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  • Impac Exits Alt-A Market, Cuts 144 Jobs Tuesday, 18 Sep 2007 | 1:59 PM ET

    Shares of Impac plunged more than 13% in trading on the New York Stock Exchange on news of  layoffs and closing of its Alt-A division.

  • National City Sees Mortgage Loss Near $160 Million Monday, 17 Sep 2007 | 11:46 AM ET

    National City said on Monday it expects a third-quarter mortgage banking loss of around $160 million, the high end of its forecast, hurt by slumping housing demand and tighter capital markets.

  • Housing Woes May Push U.S. Near Recession: Forecast Wednesday, 12 Sep 2007 | 12:46 PM ET

    Ongoing weakness in the housing market will push the national economy to the brink of recession, but growth in other areas should put the country back on a slow road to recovery by 2009, according to an economic forecast released Wednesday.

  • Take A Load Off, Fannie Monday, 10 Sep 2007 | 10:40 AM ET

    Fannie Mae, a government chartered corporation created to foster lending in the mortgage market, was up mysteriously Friday while the rest of the financials suffered. What's behind this move?

  • U.S. Officials Says Job Fall Won't Stall Economy Friday, 7 Sep 2007 | 2:04 PM ET
    United States Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson

    Bush administration officials Friday sought to ease fears the U.S. was tipping into recession after a government report showed the economy shed jobs for the first time in four years last month.

  • Foreclosure Bailouts? Don't Mail Out Checks Yet Friday, 7 Sep 2007 | 11:14 AM ET
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    We reported some pretty nasty numbers from the Mortgage Bankers Association yesterday: A 51% rise in new foreclosures nationwide to the highest rate in the history of the MBA survey. And it’s a big bad number like that that is going to add more fuel to the fire in Washington among all those folks who have been bandying about the idea of some kind of government...

  • Federal Home Loan Bank Mortgage 'Advances' Surge Tuesday, 4 Sep 2007 | 5:29 PM ET

    Mortgage-related loans by the Federal Home Loan Bank system to members surged 17 percent in August as "extraordinary events" upset credit markets, the FHLB's office of finance said on Tuesday.

  • First American Cuts Jobs, NovaStar Survival at Risk Tuesday, 4 Sep 2007 | 12:19 PM ET

    Fallout from the U.S. housing slump on mortgage and real estate companies deepened Tuesday, as title insurer First American and subprime lender NovaStar Financial announced job cuts and NovaStar's auditor expressed doubt that the company will survive.

  • Buffett, BofA, Countrywide: One Person's Opinion Tuesday, 4 Sep 2007 | 12:13 PM ET
    Countrywide

    An excellent source, Janet Tavakoli, who knows more about the credit markets and asset-backed securities than I ever ever want to, sent me the following note over the holiday weekend. I consider it worth sharing, despite its conclusion, with which some may disagree. Not my place to take a side, but I do think, on the blog, opinions, especially from someone of her caliber, are worth sharing...

  • Why Bush Stepped Into Subprime Meltdown Friday, 31 Aug 2007 | 2:53 PM ET

    After watching for weeks as the mortgage meltdown roiled the markets and squeezed homeowners, President Bush inserted himself directly into the matter today. It remain unclear how much his intervention will help investors, lenders or homeowners. But there's no mystery about why he did it.

  • Recession Possiblity Stirring Debate on Wall Street Friday, 24 Aug 2007 | 8:16 AM ET

    The hot topic on the Street is the probability of a recession. Robert Albertson, chief strategist at Sandler O'Neill, and this morning Angelo Mozillo, CEO of Countrywide both voiced fears that a recession was coming. Opinions are sharply divided on this. David Bianco, UBS' Equity Strategist, said earlier this month that the S&P seems to be signaling a "financial sector recession" (i.e. that a recession is expected to mostly affect financial sector profits).

  • Interview Transcript: Angelo Mozilo Thursday, 23 Aug 2007 | 1:43 PM ET

    The unofficial transcript of a CNBC exclusive interview with Countrywide CEO Angelo Mozilo on CNBC's "The Call."

  • Former AOL executive Stephen M. Swad has become the new chief financial officer at mortgage finance giant Fannie Mae, the company said Wednesday. Swad's succession as finance chief, replacing Robert Blakely, had been planned for some time.  Blakely stepped down as its chief financial officer last Friday but remains an executive vice president.

  • Mortgage Crisis Widens at Accredited, HSBC, Lehman Wednesday, 22 Aug 2007 | 5:37 PM ET

    The U.S. mortgage and credit crisis deepened on Wednesday as Accredited Home Lenders , HSBC Holdings and Lehman Brothers announced job cuts, and concern mounted about the longer-term impact on the economy.

  • Senate Finance Committee Chairman Christopher Dodd told CNBC he asked the Bush administration to lift the portfolio caps on housing finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, but Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson expressed reluctance to do so.

  • Interview Transcript: Henry Paulson Tuesday, 21 Aug 2007 | 10:40 AM ET

    The following is the unofficial transcript of a CNBC interview with Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson on CNBC's "Squawk on the Street" today at 9:00 AM ET.

  • Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson attempted to soothe jittery investors on Tuesday, insisting the United States will safely get through a spreading credit crisis that has unhinged Wall Street.

  • Senate Banking Chairman Christopher Dodd told  CNBC  he believes the Federal Reserve was lax in its responsibilities by not preventing the surge of subprime mortgage loans.  Dodd also said  he will meet with Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke and Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson on Tuesday morning.

  • The company ran ads meant to reassure customers after several armed with withdrawal slips descended on branches last Thursday and Friday, worried that their money was not safe even with Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. backing.

  • Thornburg Mortgage's president Larry Goldstone told CNBC Monday that there is still a crisis of investor confidence in the mortgage market but that the residential mortgage lender expects to be profitable.