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August 31, 2016

The Richest Generation Keeps Getting Richer

Baby boomers started turning 65 in 2011, marking the unofficial beginning of their retirement years. The timing could not have been better for older boomers, who […]
August 26, 2016

Why are Cities and States Reluctant to Borrow?

Wall Street is urging governments to invest in big-ticket infrastructure projects. Voters and public officials have a different message: not so fast.  Plunging global interest rates […]
August 25, 2016

Delinquency Rates at Lowest Level in 10 Years

The delinquency rate for mortgages on residential properties during the second quarter dropped to the lowest level since the second quarter of 2006, the Mortgage Bankers […]
August 23, 2016

The Middle-Class Housing Crisis

Deepening income inequality across the U.S. is dividing the housing market into winners and losers among renters and owners, the middle class and wealthy, and racial groups.  An annual […]
August 22, 2016

What is ‘Negative Wealth?’

Most people have some debt – payments to make, loans to pay back. But for some Americans, debt has gotten to an extreme and dire level: […]
August 17, 2016

Home Purchase Sentiment Index at All-Time High

Fannie Mae recently reported  that the Home Purchase Sentiment Index rose 3.3 points in July to 86.5, an all-time survey high. An increase in the survey […]
August 16, 2016

Are Millennials Scared of Credit Cards?

Data from the Federal Reserve indicates that the percentage of Americans under 35 who hold credit card debt has fallen to its lowest level since 1989, […]
August 15, 2016

Commercial Mortgage Market Still Volatile

Lenders already beset by several issues, including economic and political uncertainty and regulatory pressure to pull back from the commercial real estate market, will be required […]
August 12, 2016

What to Buy in August

August is all about back-to-school deals. Even frugal shoppers without school-age kids can find big discounts this month on items such as electronics and office supplies. […]