Monday, August 18, 2014

California's drought in historical perspective

The real takeaway is the early growth years of 1910-30 when we got a terribly distorted picture of expected precipitation.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Friday, July 11, 2014

Solvency is so 2000s.

From DSNews:
The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) put out the call on Thursday for public comment regarding the draft of requirements that would apply to private mortgage insurance companies that insure mortgage loans owned or guaranteed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
The two GSE’s are required by their charters to maintain utilize risk mitigation techniques for loans that they purchase or securitize that have a loan to value ration greater than 80 percent. Obtaining private mortgage insurance is one of the main tactics employed by the enterprises to limit exposure, imposing a minimum set of standard eligibility requirements for an outside insurance company to meet.
The FHFA has mandated that the enterprises revisit and strengthen their eligibility requirements in the wake of the financial crisis. The agency has opened the issue for public comment and invited stakeholders input into the final regulations.
"Mortgage insurance counterparties must be able to fulfill their intended role of providing private capital, even in adverse market conditions," said FHFA Director Mel Watt.  "FHFA's Strategic Plan calls on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to strengthen the requirements for private mortgage insurance companies that do business with them in order to reduce Fannie Mae's and Freddie Mac's overall risk exposure and protect taxpayers."
The updated financial requirements call for a new risk based framework to ensure that approved insurance carriers have a sufficient amount of liquid assets to pay claims should the need arise.

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 On the news MJIC Investment Corp, [MTG] fell 10%. 

This actually represents and attempt to get back to sustainable lending standards.  And look at the results; swimming naked companies everywhere.