The late summer global credit squeeze is showing further signs of easing, though the aftershocks are still being felt from homebuilders to hedge funds.
Countrywide Financial on Thursday said September mortgage lending fell 44.3 percent from a year earlier as it tightened underwriting standards, even as delinquencies surged.
Moody's Investors Service on Thursday cut its ratings on home builders Centex, Lennar and Pulte Homes to junk status, saying it expects bleak housing industry conditions to linger at least until 2009.
Credit conditions have eased in the last few weeks, but it is still too early to say when the current troubles in financial markets will end, British Finance Minister Alistair Darling said on Thursday.
Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson announced a new initiative under which major mortgage servicers, mortgage counselors, government officials and non-profit groups will coordinate their efforts to help struggling borrowers restructure their mortgage payments and stay in their homes.
Demand for applications to purchase US homes and refinance existing mortgages rose last week, after total loan requests fell the prior two weeks, an industry trade group said on Wednesday.
German insurer Allianz is sticking to its full-year earnings forecast despite the impact of a credit crisis that will weigh on the trading result at its Dresdner Bank unit in the third qarter, its finance chief told Boerse Online magazine.
Stocks ended higher after minutes from the Federal Reserve 's last meeting encouraged investors hoping for further rate cuts. "I don't think there is any question it's a good thing for stocks, it just reinforces the view from the investor's perspective that the Fed's there to save the day if necessary," said Michael Chren, portfolio manager at Allegiant Asset Management.
A loan from Citigroup would allow beleaguered British mortgage lender Northern Rock time to find a suitable investor, instead of nearly giving away its assets on a first come, first served basis, analysts said Monday.
People trying to sell their homes in Las Vegas -- one of America's hottest job and property markets over the past decade -- have seen their luck turn dramatically worse this year.
The $50 trillion market for credit default swaps is set to continue a five-year trend of breakneck growth and increasing sophistication after serving a vital role during the summer credit crisis.
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Two major U.S. financial firms warned of more fallout from recent credit turmoil Friday, but resilience in the the jobs market bolstered investor sentiment.
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Sickly credit markets and a worsening housing slump may force the Federal Reserve to cut interest rates again this month despite a less dire employment outlook.
Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Donald Kohn said Friday moderate growth should return to the U.S. economy after a period of weakness due to a prolonged housing slump and higher borrowing costs.
The global credit crisis is far from over and may come in waves, a source close to the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision said on Friday.
The U.S. Attorney's office in Brooklyn has begun examining the circumstances behind the implosion of two Bear Stearns subprime hedge funds, CNBC has learned.
Bear Stearns is seeing money return to the financial markets as fear created by this summer's credit crunch begins to ease, the firm's president said Thursday.
Citigroup is in talks with private equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts on funding for the purchase of some of the leveraged loans on its balance sheet, the Financial Times reported on its Web site.