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Shortage of Homes for Sale Frustrates U.S. Buyers as Mortgage Rates Drop

Shortage of Homes for Sale Frustrates U.S. Buyers as Mortgage Rates Drop

U.S. existing-home sale rise as expected in July, but the chief economist for the National Association of Realtors says that a shortage of properties on the market is putting upward pressures on prices, eliminating some of the benefits from a recent drop in mortgage rates.

Mortgage Refinancing Boom Continues as Economic Worries Push Rates Down Further

Mortgage Refinancing Boom Continues as Economic Worries Push Rates Down Further

U.S. applications to refinance mortgages rise 0.4% during the week ended Aug. 16, to the highest since 2016.

Leveraged Loans: Has Enough Changed Since the Financial Crisis?

Leveraged Loans: Has Enough Changed Since the Financial Crisis?

The leveraged lending market is proliferating, and for those who think there isn't much risk involved, think again.

How to Allocate Your Income-Generating Assets Now

How to Allocate Your Income-Generating Assets Now

My 'Hopium/Doomium' model has stood the test of time.

7 Ways to Earn High Income From Other People's Mortgages

7 Ways to Earn High Income From Other People's Mortgages

Sophisticated income investors can participate in this high-yield market via mREITs, preferreds and funds.

New Home Sales in U.S. Fall Faster Than Expected in January

New Home Sales in U.S. Fall Faster Than Expected in January

New home sales in the U.S. totaled 607,000 in January, down from 652,000 in December, the Census Bureau reports. The drop was steeper than projected by economists, who had estimated January sales at 620,000.

Wall Street Sees No Evil as Junky Loans Surpass $1.3 Trillion

Wall Street Sees No Evil as Junky Loans Surpass $1.3 Trillion

Loans to companies with low credit ratings swelled by 15% last year to $1.3 trillion, prompting warnings from the Federal Reserve and International Monetary Fund. Yet Wall Street firms that are deeply immersed in the market, from banks including JPMorgan Chase to private-equity firms like Blackstone, say they don't see what the problem is.

U.S. Economy Adds 312,000 Jobs In December, Well Above Expectations

U.S. Economy Adds 312,000 Jobs In December, Well Above Expectations

A government report shows that the economy added 312,000 jobs in December, well above economists' average projection of 180,000.

Subprime Loans: Types and What They Do to the Economy

Subprime Loans: Types and What They Do to the Economy

Subprime loans give those with financial struggles a chance to buy a house or car, but they can have drastic consequences - both for the borrower and the world economy.

What Was the Subprime Mortgage Crisis and How Did it Happen?

What Was the Subprime Mortgage Crisis and How Did it Happen?

The subprime mortgage crisis occurred when the real estate market collapsed and homeowners defaulted on their loans. How did the market get to that point?