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1:00 p.m. Feb. 25, 2021 - By Jacob Passy
Mortgage rates soar to the highest level in nearly six months and 6 million people aren’t eligible for a COVID-19 pause on student-debt payments Thursday's top personal finance stories Thursday's top personal finance storiesThursday's top personal finance stories
7:58 a.m. Feb. 25, 2021 - Barrons.com
TIAA Names JPMorgan Chase's Duckett Its First Woman CEO Thasunda Brown Duckett comes to TIAA from Chase Consumer Banking, where she led a banking network with $800 billion in deposits and nearly 5,000 branches.
6:12 a.m. Feb. 25, 2021 - By Jacob Passy
Borrowers with Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac mortgages can receive up to 18 months of forbearance, regulator saysThe FHFA also amended its separate payment deferral option for homeowners so they can now miss up to 18 months of payments.
12:51 p.m. Feb. 20, 2021 - By Elisabeth Buchwald
A pandemic paradox: Americans' credit scores continue to rise as economy struggles --- here's why'It’s been bizarre with this recession to see credit scores go up.'
9:55 a.m. Feb. 19, 2021 - By Joy Wiltermuth
Wall Street takes fresh steps to kick $200 trillion Libor debt habitEnergy company Enbridge Inc. this week joins the group of borrowers using the alternative Secured Overnight Financing Rate (SOFR) benchmark, marking the first such U.S. financing of its kind outside of the financial sector.
3:20 a.m. Feb. 17, 2021 - Barrons.com
Bitcoin’s Run Doesn’t Make Sense Berkshire Hathaway’s mystery investments are Verizon and Chevron, major winter storm slows U.S. vaccination effort, Epic Games takes Apple battle to Brussels, and other news to start your day.
1:00 a.m. Feb. 17, 2021 - Barrons.com
How Short-Term Treasury Yields Could Go Negative, and What It Means Unless policy makers act, some short-term bill yields could fall below zero in coming weeks, making cash even less attractive.
5:08 a.m. Feb. 16, 2021 - By Jacob Passy
Biden administration extends forbearance and foreclosure protections through JuneCurrently, roughly 5.4% of mortgages across the country are still in forbearance, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association.
3:00 a.m. Feb. 12, 2021 - Barrons.com
What the FHFA’s Forbearance Extension Could Mean for Homeowners and the Housing Market The move could have ripple effects for homeowners and the housing market, experts say.
12:32 p.m. Feb. 10, 2021 - By Elisabeth Buchwald
Borrowers with Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac mortgages can get additional forbearance and Jeff Bezos, Mike Bloomberg and an NBA legend were among America’s biggest donors to charity in 2020 Wednesday’s top personal finance stories Wednesday’s top personal finance stories Wednesday’s top personal finance stories
7:00 a.m. Feb. 10, 2021 - By MarketWatch
Trump’s second impeachment trial kicks off with video of siege, 56-44 vote in favor of its constitutionalityThe second impeachment trial for former President Donald Trump gets going Tuesday with a focus on dramatic footage and the constitutionality of the proceedings.
6:44 a.m. Feb. 10, 2021 - By Jacob Passy
Borrowers with Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac mortgages can get additional forbearance, regulator saysRoughly 3% of mortgages backed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are currently in forbearance.
12:12 p.m. Feb. 9, 2021 - Barrons.com
FHFA Is Giving Mortgage Borrowers a Bigger Breathing Space Borrowers can now be in forbearance, a protection that allows homeowners to pause or reduce payments, for up to 15 months, compared with a year previously.
4:55 a.m. Feb. 9, 2021 - Barrons.com
Covid-19 Homeowner Protections Will Expire Soon. What You Need To Know. With a workforce destabilized by the pandemic, 2.7 million mortgages are in active forbearance plans.
6:15 a.m. Feb. 8, 2021 - By Tomi Kilgore
Zillow stock rises toward a record after upbeat analyst calls ahead of earningsShares of Zillow Group Inc. surged toward another record Monday, after upbeat calls from Wall Street analysts two days before the real estate website reports earnings.
