Thursday, June 25, 2009

Market and LO Quiz

by Bill McBride on 6/25/2009 04:11:00 PM

A few stories too ... a major auto supplier is near bankruptcy ...

From Dow Jones: Lear Corp. Working On Prepackaged Bankruptcy - Sources

Lear Corp. (LEA), a maker of automotive seats and interior electronics, is working on a pre-packaged bankruptcy five days before it must make a $38 million interest payment on two of its bonds ... If the prepackaged bankruptcy deal falls apart, Lear could file for a traditonal-style bankruptcy next week ... The company has also lined up debtor-in-possession financing with its lenders ...
From MarketWatch: Fitch downgrades California to A-minus
Fitch Ratings downgraded the California's general obligation credit rating on Thursday to A-minus from A, based on the magnitude of the state's financial challenges and persistent weakening economy.
Stock Market Crashes Click on graph for larger image in new window.

This graph is from Doug Short of dshort.com (financial planner): "Four Bad Bears".

Note that the Great Depression crash is based on the DOW; the three others are for the S&P 500.

And Jillayne Schlicke (of CEForward.com) brings us a few sample questions provided by the National Mortgage Licensing System for the new national loan originator exam: Will the New National Loan Originator Exam be Too Easy?. Here are the first two of six questions she posted:
If an applicant works 40 hours every week and is paid $13.52 per hour, what is the applicant’s monthly income?
(A) $2,163.20
(B) $2,343.47
(C) $2,379.52
(D) $2,487.68

The requirement for private mortgage insurance is generally discounted when the loan-to-value ratio falls below:
(A) 20%
(B) 50%
(C) 80%
(D) 90%
Take the test.

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