The Song Remains the Same: Credit Crunch Dominates Q2 Research Zeitgeist

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Subprime, Alt-A and Housing Crisis Most Widely Read Research Recap Topics in Quarter

While posts on technology, clean energy and other topics are well-received, the credit crunch still dominates the attention of financial professionals and business leaders

Despite the change in the seasons, the credit crunch and housing crisis remain top of mind to readers of Research Recap. Alacra today revealed the most popular posts in the second quarter for Research Recap, its one-stop research resource for business and financial executives and sophisticated investors.

The post receiving the most attention during the period was a May 23 Standard & Poor’s review of subprime, Alt-A and Prime Jumbo residential mortgage-backed securities indicating the “2007 vintage” will be the worst ever in terms of delinquencies. S&P said the delinquency rate on Alt-A securities, for example, is four times as high as the 2006 vintage was at the same age.

In all, five of the top ten posts and four of the top five focused on the ongoing fallout from the credit crunch. Other topics piquing the interest of Research Recap readers were renewable energy, hedge funds, technology and the future of video.

Research Recap’s most widely read posts for the quarter were:
1. 2007 Worst-Ever Vintage for US Subprime, Alt-A RMBS (Standard & Poors)
2. Alt-A Borrowers Looking More Like Subprime than Prime (Fitch Research)
3. Lenders Slow to Address Florida Mortgage Defaults (Barron’s)
4. Global Junk Bond Default Rate Doubled in First Five Months (Moody’s Investors Service)
5. US In Danger of Losing Top Renewable Energy Ranking (Ernst & Young)
6. Stocks with Questionable Management Integrity Identified (Audit Integrity)
7. Warning Signs Seen in Rising Credit Card Delinquencies (Credit Sights)
8. Bloggers’ Influence on Consumers Continues to Rise (Forrester Research)
9. Role of Hedge Funds in Subprime Crisis Examined (International Monetary Fund)
10. How Video Will Take Over The World (Forrester Research)

“While posts on technology, clean energy and other topics are well-received, the credit crunch still dominates the attention of financial professionals and business leaders,” according to Angus Robertson, Research Recap moderator. “Each time it appears that the scope of the subprime problem has been defined, its effects continue to ripple outwards into areas such as credit card and other consumer loans. Investors increasingly are turning to Research Recap for help in assessing the potential extent of the damage.”

Alacra, Inc., a provider of online business information solutions, launched Research Recap (researchrecap.com) last year to provide readers with an overview of recently released financial and market research, especially research that isn’t receiving widespread media coverage.

Signature features of the blog include Research Zeitgeist, a weekly summary of top posts and hot topics, and regular Research Roundup posts that synthesize research from multiple sources on current topics.

Research Recap welcomes submissions from research publishers for consideration. For further information please contact Mr. Robertson at editor@researchrecap.com.

About Alacra, Inc.
Alacra creates sophisticated online technology and services to help clients find, package and present business information. Financial institutions, professional service firms and other corporations have long used the same content sets to support clients, research deals and investigate market opportunities. The Alacra mission is to package this content and deliver it in a format that best meets each organization’s precise needs.

Worldwide, more than 600 investment and commercial banks, management consulting firms, law firms and other corporations, representing 50,000+ end users worldwide, use Alacra to effectively find and deploy business information in their daily workflow. For more information, visit Alacra.com or call 1.212.363.9620.

Research Recap Moderator Angus Robertson has extensive experience as a financial reporter, editor and manager. He was a senior executive at Knight-Ridder Financial Inc. and oversaw all news and research content at Bridge Information Systems. He was recognized in 2000 by Business News Reporter as one of the Top 100 Business Journalists in America.

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