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Old 12-05-2007, 08:55 PM   #21
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We are unlikely to ever see it coming. Whatever "it" is.
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Old 12-05-2007, 08:57 PM   #22
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We always see it coming. The Great Depression. The dot-com bust. The housing crash. But we always hope it'll go away and that the party will continue.
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Old 12-05-2007, 10:31 PM   #23
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In every one of those years or any year in between, if you had invested in the stock market, you would be worth a considerable amount more today. Invest for the long-term in the stock market and you will be rewarded.
Unless of course you invested in Japan in 1989
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Old 12-06-2007, 12:14 AM   #24
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This gets very complicated, but I believe that these instruments are very highly leveraged, so that the disruptive effect of their insolvency or extreme illiquidity could be magnified.

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The instrument is not highly leveraged, in fact all the ones I was trustee on had excess assets in the portfolio....

Now, the person buying them might be leveraged to the hilt... but that is another matter.
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Pearlstein: On Wall Street, Morgaged Principles

Pearlstein's response to the "No New Hope Plan"
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Thanks for the post -- Much of what he says rings true (to me at least). Pushing out the payments and the actual repossession, while I can see the need to "save the neighborhood" does not appear to help anyone except the mortgage holder (whoever that may be) IF the borrower ultimately loses the house.
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