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Money & CompanySteady as it goes, Federal Reserve policymakers declared in their post-meeting statement Tuesday: They left their benchmark short-term interest rate unchanged in the range of zero to 0.25% and once again pledged to keep it low for an “extended period”...
Company TownHollywood's big movie studios are trying to ensure that there's no future for box-office futures. The Motion Pictures Assn. of America, the lobbying group that represents the six major film studios, has notified the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading...
Money & CompanyInvestors’ appetite for U.S. Treasury securities may have waned, but their hunger for high-yield corporate junk bonds remains robust.Yield is king: If you have it, investors want it -- and nobody’s terribly worried about risk at the moment. That...
Money & CompanyThursday was Day One of the mortgage market’s new life without Federal Reserve assistance. And as was widely expected, the market stood on its own two feet. Benchmark yields on mortgage-backed securities issued and guaranteed by Fannie Mae and Freddie.....
Who owns your home? That seems like a pretty straightforward question. But the answer might not be as clear-cut as you think. A U.S. District Court judge in Cleveland tossed out 14 foreclosure cases Oct. 31 on the grounds that the bank suing to...
The Swampby Frank James The U.S. financial markets really liked the federal takeover of mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The Dow Jones Industrials were up 1.24 percent when last I checked though that was down significantly from its open.......
Tags: Fannie Mae, Federal Reserve, Mortgages, Freddie Mac, White House
The Swampby Frank James Sounds like the talks being held this weekend to save one of Wall Street's most important firms, Lehman Brothers, are disintegrating. Barclays Bank, the giant British financial services company, was in negotiations moderated by the...
The Swampby Frank James We have what may be our first significant Republican sacrifice to the voter gods by Republican presidential nominee John McCain. That would be Securities and Exchange Commission Christopher Cox who, McCain said, bears significant blame...
The Swampby Mark Silva and updated at 8:30 pm The 110-page bailout - the one offering the nation's "clogged'' financial markets a $350-billion purchase of bad mortgage debt and then another $350 billion if Congress buys it again - is ready......
The SwampAssistant Treasury Secretary Neel Kashkari speaks to the Institute of International Bankers Monday. (AP/Haraz N. Ghanbari) by James Oliphant Neel Kashkari has a critical job that didn't even exist a few weeks ago. He's the "assistant secretary for...
The Swampby William Neikirk A major economic stimulus package, including funds to rebuild the nation's infrastructure, is shaping up as one of the top ideas for responding to the worst financial crisis since the 1930s. Asked to name key measures that......
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