Sunday, August 5, 2007

The Subprime again........ Haihz......

The U.S. subprime-market rout that wiped out $2.1 trillion from global share values last week has
``got a long way to go,'' said Jim Rogers, who predicted the start of the commodities rally in 1999.

This week's rebound in equity markets hasn't persuaded Rogers, 64, to pull out of bets that U.S. investment banks and homebuilders are heading for further declines. ``This was one of the biggest bubbles we've ever had in credit,'' Rogers, chairman of New York-based Beeland Interests Inc., said in an interview from Hong Kong. ``I have been and am still short the investment bankers in America. I'm also short homebuilders.''

The Morgan Stanley Capital International World Index plunged 5.3 percent last week, its worst weekly drop in five years, on concern defaults among subprime mortgages may be spilling over to other credit markets and hurting earnings and takeovers. Further losses may be in store even after the index, which tracks $32.6 trillion of stocks, advanced 0.7 percent this week. ``Given the stage of the credit cycle that we're in now, we would have to expect more negative news popping up,'' Beat Lenherr, who oversees $7 billion as chief investment officer for Asia at LGT Bank in Liechtenstein AG, said late yesterday in an interview in Singapore. ``The market sentiment is a bit nervous to the degree that every bad news is answered with selling.''
No Big Disaster Some investors say sustained consumer spending and jobs growth may help offset the impact of mortgage defaults.
A report due later today may show that payrolls rose 127,000 after a 132,000 gain in June, according to the median estimate of economists surveyed by Bloomberg. The jobless rate is forecast to hold at 4.5 percent for a fourth month, near a six-year low. ``Subprime will not derail the economy and we're not calling for a big disaster,'' said Hans Goetti, Singapore-based managing director at Citi Private Bank, which has assets of $100 billion in Asia. ``Consumer spending will not fall off the cliff as a result.''

The MSCI World Index today climbed 0.1 percent, its fourth gain this week, as investors speculated that better-than- forecast earnings will help offset the impact of mortgage losses.
Financial Stocks Down. A measure of financial companies such as Countrywide Financial Corp. has dropped 3.7 percent so far this year, the only group to decline within the MSCI World Index. Countrywide Financial, the biggest U.S. mortgage lender, said yesterday it has ``significant'' sources of short-term funding after the slump in demand for loans pushed some rivals toward bankruptcy.

Shares of Bear Stearns Cos. fell 13 percent last week after two of its hedge funds failed because of the subprime crisis. Merrill Lynch & Co. is down 3.6 percent this week, heading for its third weekly decline, while stock in Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. is 5.9 percent lower.
The housing slump may extend into 2008 because of stricter mortgage standards and a glut of properties. IndyMac Bancorp Inc. yesterday said it is joining rival lenders in making ``very major changes'' to home-loan standards and charging higher rates because of a slump in mortgage securities. U.S. homebuilders rose yesterday, pushing a Standard & Poor's index of 16 such companies to a 4.1 percent gain, the measure's biggest advance in six months. The index has dropped 35 percent this year after the worst housing slump in 16 years left eight homebuilders nursing quarterly losses of $1.97 billion.


No matter how bad the situation will be, it is important for all traders to minimize their casualties in this battle. For me... this time is a very good marrathon battle which make me feel very stressfull .
" Only through perseverance, high spirit and Hardwork will lead us to success"


simon_alibaba said...

lesson no 1, market can be irrational longer than u can be solvent! don't go against it even though u are right. don't fight the trend, either follow or ney. u don't have to stay 365 days investing or speculating a year. just a mere 30 days enough to make the bread for the year, but working or stalking 335 days!

Ali BAba said...

But yet, due to some factors I have to stalking and making the bread through out the 365 days... Hence, whether being a hunter or hunted is already parts of my ....