Posts Tagged ‘mortgage lending’


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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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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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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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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Do Borrowers Need Banks?

Banks are an essential part of the financial landscape – or at least, they’d like you to think so. But are they? New banking alternatives may be making the traditional bank loan a thing of the past. The traditional banking model has been around for centuries, supersized to today’s massive institutions like Bank of America, […]

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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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Bitcoin For Real Estate: A New Frontier

In spite of outcry from government banks and cyberpolice worried about connections to Internet crime, the Bitcoin just keeps on trucking, with more and more sellers accepting the digital currency. But the growing use of Bitcoin for buying real estate is raising concerns about the digital coin’s staying power and stability. Bitcoin’s splashy entrance into […]

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The Stimulus Fades, But Interest Rates Stay Low

The ongoing draw down of the Federal Reserve’s Quantitative Easing plan is in full swing, with another $10 billion slashed from the buyout budget every couple of months. According to predictions, that should cause interest rates to jump. But despite the fading of the Fed’s artificial manipulation, those rates are hovering close to the historically […]

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Is a College Degree Worth the Cost?

It’s often said that there are lies, damn lies and statistics – a pithy way to remind us that although numbers may not lie, they may paint a distorted picture of a larger reality. Case in point: a recent Economic Policy Institute study which claims that college graduates earn nearly one hundred percent ore than […]

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America’s Getting Younger – And Making Changes

Move over, baby boomers. The younger generation is taking over – at least in terms of population. The latest US Census Bureau stats reveal that the much-analyzed baby boomers, those people born between 1947 and 1960 or so, are no longer the country’s biggest demographic. They’ve been replaced by a much younger cohort of people […]

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Yes, You Need a Personal Brand

Brands aren’t just for cattle or cans of soup anymore. Whether you’re a job applicant, entrepreneur or professional in virtually any field, you need a way to stand out from the crowd in this increasingly busy digital world. That’s why marketing experts and coaches recommend cultivating a personal brand – and cultivating that kind of […]

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In a Soft Economy, Wary Buyers Look, But Don’t Leap

The US economy has come a long way since the historic housing collapse of 2008. But a relatively flat employment picture and tighter lending standards may be slowing that recovery down. Case in point: the rebounding housing market, where would be buyers are increasingly browsing, but not committing to a purchase. After a promising year […]

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Renting: The New American Dream?

Owning a home, with or without a white picket fence, has always been a cherished part of the “American Dream” of stability and security. But in the world after the great housing collapse, for many people renting may be a more sensible option than buying a home. And that’s a different kind of dream that […]

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Mixed Messages on Housing Shadow Economic Recovery

Is the housing market in recovery? Or decline? It depends on who you ask – and when. New figures suggest that the much-touted housing recovery may have flattened after a promising surge in 2013 – a trend that, if true, has significant consequences for the health of the economy as a whole. But the housing […]

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