President Bush met with economic advisers Friday to consider possible stimulus packages, as the Labor Department announced that low hiring in December pushed the U.S. unemployment rate to 5 percent, a two-year high. Continue reading
The Federal Reserve proposed new mortgage regulations Tuesday that would help protect home buyers from shady lending practices following losses suffered in the risky “subprime” home loan category. A Wall Street Journal reporter looks at the recent mortgage crisis and how the new Fed rules may prevent future subprime problems. Continue reading
- How is the Fed to be blamed if financial institutions are reckless and greedy during periods of low interest rates?
Question/Comment: Many commentators have blamed the Fed for the mortgage mess. How is the Fed to be blamed if financial institutions are reckless and greedy during periods of low interest rates? Paul Solman: You’re cheating, Lloyd. This is two e-mails … Continue reading
As home foreclosures reached a record high Thursday, President Bush announced a deal with mortgage lenders to freeze interest rates on some subprime mortgages due to move sharply higher soon. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson discusses the details of the proposal. Continue reading
Question/Comment: As a long time observer of the mortgage market, particularly the subprime segment, I have been anticipating the current economic crunch for some time. Accordingly, I have been keeping a large amount of my savings ($85K) in an FDIC … Continue reading
- When can we expect to break even, or at least recover some of the value that we lost due to the declining real-estate market?
Question/Comment: Everyone mentions all of those unfortunate people who are defaulting on their home loans due to the sluggish economy. Nobody mentions, however, the many hardworking Americans who saved and struggled to buy their dream homes and they are now … Continue reading
In the first half of a two-part conversation, Jim Lehrer talks with former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan about the recent actions of the Federal Reserve, the country’s mortgage crunch and his new book, “The Age of Turbulence.” Continue reading