Category: News

$530 Million, Well, It's a Start

The victims of Bernard Madoff’s ponzi scheme have thus far received $530 million dollars in compensation.  The money is coming from the Securities Investors Protection Corporation, more commonly known as SIPC, and marks a record for the company.  While $530 million may sound like a lot, as you can imagine, that is just scratching the surface of the damage that Madoff created.  A court-appointed trustee has reported that 2,300 accounts have seen a combined total of $21.2 billion in losses.  SIPC has been authorized by congress to guarantee brokerage accounts for a maximum of $500,000.  Huge mess does not even begin to describe this ordeal, and you have to feel for everyone involved.  I’m sure we will continue to hear about this for quite some time.  Madoff, of course, is serving his 150-year jail sentence.  But don’t be surprised if you see him roaming the streets this Saturday…Madoff masks for Halloween are selling like hot cakes!  At about $40 a piece, maybe THAT money should go to the victims as well!  Fat chance.

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Foreign Real Estate Investors Head to the U.S.

Commercial real estate in the United States is just not what it used to be.  Obviously, it has been greatly affected by the economy and foreign investors are making some smart business moves and taking advantage of this.  History repeats itself, and this happened almost 30 years ago when U.S. commercial real estate was beginning to get back on it’s feet.  While foreign investment in U.S. property is not ideal in the eyes of many Americans, it may help the struggling economy.   Not many of us are investing in commercial real estate today which is resulting in bargains for these investors.  Foreign investments are projected to reach up to $5 billion by the end of this year.  While this may be nothing compared to the 2007 property boom, it is certainly still a huge number that can help put commercial real estate back on the map.   It’s all about making deals, and making them consistently!

Click here to read a great article on the subject

Not All Golden Under the Arches

Fast food giant McDonald’s seems to be one of the few big guys not feeling the economic crunch.  In fact, McDonald’s seems to actually be doing better.  It seems pretty obvious that quick and cheap food would prevail in an economy where people have less time and even less money.  But this generalization cannot be applied everywhere.  Iceland, which is home to three franchises, is closing down all McDonald’s locations next weekend.  The collapse of the Icelandic Krona has caused the restaurant’s profits to plummet showing that the chain is not invincible throughout the world.  Franchise owners were having a very difficult time keeping the food accessible because of high import tariffs on imported goods.  The price of a Big Mac was already pretty pricey at 650 krona, which is about $5.30.  But now, in order to create any sort of profit, the price would have to be raised at least 20% resulting in a 780 krona ($6.36) Big Mac.  Currently, the most expensive version of the sandwich is in Norway where it costs $5.75.  This really shows that no business is globally indestructible, because if any were, it would be McDonald’s.  The same structure simply cannot work in every country.  Iceland is really facing difficult times, after the credit crisis tore apart their banking system, resulting in a severely damaged economy.  Unlike Americans, icelanders will not be able to bury their economic woes in the dollar menu.

Everyone Looks for a Loophole

The first-time homebuyer tax credit has literally opened many doors for people across America during this tough economic time.  It is clearly a great opportunity that not everyone can take advantage of, but there are some people who are not first-time homebuyers that are trying anyway.  The applications for the credit are a little too trustworthy for this day and time.  For example, there is no minimum age requirement for the applicants.  This has resulted in “applicants” as young as 4 years old.  In fact, there have been over 500 applicants under the age of 18.  And that’s just the beginning!  Treasury oversight officials say they have found 74,000 claims where they now have evidence of previous ownership, these credits were valued at $500 million.  They even reported at least 19,000 filers, which clocks in at $139 million, that hadn’t even bought a home!  Something is seriously wrong here.  As sad as it might be, the reality is, we need stricter rules when dealing with our government’s money.  Hundreds of thousands of citizens should not be able to even find a way to fraudulently take advantage the stimulus plan.  It is really too bad that it has come to this because the tax credit is not a bad idea.  You have to wonder if this new information will hurt the chances of the tax credit being extended.  As of right now, it ends on November 30, but there has been heavy talk about an extension.  I expect there will be a complete overhaul of the application process, if there is an extension.

