Category: Lending

The unexpected hanging: Part 2, Too many banks here anyway

24 July, 2015 (10:00) | Austria, Banking, Consumer protection, Currency risk, Eurozone, Global news, Homeownership, Lending, Mortgages, Risk, Swiss franc | No comments

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.] By: David A. Smith Yesterday’s Part 1 told half the story of an Austrian homeowner and acquaintance of columnist/ pundit David Frum. as described six months ago in The Atlantic (January 29, 2015), whose astonishment at being assessed a €12,000 mandatory loan prepayment demand, because though paid in Euros and […]

The unexpected hanging: Part 1, Before it was pushed

23 July, 2015 (10:00) | Austria, Banking, Consumer protection, Currency risk, Eurozone, Global news, Homeownership, Lending, Mortgages, Risk, Swiss franc | No comments

By: David A. Smith The man was sentenced on Saturday. “The hanging will take place at noon,” said the judge to the prisoner, “on one of the seven days of next week. But you will not know which day it is until you are so informed on the morning of the day of the hanging.” […]

Better to be franc?

26 December, 2014 (10:00) | Bank regulation, Banking, Capital markets, Currency risk, Eurozone, Foreclosure, Housing, Hungary, Lending, Mortgages, Switzerland |

By: David A. Smith Long ago I figured out that, when it comes to currency risk, never lend in foreign currency and never borrow in foreign currency.  I would have thought this was obvious, but some of the world’s smartest bankers (the Swiss) managed to put themselves into just such a foolish position, as reported […]

Optionality and anti-optionality: Part 2, Loan + Insurance = Lower risk

28 July, 2014 (08:36) | Banks, Economics, Finance, Foreclosure, Homeownership, Housing, Lending, Loans, Optionality, Rental, Saving, Theory, US News |

[Continued from last week’s Part 1.] By: David A. Smith When you’ve got enough to take care of yourself, more claim checks don’t do you any good. But they can do a lot of good for all kinds of other people. – Warren Buffett As we saw in yesterday’s Part 1, the Economist’s (May 17, […]

Optionality and anti-optionality: Part 1, reward later or reward now?

25 July, 2014 (09:36) | Banks, Economics, Finance, Foreclosure, Homeownership, Housing, Lending, Loans, Optionality, Rental, Saving, Theory, US News | 1 comment

By: David A. Smith Money is a claim check on other people’s products and services. – Warren Buffett Once a month, Mrs. Guggenheim sends the bank the same amount of money.  Darling, if you have to ask the price, you can’t afford it Is she saving for herself, or repaying a debt? Either way, her […]