Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Foreclosure-Gate Goes Full Monte; Stocks Soar!

Our stock markets have officially reached escape velocity today and have become permanently detached from reality.

With JP Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon admitting today at his company's conference call that they no longer make use of MERS to foreclose mortgages, because lawyers contend that the system lacks the required paper trail to prove ownership.

Game, Set, Match!

This is an open admission by the head of one of the biggest mortgage servicers and foreclosure mills in the country that the system they themselves created causes breaks in the chain of title, meaning that just about every mortgage in the country written between 2003 and 2008 may be impaired as to legal, rightful ownership. Title has been clouded. Good luck foreclosing for the banks, but tough luck for homeowners current and paying, because when the time comes to sell your property, not only will it likely be worth less than what you paid, no title insurer will touch it without increased premium because your prior note will not be discharged since the legal note holder is a mystery or the actual note is MIA.

Welcome to the world of lawlessness created by moral hazard. All of this is 100% the fault of the banks, just as all previous chapters of this book of slime has been, from sloppy underwriting, to sub-prime, no-doc, no-down loans to defaults and now, no rights to foreclose.

Today, hundreds of thousands - if not millions - of Americans who haven't paid their mortgages in months, have just hit the lottery and the prize is a free house. Now, these home-dwellers can't sell the homes, but they sure can live in them, and, in the case of investor-owned homes, there's nothing precluding them from finding suitable tenants and renting them out. What a way to boost the economy. Bust up the banks, screw over the investors (who have no recourse) and let the people be. All that extra money can now go to buy iPads, toasters, clothes, toys, and just in time for Christmas!

Any mortgage that has the name MERS, as assignee or mortgagee or nominee, is likely void, as worthless as a blank piece of paper when it comes to proving ownership. Let the plaintiff's attorneys come forward and let the games - and years of intense, unstopping lawsuits - begin. The banksters just passed the attorney full employment act.

For one idea as to where this is all going, and in a hurry, here's a story about a California couple and their nine kids who, on the advice of their attorney, broke back into the home that they were recently foreclosed upon and evicted from and who are now claiming rightful ownership.

What's happening in Simi Valley today and making headlines, will become commonplace within coming weeks and months.

Now that the fuse has been lit by the banks, homeowners and non-cooperative courts, for the full implosion of the entire US economy (most of the Southwest and Southeast are already toast, along with Detroit), how has Wall Street reacted?

As stated in the opening paragraph, the minions roaming the canyons of lower Manhattan have completely divorced themselves from reality. Stocks galloped right out of the gate on the strength of the 3rd quarter earnings report from JP Morgan Chase (JPM). It didn't matter that the earnings were not very good and unimpressive, just that they came out. The signal to buy had been given by Fed head Ben Bernanke on Tuesday, via the minutes of the previous FOMC meeting, released yesterday, in which the mechanics of QE2 were thoroughly exposed.

Dow 11,096.08, +75.68 (0.69%)
NASDAQ 2,441.23, +23.31 (0.96%)
S&P 500 1,178.10, +8.33 (0.71%)
NYSE Composite 7,561.50, +71.88 (0.96%)
NASDAQ Volume 2,309,790,500
NYSE Volume 5,420,675,500

Advancing issues soared past decliners, 4313-1472. There were 738 new highs, to just 25 new lows, the widest spread since in a year. On an intra-day basis, the Dow approached the April highs, but as the day wore on, stocks began to sell off, the Dow finishing about 60 points shy of the day's high. Maybe there's some hope, though most people are still asking for a little bit of whatever it is they're smoking down on the exchange floors. Volume on the NASDAQ was solid, not so much on the NYSE.

Oil got a whiff of the fed-induced inflation soon to be visiting our shores, gaining $1.34, to $83.01, but gold stole the show, advancing $23.40, to a new record high of $1,370.50. Silver was no slouch, tacking on 79 cents (3.4%), to $23.93. WOW!

We are now certain that the end is near, with the original reptilian femme fatale, Condoleezza Rice, appearing on CNBC to tell us that confidence in America must be restored. OK, thanks, Condi, now back in your hole. And who the he-- let her out?

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