Ilyce Glink Show Notes – February 7, 2010

Today’s News: Stock Market Update, Unemployment Update, How to Invest In 2010 Discount

Stock Market Update and How To Invest In 2010 Event/Atlanta

The stock market is up and down. As of Sunday, the stock market was down about 7 percent from the high in January, 2010. Monday, the stock market fell further and today (Tuesday), it’s up again by over 200 points mid-day. What’s going on?

There’s a lot of confusion and concern in the marketplace and confusion + concern = stock market volatility.

At the moment, investors are worried about whether the governments of Greece, Spain, and Portugal will step up and cover those countries debts if their tax revenues aren’t enough to cover the payments.

In the New York Times this weekend, business section columnist Gretchen Morgenson wrote “To save the world from economic collapse, we transferred the liabilities of the private sector (i.e. banks) to the public and not every country can afford it.”

Morgenson then quoted David A. Rosenberg, Chief Economist and Strategist for Gluskin, Sheff & Assoc., a top wealth management firm in Canada: “We are in a post-bubble credit collapse and there are going to be periods of calm and stormy weather. Investors will have to navigate through the volatility. Unfortunately, I think we are still in the early stages, and the next recession will happen more quickly than people think.”

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Unemployment Update

The official rate of unemployment in the U.S. fell to 9.7 percent from 10 percent. But, employers still shed 20,000 jobs. And, initial claims rose more than expected last week (week to week rolling claims are extremely high as well). So, is this a fluke? Or, is there some stealth hiring going on? Or, have a ton of people just simply given up on finding work and are considered out of the jobs market?

We’ll have to watch the numbers in the coming week.

9 Million Housing Units Are For Sale

If you’re trying to sell your home, you’ve got plenty of company. Nine million homes are for sale, out of 130 million total units. According to yet another report, half of all borrowers will be underwater by the end of 2011. Home prices will fall another 10 to 15 percent. Interest rates will go up, making it even tougher for borrowers to get approved.

You’d never know all this is going on, though, if you look at the stock market (see point #1 on volatility), or even if you chat with some Realtors. The first-time home buyer tax credit and trade-up tax credits are, I think, masking what is truly going on with the housing industry.

And, while the Fed says it will stop buying mortgage-backed securities at the end of March, now comes word that it might not stop buying them – or will start again if it looks like interest rates are rising too fast or no other investors are stepping to the plate.

When it comes to second mortgages, more experts are starting to point out that almost all of them are worth ZERO! Nada. Nothing. Time to write down these mortgages and move on.

President Obama’s Newest Budget

President Obama this week proposed a $3.8 trillion budget for 2011. It contains a record $1.6 trillion deficit, with $100 billion more in stimulus (jobs, anyone?) and $1 trillion in tax increases on families with income of $250,000+.

Moody’s warned that the U.S.’s AAA debt rating might suffer with the new budget. Administration officials said there’s no way that the U.S. will ever have anything other than a top credit rating.

Sure, and if everyone could print money, we’d all be able to pay our debts. (This is not a solution, folks.)

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