6:48 a.m. Feb. 5, 2021 - Barrons.com
Home-Price Surge Says Inflation Is Real. The Fed Clings to Illusion It Isn’t. Central bank’s purchases of mortgage-backed securities help push down interest rates on home loans, boosting housing tabs and making homes unaffordable for many.
4:42 a.m. Feb. 2, 2021 - By Jacob Passy
Why your Credit Karma score may be higher than your FICO score. 'Most people would seriously be stunned if they knew just how many credit scores there are'It’s a common misconception that you only have one credit score.
9:17 a.m. Jan. 28, 2021 - By Jacob Passy
I have nearly $600,000 in student debt after getting four college degrees. Can I still buy a home?The coronavirus pandemic has complicated the process mortgage lenders use to underwrite home loans for people with student debt.
9:15 a.m. Jan. 28, 2021 - By Jacob Passy
I'm retired and won't live to see my mortgage paid off. Should I refinance to lower my monthly payment?'I need to lower the principal to help me stay in my home, because the cost of living is increasing every year.'
9:31 a.m. Jan. 26, 2021 - By Credible
Mortgage Rates Keep Sinking — Why It Might Be a Good Time to Refinance Your Home NowMortgage refinance rates have reached historic lows, but refinancing your home loan will soon get more expensive.
12:00 a.m. Jan. 22, 2021 - Barrons.com
Podcast: American Online Brokerage Tastytrade Acquired for $1 Billion The most commonly traded class of Fannie Mae’s preferred shares has fallen 40% since mid-November. ARK Investments’ assets grow. And online trading continues to be popular amid the pandemic.
7:31 p.m. Jan. 21, 2021 - By Jacob Passy
Biden administration extends nationwide eviction moratoriumHousing advocates say renters need more help beyond a pause on evictions.
11:47 a.m. Jan. 19, 2021 - Barrons.com
FHFA Extends Foreclosure Moratorium for the Fifth Time. What to Know. The extension was previously set to expire on Jan. 31.
4:49 a.m. Jan. 17, 2021 - By Jacob Passy
Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac can keep future earnings, per agreement between Treasury and regulators ‘Until the Enterprises can raise private capital, they are at risk of failing in the next housing crisis,’ Federal Housing Finance Agency Director Mark Calabria said‘Until the Enterprises can raise private capital, they are at risk of failing in the next housing crisis,’ Federal Housing Finance Agency Director Mark Calabria said, in announcing the agreement.
1:32 p.m. Jan. 14, 2021 - By Jacob Passy
FHFA, Treasury agree to let Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac retain earningsThe Federal Housing Finance Agency and the Treasury Department that will allow Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to keep their earnings for the foreseeable future, until they reach the capital targets needed to exit conservatorship. The agreement was solidified through amendments to the preferred stock purchase agreements held by Treasury. Last year, the two agencies reached an agreement to let the mortgage giants retain up to $25 billion in earnings. Prior to that, all of Fannie and Freddie's earnings were swept to the Treasury Department to repay the federal government for the funds used to bail the two enterprises out. FHFA Director Mark Calabria warned that retained earnings would not be enough to recapitalize Fannie and Freddie, and that without access to private capital they were still at risk of failing in a future housing crisis.
1:31 p.m. Jan. 14, 2021 - By Jacob Passy
FHFA, Treasury agree to let Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac retain earningsThe Federal Housing Finance Agency and the Treasury Department that will allow Fannie Mae [s:FNMA] and Freddie Mac [s:FMCC] to keep their earnings for the foreseeable future, until they reach the capital targets needed to exit conservatorship. The agreement was solidified through amendments to the preferred stock purchase agreements held by Treasury. Last year, the two agencies reached an agreement to let the mortgage giants retain up to $25 billion in earnings. Prior to that, all of Fannie and Freddie's earnings were swept to the Treasury Department to repay the federal government for the funds used to bail the two enterprises out. FHFA Director Mark Calabria warned that retained earnings would not be enough to recapitalize Fannie and Freddie, and that without access to private capital they were still at risk of failing in a future housing crisis.
