I (almost) feel sorry for the banks. Making sense of the credit crunch

If we are to look at where the subprime crisis came from and where it seems to be going (which is bulls-eye straight into a recession) you can see that one of the biggest casualties are the banks. Banks never get sympathy, but they should – at least a little maybe.Why? Well, if you have a pension it’s likely that indirectly you own part of a bank, if you have a bank account then you are using the service they provide, a service which helps to protect your money and gives you conveniences like ATM card withdrawals etc. In fact, unless you were miss-sold a mortgage at an exorbitant price and you are about to have your home re-possessed then there is no reason to ‘hate banks’ really, but if you ask people on the street – and to my detriment I actually did this – not many of them (in my test pool of 10 people on Pearse St. Dublin 2 it was 100% true) really care much for the bank, including …

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‘Clearance sale, prices 20% off!’, not in shops, on property….

Last week Capel Construction made news when they made a massive reduction in asking price on properties in D15, now more developers are jumping on board both the Albany Group and Abbey Group have reduced asking prices by up to 25% in an effort to get buyers back into the market, I’m sure there is a shortage of smug estate agents ‘taking orders’ for these homes, I think the market is truly at a point where they will have to ‘sell’ these units if they want to shift them. Prices in Holywell (the place where Baiba Saulite was shot) are now at 2005 levels,

The method clearly works as Capel sold 56 units once they dropped the price, so perhaps there is demand out there but its from a public so worried about price falls that they will only purchase if there are considerable reductions in asking price. Personally I don’t believe that some of these prices even represent true value, how will the 56 purchasers feel if the prices get reduced yet again to attract more buyers? They would …

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'Clearance sale, prices 20% off!', not in shops, on property….

Last week Capel Construction made news when they made a massive reduction in asking price on properties in D15, now more developers are jumping on board both the Albany Group and Abbey Group have reduced asking prices by up to 25% in an effort to get buyers back into the market, I’m sure there is a shortage of smug estate agents ‘taking orders’ for these homes, I think the market is truly at a point where they will have to ‘sell’ these units if they want to shift them. Prices in Holywell (the place where Baiba Saulite was shot) are now at 2005 levels,

The method clearly works as Capel sold 56 units once they dropped the price, so perhaps there is demand out there but its from a public so worried about price falls that they will only purchase if there are considerable reductions in asking price. Personally I don’t believe that some of these prices even represent true value, how will the 56 purchasers feel if the prices get reduced yet again to attract more buyers? They would …

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ECB release half a Trillion just in case…

The ECB released a further 500 billion, Bank of England 10 billion and the Fed 20 billion This was done as a follow on the the USA’s liquid injection rather than rate cut, the idea is to lower interbank rates, increase liquidity and at the same time not promote inflation.

Thankfully and historically we are seeing a trend here. The Fed, ECB, Canadian Central Bank, Bank of England and the Swiss Central Bank all acted in unison, traditionally this was not the case and its great to see that internationally we can start acting in a global way in a global world. Prior to this we acted in a national way in a global world, central banks didn’t refer to eachother before making a move.

All the banks with the qualifying collateral could buy from the ECB at 4.21% which is what the old Euribor was, this will mean that the people selling from euribor rates will only be able to sell to institutions which don’t qualify for this money, it may also mean that the people who are most …

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