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  • US regulator: Fannie, Freddie in deal with banks Monday, 20 Oct 2014 | 4:09 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— A federal regulator says government-controlled mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have reached an agreement with major banks that could expand lending. The head of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, which oversees Fannie and Freddie, announced the deal Monday at a conference of the Mortgage Bankers Association in Las Vegas.

  • Market turmoil: A gift for mortgage refinancers? Saturday, 18 Oct 2014 | 9:01 AM ET

    A sudden plunge in mortgage rates this week raised an urgent question for millions of Americans:. Rates on long-term mortgages tend to track the 10- year Treasury yield, which fell below 2 percent for the first time since May 2013. Accordingly, the average rate for a 30- year fixed mortgage, mortgage giant Freddie Mac reported, dipped below 4 percent to 3.97 percent—...

  • Oct 17- Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, their regulator and lenders are close to an agreement that could expand mortgage credit while helping lenders protect themselves from charges of making bad loans, the Wall Street Journal reported. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have recouped tens of billions of dollars in penalties from lenders in recent years over claims that...

  • Average US 30-year mortgage rate at 3.97 percent Thursday, 16 Oct 2014 | 10:23 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Average U.S. mortgage rates tumbled this week. The 30- year loan hit its lowest level since June 2013 as Treasury bond yields marked new lows amid concern over global economic weakness. Mortgage company Freddie Mac said Thursday that the nationwide average for a 30- year loan dipped to 3.97 percent from 4.12 percent last week.

  • Business events scheduled for Thursday Wednesday, 15 Oct 2014 | 1:49 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Labor Department releases weekly jobless claims, 8:30 a.m.. WASHINGTON— Freddie Mac, the mortgage company, releases weekly mortgage rates, 10 a.m.. WASHINGTON— National Association of Home Builders releases housing market index for October, 10 a.m..

  • Oct 1- Shares of government-controlled Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac plummeted on Wednesday, the day after a judge upheld the U.S. The dismissal of the lawsuit dealt a blow to investors hoping to benefit now that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the two largest sources of U.S. housing finance, are profitable.

  • Oct 1- Shares of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac plummeted on Wednesday, the day after a judge upheld the U.S. The over-the-counter common shares of both companies were down by more than a quarter, with Fannie Mae sliding 27 percent to $1.96 and Freddie Mac dropping 26 percent to $1.96.

  • Oct 1- Shares of mortgage finance companies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac slumped on Wednesday, after a judge threw out a lawsuit brought by investors in the companies to stop the government from making the companies pay a quarterly dividend to the U.S.

  • Jack Ma: We don't need 'secret government support' Tuesday, 23 Sep 2014 | 12:12 PM ET
    Jack Ma, founder of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. at the 2014 CGI annual meeting in New York.

    Jack Ma struck a populist tone at the Clinton Global Initiative on Tuesday, saying Alibaba will continue to focus on small and mid-sized partners.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 12- HSBC Holdings Plc is expected to pay $550 million to resolve a U.S. regulator's claims the bank made false representations in selling mortgage bonds to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac before the financial crisis, a person familiar with the matter said Friday.

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 29- The regulator for U.S. housing finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 29- The regulator for U.S. housing finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac said on Friday it wants the two firms to provide more support to low-income Americans taking out mortgages and refinancing their loans. The Federal Housing Finance Agency said the proposed increase was part of its goals for housing finance between 2015 and 2017..

  • NEW YORK, Aug 28- A U.S. regulator can proceed with lawsuits accusing HSBC Holdings Plc and Nomura Holdings Inc of misleading Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac into buying mortgage-backed securities that later turned toxic, a federal judge ruled on Thursday.

  • Aug 22- Goldman Sachs Group Inc has agreed to a settlement worth $1.2 billion to resolve a U.S. regulator's claims the bank sold Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac faulty mortgage bonds, the regulator announced Friday.

  • Goldman Sachs to resolve FHFA claims for $3.15 bln Friday, 22 Aug 2014 | 5:37 PM ET

    Goldman said it would repurchase the securities sold to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac over the 2005-2007 period.

  • Aug 22- Goldman Sachs Group Inc could pay about $1.1 billion to settle claims from the U.S. housing finance regulator that it sold bad mortgage-backed securities, the Financial Times reported.

  • Ackman files another suit against government Saturday, 16 Aug 2014 | 1:06 PM ET
    Bill Ackman

    In the complaint, Pershing Square alleged that Treasury illegally seized tens of billions of dollars in Fannie and Freddie profits.

  • Ackman files second lawsuit against U.S. government Friday, 15 Aug 2014 | 9:40 PM ET

    Aug 16- Activist Bill Ackman's Pershing Square Capital Management LP filed its second lawsuit in two days against the U.S. government over bailout of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, court documents show.

  • Aug 14- Pershing Square Capital Management LP, the hedge fund firm run by William Ackman, has sued the U.S. government, claiming that its stripping of Fannie Mae's and Freddie Mac's profit illegally short changes investors in the mortgage companies' common stock.

  • *Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac to give U.S. WASHINGTON, Aug 7- Government-controlled mortgage finance firms Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac made enough money in the second quarter to give taxpayers $5.6 billion in dividends, a sign they can turn substantial profits even in a lackluster housing market.