Sunday, November 01, 2009

Weekly Summary

by Calculated Risk on 11/01/2009 12:41:00 PM

Another busy week ahead starting with construction spending, the ISM reports, vehicle sales, the Fed meeting (little change in wording expected), and ending with the employment report. Did the unemployment rate hit 10% in October?

Here is a summary of data released in October and the updated Unofficial Problem Bank List.

  • October Economic Summary in Graphs

  • Unofficial Problem Bank List Grows to 500

    A guest post from albert:
  • On a New York bankruptcy case in the news: In re Olga: of Bankruptcy and Foreclosure

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    On the GDP report:
  • From Rex Nutting at MarketWatch: U.S. GDP rises 3.5% as stimulus kicks in

  • From Paul Krugman: What recovery should look like

  • From Jim Hamilton at Econbrowser: A welcome GDP report

  • And from me: Random Thoughts on the Q3 GDP Report

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    A few stories on the collapse of WaMu:

  • From Kirsten Grind at the Puget Sound Business Journal: The downfall of Washington Mutual

  • From Drew DeSilver at the Seattle Times: Part one | Reckless strategies doomed WaMu

  • From David Heath at the Seattle Times: Part two | WaMu: Hometown bank turned predatory

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    And on the Home buyer tax credit:

  • From Bloomberg: Senate Said to Revise Plan to Extend, Expand Homebuyer Credit

    The details:
    - Income eligibility for home buyers increases to $125,000 for individuals and $225,000 for couples.
    - The tax credit for first-time home buyers (anyone who has not owned in the last 3 years) will be the lesser of $8,000 or 10% of the purchase price.
    - For move-up buyers - "who have lived in their current home for at least five years" - the credit would be limited to $6,500.
    - The credit runs from Dec. 1, 2009 to April 30, 2010, with an additional 60 day period to close escrow. (So end of April to sign contract, end of June to close escrow)

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