All those who said subprime wasn't a big deal are idiots and know who they are because they still say the same thing even with all the evidence of what's happening out there.
Here's another article that should make people think. But, as usual, many can't and won't:
By Aaron Pan and Ron Harui
A U.S. one dollar bill is photographed with yen and euros
July 24 (Bloomberg) -- The dollar declined to the lowest in more than two months against the yen and weakened against the 10 most-active currencies on speculation subprime mortgage losses will deepen and reduce demand for U.S. assets.
The slide accelerated after the dollar reached levels that triggered automatic orders to sell. The dollar fell to a 26-year low against the pound and the weakest since March 1985 versus New Zealand's currency. The subprime rout is spreading with Basis Capital Fund Management Ltd., an Australian hedge fund, hiring Blackstone Group LP to advise on limiting its losses.
``The subprime market is a concern and the U.S. economy is going to be slower than anticipated,'' said Paul Chertkow, head of currency strategy at Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ Ltd. in London. ``There's no good reason to think the dollar's going to appreciate.''
The U.S. currency dropped to 120.41 yen, the weakest since May 16, before trading at 120.76 at 7:24 a.m. in New York from 121.09 late in New York yesterday. It also touched $2.0654 versus the pound, the lowest since May 1981. It was at $1.3809 per euro from $1.3807.
The yen's advance accelerated after it reached 120.90 versus the dollar, where there were orders to buy the Japanese currency, said Akihiro Tanaka, a senior dealer in Tokyo at Resona Bank Ltd. The yen may rise to 120.30, Tanaka said.
The yen gained against the 16 most actively traded currencies on speculation losses from subprime mortgages will prompt investors to sell riskier assets funded by borrowing cheaply in Japan, known as carry trades.
At least 35 bond and loan deals worldwide have been pulled, delayed or restructured in the past five weeks as a result of turmoil in credit markets caused by losses in U.S. subprime mortgage securities.
Sydney-based Basis Capital said it hired Blackstone after two of its funds ran into trouble by investing in the unrated, riskiest portions of so-called collateralized debt obligations. These portions are first in line for any losses when borrowers fall short on mortgage payments.
Japan's nine biggest banking groups have more than 1 trillion yen ($8.3 billion) of combined holdings in products backed by U.S. subprime mortgages, Nikkei News reported.
``The housing market has yet to hit bottom,'' said Antje Praefcke, a currency strategist at Commerzbank AG in London. ``The widening of U.S. credit spreads continues to eat away at dollar support.''
An index of the dollar's value against six major currencies was near the lowest since 1995. A further slump may erode demand for U.S. securities from some investors abroad, according to Adam Cole, a senior currency strategist at RBC Capital Markets Ltd. in London.
``While some investors will see U.S. assets as increasingly attractive because the dollar's drop makes them cheaper, others will be worried about the continued downtrend,'' Cole said. ``Until we know where we are with subprime, the risks are to the downside for the dollar.''
Direct investment by foreigners into U.S. businesses and real estate fell to $22.9 billion in the first quarter, the lowest in almost two years and about 50 percent of the year- earlier period, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis.
Against its New Zealand counterpart, the U.S. currency was the weakest since the Asia-Pacific currency was freely traded 22 years ago, reaching 81.10 cents. Australia's dollar reached 88.63 U.S. cents, the highest since February 1989.
The U.S. dollar may extend this month's slide versus the euro to 2 percent before a National Association of Realtors report tomorrow that may show U.S. existing-home sales dropped last month to the lowest in four years.
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke testified before Congress last week that there will be ``significant'' losses on loans to homeowners with poor credit.
Sales of U.S. existing homes probably slid to 5.87 million in June from 5.99 million the previous month, according to the median forecast of 70 economists surveyed by Bloomberg. The Commerce Department will report on July 26 that new home sales fell last month to 890,000, close to the lowest in almost seven years, according to a separate Bloomberg survey.
The Fed's benchmark interest rate has been unchanged since policy makers lifted it to 5.25 percent in June 2006, while the Bank of England has raised rates five times since August to 5.75 percent. Federal funds futures showed the likelihood of a decrease in the target rate for overnight lending between banks in December rose to 26 percent from 22 percent a week earlier.
Gains in the euro were limited today after a report showed growth in Europe's manufacturing and service industries slowed more than economists expected in July.
Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc's combined index, spanning industries from autos to banking and airlines, fell to 57.3 from 57.8 in June, Reuters Plc reported. Economists expected the composite index to slip to 57.6, according to a Bloomberg News survey. A reading above 50 indicates expansion.
Any advance in the euro may also stall around $1.3850 because of options that will lose money beyond that level, said Lee Wai Tuck, currency strategist at Forecast Singapore Ltd. Options give holders the right to buy or sell a currency at a set price on a fixed date.
Japan's key overnight lending rate of 0.50 percent is the lowest among major economies. The benchmark rate is 11.50 percent in Brazil, 8 percent in New Zealand and 6.25 percent in Australia. The yen has weakened the most this year versus Brazil's real. Against the yen, the Brazilian real dropped to 65.5127 from 65.8510.
To contact the reporters on this story: Aaron Pan in London at firstname.lastname@example.org ; Ron Harui in Singapore at email@example.com
Last Updated: July 24, 2007 07:27 EDT
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