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  • A Great Scapegoat at Last

    There’s an e-mail making its way around the Internet calling attention to a piece purportedly written by syndicated columnist Charlie Reese that talks about the 545 people ultimately responsible for all of the woes currently being suffered by taxpayers in the United States. It turns out, according to this e-mail, that one hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one president, and nine Supreme Court justices are “directly, legally, morally, and individually responsible for the domestic problems that plague this country.” Well, that sure eases my mind.
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  • New Year, New HousingWire

    “Wait—HousingWire looks totally different.” I’m pretty sure that’s going to be the least of the various reactions you’ll have in seeing our revamped emails, new website, and completely revitalized approach to delivering editorial and content. I figured we’d start 2010 off with a bang, and roll out the next generation of HousingWire.com—and HousingWire Magazine, too.
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  • End of an Era: UBS Pulls Plug on Mortgage Research

    As part of its previously-announced 2,000 job cuts, UBS AG [stock UBS][/stock] is yanking a widely-read mortgage publication that has become a staple among nearly every secondary mortgage market participant worth their salt, HousingWire has learned. UBS has shuttered the Mortgage Strategist after 15 years of publication, as it closes its asset-backed securities group -- which includes mortgages.
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  • No Easy Fix for Mortgages or Housing, Say Analysts

    Despite some inane press reports by various sources suggesting the the Treasury's move to place both Fannie Mae [stock FNM][/stock] and Freddie Mac [stock FRE][/stock] into conservatorship had somehow shortened the timeline for housing's recovery, most analysts suggested Monday that the bailout's true effect on homeowners and mortgage markets won't be known for some time.
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  • NYT's Friedman on housing and election strategy

    Thomas Friedman, Pulitzer-prize winning foreign-affairs columnist at the New York Times, weighs in with a point that the editorial team at HW has been hammering for months now: that housing, and the economy in general, will decide the outcome of the upcoming Presidential election. Not Iraq, or the War on Terrorism. Not Social Security, or Medicare. Not abortion, nor gun control. Friedman's thoughts on the matter:
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  • Stop the insanity

    Inman News' Matt Carter digs into the housing price index debate today, suggesting that those attempting to back indexes published by the NAR and OFHEO (and disparage indexes like the Case-Shiller) lack a basic understanding of what the indexes really capture.
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  • RMBS warning labels, and your Friday funnies

    Apparently, these days, anyone can think that they understand the complex world of structured finance. The latest? An academic and a consumer investment adviser, who are set to call for Federal authorities to assume responsibility for rating RMBS and related structured securities, according to a press statement released Friday.
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