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Headline News Archive

2007

September

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  • Food prices are soaring. If you haven't noticed rising prices at the supermarket lately, you haven't been paying close attention to your spending. Food prices are soaring. Over the…
  • Not your parents' mortgage market. A generation ago, banks took on deposits and lent that money to homebuyers who took out 30-year, fixed-rate mortgages. That changed when Wall Street got…
  • Even low-risk borrower suffering. Now that homeowners can no longer easily use their homes as ATM machines, they are turning back to credit cards. The latest figures from the…
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  • Fed finds no bias in credit scores. In a report to Congress that is certain to generate controversy, the Federal Reserve Board says that credit scores vary "substantially" among racial and ethnic…

August

31
  • Mortgage brokers fall on tough times. Mortgage brokers are leaving the business in droves as the crisis in subprime mortgages leads to fewer products to sell, tighter lending standards and a…
  • FHA to help refi at-risk mortgages. Some homeowners with risky "subprime" adjustable-rate mortgages will be able to refinance before they lose their home to foreclosure, with the help of steps President…
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  • Mortgages are for paying off. African Americans are often the target of financial pitchmen trying to convince them they should never pay off their mortgages. Instead, the line goes, people…
  • Bernanke: Need new mortgage options. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke suggested that policymakers look for ways to encourage a wider range of mortgages geared for borrowers who have been hard…
  • Plight for renters gets tougher. As the credit crunch shakes up the mortgage market, one group that's suffering some severe collateral damage doesn't own a home at all: renters. Already,…
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  • Financial advice: Get it in writing. If you're an investment news junkie, you may remember hearing about the SEC and NASD stepping up fines in recent years on financial firms that…
  • Census: Health benefits scarcer. New numbers from the Census Bureau will likely fuel political debate in Congress and statehouses about the growing problem of the uninsured: Their ranks rose…
  • Consumidores en apuros. La confianza de los consumidores se redujo en agosto debido a la turbulencia en los mercados financieros y a los requisitos más estrictos para obtener…
28
  • Pressure mounts on student loans. The multibillion-dollar market for securitized student loan debt faces new stresses as Congress moves to reshape the troubled student loan industry. With concern over the…
  • Home sales go from bad to worse. The news Monday from the National Association of Realtors was bad enough: Sales of existing homes fell in July to their slowest pace in five…
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  • Online, pocket change not easily spent. The idea of micropayments — charging Web users tiny amounts of money for single pieces of online content — was essentially put to sleep toward…
25
  • Cards train kids to use plastic. we are, a nation deeply in debt. All told, America’s adults are on the hook for well over $2 trillion, and more than a third…
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  • Laid off? Cut back and get back out. Capital One's ubiquitous advertising campaign - "What's in your wallet?" - has taken on a different and jarring meaning for hundreds of workers in its…
  • 'Handcuffs' chafe wireless phone users. To many, the Apple iPhone is the ultimate wireless device — a seductive blend of technology, function and dead-on cool, all wrapped into a sleek…
 

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