Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Happy "Froth" Day

by Bill McBride on 6/09/2010 12:30:00 PM

Jon Lansner at the O.C. Register notes the fifth anniversary of then Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan's "Froth" speech: Greenspan’s froth not bubble, 5 years later

“Although a ‘bubble’ in home prices for the nation as a whole does not appear likely, there do appear to be, at a minimum, signs of froth in some local markets where home prices seem to have risen to unsustainable levels.” [said Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan, June 9, 2005 in testimony to Congress]
Perhaps to celebrate "Froth Day", Fed Chairman Bernanke made this statement:
[U]nderlying housing activity appears to have firmed only a little since mid-2009, with activity being weighed down, in part, by a large inventory of distressed or vacant existing houses and by the difficulties of many builders in obtaining credit.
So there are too many "distressed or vacant existing houses", and not enough credit for builders to add to that oversupply.