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  • Fannie Mae shares  plunged 10 percent to their lowest in more than a decade on Friday after the company on a conference call failed to calm investors concerned about loss accounting.

  • With homebuilders, real estate companies and even Wall Street firms taking a hit from the credit crunch, it’s worth taking a look at the balance sheet of Corporate America.

  • Banking auditors are watching carefully to ensure bank valuations based on in-house mathematical models are not, in the phrase coined by Warren Buffett, "mark to myth."

  • Prospective bidders are due to submit their final proposals Friday for mortgage lender Northern Rock, Britain's biggest casualty of the global credit crisis.

  • A Wells Fargo Bank in Palo Alto, California.

    Wells Fargo believes the nation's housing slump is the worst since the Great Depression and is far from over, Chief Executive John Stumpf said Thursday.

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    Several financial institutions have been telling investors that subprime  losses may not be as big as feared. Yet many wonder if it's all just wishful thinking.

  • When the market was filling in the blanks for itself Barclays fell 9 percent in a session and trading in the stock was temporarily suspended. To read the rumor the Chairman and CEO where heading out of the door.

  • Investors in a $5 billion cash management fund run by General Electric have become the latest victims of the subprime mortgage meltdown. A  short-term cash management fund, which attempts to keep the value of each share at one dollar, is instead offering investors just 96 cents on the dollar.

  • A woman leaves a branch of Barclays Bank in central London, Monday, April 23, 2007. ABN Amro NV and Barclays PLC announced Monday they have agreed to merge, in the largest cross-border combination in European banking history. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

    Barclays, Britain's third-biggest bank, unveiled a 1.3 billion pound ($2.7 billion) writedown on its exposure to credit market problems on Thursday, less than was feared.

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    Cities in California, Florida and Ohio dominated the 25 U.S. metro areas with the highest home foreclosure rates, though rates jumped in most of the top regions during the third quarter, RealtyTrac said on Wednesday.

  • U.S. mortgage applications rose last week, with demand hitting its highest level in nearly a year as interest rates hovered near recent lows, an industry group said Wednesday.

  • Citigroup, the largest U.S. bank, on Tuesday overhauled the structure of its investment bank, combining equity and debt capital markets activities.

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    Pending home sales rose unexpectedly in September from the month before but were still far lower than a year ago, data from a real estate trade group showed

  • A Bank of America branch.

    Bank of America, the second-largest U.S. bank, said on Tuesday it expects to write down $3 billion of debt in the fourth quarter, as fallout from the nation's housing slump deepens.

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    While Citigroup  searches for a new CEO, there is growing speculation that the troubled financial services conglomerate may finally be broken up.

  • Merrill Lynch is resorting to its trademark bull logo to convince the world it is in good shape, despite taking its biggest quarterly loss ever.

  • Warren Buffett, chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, may cash in from the credit market turmoil and worries surrounding the financial strength of bond insurers, including Ambac Financial Group  and MBIA, the Wall Street Journal said in its online edition on Monday.

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    Help  may be on the way for the financial sector, but in the meantime individual institutions are continuing to get hit with damage from the growing subprime mortgage crisis.

  • Banks worldwide may lose as much as $400 billion from subprime mortgages, as at least one in four of the risky home loans go into default, analysts said on Monday.

  • HSBC

    Europe's biggest bank HSBC is this week expected to unveil a further big hit from its exposure to the U.S. mortgage crisis.