Articles About Financing

Author:
James I. Clark III
Posted:
05.08.2009

Bernanke Sees Some Light at the End of a Long Tunnel

Encouraging data on home and auto sales, homebuilding and consumer spending is seen by Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke as “tentative signs” that the recession may be moderating.  Still, he cautions that lasting recovery depends on the government’s success in stabilizing the reeling financial markets and unfreezing credit. In remarks to faculty and students at […]

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Author:
Mike Ochs
Posted:
05.07.2009

Some Alt-A Home Loans Go the Way of Subprime

It seems that we just can’t escape the bad financial news.  Now, mortgage loans made to supposedly better-off Americans are also heading south at an alarming rate.  This time around, the loans in question are Alternative-A (Alt-A) mortgages,which are used by borrowers such as the self-employed who have reasonable credit standings but unpredictable incomes. Right […]

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Author:
Tom Silva
Posted:
04.21.2009

Dr. Geithner’s Harsh Medicine

The Obama administration has proposed the most comprehensive overhaul of the nation’s financial industry since the Great Depression.  The measures, as outlined by Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner, will require regulation of hedge funds for the first time and give government wide-ranging powers to seize and take apart companies that are perceived as threats […]

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Author:
Matt Ward
Posted:
04.14.2009

Chicago Pours a Tall One to Secure MillerCoors Deal

To sweeten the pot after luring brewing giant MillerCoors LLC to the Windy City, the City of Chicago has agreed to create a $6 million tax-increment financing deal for the firm’s new corporate headquarters at 250 South Wacker Drive.  Even with a budget shortfall nudging $500 million, the City is kicking in significant funds to bring […]

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Author:
Tom Silva
Posted:
04.10.2009

Wells Fargo Wagon Rolls onto Wall Street

The Wells Fargo wagon delivered good news to Wall Street when the San Francisco-based bank announced a record first-quarter profit of approximately $3 billion, or 55 percent per common share.  Contrast these numbers with the fourth quarter of 2008, when Wells Fargo reported a $2.6 billion loss. The news sent the Dow Jones Industrial Average […]

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Author:
James I. Clark III
Posted:
03.31.2009

Happy 212th Birthday, Nykredit Realkredit!

The CMBS market is anything but rotten in the state of Denmark. While the American mortgage securitization system crumbles, the Danes are successfully securitizing commercial and residential loans exactly as they have since 1797.  That’s when Nykredit Realkredit – Denmark’s largest mortgage bank – was established.  And, there hasn’t been a single Danish mortgage bond […]

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Author:
James I. Clark III
Posted:
03.05.2009

Deep Freeze of an Unregulated Economy

Iceland’s economic collapse, the result of a reckless government and a lack of financial regulation, is an object lesson to Americans who fear increased — but necessary – markets oversight. Icelandic debt is 10 times the country’s GDP!  In the United States, our debt would have to be close to $100 trillion to put us […]

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Author:
Kurt Rosene
Posted:
03.02.2009

Obama’s Housing Plan Seeks to Help Homeowners in Trouble

Nine million homeowners can breathe a preliminary sigh of relief.  They may get to keep their homes now that President Obama has unveiled his ambitious – and larger than expected — $75 billion mortgage relief plan.  At the same time, the Treasury Department will double the size of its support of Fannie Mae and Freddie […]

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Author:
Kurt Rosene
Posted:
06.30.2008

Construction-Loan Delinquencies on the Rise

The surge in the construction-loan delinquency rate – both residential and commercial – suggests that lenders will remain reluctant to make loans for new construction. Developers usually finance projects through short-term construction loans.  Once the project has stabilized, the developer seeks long-term debt.  With the current economic downturn, developers are finding it difficult to obtain […]

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Author:
Tom Silva
Posted:
05.01.2008

Foreign Investors Like Luxury

You know what they say about polls.  Still, a recent one is an interesting temperature reading for the new economy.   Overseas investors in United States real estate prefer retail versus office or industrial space right now, according to an issue of Commercial Property News. This is just one conclusion in a survey that examined […]

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