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The Treasury Department’s move to start unloading its portfolio of mortgage debt likely will add one more point of pressure—albeit a small one—to a housing market hardly in a position for additional stress.
Later this month the government plans to shed about $10 billion in its $142 billion portfolio of mortgage-backed securities that were guaranteed by government-sponsored enterprises Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The sales then will happen incrementally over the next year or so.
Can any stock replace Citigroup at the top of the volume ticker?
Could things be getting so good in the US that even noted curmudgeon Meredith Whitney is finding reason to believe?
Answering such an improbable question requires perspective, as optimism from Whitney would be considered pessimism from most people.
The idea that bank CEO's would get richer—as a consequence of post-stress test dividends—began to spread days before the banks even announced their dividend disbursements last Friday.
"Where Will Warren Buffett Hide From Goldman Sachs?" [CNBC's Becky Quick]
AT&T deal to buy T-Mobile for $39 billion raises antitrust concerns [NYTimes DealBook]
JPMorgan is beating Goldman Sachs in M&A advice [Bloomberg]
Citigroup in reverse split, reinstates dividend [Reuters via CNBC.com]
Boeing flies its new plane [Yahoo Finance]
Listen to what happened at the Rajaratnam trial [CNBC's Scott Cohn]
There's a battle brewing in Washington that could impact the way you spend your money. I'm talking about how you use your debit card.
Nestled in the 2300 plus page financial reform was "The Durbin Amendment" which sets a price on "interchange fees"—the amount a bank charges a retailer everytime a consumer uses a debit card for a transaction. Visa and MasterCard , control 80 percent of the debit market and they set the debit interchange fee rates.
The Durbin Amendment would put a cap on interchange fees. In response to the amendment, some banks lare limiting the dollar amounts of debit card purchases or raising other feesto make up for the amount of money they are losing on a transaction.
I decided to speak with Senator Bob Corker \(R-TN\) who recently introduced a bill that would slow down the implementation of the Durbin Amendment, which is set to take effect on April 21.
Before President Obama leaves for Rio, he'll be reading a letter signed by 20 Governors calling on the President for more energy options.
It lays out the Governor's concerns over the EPA's policy and regulatory initiatives saying these regulations will "within the next five years which will significantly impact the energy industry, increase burdensome costs to consumers, and hurt the competitiveness of U.S. manufacturers."
In addition to their grievances with the EPA regulations and policies, the governors also added it is too early for the Administration to be tapping into the Strategic Petroleum Reserves saying "The SPR should only be tapped when we face both international crisis and domestic decline in resource capacity. We have not yet reached this point."
With all this focus on energy, I decided to ask Michael Whatley Vice President, Consumer Energy Alliance \(CEA\) on what is needed to not only stabilize energy prices and reduce our dependence off of foreign oil.
If there's any doubt the Fed is targeting December for its first rate hike, just look at the bond market.
Italy plans to launch a series of bad bank-style measures as early as the end of the year, the FT reports.
Hillary Clinton's close ties to Wall Street is an image she can't seek to shake, The New York Times reports.