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  • U.S. federal regulators on Wednesday will unveil a reworked proposal aimed at reducing risk in the mortgage market and limiting shoddy underwriting practices.

  • In the 1990s, U.S. banks used life insurance to bet that their employees would eventually die. Now those wagers are coming back to haunt Wall Street banks.

  • In an unusual twist in the mortgage market, the difference between the cost of a conforming loan (generally $417,000 and under) and a jumbo loan has shrunk to nearly nothing.

  • View from Dollar Mountain in Sun Valley, Idaho.

    Data from Europe and China are looking up. These figures support the thesis that the U.S. recovery is a help to China, and is even trickling down to Europe.

  • Weeds grow past the height of a picket fence in front of an abandoned house in Richmond, California.

    Freddie Mac on Wednesday said it is considering legal action against Richmond, Calif, if the city uses eminent domain to seize mortgages of local residents.

  • The president has entered the debate about whether Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae should be eliminated. Here's a primer on what that would mean.

  • Regular investors are rolling the dice on the common stock of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in a big way, making a risky bet.

  • Fannie Mae

    Another major investor will be suing the government to protect its rights as a preferred shareholder in government-sponsored entities Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

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    A bipartisan group of U.S. senators on Tuesday introduced a bill to abolish Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and replace them with a government reinsurer of mortgage securities.

  • Foreclosure prevention counseling fair

    Banks have been accused of foreclosing on homeowners because they failed to maintain mortgage paperwork. Now there are signs the same problem hurts mortgage bond investors too.

  • Take a look at some of Friday's midday movers:

  • Fannie Mae

    Fannie Mae common shares have soared, but there may not be a happy ending for investors.

  • The Congressional Budget Office lowered its projection for the 2013 US deficit amid higher taxes and better-than-expected bailout repayments.

  • Condo's under construction in Toronto, Ontario as Canada's housing market begins to slow.

    Steve Eisman, the hedge fund manager who famously bet against mortgages in the United States, has recommended investors now bet against Canada's mortgage lenders and banks.

  • Foreclosure prevention counseling fair

    Homeowners with government-backed mortgages may have a fresh shot at receiving meaningful mortgage relief, but it will likely come with strings attached, reports TheStreet.com.

  • It's been a rough ride this year for Bank of America's investors, but the company is set for a major earnings rebound, according to Morgan Stanley.

  • Moody's Analytics Chief Economist Mark Zandi

    Mark Zandi, a well-known economist, is a front-runner to lead the U.S. housing regulator and oust Edward DeMarco, who critics say hasn't done enough to aid homeowners, the Wall Street Journal reported.

  • Bank stock investors are braced for a disappointing first quarter, but there is still plenty of value in select mid-cap names. TheStreet.com takes a closer look.

  • This Friday starts the earnings season for the nation's largest banks. What should the long-term investors pay attention to? TheStreet.com gives an overview.

  • I fear that one day when I wake up a meteor will hit the earth and it will alter everything in my life. Is this a possibility? Yes, of course it is. But is this a probability? Should my actions be based on my fear or on what I believe to be probable?