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  • Stocks Close Higher On Subprime Plan Thursday, 6 Dec 2007 | 4:20 PM ET

    Stocks closed sharply higher on hopes that a government plan to stem home foreclosures would help ease the housing slump's drag on the economy and underpin profit growth.

  • Bank With Hudson City Thursday, 6 Dec 2007 | 10:42 AM ET

    If the Fed cuts rates, this mortgage lender goes much, much higher.Investing can be confusing. Luckily, Cramer has mapped out some road rules for all you Home Gamers trying to navigate the jungle that is Wall Street. Think of it as "Mad Money 101" –- some fundamental advice to keep in mind as you play the market. Whether you're a first time investor or a seasoned financier, it's always good to remember the basics.

  • Stocks Rally on Positive Economic News Wednesday, 5 Dec 2007 | 5:22 PM ET

    Stocks posted their biggest gains in a week even though a series of strong economic reports cast doubts about whether the Federal Reserve will cut interest rates next week.

  • Market Looks To Jobs, As Financials Still Face Troubles Wednesday, 5 Dec 2007 | 9:40 AM ET

    Futures up a bit on the strong ADP report. This is a clear sign that the market wants a decent jobs report, even if it might slightly reduce the chance of an aggressive Fed rate cut. As noted yesterday, financials analysts are now cutting 2008 estimates.

  • Market Insider/Wednesday Look Ahead Tuesday, 4 Dec 2007 | 9:53 PM ET

    Selling in the financial sector bit into Tuesday's stock market performance and could do the same Wednesday. After the bell Tuesday, Fannie Mae announced that it was issuing $7 billion in preferred stock and chopping its dividend by 30 percent.

  • Cramer makes the call on viewers' favorite stocks.Investing can be confusing. Luckily, Cramer has mapped out some road rules for all you Home Gamers trying to navigate the jungle that is Wall Street. Think of it as "Mad Money 101" –- some fundamental advice to keep in mind as you play the market. Whether you're a first time investor or a seasoned financier, it's always good to remember the basics.

  • Fannie Mae Cuts Dividend by 30%; Shares Fall Tuesday, 4 Dec 2007 | 5:23 PM ET

    Fannie Mae said after markets closed Tuesday that it will sell $7 billion of preferred stock and cut its dividend 30 percent to shore up its capital position through 2008.

  • I want to thank President Bush for clearing up a few things this morning at his news conference: 1) that the mortgage industry is, “a more complex industry than we’ve had in the past” and 2) that “we shouldn’t bail out lenders, and so, in other words, that we shouldn’t be using taxpayers’ money…”

  • Paulson Speak Moves Markets Monday, 3 Dec 2007 | 11:07 AM ET

    Dow up 40 points, S&P up 4 points since Treasury Secretary Paulson has been on talking about efforts to help homeowners who are facing mortgage resets. Nothing new here; but the image of Paulson talking about problems are helping the markets.

  • Mortgage Industry Hashes Out Rate Freeze Plan Sunday, 2 Dec 2007 | 3:36 PM ET

    Mortgage industry executives worked Saturday to hammer out details of a homeowner rescue plan that would freeze interest rates on some U.S. subprime mortgages for up to seven years, but questions remained over how to avoid investor lawsuits and other legal challenges.

  • Is Freezing Rates The Right Fix for Subprime Mess? Sunday, 2 Dec 2007 | 3:27 PM ET
    A home is advertised for sale at a foreclosure auction in Pasadena, California.

    If lenders temporarily freeze low introductory interest rates on home loans made to risky borrowers before they soar, it would be a modest fix for the country's fractured housing market.

  • Eyes on Freddie's $6 Billion Stock Sale Wednesday, 28 Nov 2007 | 8:22 AM ET

    Freddie Mac's planned sale of $6 billion in special stock to help shore up its battered finances will be closely watched by investors gauging the damage inflicted by the turmoil this year in the credit and housing markets.

  • Market Insider/Wednesday Look Ahead Tuesday, 27 Nov 2007 | 9:56 PM ET

    Tuesday's market action was the mirror opposite of Monday's mayhem. The Dow rose 215 points, or 1.69%. Money poured into the financial stocks. The credit markets calmed down, and 10-year Treasury futures traded near record volume but in a fairly tempered way. The dollar rallied. All this started with news Abu Dhabi Investment Authority was investing $7.5 billion in Citigroup.

  • Fannie, Freddie Loan Limit Won't Increase Tuesday, 27 Nov 2007 | 10:52 AM ET

    Mortgage finance companies Fannie Mae  and Freddie Mac  will not be able to invest in loans valued above $417,000 next year, their regulator said on Tuesday, saying it will hold the current loan limit steady.

  • Market Insider/Tuesday Look Ahead Tuesday, 27 Nov 2007 | 12:50 AM ET

    The comments of Fed officials this week could be the balm the markets need, but they could just as easily prove to be the source of more anxiety.

  • UBS Cuts Fannie, Freddie View to Neutral Monday, 26 Nov 2007 | 3:02 PM ET

    UBS Investment Research on Monday lowered its view of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to a 'neutral' rating from a 'buy,' citing an increase in U.S. mortgage losses and slipping value of their other home loan investments.

  • Freddie Mac Seeking to Raise $5 Billion: Report Sunday, 25 Nov 2007 | 11:57 AM ET

    Freddie Mac, the U.S. mortgage finance company that stunned Wall Street with a $2 billion quarterly loss a week ago, plans to sell $5 billion of preferred stock in a deal to be launched as early as this week, the Wall Street Journal said.

  • Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac: What They've Done To Housing Wednesday, 21 Nov 2007 | 8:01 AM ET

    Since I'm starting my holiday early today (I'll be back on Monday), I thought I'd provide you with an interesting take on all the Fannie and Freddie news from a good source of mine, mortgage consultant and former HUD official, Howard Glaser. What follows are this thoughts:

  • The Ever Shrinking U.S. Dollar Tuesday, 20 Nov 2007 | 6:34 PM ET

    The shrinking dollar skidded to a new low against the euro overnight though its off its lows as markets await the release of Fed minutes and its forecast later today.  In the stock market, a spirited rally started to run out of steam by midday.

  • Freddie Mac Stuns Investors With Bigger Loss Tuesday, 20 Nov 2007 | 5:06 PM ET
    A foreclosed home for sale.

    Freddie Mac, the No. 2 U.S. mortgage finance company, stunned Wall Street with a unexpectedly wide loss and plans to slash its dividend or use other means to raise capital to withstand a continuing downturn in the housing market.

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