MANILA, Philippines— The Philippine central bank has raised its key interest rate by a quarter percentage point to counter inflation. The rate the central bank charges commercial banks for overnight borrowing was Thursday raised to 5.75 percent.» Read More
Sales of existing homes fell to the lowest level in nearly a decade in January while the median price for a home dropped for the fifth straight month.
The distressed U.S. housing market should get a lift this spring as bargain prices lure prospective buyers, but tighter lending will limit any rebound.
U.S. economic growth has stalled and recovery may take longer than usual, former U.S. Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan said on Monday.
Dallas Federal Reserve President Richard Fisher said on Friday that it will take some time for interest-rate cuts the Federal Reserve has made since last September to kick in and boost the economy.
The Federal Reserve's aggressive interest-rate cuts have failed to push mortgage rates lower and thus have done little to help the battered U.S. housing market, said Bill Gross, chief investment officer at Pimco, the world's largest bond fund.
There’s something called remorse. Maybe you’ve heard of it. Clearly Countrywide Financial spacer is not in touch with that emotion right now. While many Americans are struggling to pay mortgages they never should have been offered or are staring down the face of foreclosure...
I got a lot of responses to my previous post about re-listing homes. Here's a sample: From Blair D: "I think re-listing can hurt the seller as much as the buyer in this market. I know of people who are interested in buying a house but are sitting on the sidelines waiting to get the best deal...
There’s been a lot of talk in the blogosphere lately about the phenomenon of “re-listing”, and so it behooves me to weigh in. “Re-listing” is when an agent takes a property that’s been sitting on the market a bit longer than one might like and removes it from the market, only to “re-list” it days or even minutes later as a “fresh” listing.
Contraction in U.S. Mid-Atlantic factory production accelerated in February as manufacturers pulled back in anticipation of an economic downturn, according to the Philadelphia Federal Reserve.
Euro zone economic growth is expected to slow to 1.8 percent this year from 2.7 percent in 2007, while inflation should stay well above the European Central Bank target, the European Commission said on Thursday.
Lately, many people are hearing an echo — faintly perhaps but distinctly audible — of the stagflation of the 1970s.
Japan's exports rose more than expected in January from a year earlier as solid shipments to Asia and Europe cushioned soft exports to the United States, a major destination for Japanese goods.
US inflation accelerated in January in a worrying sign for the Federal Reserve's campaign to bolster the flagging economy.
The Federal Reserve lowered its projection for economic growth this year, citing damage from the housing slump and credit crunch.
The U.S. economy will probably avoid a recession but inflation is also a risk and the Federal Reserve must not ignore this threat as it battles weak growth, one of the Fed's top policy-makers said.
The text of the minutes from the Federal Open Market Committee's meeting on January 29-30, released on February 20, 2008.
The monthly report on housing starts released today from the U.S. Dept. of Commerce didn’t have the shock and awe of last month, when the report showed a whopping 14.2 percent free fall from the month before (that was actually revised even further to 14.8 percent by the way), but it still has analysts concerned.
Before you all go running to your mortgage brokers, screaming to refi your adjustable rate mortgages into good ol’ 30-year fixed rate loans under the “new temporary” conforming loan limits agreed to in the recently-signed stimulus package, take a breath. It might not be all Congress cracked it up to be.
The Federal Reserve's interest rate cuts are appropriate to restore stability in financial markets and prevent damage to the broader economy, Minneapolis Fed President Gary Stern said on Tuesday.
Australia's central bank considered raising interest rates by a more aggressive 50 basis points at its Feb. 5 policy meeting, minutes of the meeting showed on Tuesday, pointing strongly to further hikes ahead.