Monthly Archives: January 2015

Housing Sales-Construction Continue to Expand

The Mortgage Corner The NAR reports total existing-home sales, which are completed transactions that include single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, rose 2.4 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.04 million in December from a downwardly-revised 4.92 million … Continue reading

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The Bully Mentality—Part II

Financial FAQs NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, just announced 2014 the warmest year in recorded history, and 14 of the last 15 years as the warmest in recorded history. Yet Paul Krugman in his latest NYTimes Oped still … Continue reading

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Europe on Verge of Recession

Popular Economics Weekly Oil prices are plunging below $50 per barrel, and the European Central Bank is about to announce whether it will begin its own Quantitative Easing program, similar to the Fed’s purchase of government securities that is designed … Continue reading

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Mortgage Applications Increase Incredible 49 percent in January

The Mortgage Corner Mortgage applications increased 49.1 percent from one week earlier, said the just released Mortgage Bankers Association’s Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending January 9, 2015. It was the largest increase since 2008 at the start … Continue reading

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CFPB Releases Borrower Guidelines

The Mortgage Corner The Consumer Protection Financial Bureau, set up as part of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street and Consumer Protection Act, has just published guidelines for mortgage borrowers to help them get the best possible terms. Knowing mortgage guidelines and … Continue reading

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Republicans Are the Real Socialists

Popular Economics Weekly The new Republican Congress is exposing a not surprising fact. Its first actions are attempts to water down The Dodd-Frank Wall Street and Consumer Protection Act, and repealing Obamacare—which will pass the risks of financial meltdowns and … Continue reading

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December Unemployment Report Sets Record

Financial FAQs Friday’s Labor Dept. nonfarm payrolls report has just set a record for annual job creation. The U.S. added 252,000 new jobs in December to extend the strongest streak of hiring since the mid-1990s, but wages fell and more … Continue reading

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