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  • NEW YORK, Sept 4- Nomura Holdings Inc and Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc have agreed to pay up to $33 million on top of $806 million that a U.S. judge ordered them to pay for making false statements in selling mortgage-backed securities. The agreement with the Federal Housing Finance Agency was disclosed in court papers filed on Friday in Manhattan federal court...

  • WASHINGTON— Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates rose this week after a sharp drop the previous week, as global markets continued to whipsaw amid economic disruption in China and uncertainty over Federal Reserve interest-rate policy. Mortgage giant Freddie Mac said Thursday that the average rate on a 30- year fixed-rate mortgage increased to 3.89 percent...

  • NEW YORK, Aug 31- M&T Bank Corp agreed to upgrade its mortgage lending policies to settle a lawsuit by a nonprofit group that accused the large mid-Atlantic lender of discriminatory mortgage lending practices in New York City. District Judge Katherine Forrest in Manhattan. M&T was accused of encouraging non-white testers to buy homes in lower-income or "...

  • Correction: The Month Ahead story Monday, 31 Aug 2015 | 12:33 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Institute for Supply Management releases its manufacturing index for August, 10 a.m.; Commerce Department releases construction spending for July, 10 a.m.. WASHINGTON— Labor Department releases second-quarter productivity data, 8:30 a.m.; Commerce Department releases factory orders for July, 10 a.m.; Federal Reserve releases Beige Book, 2 p.m..

  • Correction: The Week Ahead story Monday, 31 Aug 2015 | 12:11 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Institute for Supply Management releases its manufacturing index for August, 10 a.m.; Commerce Department releases construction spending for July, 10 a.m.. WASHINGTON— Labor Department releases second-quarter productivity data, 8:30 a.m.; Commerce Department releases factory orders for July, 10 a.m.; Federal Reserve releases Beige Book, 2 p.m..

  • Business events scheduled for the coming month Friday, 28 Aug 2015 | 1:46 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Institute for Supply Management releases its manufacturing index for August, 10 a.m.; Commerce Department releases construction spending for July, 10 a.m.. WASHINGTON— Labor Department releases second-quarter productivity data, 8:30 a.m.; Commerce Department releases factory orders for July, 10 a.m.; Federal Reserve releases Beige Book, 2 p.m..

  • Business events scheduled for the coming week Thursday, 27 Aug 2015 | 1:17 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Institute for Supply Management releases its manufacturing index for August, 10 a.m.; Commerce Department releases construction spending for July, 10 a.m.. WASHINGTON— Labor Department releases second-quarter productivity data, 8:30 a.m.; Commerce Department releases factory orders for July, 10 a.m.; Federal Reserve releases Beige Book, 2 p.m..

  • Average US rate on 30-year mortgage drops to 3.84 percent Thursday, 27 Aug 2015 | 10:17 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates dropped this week to their lowest levels since May, in a week marked by turmoil in global markets that was stoked by economic developments in China. Mortgage giant Freddie Mac said Thursday the average rate on a 30- year fixed-rate mortgage fell to 3.84 percent from 3.93 percent a week earlier.

  • US pending home sales rose modestly in July Thursday, 27 Aug 2015 | 10:03 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Slightly more Americans signed contracts to buy homes in July, as pending sales edged up after dipping in June. The National Association of Realtors said Thursday that its seasonally adjusted pending home sales index rose 0.5 percent to 110.9 last month. "The pending sales index has stalled, at least for now," said Ian Shepherdson, chief economist at...

  • Business events scheduled for Thursday Wednesday, 26 Aug 2015 | 1:02 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Labor Department releases weekly jobless claims, 8:30 a.m.. WASHINGTON— Commerce Department releases second-quarter gross domestic product, 8:30 a.m.. WASHINGTON— Freddie Mac, the mortgage company, releases weekly mortgage rates, 10 a.m..

  • WASHINGTON— Many Americans have just absorbed a financial beating— at least as measured by their stock holdings. It's the kind of blow that can feed a sense of helplessness about retirement, college savings and higher-than-expected bills. But take a look at other gauges of Americans' financial health, and a more nuanced picture emerges:.

  • WASHINGTON— Many Americans have just absorbed a financial beating— at least as measured by their stock holdings. It's the kind of blow that can feed a sense of helplessness about retirement, college savings and higher-than-expected bills. But take a look at other gauges of Americans' financial health, and a more nuanced picture emerges:.

  • US new-home sales rebound in July Tuesday, 25 Aug 2015 | 10:01 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Americans stepped up their purchases of new homes in July, with sales surging in the Northeast. The Commerce Department says new-home sales rose 5.4 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 507,000, recovering from a slide in purchases in June. The shortage of listing has enabled the median price to rise 2 percent over the past 12...

  • Ahead of the Bell: US new-home sales Tuesday, 25 Aug 2015 | 6:36 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Commerce Department reports on sales of new homes in July at 10 a.m. Eastern Tuesday. RISING SALES: Economists expect a 7.9 percent increase in new-home sales to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 520,000, according to a survey by data the firm FactSet. The National Association of Realtors said Thursday that sales of existing homes rose 2...

  • Aug 24- Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc has lost a bid to escape a U.S. regulator's lawsuit accusing it of misleading Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac into buying $32 billion of mortgage-backed securities ahead of the financial crisis. The case against RBS is the biggest and last of 18 lawsuits the FHFA filed in 2011 over about $200 billion in mortgage-backed...

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 19- The regulator for U.S. housing finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac told the two firms on Wednesday to provide more support to low-income Americans taking out mortgages and refinancing home loans. The rules direct Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to expand the number of loans they back for low-income families to 24 percent of the their...

  • The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans said the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation could sue Deutsche Bank AG, Goldman Sachs Group Inc and Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc for making false statements in selling $840 million in mortgage bonds to a failed Texas bank. The court ruled that a federal law passed in 1989 after the savings and loan crisis...

  • Freddie Mac to hand $3.9 bln to U.S. Treasury Tuesday, 4 Aug 2015 | 10:12 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, Aug 4- Government-controlled mortgage finance firm Freddie Mac on Tuesday said big gains in its loan guarantee business and its investment portfolio will allow it to cut a check to the U.S. Freddie Mac reported a second-quarter profit of $4.2 billion, sharply up from $524 million in the first quarter. Under the terms of their rescue, Freddie Mac and...

  • WASHINGTON, July 24- New U.S. single-family home sales fell in June to their lowest level in seven months and May's sales were revised sharply lower, in what appeared to be a minor setback for the housing market recovery. New home sales dropped 6.8 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 482,000 units, the lowest level since last November, the Commerce...

  • NEW YORK, July 16- The Federal Housing Finance Agency disclosed on Thursday that it paid two law firms over $373 million since 2010 to pursue litigation against several banks over mortgage-backed securities sold to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac before the financial crisis. Stefanie Johnson, an FHFA spokeswoman, said its hiring of private law firms "has been a...