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Archive for January, 2009

The Problem With The Bailout

Jan 31st, 2009 @ 4:24 PM by Alden Smith

On the NBC Nightly News this week, President Obama made it very clear that he thought the actions of Wall Street banks and lending institutions was “shameful” for their practice of giving out bonuses to employees when they are standing in line for bailout money from the Fed.  Many Americans, including myself, are enraged by […]

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Fed Keeps Target Interest Rate in Zero Range

Jan 28th, 2009 @ 9:25 PM by Amber Nelson

The Federal Open Market Committee  released its decision Wednesday to  leave its target interest rate unchanged in the range of zero to 0.25 percent. “The Committee continues to anticipate that economic conditions are likely to warrant exceptionally low levels of the federal funds rate for some time,” the Fed said in its statement, citing examples […]

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Should The Market Take Its Course?

Jan 26th, 2009 @ 5:21 PM by Alden Smith

We see that 2.3 million homes have gone into foreclosure, and it is expected that 4.4 million mortgages will be 60 to 90 days past due by the end of 2009.  These estimates come from the FDIC, and although laws in several states have reduced the pace of foreclosure filings, this was not a one […]

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30 Year Mortgage Rates On The Rise

Jan 23rd, 2009 @ 6:12 PM by Alden Smith

After my post last week about interest rates, and their decline, research shows me that they are once again on the rise.  Freddie Mac reports the average at 5.12 percent, up from 4.96 percent last week.  Fifteen year fixed mortgage rose from 4.65 percent to 4.8 percent.  Five-year adjustable mortgages fell to 5.24 percent, the […]

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Foreclosure Activity Up 81 Percent in 2008

Jan 21st, 2009 @ 10:16 AM by Amber Nelson

The number of foreclosure filings during 2008 shot up 81 percent over the previous year, according to foreclosure data company RealtyTrac Thursday. That growth accounts for at least one foreclosure filing notice for one out of every 54 American households. Filings include default notices, auction sales, and bank repossession notices. “Clearly the foreclosure prevention programs […]

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Mortgage Rates At All Time Low

Jan 20th, 2009 @ 7:24 AM by Alden Smith

Mortgage rates are the lowest now that they have been since Freddie Mac begin tracking them way back in 1971.  Freddie reported on Thursday that 30 year fixed rate mortgages are now at 4.96%.  With the new administration being sworn in on Tuesday and President Obama poised to roll out an economic rescue plan, you […]

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Swindlers Take Advantage Of Distressed Homeowners

Jan 16th, 2009 @ 4:56 PM by Alden Smith

Every night, the nightly news tells us about more and more foreclosures, and people in trouble with credit card bills and other unsecured debt.  People, desperate to get out from under this staggering situation, are turning to every service and companies that can help them find relief.  With people in such distress, it is inevitable […]

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A Look At the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act

Jan 13th, 2009 @ 10:00 AM by Alden Smith

In 2005, Congress passed the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act.  This Act was heavily pushed by the credit card industry. Under the Act, households must file for bankruptcy under Chapter 13, which requires that they pay unsecured debt.  Before the passing of this Act, households could file under Chapter 7, which meant that […]

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Citigroup Steps Up To The Plate

Jan 9th, 2009 @ 7:36 PM by Alden Smith

In these days before the inauguration, Capitol Hill is a-buzz with many different meetings, strategy planning, and members of Congress trying to decide how to deal with the incoming President.  I look forward to Obama taking office, and hope he gets the support he will definitely need to take on these tough economic times.  A […]

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Mortgage Applications Fall Even As Rates Hit Record Lows

Jan 9th, 2009 @ 7:04 AM by Amber Nelson

The demand for home loans decreased in the latest week, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association Wednesday, as borrowers wait for interest rates to fall even farther in coming weeks. The MBA’s seasonally adjusted weekly mortgage application index fell 8.2 percent to 1,143.8 during the week ended January 2, 2008, the first drop […]

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