The game continues

Despite concerns expressed by federal regulators about the growth of nontraditional mortgages, their popularity among borrowers continues to rise, according to statistics released yesterday.

About 26 percent of mortgage loan originations by dollar volume in the first six months of 2006 were interest-only loans, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association, a trade group in the District. Such loans do not require borrowers to pay down the principal.

Analysis: Anything to keep those hpuses moving. So the FED will raise rates on these people. I don’t think so.…

Silver superspike?

Clive Maund theorizes that the recent silver action may be a precursor to a “superspike” like back in 1979-80. As he cautions, these events only happen once a generation. I would argue that it would not suprise me and we are positioned for a spike. I think the odds favor a pull back as we are way overbought at this point. However I am ready to let the market tell me what it wants to do.…