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Archive for April 21st, 2009

eBay Hasn’t Sold Moose’s House

This SI article on the money woes of pro athletes — not an easy read — reminds me to check up on Mushin Muhammad’s attempt to unload his 8200-square foot South Charlotte manse on eBay.

No dice.

Almost 45 days since it was posted amid considerable free publicity, the asking price of $1.95m. has not been met. Probably does not help that a home two doors down is going for $1.15m., according to Zwillow.com.

In fact, the high end of the local market seems fairly swamped right now.

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BofA: Jekyll or Hyde?

jjDepends where you look, now doesn’t it?

Keep your eyes fixed on the top line, the net income growth Ken Lewis keeps talking about, then a Q1 up $3b. over last year looks good. Notice, however, that twice that amount had to be put aside to cover bad loans — coughCountrywidecough — and the glow fades. Fast.

Ah, well and, yes, BofA is ripping through that portfolio, re-writing and cleaning up the mess as they go. Or so we’re told. Assume that is true — and that the labor market will somehow throw off enough income to service those new, lower rate loans. Fine. Also assume that Merrill’s credit exposure is solved while you are at it.

Then notice that BofA is putting aside over $8b. to cover losses in its credit cards and something has to give. I think that something will be one more shock to the system, possibly the outright failure of Citigroup, which is also on the “we’ll grow our way out” plan just like BofA, only in a much deeper hole.

By July I think we’ll know if that plan has legs.

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No Green Day for the Carolinas

Hmmm…somewhat surprised that the summer tour will not stop anywhere in the Carolinas — or Virginia for that matter.

More surprised that the live line-up for the pop-punksters has grown to six — or 2X Rush, the Police, or Motorhead.

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