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  • Fri, Oct 10 2014
  • 2:56 PM » J.P. Morgan's Dimon: Regulators close to solving too-big-to-fail
    Published Fri, Oct 10 2014 2:56 PM by Market Watch
    WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) - Regulators are close to solving the problem of too-big-to-fail financial institutions, said J.P. Morgan Chase & Co chairman and CEO Jamie Dimon on Friday. At a forum sponsored by the Institute of International Finance, Dimon and Brian Moynihan, the chairman and CEO of Bank of America, said they expected regulators to next turn their attention to the growing shadow banking sector.
  • 12:55 PM » Wells Fargo worker asks CEO for raise in mass email, which goes viral
    Published Fri, Oct 10 2014 12:55 PM by CNN
    A Wells Fargo employee asked CEO John Stumpf for a $10,000 raise in an email, that has gone viral.
  • 12:55 PM » D.C. region's housing market continues to meander along
    Published Fri, Oct 10 2014 12:55 PM by Washington Post
    All year, those who pay attention to the housing market in the D.C. region have been waiting for it to do something - anything - but it has stubbornly refused. Instead, it just meanders along, seemingly unaffected by low mortgage rates or economic data or Warren Buffet pronouncements . Read full article >>
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    Source: Washington Post
  • 12:54 PM » Email alias of former Fed chair Bernanke comes out in AIG trial
    Published Fri, Oct 10 2014 12:54 PM by Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Of all the key government players involved in saving the U.S. economy from collapse back in the autumn of 2008, Edward Quince has hardly earned a mention.
  • 12:53 PM » Bernanke Tells Judge He Wasn't Looking to Punish AIG
    Published Fri, Oct 10 2014 12:53 PM by Bloomberg
    Bernanke Tells Judge He Wasn't Looking to Punish AIG Bloomberg Former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said he wasn't looking to punish American International Group Inc. for mismanagement when the board of governors authorized an emergency loan to the distressed insurer at a steep interest rate in 2008.
  • 12:52 PM » Clouds gather but is a correction in the forecast?
    Published Fri, Oct 10 2014 12:52 PM by CNBC
    The S&P 500 Index is at a two-month low. How real is the main concern, which is slowing global growth?
  • 9:46 AM » Fed's Plosser: Ditch the dates and focus on the data
    Published Fri, Oct 10 2014 9:46 AM by CNBC
    The Fed should ditch all references to dates in its policy statement and base decisions on economic data, a top Fed policymaker said on Friday.
  • 9:08 AM » European banks' health check results due on October 26
    Published Fri, Oct 10 2014 9:08 AM by Reuters
    FRANKFURT/LONDON (Reuters) - The results of Europe's most comprehensive review of banks' health will be released on Oct. 26, the European Central Bank and the European Banking Authority said on Friday, which will give the clearest picture yet of the state of the sector.
  • 8:17 AM » Fed's ‘Reverse Repo' Tool Catches Republican Criticism
    Published Fri, Oct 10 2014 8:17 AM by WSJ
    Two senior House Republicans are criticizing the Federal Reserve's new tool for influencing interest rates, saying it "injects needless uncertainty and volatility" into financial markets and questioning the central bank's legal authority for employing it.
  • 8:16 AM » CFPB Updates Mortgage Rules Readiness Guide to Cover TILA-RESPA Integrated Mortgage Disclosure Rule
    Published Fri, Oct 10 2014 8:16 AM by
    Marc Patterson The CFPB has released Version 3.0 of its “2014 CFPB Dodd-Frank Mortgage Rules Readiness Guide.” The Guide, originally issued in July 2013, now contains changes to the final rules issued through August 1, 2014. The updated Guide includes the TILA-RESPA Integrated Mortgage Disclosures Rule that takes effect in August 2015. According to the CFPB, the... More >
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  • 8:01 AM » Futures retreat, on track to end week sharply lower
    Published Fri, Oct 10 2014 8:01 AM by Reuters
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures were lower on Friday, suggesting major indexes could be on track for one of their worst weeks in years, as Thursday's decline on global growth concerns looked likely to be extended.