12:55 p.m. Jan. 10, 2021 - By Jacob Passy
Americans are losing confidence in the housing market as COVID-19 pandemic rages onSellers are growing more hesitant about whether now is a good time to sell, which could hurt home sales in the coming month, a new report suggests.
3:06 a.m. Jan. 8, 2021 - By Jacob Passy
Federal regulators want to overhaul home appraisals --- here's how that could hurt both buyers and sellersA federal financial regulator has sought input on how to modify the appraisal process for loans backed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
1:26 p.m. Jan. 7, 2021 - By Meera Jagannathan
Democratic-controlled Senate could reinstate extra $600 weekly unemployment, and federal regulators want to overhaul home appraisals — here’s how that could hurt both buyers and sellers Thursday’s top personal finance stories Thursday’s top personal finance storiesThursday’s top personal finance stories
3:39 a.m. Jan. 7, 2021 - Barrons.com
Barron’s Daily: Stocks Keep On Rising. Why the Market Doesn’t Care About Washington Chaos. Congress certifies Biden victory after mob storms Capitol, Ossoff wins Georgia race, giving Democrats control of Senate, NYSE will go ahead with delisting Chinese telecoms, and other news to start your day.
5:59 a.m. Dec. 27, 2020 - By Jillian Berman
As stimulus bill stalls, eviction protection and other financial relief set to expire Dec. 31Many programs keeping struggling Americans afloat, including unemployment benefits for gig workers, are due to end soon.
4:55 a.m. Dec. 19, 2020 - Barrons.com
Lending Rules Change Could Make Getting a Qualified Mortgage Easier for Some The new rules do away with a requirement that private lenders cap a potential borrower’s maximum debt at 43% of their income.
1:32 p.m. Dec. 16, 2020 - Barrons.com
The Fed Stays the Course. Don’t Expect It to End Its Massive Asset Support Anytime Soon. The Federal Reserve’s overall securities purchases have been a big factor in lifting stock valuations.
12:07 p.m. Dec. 15, 2020 - By Elisabeth Buchwald
More people are feeling guilty about making this financial request during the pandemic and here’s when most Americans will be able to get a COVID-19 vaccine Tuesday’s top personal finance stories Tuesday’s top personal finance stories Tuesday’s top personal finance stories
6:32 a.m. Dec. 15, 2020 - By Andrew Ackerman
Trump administration likely to keep Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in conservatorship, Mnuchin suggests ‘We’re going to not do anything that jeopardizes taxpayers and puts them at additional risk,’ the Treasury Secretary told The Wall Street Journal in an exclusive interview.‘We’re going to not do anything that jeopardizes taxpayers and puts them at additional risk,’ the Treasury Secretary told The Wall Street Journal in an exclusive interview.
6:45 a.m. Dec. 10, 2020 - By Jacob Passy
With mortgage rates at all-time lows, an estimated 19 million homeowners could benefit from refinancingStrong demand for mortgages has kept interest rates higher than would normally be expected.
10:30 a.m. Dec. 9, 2020 - Barrons.com
Accidents Happen in Economic Firefighting. That’s Why We Need Accountability. The Supreme Court heard arguments today in a case about the takeover of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. At stake: Whether the government can be held fully accountable for its emergency decisions.
5:03 a.m. Dec. 8, 2020 - MarketWatch.com
Fannie and Freddie are helping American homeowners during the COVID recession --- so why reprivatize now?The mortgage giants are stimulating the economy by keeping home loans flowing --- something the private sector didn't do during the 2008 financial crisis.
6:38 a.m. Dec. 4, 2020 - By Jacob Passy
'It is just a road that could take several years.’ Prospects for a quick privatization of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac dim following Mnuchin commentsIn an appearance on Capitol Hill this week, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin emphasized that Fannie and Freddie should have ‘appropriate capital’ before ending government control.
2:00 p.m. Dec. 2, 2020 - Barrons.com
FHFA Extends Foreclosure Moratorium to Jan. 31 The Federal Housing Finance Agency has extended its moratoriums on single-family foreclosures and evictions until Jan. 31, 2021, at the earliest, the agency announced Wednesday.
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