Chart of the Week: AnnualGrowth: Mortgage Debt, Real Estate, Owner Equit

Monday, April 11, 2005 | 04:09 PM

The chart below depicts annual growth in mortgage debt as well as real estate assets, and on the right axis shows owners' equity as a percent of real estate assets.

Annual Growth: Mortgage Debt, Real Estate, Owner Equity
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Source: Barrons' Econoday

Since 1980, this ratio has dropped significantly. As debt has risen, owners equity has dropped - despite the increase in Real Estate Values. Barron’s states this means that “consumers have used their wealth to pay for the spending spree of the past several years.” This shows how leveraged the economy has become. Those “counting on a continuation of the boom in real estate prices continuing may be in for a disappointment.”


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It's pure chutzpa that financial wizzes wring their hands because the simple-minded little people are twigging to the financial tools of the trade -- leverage. With rocket science bravado, those brave lads of the diode screen have created a whole unregulated, unmeasured, unmeasurable and uncontrollable universe of financial derivatives which swamp the values of whole governments, yet when Mom and Dad tap into a bit of their wealth, and a bit more as they learn the game and how its played, the scientists bellow that Mom and Pop are going to ruin the universe playing around with their houses. I don't think we can jump to conclusions about the growth of financial methods without considering the growth in the financial education of the participants. It may not be as dismal as presumed or portrayed.

Posted by: john brown | Apr 11, 2005 10:04:11 PM

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