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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Housing/Subprime/Credit Roundup — April 23, 2008

Items of Interest:

Wall Street Journal:
Congress Hammers Out Breaks for Homeowners -- Congress has gone from considering ways to collect more taxes from homeowners, to dreaming up new tax breaks for home buyers. So who is likely to benefit from tax changes in the pipeline? And for how long? ...

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Financial Times:
US regulator fears wave of bank failures -- US bank failures could rise above “historical norms” as a weakening economy puts pressure on badly underwritten loans, particularly in commercial real estate, according to a bank regulator.

In an interview with the Financial Times, John Dugan, who oversees about 1,700 national banks as comptroller of the currency, said the growing problems for lenders follow a period of almost four years in which no institution regulated by his agency had failed...
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MSNBC:
Shiller: Housing slump may exceed Depression -- An influential economist who long predicted the housing market bubble cautioned that the slump in the housing market could cause prices to fall more than they did in the Great Depression...
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Deutsche-Welle:
German Subprime Casualty IKB Accused of Insider Trading -- In Europe's first criminal investigation associated with the US subprime disaster, a German lender has been accused of insider trading shortly before its shares plummeted dramatically due to the banking crisis...
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Calculated Risk

MishTalk - Mike Shedlock

Paul Krugman - NY Times

The Big Picture - Barry Ritholtz

naked capitalism - Yves Smith

Pragmatic Capitalism

Washington's Blog

Safe Haven

Paper Economy

The Daily Reckoning - Australia