Articles About Federal Reserve

Author:
Richard M. Gatto
Posted:
06.09.2017

Real Estate Lending Continues to Thrive Despite Interest Rates

The Federal Reserve has announced that yet another interest rate increase is in the works, as the U.S. economy shows steady growth with 138,000 jobs added in May. While home mortgages continue to slow, lending in the commercial real estate industry is actually continuing to grow despite these changes.

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Author:
James I. Clark III
Posted:
11.13.2012

QE3 A Boon to CMBS

If history repeats itself, QE3 will be good for commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS). The Fed’s third round of quantitative easing – which is purchasing $40 billion of residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) each month from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac – will free up money for the commercial real estate market and lure investors away from […]

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Author:
Pat Gallagher
Posted:
08.14.2012

US Banks Lending Again

US banks are finally opening their purse strings according to The Federal Reserve’s quarterly senior loan officer survey. Who’s getting loans? Large companies, people with decent credit applying for auto loans or credit cards and also people buying homes. There are a number of reasons for why the banks are feeling more confident: less competition […]

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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:
05.21.2012

JP Morgan Chase’s $2 Billion Loss Under Investigation

As the Department of Justice and the FBI open their investigation into how JP Morgan Chase lost $2 billion, the government is investigating to determine if any criminal wrongdoing occurred.  The inquiry is in the preliminary stages.  Additionally, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), which regulates derivatives trading, […]

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Author:
James I. Clark III
Posted:
05.15.2012

Tepid 1st Quarter Growth Disappoints

The American economy grew less than expected during the 1st quarter as the biggest gain in consumer spending in more than a year failed to overcome a diminished contribution from business inventories.  Gross domestic product rose at a 2.2 percent annual rate after a three percent increase in the 4th quarter of 2011, according to […]

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Author:
Tom Silva
Posted:
04.24.2012

Let’s Go Shopping!

Despite rising gas prices, retail sales in the U.S. rose 0.8 percent in March, proof that consumers are still filling up their tanks, according to economists.  The rise in purchases follows a 1.1 percent increased in February that was the biggest in five months, according to a survey of 71 economists.  The gain sent retail […]

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Author:
Tom Silva
Posted:
02.22.2012

Bernanke Defends Fed Policy on Job Growth, Inflation

Although the economy has improved in the past year, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke told lawmakers that they still must cut the growing budget deficit.  “We still have a long way to go before the labor market can be said to be operating normally,” Bernanke said in testimony to the Senate Budget Committee.  “Particularly troubling […]

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Author:
James I. Clark III
Posted:
02.01.2012

CFTC Gives Tentative Green Light to Volcker Rule

The federal Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) proposed limiting banks’  proprietary trading and hedge fund investments under the Dodd-Frank Act’s Volcker rule. The CFTC  3-2 vote makes it the last of five regulators to seek public comment on the proposal. This vote opens the measure to 60 days of public comment.  The rule, named for […]

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Author:
Tom Silva
Posted:
01.24.2012

Government Wants to Sell Foreclosed Properties in Bulk as Rentals

The Obama administration plans to work closely with federal regulators, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to start a pilot program to sell government-owned foreclosures in bulk to investors as rentals, according to administration officials. There currently are approximately 250,000 foreclosed properties on the books of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), […]

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