News Prices for single-family homes rose in 81 percent in America

Prices for single-family homes rose in 81 percent of the nation's cities as the property market extends a recovery from the worst crash since the 1930s.

Stephen Foley: America on bailout red alert again

US Outlook The US is back on Bailout Red Alert, and this time round the federal government looks like it might have to pay to bail out – itself. No one should be surprised to learn that the Federal Housing Administration has found itself facing big losses, what with so many Americans failing to pay their mortgage. Republican politicians scent a scandal of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac proportions, and are already making hay, but this is no time for the Obama administration to go defensive about its support for the US housing market.

US seeks power to wind up 'too big to fail' firms

Government determined to make failing institutions pay for their risk-taking

US budget deficit hits peacetime high: $1.4trn

The US government borrowed more than ever in peacetime last year – some $1.4 trillion, said the Congressional Budget Office yesterday. Proportionately, the deficit is one of the largest among the advanced nations – 9.9 per cent of GDP. Loss of tax revenues during the recession, the costs of supporting the jobless and the extraordinary scale of public support for the financial sector have all driven the deficit higher. However, the latest news on unemployment suggests a slightly brighter outlook.

Financier at centre of the US mortgage crisis found hanged

Executive ran multibillion-dollar lender under investigation for accounting fraud

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac bosses made 'reckless bets'

The chief executives of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the collapsed mortgage finance giants at the centre of the US housing market, repeatedly ignored warnings that they were putting their companies at risk with exotic mortgage investments, a congressional hearing has been told.

<a href="http://s-foley.livejournal.com/468.html">Stephen Foley : Fannie and Freddie are useful alive, but the shares are dead money</a>

The cameras had left and reporters had shut their notepads, but the most illuminating part of today's hearings into Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac happened after the main bout.

Steve Richards: A hard lesson for the Tories to learn

Cameron has struggled to come up with a clear line over this crisis

Dominic Lawson: Don't bank on the Government

Brown said that a bust could never happen under his bespoke system of regulation

Dominic Lawson: Democrat fingerprints are all over the financial crisis

The least well off are going to face the most stringent terms for mortgages

Dominic Lawson: The borrowers must take their share of the blame too

From: Minister of the Treasury Paulson

FBI probes AIG and Lehman as pressure mounts for legal action

Authorities ask whether executives knew about the dire state of firms' finances

<a href="http://blogs.independent.co.uk/the_campaign_trailers/2008/09/time-mccain-pla.html" target="_blank">US Campaign Trail: Time - McCain playing the race card</a>

Time magazine's Karen Tumulty has accused the McCain campaign of racism for launching this ad accusing Obama of close ties to discredited former Fannie Mae Chairman Franklin Raines.

BBA rejects call for Government to act as mortgage guarantor

The body representing Brit-ain's banks yesterday rejected calls for the Government to guarantee mortgages in an effort to kick-start the housing market.

Jeremy Warner's Outlook: There's a gallows humour about the City. Few expect to survive for long

Sutcliffe takes the bullet at Old Mutual; First too optimistic, now too pessimistic

Steve Richards: The rules have changed. But have our politicians noticed?

This bail-out has turned the world on its head. The next election will be the last fought on the primacy of markets
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