Posts Tagged ‘housing market’


The Fed’s QE3 and the Bank-Stock Connection

The Federal Reserve’s third round of Quantitative Easing, that massive stimulus program intended to boost the economy in the years following the housing collapse of 2008, officially ended in October 2014. But as the dust settles, some financial experts point out that it may have been banks and stocks that benefited most. The much-publicized housing […]

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Can Big Banks Be Trusted With Pensions?

The biggest players in the US banking industry have been on the hot seat ever since the housing collapse of 2008 exposed a number of misleading, predatory and downright illegal practices perpetrated both at home and abroad. Now, as another round of penalties come down on five of the country’s leading financial institutions, one senator […]

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Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac: Still On Top in Home Loans?

Ever since the great housing collapse of 2008, legislators and regulators have tried to scale back – or even eliminate – federal mortgage megalenders Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. But as new regulations n private lenders, the agencies everyone loves to hate just keep on ticking. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac collectively account for the […]

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Does Housing Drive Income Inequality?

The widening gap between the wealthy and – well, everyone else in America has occupied news headlines since the housing collapse of a few years ago. As the famous one percent gets richer and the other 99 do not, a new theory suggests that income inequality is really about housing inequality. Income inequality isn’t new. […]

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The US: World’s #1 Tax Haven?

The phrase “tax haven: conjures up images of shady money being squirreled away in chilly Swiss banks or sunny tropical ones –a way for businesses and people to hide their dealings from the authorities at home. Switzerland and the Cayman Islands top the list of the world’s best-known – or most notorious – tax havens, […]

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Virtual Reality Tecnology: Big Changes for Business?

No more real estate agents? No more brokers and financial advisers and money managers? Those jobs and many others could be obsolete in the next five years, thanks to advances in digital technology that put many of their functions into the hands f users who can take full control of a range of financial transactions […]

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Millennial Entrepreneurs Change the Economic Game

Millennials get a lot of press lately – most of it bad. This generation of new and recent college grads keeps on making headlines for its staggering student loan debt, problems fitting into the working world, and lack of interest in traditional “adult” goals. But many Millennials are turning those very negatives into positives, with […]

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What’s Ahead for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac?

Fannie and Freddie are still headed for the chopping block. The demise of those venerable home loan agencies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac might not seem to matter to anyone who’s not looking to buy a house. But some market watchers worry that the dismantling of the nation’s biggest mortgage backers could push the entire […]

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Students Strike Against Loan Debt

The much-discussed US student loan debt load has hit $1.2 trillion, and in spite of government-sponsored debt forgiveness and other measures, it isn’t likely to shrink. Now, a group of students is taking matters into their own hands by simply refusing to pay off loans they claim is predatory and excessive. The Corinthian 15, as […]

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Deflation and Oil Prices: Should Investors Worry?

Oil prices are falling, dropping below $200 USD for a barrel of crude. And while that makes US consumers happy, the tumble in prices is fueling worries of a looming round of deflation that could ripple throughout the economy and trigger another round of intervention by the Federal Reserve. Because petroleum products play an enormous […]

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Interest Rates: Trends for 2015?

With every new year comes a round of predictions about the financial future. This year, as in many others, the fate of interest rates in 2015 and beyond is the subject of speculation, most of it pessimistic. Financial experts and economists are once again predicting that US interest rates will soar in the coming months. […]

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Solar Energy: Changing the Balance of Power

The sun is rising on solar energy. After a long stint on the fringes of the alternative energy movement, solar power is hitting the mainstream – and giving conventional utility providers a run for their money. Solar energy was once the darling of the well off environmentally conscious homeowners who could afford to outfit their […]

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Is the Fed Finally Ending the Stimulus?

Is it curtains for QE3? The Federal Reserve has announced that Quantitative Easing, round three, better known as QE3, is coming to an end – although key interest rates won’t rise until mid-2015. The end of the stimulus also marks the end of a massive experiment in government intervention that sparked debate both at home […]

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Lower Credit Standards: Economic Boost or Bust?

We’ve always been told that success depends on setting high standards. Lowering your standards, so the conventional wisdom goes, leads to accepting low quality and ultimately bad outcomes. But in a bid to offset a sluggish recovery, the US government is advocating just that, with proposals on several fronts to lower borrowing standards to make […]

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The Fed’s Stimulus Strategy: Silencing Skeptics?

In the end, did hard easing work? That contradictory term for Qualitative Easing version 3, the Federal Reserve’s controversial and much disputed stimulus plan, has been in the news and on the minds of economists and financial advisers since it was conceived in 2012 as the latest attempt to boost the nation’s economic recovery. From […]

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FICO Score Changes: A Boost For Risky Borrowers?

Fair Isaac is changing his game. And that has some financial experts worried. The nation’s premier credit scoring agency, the Fair Isaac Company, has come to an agreement with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to change the way credit scores are calculated. It’s a move that could boost lower end scores by 25 points or […]

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Can Living Wills Prevent Another Banking Collapse?

People make living wills – and now, so do banks. To prevent a major financial meltdown like the one that hit the country in 2008, major US banks are now required to create a contingency plan for failure and submit it to government regulators. But because those regulators haven’t been monitoring those “living wills,” the […]

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Who is the Fed and What Is It Doing With Your Money?

The Fed, aka the Federal Reserve, has been making more headlines since the housing collapse of a few years ago than at any time in its history, thanks largely to its ongoing but fading stimulus program aimed at keeping interest rates low. But the Fed does far more than that. Like a puppet master in […]

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Not a Student? Student Loan Debt Still Hits Home

You’re not a college student. You don’t have a child in college. But the escalating crisis of student loan debt still affects you, in ways large and small. In the spring of 2014 the total student debt load in the US had reached $1.1 trillion – and that burden of debt is stifling entrepreneurship, threatening […]

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The Future May Be Brighter Than You Thought: Here’s Why

In a world of shrinking resources and stagnant salaries, it’s easy to believe we’re living in bad times with no hope of a recovery. But a look at the bigger picture, as revealed in a new book based on research from all over the world, suggests that we’re living in a time of unprecedented abundance […]

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