Check out this article to find out more

The Government Steps in Again

The Obama Administration announced on Monday that they will be intervening into finance agencies in order to support low mortgage rates.  The program, which involves Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, will help agencies finance mortgages for first-time homebuyers and develop rental housing.  This is the second attempt by the government to make owning a home for first time homebuyers easier.  Mortgage financing giants Fannie and Freddie will package mortgages made by housing agencies and sell them as bonds to the Treasury Department.  Unlike the $8,000 tax credit, there is no anticipated set cap or time on this plan.  They are waiting it out to see what the demand looks like.  This could be a good or bad thing, but hopefully people will take advantage of this.  It seems as though the government continues to tests the waters because no one really knows how to fix the housing market crisis.  I guess testing the waters is better than just jumping in.   Any progress is good, so lets hope this works.

Once a Giant

It was announced Monday that The New York Times is officially cutting 100 more newsroom jobs through buyouts or layoffs.  Newspapers are struggling, I’m pretty sure that is no longer a secret.  It is an incredibly difficult situation in this day and age.  Everyone can get news on the internet for free, why pay for something you can get instantly without charge?  And now, when you throw in environmental awareness, why use paper when you don’t need to?  The New York Times has to rely solely on advertisers, and they are just not there as much as they were in the newspaper heyday.   Newsroom staff have recently taken a 5% pay reduction after 100 jobs were cut in 2008.  The pay cuts were made in hopes that there would no longer be a need for more layoffs.  Now, 100 more people are considered statistics.  You have to begin to wonder what the future of newspaper is really looking like.  This problem is not exactly reflective of the economy.  In fact, online news outlets have seen visitation rise 7% just in the last few months.  People are still reading the news, many are probably even more interested during these times.  Even if the economy was strong, people are still going to be smart with their money.  It is common sense, why pay for something you have for free?  Online news outlets are updated 24/7, if big news breaks at midnight, you can read about it minutes later, you no longer have to wait for the next day.  The fact is, by the time the paper actually arrives in your hand, most of the news is old.  Of course, there are people that find leisure and solitude in reading the paper, but is that enough?  The paper may have lost, and is certainly losing it’s mass appeal, but news is not.  All business learns to move with the times, it will happen organically.  But, as of now, it is incredibly unfortunate to continuously hear such awful news coming from the newspaper industry.

Better Check on your MasterCard

That is if you hold an oil partner co-branded MasterCard.  Several of these card holders are suddenly finding their cards to be unexpectedly declined.  An undisclosed amount of cards, issued by Citibank, have been closed.  The bank issued a statement simply saying that they “decided to close a limited number of oil partner co-branded MasterCard accounts.”  They are still accepting applications for cards, promising rewards, so they have not completely shut down the idea of the cards; unlike the move they made with Home Depot.  Citibank shut down the chosen cards on Wednesday, but did not send out letters until Monday, leaving many card users confused and stranded.  Unfortunately, there is no law that prevents banks from closing down credit accounts unannounced, and card holders can do nothing about this because closing at their discretion is stated in the fine print on the agreements.  It is no secret that Citi is having problems in this economy, these card closures are a reflection of that.  This is an unfortunate situation for the bank and card holders, and unfortunately these people will now have a closed credit card on their credit report.

He Did it for the Business

So I’m sure by now almost everyone has heard about the “balloon boy” story. If not, last week a homemade balloon was “accidentally” released into the sky.  Sounds pretty innocent right?  Well the twist was that the family’s 6 year-old son was believed to have snuck inside before it was released. All of the major media outlets fixated their cameras on the skies over Fort Collins, Colorado.  This went on for quite some time with the balloon reaching up thousands of feet, and everyone’s heart sinking just thinking about such a young boy up there all by himself.  Once the balloon finally came down, there was no boy inside.  People speculated that he had fallen out, so a huge search was under way.  To make an even longer story short, they found the boy was hiding in the attic of their family home.  Accusations started accumulating towards the family on whether or not this was actually real.  The family appeared on the reality show “Wife Swap” a while back, and it was revealed that the father has been wanting his own reality show for quite some time.  So it became obvious that this family was media hungry.  The suspicions kept growing, and just yesterday it was admitted that the whole thing was a HOAX.  It was recently discovered that the father of the boy, Richard Heene, has been planning this media stunt for weeks. It was all an effort to create national awareness of the Heene family in hopes that their pitched reality T.V. show would be picked up.  Right now, it does not seem as though a reality show will be in their near future. Instead, this family is now faces multiple charges.  This story is so bizarre, and to think that even Denver International Airport was temporarily shut down while the balloon was up in the air, you can only imagine what other damage this caused the city and major media outlets.  I can’t stress enough, please be wise and honorable with your business plan.

Read more on this story HERE

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