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.

Bailout fears leave US home loan giants Freddie and Fannie reeling

Shares of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac plunged yesterday as speculation mounted that the US government would be forced to take control of the mortgage finance companies that underpin the US housing market.

Market Report: Oil and mining stocks buck market sell-off

Eurasian Natural Resour-ces Corporation led the charge of the resource stocks yesterday as the London market, depressed by a spike in the price of oil, mounting fears for the state of the economy and uncertainty about the US financial system, succumbed to the bears.

Jeremy Warner's Outlook: Calamity as distressed US mortgage companies head for the buffers

Could this be the big one? All market firestorms require a defining, cataclysmic event to mark the bottom and establish a floor from which confidence can rebuild. Northern Rock, in international terms a smallish, regional mortgage bank, was never likely to be it. Personally I thought Bear Stearns might be, but that too has proved insufficient an explosion to put out the flames.

Oil prices and mortgages send shares tumbling

Record oil prices and fears over the financial health of two US mortgage giants sent shockwaves through the UK's leading shares today.

Mortgages: 'Gold standard' for mortgages provokes a lukewarm response from lenders

The mortgage industry reacted sceptically yesterday to the Chancellor's proposals for reviving the securitisation market and encouraging the growth of long-term fixed rate loans.

Carlyle fund faces liquidation after missed margin calls

Carlyle Capital Corp, an investment fund managed by the US private equity giant Carlyle Group, said yesterday it had received additional margin calls from banks that could cause it to run out of cash.

US regulators free Fannie Mae to buy up mortgages

United States regulators have ripped up longstanding restrictions on the government-sponsored mortgage companies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, freeing them to buy significantly more mortgages and pot-entially to reinvigorate the secondary market for mortgage debt.

Bush agrees plan aimed at easing mortgage misery

US politicians have agreed a plan to try to bring down mortgage interest rates for millions of Americans and kick-start the ailing housing market.

Money: Property ladder pulled away

In the past few weeks I have talked to several people in their late twenties who have good jobs but believe they have missed their chance to buy a flat. They reckon that London prices are beyond their reach now - and are going to keep on rising.

Average Goldman share handout will be $126,000

THE TOP five partners at Goldman Sachs are set to receive shares worth nearly $900m (pounds 560m) when the firm goes public in June.

US rediscovers joy of inner city life

THEY USED to joke in Denver that you could stand at the top of 17th Street, one of the main thoroughfares in the city centre, and send a bowling ball down its entire length without it meeting a single obstacle along the way. That, though, was 10 years ago. Today, your ball wouldn't travel half a block.

Bears on the rampage


View from City Road: Lenders need to be flexible over fixed rates

Many people who expected a Labour election victory took out fixed rate mortgages at 11.5 per cent in 1991, and now find it hard to hail them as a great innovation in personal finance. Though fixed rates bring peace of mind when rates go up, they are also extremely irritating when rates fall further than expected.
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Indiana serial killer? Man arrested for murdering teenage prostitute confesses to six other murders - and police fear there could be many more

A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
Fukushima nuclear crisis: Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on - and may never return home

Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize
Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?
Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals

'You need me, I don’t need you'

Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals
How to Get Away with Murder: Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama

How to Get Away with Murder

Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama
A cup of tea is every worker's right

Hard to swallow

Three hospitals in Leicester have banned their staff from drinking tea and coffee in public areas. Christopher Hirst explains why he thinks that a cuppa is every worker's right
Which animals are nearly extinct?

Which animals are nearly extinct?

Conservationists in Kenya are in mourning after the death of a white northern rhino, which has left the species with a single male. These are the other species on the brink
12 best children's shoes

Perfect for leaf-kicking: 12 best children's shoes

Find footwear perfect to keep kids' feet protected this autumn
Anderlecht vs Arsenal: Gunners' ray of light Aaron Ramsey shines again

Arsenal’s ray of light ready to shine again

Aaron Ramsey’s injury record has prompted a club investigation. For now, the midfielder is just happy to be fit to face Anderlecht in the Champions League
Comment: David Moyes' show of sensitivity thrown back in his face by former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson

Moyes’ show of sensitivity thrown back in his face... by Ferguson

Manchester United legend tramples on successor who resisted criticising his inheritance
Two super-sized ships have cruised into British waters, but how big can these behemoths get?

Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
Ranked seventh in world’s best tourist cities - not London, or Edinburgh, but Salisbury

Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2015

UK city beats Vienna, Paris and New York to be ranked seventh in world’s best tourist destinations - but it's not London