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I appear to have sparked some controversy over my comments that were directed at modifications and servicer advances — subjects that are not necessarily related. But they could be related — as where the homeowner seeks a modification on which there have been servicer advances.

So to answer some questions about Modifications, I will first state

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A new report from the Rediscovering Government Initiative lays out 15 ways the government can create more and better jobs starting right now.

After five long years, the economy has at last produced enough new jobs to compensate for the 8 million lost in the Great Recession of 2009. But in that same period some 7 million more Americans reached

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Speculation in the Commodities Market: Part 2 A Response to Price Asset Management

By Ben Strubel

Recently, a nice man named George H. Rohrs Jr. from Price Asset Management, a firm that specializes only in commodities and managed futures investments, emailed me a copy of the newsletter his firm sent to clients in which he wrote a response to my...

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In This Issue.

*  Currencies are back to mixed bag-o-nuts today.
*  China allows appreciation ahead of data.
*  High yielders have bright lights on them today
*  Mortgage applications on slippery slope.

And Now. Today's A Pfennig For Your Thoughts.

Calls For Dollar Rally in 2014, Fade.

Good Day! .  And a Wonderful Wednesday to you! I arrived at my

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When it comes to legal theories related to foreclosure, Neil Garfield’s Living Lies Blog[1] would have to be considered nothing short of jam packed.  An attorney, now practicing law in Florida, his ideas about foreclosure defense could be described as running the gamut from the somewhat commonplace to the absolutely arcane.

Sometimes, however, his

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Sorry, Kyoto Signatories, Emissions Traders, Carbon Taxers, Homo Oeconomicus Won’t Save the Climate – Part 4

By Michael Hoexter

[Part I] [Part II] [Part III] [Part IV]

8.  Effective Climate Policy:  A Massive Commitment of Public and Private Resources

The long list above of features of an effective climate policy may fail the requirement that some...

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*Refers to nuclear plants that the World Nuclear Association expects to be operational in 8-10 years

Reporting by Mike Orcutt. Illustration by infographics.com. Data from World Nuclear Association.

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The Fed sacrificed the foundation of middle class wealth--stable housing values--to boost bank profits.

Lest you think the phrase "death of the middle class" is hyperbole, please examine these two charts, keeping in mind the middle class by definition must be in the middle of income/wealth distribution --conventionally, between 40% and 80%, i.e....
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Posted on by Neil Garfield

In the financial world we don’t measure just the amount of principal. For example if I increased your mortgage principal by $100,000 and gave you 100 years to pay without interest it would be nearly equivalent to zero principal too (especially factoring in inflation). A reduction in the interest rate has an

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