  • Thu, Oct 9 2014
  • 9:15 PM » Lawler: Comments on Pending Home Sales and All Cash Purchases
    Published Thu, Oct 09 2014 9:15 PM by Calculated Risk Blog
    A couple of notes today from housing economist Tom Lawler: NAR on Pending Home Sales Index in the West --- We Know Already In one of last week's reports I highlighted how the National Association of Realtors' Pending Home Sales Index for the West region (not seasonally adjusted) was inconsistent both with the pattern of closed sales in the West and with local realtor/MLS reports from that region.  It turns out that the NAR is "aware of the fact that (their) pending data in the West does not look correct," and they are going through their records to see if they can figure out why. The NAR argues, however, that the YOY trend changes look fine, and "line up" better with other reported data.  From my perspective, if the underlying, unadjusted data are wrong, I'd be leery of the YOY trends as well. As such, analysts are cautioned not to place much weight in the PHSI until the NAR fixes the underlying data. HMDA Data on Mortgage Originations Suggest All-Cash Share Peaked in 2011 HMDA data show that the number of purchase mortgage originations by HMDA reporters in 2013 was up 13.6% from 2012. HMDA purchase mortgage originations in 2012 were up 13.1% from 2011. In both years the percentage increase in the number of purchase mortgage originations modestly exceeded the percentage increase in estimated total home sales. That was in stark contrast to the previous six years, when the number of purchase mortgage originations fell relative to the estimated number of home sales - with especially steep relative declines from 2008 to 2011. These data suggest that the "all-cash" share of home sales hit an annual high in 2011, but still remained unusually high last year.
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    Source: Calculated Risk Blog
  • 9:12 PM » CNBC: Here's why the mortgage refi boom is over
    Published Thu, Oct 09 2014 9:12 PM by CNBC
    Despite lower interest rates, the boom in mortgage refinancings is over, largely because homeowners who could save have already refinanced.
  • 9:11 PM » World markets set for a fraught Friday
    Published Thu, Oct 09 2014 9:11 PM by CNBC
    The world's stock markets are poised for another roller-coaster day after U.S. stocks erased all and more of the previous day's rally.
  • 3:20 PM » Freddie Mac Expands Into Small Apartment Mortgages
    Published Thu, Oct 09 2014 3:20 PM by Bloomberg
    Freddie Mac Expands Into Small Apartment Mortgages Bloomberg Freddie Mac is building a business to originate small apartment loans, between $1 million and $5 million, as part of its mandate to support affordable housing. The average loan will be about $2.5 million, the McLean, Virginia-based company said today in a ...
  • 3:17 PM » Former Fed Chair Bernanke takes stand in AIG bailout trial
    Published Thu, Oct 09 2014 3:17 PM by Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke took the stand on Thursday to defend the U.S. government's bailout of American International Group in 2008, in a fourth day of testimony by former top government officials looking to convince a federal judge that the rescue of the insurance company was legal.
  • 3:16 PM » The Wall Street Journal: State attorneys general weight group to examine JP Morgan data breach
    Published Thu, Oct 09 2014 3:16 PM by Market Watch
    AGs from California, Rhode Island, Connecticut and Illinois to review whether the bank followed state disclosure laws.
  • 2:20 PM » Meet Edward Quince, the Secret Federal Reserve Chairman in 2008
    Published Thu, Oct 09 2014 2:20 PM by WSJ
    Edward Quince was arguably the most powerful person in the world in the fall of 2008, with the fate of financial markets resting on his high-stakes decisions at the Federal Reserve. It turns out he didn't actually exist.
  • 2:19 PM » A Victory for a Fairer Housing Market
    Published Thu, Oct 09 2014 2:19 PM by
    When we hear that a mother is on maternity leave, most of us smile and realize it's a special time in that family's life. But what HUD has found is that often banks hear something else-they hear something that in a steady stream of cases has led lenders to deny, stall or question the home […]
  • 2:19 PM » WSJ Survey: Most Economists Confident in Fed's Exit Tools
    Published Thu, Oct 09 2014 2:19 PM by WSJ
    Most economists surveyed by the Wall Street Journal are comfortable with the Federal Reserve's toolkit for eventually raising interest rates.
  • 2:19 PM » Housing: Appears Inventory build is Slowing in Previous Distressed Markets
    Published Thu, Oct 09 2014 2:19 PM by Calculated Risk Blog
    Watching existing home "for sale" inventory is very helpful. As an example, the increase in inventory in late 2005 helped me call the top for housing. And the decrease in inventory eventually helped me correctly call the bottom for house prices in early 2012, see: The Housing Bottom is Here . And at the beginning of this year I argued house price increases would slow in 2014 because of the increase in inventory. I don't have a crystal ball, but watching inventory helps understand the housing market.   If inventory kept increasing rapidly in certain markets, then we would eventually see price declines.  However it now appears the inventory build is slowing in some former distressed markets.   The table below shows the year-over-year change for non-contingent inventory in Las Vegas, Phoenix and Sacramento (September not available yet).  Inventory declined sharply through early 2013, and then inventory started increasing sharply year-over-year. It now appears the inventory build is slowing in these markets. This makes sense.  Prices increased rapidly in these markets in 2012 and 2013 (bouncing off the bottom with low inventory).  Higher prices attracted more people to list their homes.  But now that prices have flattened out - and there is plenty of inventory - potential sellers aren't as motivated to list their homes.  Unlike following the housing bubble, most of these potential sellers probably don't need to sell, so listings will not grow to the moon! I still expect overall inventory to continue to increase, but this is something to watch. Year-over-year Change in Active Inventory Month Las Vegas Phoenix Sacramento Jan-13 -58.3% -11.7% -61.1% Feb-13 -53.4% -8.5% -51.1% Mar-13 -42.1% -5.2% -37.8% Apr-13 -24.1% -4.9% -10.3% May-13 -13.2% -2.1% 5.3% Jun-13 3.7% -1.6% 18.3% Jul-13 9.0% -1.6% 54.3% Aug-13 41.1% 2.4% 46.8% Sep-13 60.5% 7.8% 77.3% Oct-13 73.4% 15.7% 93.2% Nov-13 77...
