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Lending's back! Seven weeks ago we heard that there was a dramatic revaluation of "risk" because of the decline in the market.
Could that have been more wrong? I see a dramatic increase in the valuation of all lenders. Look at
. Credit card and midmarket and student lending. How about the lending associated with this breakthrough
deal? What a debt pile-on.
Take a look at the
quarter: more leverage rolled into a quarter than I can remember.
And most of all, the newfound securitization of bad housing loans. The fact that these can be packaged and sold tells you that default risk has been re-discounted in a positive way!
Some of this is the
massive pumping of cash into the system to make up for the housing shortfall. Some of it is a recognition that subprime is not spreading beyond subprime. (If you disagree with me, go to the Web site of any of the major homebuilders and you will see that none of the $400,000-plus houses are being firesaled. The quick-sale pages of these sites tell you that.)
We are in lending nirvana. The aversion of risk was just a classic bad call made at the bottom by lots of people who will never be outed for their "prudent" statements.
Makes me angry. How in heck can these people who said there would now be a dramatic aversion of risk still have jobs? Still be quoted?
I believe it is because no one ever gets called out for being negative or cautious, even if it costs you money. The asymmetrical nature of the prudent/reckless dichotomy shows its face again.
Just plain farcical, if you ask me.
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