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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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