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    Source: Calculated Risk Blog
  • 2:18 PM » Supreme Court of Delaware Upholds Validity of MERS' Assignee
    Published Thu, Oct 09 2014 2:18 PM by MERS
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Janis Smith Phone: 703-738-0230 Email: Reston, Virginia, October 9, 2014 -MERSCORP Holdings, Inc. today announced that the Delaware Supreme Court issued an order affirming a foreclosure judgment for BAC Home Loan Servicing, LP and in doing so finds that the assignment of mortgage executed by MERS complies with Delaware law. In Albertson v. BAC Home Loan Servicing, LP , the plaintiff borrowers alleged that the assignment of their mortgage from MERS to BAC was invalid. In the Supreme Court's order, Justice Henry DuPont Ridgely held that the Court would "assume without deciding that the Albertsons had standing to challenge the assignment at issue" because regardless of standing, the Albertsons' claims regarding the assignment "lacked merit." The assignment by MERS complied with the requirements of Delaware law to have one creditable witness and was notarized. The Court found that the record indicates that "MERS was properly designated as the assignor of the mortgage, and [] BAC assumed the authority to enforce the mortgage upon the execution of the assignment." "We are pleased that the Supreme Court of Delaware has affirmed the lower court's findings and upheld the validity of the MERS assignment," said MERSCORP Holdings Vice President for Corporate Communications, Janis Smith. For descriptions of cases and other materials pertaining to MERS' business model and role in U.S. housing, please visit . ### MERSCORP Holdings, Inc. is a privately held corporation that owns and manages the MERS® System and all other MERS® products. It is a member-based organization made up of thousands of lenders, servicers, sub-servicers, investors and government institutions. Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. (MERS) serves as the mortgagee in the land records for loans registered on the MERS® System, and is a nominee (or agent) for the owner of...
  • 2:14 PM » Obamacare could delay a Fed rate hike
    Published Thu, Oct 09 2014 2:14 PM by CNBC
    Obamacare and the tax hit some may face next year could delay a rate hike by the Fed, says ex-Treasury official Stephen Myrow. Here's why.
  • 2:13 PM » Fed's Tarullo: New bank rule stricter
    Published Thu, Oct 09 2014 2:13 PM by CNBC
    Fed Governor Tarullo said a new rule for big banks will will be stricter on long-term debt, Dow Jones reported.
  • 2:09 PM » Fed Fischer: Rate hike likely somewhere in middle of 2015
    Published Thu, Oct 09 2014 2:09 PM by Market Watch
    WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) - The Federal Reserve is likely to hike rates somewhere in the middle of next year but the timing depends on the data, said Stanley Fischer, the Fed's vice chairman, on Thursday. "Capital markets have it more or less right," Fischer said during a question and answer session on the sidelines of the International Monetary Fund annual meeting. Fischer said he didn't like the phrase "liftoff" for the first hike because it suggested rates would rocket higher and the Fed may move relatively slowly. But in the end, he stressed that the path of rates would depend on the economy. Asked for his definition of the Fed's "considerable time" guidance, Fischer joked "sometime between 2 months and a year."
  • 11:17 AM » ECB's Draghi says expects lending to pick up soon in 2015
    Published Thu, Oct 09 2014 11:17 AM by Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - European Central Bank President Mario Draghi said on Thursday he expects bank lending, a key impediment to growth in the euro zone at the moment, to pick up early next year.
  • 11:17 AM » Janus's Gross: The global economy is slowing down
    Published Thu, Oct 09 2014 11:17 AM by CNBC
    This is a breaking news story.
  • 11:17 AM » Germany's Schaeuble says fiscal stimulus can't fix Europe
    Published Thu, Oct 09 2014 11:17 AM by Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said on Thursday the euro zone's weak growth could not be fixed by more fiscal stimulus and dismissed the prospect of recession for Europe's biggest economy.
  • 10:10 AM » Bond Report: 10-year Treasury yield touches fresh 16-month low
    Published Thu, Oct 09 2014 10:10 AM by Market Watch
    Treasury prices gain, sending benchmark yields to a fresh 16-month low.
