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  • Fri, Dec 14 2012
  • 3:37 PM » Bank of America CEO Moynihan: Don't be quick to ditch Fannie and Freddie
    Published Fri, Dec 14 2012 3:37 PM by Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Bank of America Chief Executive Brian Moynihan on Friday said the taxpayer-supported mortgage giants, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac , should not be eliminated as policymakers calibrate the right balance of government support for home buying.
  • 3:35 PM » Texas Counties Denied Class Status in Merscorp Fee Suit
    Published Fri, Dec 14 2012 3:35 PM by Bloomberg
    Texas Counties Denied Class Status in Merscorp Fee Suit Bloomberg A federal judge denied a request by Texas counties to proceed as a class in a lawsuit accusing mortgage registry Merscorp Inc. of shortchanging them on filing fees. Merscorp contended "that Texas law does not permit a class consisting of all Texas counties" ...
  • 3:34 PM » CNBC Transcript: CNBC's Diana Olick Speaks with Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan Today
    Published Fri, Dec 14 2012 3:34 PM by CNBC
    CNBC Exclusive: CNBC Transcript: CNBC's Diana Olick Speaks with Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan Today
  • 10:54 AM » To Buy or Not to Buy? The Changing Relationship between Manhattan Rents and Home Prices
    Published Fri, Dec 14 2012 10:54 AM by NY Fed
    Jason Bram. To Buy or Not to Buy? The Changing Relationship between Manhattan Rents and Home Prices. Federal Reserve Bank of New York Current Issues in Economics and Finance, Volume 18, Number 9, October 2012.
  • 10:53 AM » The Future of Homeownership in the United States Featuring Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan
    Published Fri, Dec 14 2012 10:53 AM by webfeeds.brookings.edu
    Event Information December 14, 2012 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM EST Falk Auditorium Brookings Institution 1775 Massachusetts Avenue NW Washington, DC 20036 Register for the Event Homeownership has long been synonymous with achieving the “American Dream.” Yet the collapse several years ago of the housing market calls for homeowners, lenders, and the federal government to re-evaluate their expectations and roles to meet the goal of long-term stability, soundness, and fairness in homeownership. On December 14,  the Economic Studies program at Brookings will host a discussion with Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan, followed by a panel discussion of industry and policy experts. The discussion will focus on the benefits and costs of homeownership and the appropriate role of lenders, investors and government policies, such as tax incentives and housing finance subsidies, to achieve this goal. After the program, the speakers will take audience questions. Interested participants can follow the conversation on Twitter using hashtag #housingfuture.
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    Source: webfeeds.brookings.edu
  • 10:45 AM » U.S. Must Reset Housing Expectations Moynihan Says
    Published Fri, Dec 14 2012 10:45 AM by Bloomberg
    U.S. Must Reset Housing Expectations Moynihan Says Bloomberg Brian T. Moynihan, Bank of America Corp.'s chief executive officer, said the U.S. government, lenders and borrowers need to reset their expectation that everyone can own a home. "We need to look hard at some of the old assumptions and ask the question is ...
  • 10:41 AM » The Newest Foreclosure Scandal: Robo-Witness
    Published Fri, Dec 14 2012 10:41 AM by The Big Picture
    Pay attention to this, its quite fascinating and has potentially awesome and amusing consequences. There is a former bank defense attorney named Thomas Cox. You may not recognize his name, but after he retired, he decided to switch sides, defending people on the receiving end of bank litigation, typically foreclosures. You should know him as [...]
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    Source: The Big Picture
  • 9:48 AM » DataQuick: November California Home Sales Report
    Published Fri, Dec 14 2012 9:48 AM by DataQuick
    California November Home Sales December 13, 2012 An estimated 37,481 new and resale houses and condos sold statewide last month, down 4.5 percent from 39,254 in October, and up 14.7 percent from 32,669 sales in November 2011, according to San Diego-based DataQuick. A decline in sales from October to November is normal for the season. November sales in California have varied from a low of 25,578 in 2007 to a high of 60,326 in 2004. Last month's sales were 5.3 percent below the average of 39,594 sales for all months of November since 1988, when DataQuick's statistics begin. The median price paid for a home in California last month was $291,000, up 2.1 percent from $285,000 in October and up 19.3 percent from $244,000 in November 2011. November was the ninth consecutive month in which the state's median sale price rose year-over-year. For the current cycle, the median hit bottom at $221,000 in April 2009, while it peaked at $484,000 in early 2007. Of the existing homes sold in October, 16.6 percent were properties that had been foreclosed on during the past year. That was down from a revised 17.1 percent in October and down from 32.9 percent a year earlier. Last month's figure was the lowest for any month since foreclosure resales made up 16.0 percent of the resale market in October 2007. Foreclosure resales peaked at 58.5 percent in February 2009. Short sales - transactions where the sale price fell short of what was owed on the property - made up an estimated 26.3 percent of the homes that resold last month. That was down from an estimated 27.1 percent the month before and up from 24.9 percent a year earlier. The typical mortgage payment that home buyers committed themselves to paying last month was $1,026. That was up from $1,009 in October and up from $955 a year earlier. Adjusted for inflation, last month's typical payment was 55.2 percent below the 1989 peak of the prior real estate cycle, and 63.7 percent below the 2006 peak of the current cycle...
  • 9:36 AM » Merkel Says Tough, Painful Years Ahead for Euro Zone
    Published Fri, Dec 14 2012 9:36 AM by CNBC
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel rejected suggestions on Friday that the worst was over for the euro zone.
  • 9:35 AM » Bank of America sues MBIA, claiming tender offer interference
    Published Fri, Dec 14 2012 9:35 AM by Reuters
    (Reuters) - Bank of America Corp has sued bond insurer MBIA Inc in a New York state court for allegedly interfering with a tender offer to buy MBIA's bonds.
  • 8:08 AM » UBS faces $1 billion fine for Libor rigging: source
    Published Fri, Dec 14 2012 8:08 AM by Reuters
    LONDON (Reuters) - Swiss bank UBS is expected to pay about $1 billion to settle charges of rigging the Libor interest rate benchmark, according to a person familiar with the situation, making it the second major bank to be officially ensnared by the global scandal.
  • 8:07 AM » ECB warns against complacency on crisis, says risks remain
    Published Fri, Dec 14 2012 8:07 AM by Reuters
    FRANKFURT (Reuters) - The European Central Bank, poised to take over supervision of the region's banks, said on Friday there was no room for complacency following early signs of easing strains on financial markets.
  • 8:07 AM » Fed's Lacker Says Thresholds Not Useful as Policy Signal
    Published Fri, Dec 14 2012 8:07 AM by Bloomberg
    Fed's Lacker Says Thresholds Not Useful as Policy Signal Bloomberg Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond President Jeffrey Lacker said he opposed linking monetary policy to the unemployment rate because no single indicator can provide a "complete picture" of the labor market. "I do not believe that tying the federal funds rate ... and more »
  • 8:07 AM » Fed Action Risks Inflation, Veers Into Fiscal Policy: Lacker
    Published Fri, Dec 14 2012 8:07 AM by CNBC
    The U.S. Federal Reserve's latest policy actions risk stoking inflation and stray into fiscal policy territory, Richmond Federal Reserve President Jeffrey Lacker said.
  • 8:06 AM » Interview Mario Draghi: Interview with Financial Times
    Published Fri, Dec 14 2012 8:06 AM by www.ecb.europa.eu
    Interview Mario Draghi: Interview with Financial Times<br/>http://www.ecb.europa.eu/press/key/date/2012/html/sp121214.en.html
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    Source: www.ecb.europa.eu
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