December 12, 2013

December 12, 2013

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Five Years Later, Have We Learned Anything From the 2008 Housing Meltdown?
What caused the Great Recession?  The answer you get often depends on the political persuasion of the person you’re asking.  While we predicted the derivatives crisis in bonds early and often beginning in 2006, we notice much blame falling either on irresponsible banks on one side, or irresponsible borrowers who lied about their income on the other.  The answer is much more complex.

The fact is that corruption doesn’t just occupy one place on the political spectrum.  Mortgage lenders and government officials, borrowers who lied about their income, real estate professionals, ratings agencies and bond underwriters — all saw an unprecedented river of cash in the housing bubble, and all reached in to scoop up their share.  And all share the blame for the collapse that followed.

Is It the Right Time to Invest in the Defense Industry?

Defense and aerospace contractors are experiencing two significant headwinds.  We could describe the first as secular — the long-term drawdown of forces as U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan reach their conclusions.  The second is cyclical — the pressure on military budgets arising from the sequester, itself a consequence of the financial crisis and its aftermath.

Defense lobbyists have been hard at work on Capitol Hill to convince lawmakers of the dire effects of these headwinds, and the need to restore robust funding to the sector.  But the fact is that there are tailwinds which are compensating for the difficulties the industry is facing.  And judging from the performance of the big players this year, those tailwinds are stronger.

Behind them, they have two tailwinds: increased demand from and sales to developing nations in some increasingly unstable environments, and the advent of cyber-warfare and the need to build out capacity for the “virtual battlefield.”

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Is the World Trade Organization Relevant?

After failing to come up with a comprehensive trade deal in its 18-year existence, the World Trade Organization dialed back its expectations and delivered something modest but significant in Bali over the weekend: a pact that looks set to aid poor countries especially, by reducing transaction costs at borders and ports, and cutting red tape at customs.  The deal could create 20 million jobs globally and add $1 trillion to the global economy.

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In This Week’s Global Market Commentary, We Also Discuss:

Small Banks 

Consolidation continues in U.S. banking, with community banks being crushed under the regulatory burdens imposed over the past few years.  Their large national colleagues can afford the additional compliance costs, but small banks are increasingly folding, squeezed between those costs and very low rates.  There are now fewer FDIC-insured institutions in the U.S. than at any time since 1934.

Nearing a Deal on Eurozone Bank Rescue Mechanism

Ahead of next week’s summit of E.U. leaders, German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble hinted at Germany’s willingness to compromise in the establishment of a new mechanism to deal with failing banks.  No concrete details — but we’re encouraged by the prospect of German compromise.  The stability of Europe’s banking system has been our chief concern amidst the “green shoots” of Eurozone recovery.  If Germany is coming around on this issue, that’s positive for Europe.

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