Articles About Economics

Author:
Mike Ochs
Posted:
07.03.2012

Mortgage Delinquencies on the Decline

The percentage of borrowers who are behind on making mortgage payments fell to a four-year low in the first three months of 2012, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA).  The percentage of loans that were delinquent or in the foreclosure process during the 1st quarter was 11.33 percent, the lowest level since 2008.  That […]

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Author:
Mike Ochs
Posted:
06.27.2012

House Prices Gradually on the Rise Again

Home prices — including distressed sales (foreclosures and short sales), climbed 1.1 percent in April, according to a new report from CoreLogic.  If you don’t count distressed sales, prices rose 2.6 percent.  Prices have not risen for two consecutive months since June 2010, a time when the homebuyer tax credit was still available. Although the […]

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Author:
Tom Silva
Posted:
06.25.2012

Germany Catches Cold

In a sign that no Eurozone nation is completely immune to the shocks of the European debt crisis, ratings agency Moody’s Investor Services has cut the credit ratings of six banks in Germany.  The largest bank to be downgraded is Commerzbank, Germany’s second-biggest lender, which was cut to A3 from A2. “Today’s rating actions are […]

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Author:
Catalina Parada
Posted:
06.20.2012

Spain Asks the Eurozone for a Bank Bailout for up to 100 Billion Euro

Spain asked the Eurozone for a bailout of up to €100-billion to rescue its banks.  This is just a short-term fix for the troubled Eurozone because it doesn’t address the underlying problems in the monetary union.  The earlier bailouts of Greece, Ireland and Portugal didn’t resolve the problems either.  “The Spanish banking bailout is big […]

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Author:
Tom Silva
Posted:
06.19.2012

Median Family Wealth Slid 40 Percent During Recession

While the American public was bailing out Wall Street, those same taxpayers saw their families’ net worth decline by nearly 40 percent. The recession took roughly 20 years of Americans’ wealth, according to government data, with middle-class families faring the worst.  According to the Federal Reserve, the median net worth of families plummeted by 39 […]

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Author:
James I. Clark III
Posted:
06.14.2012

Is the Eurozone Sustainable?

Mario Draghi, president of the European Central Bank (ECB), has asked policymakers to focus their crisis support on solvent Eurozone banks.  “The ECB will continue lending to solvent banks and will keep the liquidity lines active and alive with solvent banks,” Draghi said. World stock markets have lost roughly $4 trillion as European turmoil proliferated […]

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Author:
Tom Silva
Posted:
06.12.2012

Kansas Governor Does a 180 – Restores Arts Funding

Last year, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback stunned the national arts community by vetoing funding for the Kansas Arts Commission.  Brownback recently changed his mind and approved a state budget that includes $700,000 for a newly created Creative Arts Industries Commission. “It’s a big win for Kansas,” said Sarah Fizell of Kansas Citizens for the Arts.  […]

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Author:
James I. Clark III
Posted:
06.06.2012

Basel III Compliance Requires 29 Biggest Banks to Raise $556 Billion

The world’s largest banks need to raise as much as $566 billion of common equity to meet Basel III rules on capital to be implemented by 2019, cutting shareholder returns, according to analysts at Fitch Ratings.  The 29 global banks that regulators believe are too big to fail need new capital that equals nearly 23 […]

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Author:
James I. Clark III
Posted:
05.31.2012

Beware: Double Dip Ahead?

The 17-nation Eurozone is at risk of falling into a “severe recession,” the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) warned, as it called on governments and the European Central Bank to act quickly to keep the slowdown from becoming a drag on the global economy.  OECD Chief Economist Pier Carlo Padoan warned the euro-zone […]

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Author:
Mike Ochs
Posted:
05.29.2012

Existing-House Sales Spike in April

If you want to sell a product, price it correctly. That theory at long last appears to be working in the U.S. housing market.  The National Association of Realtors (NAR) reported that sales of existing homes rose 3.4 percent in April when compared with March.  One reason is that asking prices were remarkably affordable.  The […]

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