks were going bankrupt.

Yes, Paulson is now in charge of cleaning up the mess he created and Dylan Ratigan has a few good points regarding the Paulson's conflicts as the Secretary of the Treasury.

Many times, valuable news will only show up in small segments like the interview with Dylan Ratigan.

The Oracle's Grand Introduction

Hello Readers,

The Oracle is just a simple folk who enjoys scouring the Internet for information that does not get much coverage, but is still nonetheless extremely important to know. Through the many years of being a news junky, the Oracle learned that mainstream front page news is not necessarily the place people should look if that person is interested in learning a subject in much more detail. Hence, the name of this blog.

In today's world many people cannot see the differences between real news, marketing campaigns, and propaganda. If you look at the trend of news in the last 40 years, news has changed from something that informs people to something that will generate money. Due to the change in motivation, the entire news structure has changed at the price of your average reader.

The good news is that the important news and media is still available. This blog will provide the information and insight that is important and should not slip through the cracks. The Oracle has had a real interest in the financial markets and since we are facing a financial crisis, the Oracle will focus more on this topic as the crisis unfolds. But do not fret, even though reading the current state of affairs in the financial world makes one want to jump out of a window, the Oracle will provide some media that will mix things up......the Oracle promises. =)