  • 10:04 AM » Jobless claims fall, as labor market shows muscle
    Published Thu, Oct 09 2014 10:04 AM by CNBC
    The number of new claims for unemployment benefits fell last week to nearly its lowest level since before the 2007-09 recession.
  • 10:04 AM » San Francisco housing: Time for a correction?
    Published Thu, Oct 09 2014 10:04 AM by CNBC
    San Francisco's housing market may see a slight dip but limited supply and the tech economy continue to bolster the region.
  • 10:00 AM » The ECB and the Eurozone: A Conversation with Mario Draghi
    Published Thu, Oct 09 2014 10:00 AM by
    Event Information October 9, 2014 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT Falk Auditorium The Brookings Institution 1775 Massachusetts Ave., NW Washington, DC This event has reached capacity and registration to attend is now closed. Media may contact  DJ Nordquist  for more information.  The European Central Bank has been at the center of an economic, financial and political storm in the eurozone, the union of 18 (soon to be 19) sovereign nations that share a common currency and which still suffers from high unemployment, slow growth, and inflation below the ECB's target. Its President, Mario Draghi, has on numerous occasions taken initiatives that have come to frame and define the policy debate in Europe, as he did with his recent address in Jackson Hole. How much more can monetary policy achieve in Europe? What lessons have been learned from this extraordinary period? Can the world's central banks do better at maintaining financial stability than they have in the recent past? On October 9, the Hutchins Center on Fiscal and Monetary Policy at Brookings will host a presentation by the ECB President Mario Draghi on the latest developments in Europe and in global central banking. His remarks will be followed by a conversation between Mr. Draghi and Stanley Fischer, vice chair of the Federal Reserve Board. After the discussion, both officials will take audience questions. The event will be live webcast.   Join the conversation on Twitter at #HutchinsECB                
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  • 8:12 AM » New York Fed Needed a Culture Change, Columbia Professor Says
    Published Thu, Oct 09 2014 8:12 AM by WSJ
    Watch Jon Hilsenrath interview Columbia professor David Beim about the culture of Wall Street and its regulators and read excerpts from the interview.
  • 8:09 AM » Home Equity Lending Surges in U.S. to Five-Year High
    Published Thu, Oct 09 2014 8:09 AM by Bloomberg
    Home Equity Lending Surges in U.S. to Five-Year High Bloomberg The 1960 Ray Charles lyric -- "Them that's got are them that gets" -- rings true today in the U.S. mortgage market. Lenders increased their origination of home equity lines of credit, or Helocs, by 21 percent in the 12 months ending in June, data firm RealtyTrac ... and more »
  • 8:08 AM » Banks Face Basel Clampdown on Risk-Model Variation
    Published Thu, Oct 09 2014 8:08 AM by Bloomberg
    Banks Face Basel Clampdown on Risk-Model Variation Bloomberg Global regulators are preparing to narrow banks' options for assessing credit risk in a bid to prevent the understatement of possible losses. The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision will publish a report by early November on "excessive" variability in the ...
  • 8:08 AM » U.S. Index Futures Rise After S&P 500's Biggest 2014 Gain
    Published Thu, Oct 09 2014 8:08 AM by Bloomberg
    U.S. Index Futures Rise After S&P 500's Biggest 2014 Gain Bloomberg U.S. stock-index futures rallied, indicating the Standard & Poor's 500 Index will rise for a second day after jumping the most in a year. Futures on the S&P 500 expiring in December added 0.3 percent to 1,967.9 at 9:08 a.m. in London. The Federal Reserve's ... and more »
  • 8:07 AM » Student loans double over the last two decades
    Published Thu, Oct 09 2014 8:07 AM by Market Watch
    American students borrow twice as much as they did two decades ago and the total student debt mountain has increased fourfold over that period.
  • 8:07 AM » Taper Tantrum Erased With Mortgage Yields at 16-Month Low
    Published Thu, Oct 09 2014 8:07 AM by Bloomberg
    Taper Tantrum Erased With Mortgage Yields at 16-Month Low Bloomberg In the market for U.S. mortgage bonds, it's almost as if the turmoil that became known as the taper tantrum never happened. Yields on government-backed securities that guide home-loan rates have dropped to the lowest in 16 months, erasing most of the ...
  • 8:07 AM » JPMorgan Hackers Said to Probe 13 Financial Firms
    Published Thu, Oct 09 2014 8:07 AM by Bloomberg
    JPMorgan Hackers Said to Probe 13 Financial Firms Bloomberg The hackers who raided the data banks of JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM) used computers now linked to possible attacks on at least 13 more financial companies, according to a person familiar with the investigation. More than a month after the JPMorgan hack ... and more »
  • 8:06 AM » Citi to return $16M in overcharged fees
    Published Thu, Oct 09 2014 8:06 AM by CNBC
    A unit of Citigroup has agreed to reimburse about $16 million to more than 31,000 customers, who were overcharged for fees, the New York AG said.
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