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    West Des Moines Taking Large Hit...

    http://finance.yahoo.com/real-estate...nancial-Crisis

    Saw a picture of Des Moines show up on yahoo.com news just now, and decided to click on it.

    Thought it would be of interest. Sounds like West Des Moines will be taking a large hit due to the struggling economy.

    It is #4 on the list of the 10 that will feel the most impact.



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    Re: West Des Moines Taking Large Hit...

    Saw that too. Of coures they said West Des Moines and showed a picture of Des Moines.


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    Re: West Des Moines Taking Large Hit...

    I could be wrong, but it seems that they based that on the number or percentage of financial or insurance jobs, which doesn't necessarily measure the health of the companies involved.



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    Re: West Des Moines Taking Large Hit...

    The major companies in W Des Moines should make it through this. Wells Fargo, Citibank, Principal should all survive this. Actually they are the ones that will probably benefit from the federal buyout. I think thiese companies will slump for a few years but they will not fail.



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    Re: West Des Moines Taking Large Hit...

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclonepride View Post
    I could be wrong, but it seems that they based that on the number or percentage of financial or insurance jobs, which doesn't necessarily measure the health of the companies involved.
    You are correct the article said it was based on the % of finance & ins industry jobs - it did not even attempt to determine what companies were in those locations. WDM is fine, Wells Fargo is one of the strongest banks in the US and if Wells buys someone like Wachovia they could possibly gain jobs. Wells may stand pat and not jump into the purchase frenzy like BofA - Wells only buys when its a very good deal for themselves.



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    Re: West Des Moines Taking Large Hit...

    Most of the banks that employ a lot in Des Moines are ones that probaly did things the right way.


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    Re: West Des Moines Taking Large Hit...

    It depends how deep this thing goes. I think the bailout will only slow it down. What no one realizes about the bailout is that these banks will get all that bad debt off their books, but there will not be liquidity overnight.

    Lending HAS to tighten up.

    I do think West Des Moines has some more correction coming in housing prices as well.



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    Re: West Des Moines Taking Large Hit...

    Wells Fargo is in great shape. I think the Des Moines metro is going to come out of this in excellent shape as well.

    While lending across the board may tighten up a bit, we are seeing commercial banks with sound financials come out of this well. They are doing the buying, not being bought.


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    Re: West Des Moines Taking Large Hit...

    Wells Fargo will be fine in just about any economic situation simply because it's so diversified across many different levels and not focused solely on finance or banking.



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    Re: West Des Moines Taking Large Hit...

    Quote Originally Posted by kingcy View Post
    Most of the banks that employ a lot in Des Moines are ones that probaly did things the right way.
    This is MUCH bigger than just "banks".



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    Re: West Des Moines Taking Large Hit...

    IMO

    Principal=Fine
    WF=I've heard fine. They must have changed because when I was there they had a lot of Mortgages and 2nd's that were ugly.
    CITI-From what I've seen and heard bad

    The other one that people forget about is Aviva. From everything I've heard, they are a good company with their HQ in London.



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    Re: West Des Moines Taking Large Hit...

    I wouldn't be too quick to say that wells fargo is safe from all of this. The could end up taking a big hit.



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    Re: West Des Moines Taking Large Hit...

    Citi must not be doing too bad - its acquisition of Wachovia was announced this morning.


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    Re: West Des Moines Taking Large Hit...

    Quote Originally Posted by djkent01 View Post
    Citi must not be doing too bad - its acquisition of Wachovia was announced this morning.
    It will remain to be seen if this was a wise move by them.



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    Re: West Des Moines Taking Large Hit...

    Aviva (at least until 2009/2010), Principal, and Wells Fargo Financial are all headquartered in Des Moines, not W Des Moines. Wells Fargo Mortgage as well as other smaller financial services companies are headquartered in W DSM.
    I wonder if the article meant to really talk about Des Moines metro, and not just W DSM?

    If is didn't, then referring to companies headquartered in Des Moines seem a bit irrelevant to the prediction.



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