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Lowenstein: The future of Wall Street

Interview of Roger Lowenstein,  author of “When Genius Failed: The Rise and Fall of Long-Term Capital Management” and “Buffett: The Making of an American Capitalist.”

Link to the interview, about 45 mins.  A good history review of what went wrong.

Jereme Grantham on bubbles

It’s always good to listen to Jereme Gratham, co-founder of Boston-based GMO.  Here’s his recent piece on asset bubbles.

(click to play, source: FT)

New home sales up big time, but don’t get too excited

Sales of new homes increased 27%  in March, the biggest monthly increase in 47 years.  The sharp jump was largely due to the fact that the first-time home buyer credit program is going to expire on April 30.

As seen in the chart below (graph courtesy of Northern Trust), the level of new home sales in March (411,000) still remains slightly below the July 2009 mark, or 70% below the peak recorded in July 2005.

DGC - Chart 1 - 04 23 10

Also watch this video interview of Mark Zandi, Chief Economist at Moody’s Economy.com, on the housing market outlook.