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  • Wed, Jan 23 2019
  • 3:20 PM » Millions of bank loan and mortgage documents have leaked online
    Published Wed, Jan 23 2019 3:20 PM by
    A trove of more than 24 million financial and banking documents, representing tens of thousands of loans and mortgages from some of the biggest banks in the U.S., has been found online after a server security lapse.
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  • 3:05 PM » Wall Street mixed as shutdown, trade tensions dampen upbeat earnings
    Published Wed, Jan 23 2019 3:05 PM by Reuters
    Wall Street struggled for direction on Wednesday, as early gains driven by a spate of upbeat earnings were offset by concerns about a potential economic downturn, trade tensions and longest government shutdown in U.S. history.
  • 3:04 PM » Recession fears are spreading, but Goldman Sachs says don't worry
    Published Wed, Jan 23 2019 3:04 PM by CNBC
    While it may be a case of famous last words, the bank's experts in fact say the U.S. economy is less prone to recession than it has been in the past.
  • 1:29 PM » Forget home equity: Here's how homeowners are paying for that new kitchen
    Published Wed, Jan 23 2019 1:29 PM by CNBC
    Whether you're planning to spruce up your landscaping or make over your bathroom, odds are that you'll dig into your own pockets to foot the bill, according to a new survey from TD Bank. Here are the options you should consider as you pay for that home improvement project.
  • 1:29 PM » AIA: "Architecture billings slow, but close 2018 with growing demand"
    Published Wed, Jan 23 2019 1:29 PM by Calculated Risk Blog
    Note: This index is a leading indicator primarily for new Commercial Real Estate (CRE) investment. From the AIA: Architecture billings slow, but close 2018 with growing demand Architecture firm billings growth softened in December but remained positive for the fifteenth consecutive month, according to a new report released today from The American Institute of Architects (AIA). AIA's Architecture Billings Index (ABI) score for December was 50.4 compared to 54.7 in November. Despite the positive billings, a softening in growth was seen across several regions and sectors, as well as in project inquiries and design contracts. "Given the concerns over the ongoing tariff situation, it is not surprising to see a bit of a slowdown in progress on current projects," said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, PhD, Hon. AIA. " Growing anxiety over unstable business conditions and the partial shutdown of the government may lead to further softening in the coming months ." ... • Regional averages: Midwest (56.3), Northeast (51.6), South (49.4), West (49.2) • Sector index breakdown: institutional (53.1), commercial/industrial (51.2), mixed practice (50.2), multi-family residential (49.8 emphasis added Click on graph for larger image. This graph shows the Architecture Billings Index since 1996. The index was at 50.4 in December, down from 54.7 in November. Anything above 50 indicates expansion in demand for architects' services. Note: This includes commercial and industrial facilities like hotels and office buildings, multi-family residential, as well as schools, hospitals and other institutions. According to the AIA, there is an "approximate nine to twelve month lag time between architecture billings and construction spending" on non-residential construction.  This index has been positive for 15 consecutive months, suggesting a further increase in CRE investment in 2019.
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    Source: Calculated Risk Blog
  • 1:28 PM » No Pay Stub? No Problem. Unconventional Mortgages Make a Comeback
    Published Wed, Jan 23 2019 1:28 PM by
    Lenders are turning to borrowers with harder-to-document finances, helping drive growth in the kind of home loans panned for its role in housing meltdown. The post No Pay Stub? No Problem. Unconventional Mortgages Make a Comeback appeared first on Real Estate News & Insights |® .
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  • 11:29 AM » More homes are for sale, but fewer are affordable
    Published Wed, Jan 23 2019 11:29 AM by CNBC
    The supply of homes on the market is finally rising, after falling to record lows. But a growing share of those homes are still out of reach to most buyers.
  • 10:28 AM » Richmond Fed: "Fifth District Manufacturing Activity Was Soft in January"
    Published Wed, Jan 23 2019 10:28 AM by Calculated Risk Blog
    From the Richmond Fed: Fifth District Manufacturing Activity Was Soft in January Fifth District manufacturing activity was soft in January, according to the latest survey from the Richmond Fed. The composite index rose from -8 in December to -2 in January but continued to indicate weak growth. The rise from December came from increases in the component indexes of employment and shipments, although the shipments index remained negative. The third component, new orders, dropped to -11, its lowest reading since June 2016 . Meanwhile, the index for backlog of orders fell to -21, its lowest reading since May 2009. However, manufacturers remained optimistic that conditions would improve in the coming months. Survey results indicated continued growth in employment and wages in January , but firms still struggled to find workers with the skills they need. Respondents expected this struggle to continue, along with employment and wage growth, in the near future. emphasis added This was another weak regional manufacturing reading for January.
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    Source: Calculated Risk Blog
  • 8:55 AM » Buying or selling a house? Ask your agent if they working in your best interest
    Published Wed, Jan 23 2019 8:55 AM by CNBC
    Your real estate agent can guide you to the house of your dreams or help you snag a good price for your humble abode. But beware: he or she may not be required to operate in your best interest.
  • 8:07 AM » Senate sets votes but U.S. shutdown likely to go on
    Published Wed, Jan 23 2019 8:07 AM by Reuters
    There was no sign of quick relief for 800,000 federal workers going without pay because of the partial government shutdown as the U.S. Senate scheduled votes on competing proposals to end the month-long impasse that both faced long odds.
  • 8:02 AM » ECB shouldn't change policy now amid trade war and Brexit concerns, bank CEO says
    Published Wed, Jan 23 2019 8:02 AM by CNBC
    The European Central Bank should wait before announcing any new policy changes given that there are so many geopolitical uncertainties in the world, the CEO of the Dutch lender ING told CNBC Wednesday.
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