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  • Bankruptcy Mortgage Bill to Be Introduced in Senate Wednesday, 29 Apr 2009 | 2:13 PM ET
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    Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin (D-Illinois) Thursday will take  so-called bankruptcy cramdown legislation to the floor, seeking a vote on the controversial proposal, say Congressional and industry sources.

  • Obama’s Housing Rescue: Second Lien Plan Wednesday, 29 Apr 2009 | 11:59 AM ET
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    Yesterday the Treasury Department announced another element to the Home Affordable Modification Program (one part of the Making Home Affordable Program). It addresses what has been a big impediment to loan modifications so far, that is, second liens. Of the $12 trillion mortgage market, about $1 trillion are second liens (often called “piggyback loans”). According to the NY Times, 70 percent of those are held by banks.

  • GDP Down 6.1%, Reflecting Continuing Economic Woes Wednesday, 29 Apr 2009 | 9:29 AM ET
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    The  economy contracted at a steeper-than-expected pace in the first quarter, weighed down by sharp declines in exports and business inventories.

  • Pros Say: Hold Your Horses, Banks Not Healthy Yet Wednesday, 29 Apr 2009 | 5:00 AM ET

    Ahead of the May 4 bank stress test results, experts tell CNBC that the financial system may not be in the clear yet.

  • S.Korea's March Current Account Surplus at Record High Tuesday, 28 Apr 2009 | 8:37 PM ET
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    South Korea posted a record current account surplus for March as exports rose for a second consecutive month, central bank data showed on Wednesday, cementing hopes the worst for the economy is over.

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    Consumers hoping that the worst of the recession is over may be setting themselves up for disappointment, a panel of economists said Tuesday.

  • Fed Weighs Steps to Brace Economy Against Swine Flu Tuesday, 28 Apr 2009 | 10:32 AM ET
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    Federal Reserve policymakers are weighing whether additional steps are needed to brace the economy as an outbreak of the swine flu has emerged as a potential new danger that could aggravate the recession.

  • Pros Say: Don't Bank on Cash; Shed Gold Tuesday, 28 Apr 2009 | 8:38 AM ET

    It may be the safe-haven choice of the financial crisis, but experts tell CNBC that cash will underperform over the next 10 years.

  • South Korea April Consumer Sentiment at 1-Year High Monday, 27 Apr 2009 | 9:42 PM ET
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    South Korea's economy averted a recession in the first quarter thanks to pump-priming and rate cuts, the central bank said on Friday, supporting market bets that interest rates had troughed.

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    “One thing he excels at is setting realistic expectations with his audiences,” says one crisis management consultant. “He’s been careful not to over-promise.”

  • Web Extra: Shopping For a New Credit Card Monday, 27 Apr 2009 | 3:26 PM ET

    NOT SEEN ON T.V.: Sick of dealing with lowered limits and higher rates? One way to combat the credit industry's tactics is to go small, says John Ulzheimer.

  • Diary Of A Short Sale, A Happy Ending Monday, 27 Apr 2009 | 11:26 AM ET
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    Today I continue to follow my colleague's journey through a short sale. She started her journey on Friday.... This experience has been a nightmare for my colleague so far, dealing with the bank and the owners.

  • The author of the Credit Cardholder Bill of Rights tells us how the legislation will help, despite what the credit card industry has to say about it.

  • US Economy Needs Interest Rate of Minus 5%: Report Monday, 27 Apr 2009 | 6:14 AM ET

    An ideal interest rate to help the US economy to cope with the recession would be a negative 5 percent, the Financial Times reported on its Web site, quoting an internal Federal Reserve analysis.

  • Pros Say: Stocks Are Still Good Long-Term Bet Monday, 27 Apr 2009 | 5:06 AM ET

    Global stocks were down Monday, after enjoying 7 weeks of gains, as concerns of the outbreak of swine flu spooked investors. But experts tell CNBC that stocks are still a good long-term bet.

  • Bernanke's Speech on Housing and Foreclosures Sunday, 26 Apr 2009 | 5:10 PM ET
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    The following is the full text of U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's "Housing, Mortgage Markets and Foreclosures" speech issued in Washington Thursday and delivered before before the Fed conference on Housing and Mortgage Markets:

  • Stress Tests Show One Bank Would Need More Capital Saturday, 25 Apr 2009 | 6:48 PM ET
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    At least one of the 19 financial institutions that received a government stress test would require additional capital, based on the initial findings, according to a source.

  • Live Diary Of A Short Sale Friday, 24 Apr 2009 | 5:00 PM ET
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    A colleague of mine is doing a short sale today; she's the buyer. Today is closing day, and I knew this would be interesting, so I'm going to do my blog version of pseudo-Twittering it throughout the day, with emails coming in from my colleague.

  • "Most banks" are currently well capitalized but need to hold a "substantial" amount above regulatory requirements in case the recession worsens, the Fed said in its eagerly awaited report on bank stress tests.

  • Ivanka Trump: Credit Conditions Not Improving Friday, 24 Apr 2009 | 11:15 AM ET

    Credit conditions are not improving and construction financing to build from the ground up is not available, says Ivanka Trump, executive vice president of development and acquisitions at the Trump Organization.