Government

October 1, 2015

What You Need to Know About EMV Cards

There’s a chicken-and-egg problem with today’s deadline for consumers and retailers to switch to new chip-enabled credit cards.  A majority of consumers still haven’t received their […]
September 30, 2015

Cyber Attacks Could Threaten Bank Credit Ratings

Banks with weak cybersecurity controls could be downgraded even if they haven’t been attacked, said Standard & Poor in a recent report.  While it hasn’t yet […]
September 28, 2015

Fed Can’t Solve Housing Puzzle Alone

“There has never been a better time to buy a home.”  That phrase, or variations on it, can be found in thousands of advertisements from real-estate agents and home […]
September 23, 2015

The Reason(s) Borrowers Can't Pay Their Mortgage

Loan performance has improved since the housing crisis. But credit challenges persist, while higher housing costs combined with a plateau in wages have put increased strain […]
September 17, 2015

Commercial Credit Is the New Mortgage Credit

In the wake of an unprecedented U.S. housing bust that evolved into a global financial crisis, the business of bundling home loans that aren’t backed by […]
September 14, 2015

Are We Heading Toward Another U.S. Recession?

Some advice for President Barack Obama’s successor: bring a plan to fight the next recession.  That’s one conclusion drawn from a survey of economists, where the […]
September 11, 2015

Never Forget: 9/11 Anniversary Facts & Figures

Most of us still remember it like it was yesterday.  September 9, 2001 – the dark day that shook the whole world. A massive attack was […]
September 10, 2015

Consumers Not Optimistic About Housing Market

The first Fannie Mae Home Purchase Sentiment Index fell 0.5 points to 80.8 in August from where it would have been in July.  This new index […]
September 8, 2015

Fewer Homes in Negative Equity

The U.S. negative equity rate dropped below 15% in the second quarter of 2015, according to the Zillow Negative Equity Report, but nearly 20% of condo-owners […]