Monday, March 23, 2020

RE: pandemic bankruptcies


This is headed for not a recession, but a depression. Just this morning, Nancy Pelosi announced refusal to pass the bailout Bill in the House. This means corporations and small businesses are going to fail, especially Real Estate. Inability to pay back loans, which kicks back to the banks not getting paid, which leads to bank capital assets in doubt. This is exactly what happened in 1931. Only this time it is happening in weeks, not months. The Democrats in the House are playing with fire if they fail to support corporate financing' Watch the banks that are on the brink of failure. Much will be made of what happens the next couple of weeks.



From: joe kelley
Sent: Monday, March 23, 2020 4:54 AM
To: Kaufman, Richard F
Subject: pandemic bankruptcies


Dear Professor Kaufman,

I hope you are weathering this crisis in the comfort of your own home.
I am speechless.
I predicted a pandemic
why I suddenly moved far out in the country to a Kansas Farm, self contained, 5 years ago.

This crisis is more of a debt problem than a medical problem.
USA deep in debt,
people and business highly leverage.
Sudden drop in cash flow means they cant pay interest.
Zero cash flow in many instances.
Essentially bankrupt.

Hopefully they can stop the virus and immediately re-open businesses, back to normal.
V shaped recovery?
No recovery without big government financial help?

Long Article:


Real estate billionaire Tom Barrack said the U.S. commercial-mortgage market is on the brink of collapse

and predicted a "domino effect" of catastrophic economic consequences if banks and government don't take prompt action to keep borrowers from defaulting.

Barrack, chairman and chief executive officer of Colony Capital Inc.,
warns in a white paper of a chain reaction of margin calls,
mass foreclosures,
evictions and,
potentially, bank failures
due to the coronavirus pandemic and consequent shutdown of much of the U.S. economy.

"Loan repayment demands are likely to escalate on a systemic level,
triggering a domino effect of borrower defaults that will swiftly and severely impact the broad range of stakeholders in the entire real estate market,
 including property and home owners,
hotel operators
and their respective tenants and employees,"

Barrack said the impact could dwarf that of the Great Depression.

Rescue Plan

Specifically, his paper highlights the fragility of mortgage real estate investment trusts, or REITs,
and credit funds
and the lenders that provide them with liquidity via repurchase financing.

He argues for a rescue plan coordinated by banks and supported by government that includes the following:

$500 billion of taxpayer funds to provide liquidity to the financial system,
including for loans and repurchase contract

Temporary suspensions of both mark-to-market accounting and certain loan-modification rules

Delaying until 2024 a new accounting rule governing the recognition of credit losses

Leeway for banks to provide loan forbearance without triggering bank-capital rule violations

Barrack, a longtime friend of President Donald Trump, has much at stake in the outcome.
Most of Colony's investments are in or connected to real estate.
The Los Angeles-based firm's year-end financial report lists
$3.54 billion of assets in hospitality real estate and
$725 million of debt and equity investments at Colony Credit Real Estate Inc.,
 its publicly traded commercial mortgage REIT.

America has endured a shutdown of our GDP, and an attendant unstoppable chain of financial calamities.

There is no doubt that in order to ensure safety and conservatism during our health crisis we have to prepare and perhaps overshoot for the worst;

 however, the unintended consequence of responding to the pandemic is a pandemic of mistrust in our financial system.


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