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Higher mortgage costs for many seen in proposed insurer rules


  • Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model), The

Mortgage costs might rise for many borrowers under proposed insurer rules from the Federal Housing Finance Agency, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, a report by Moody's Analytics and the Urban Institute sai… Read More

Business investment, consumer confidence post gains


  • New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

Durable goods orders rose 22.6% in July, fueled largely by demand for airplanes. The monthly gain was the largest since records began in 1992. Economists said the data show that businesses are investi… Read More

FSB Asia group focuses on safety of OTC swaps market



Members of the Financial Stability Board's Regional Consultative Group for Asia recently met in Japan to discuss policy priorities. For example, the group plans to focus on improving the safety of ove… Read More

Consumer Reports recommends longevity annuities


  • Consumer Reports

Urging Americans to better plan for retirement, Consumer Reports recommends longevity insurance, a form of annuity contract that guarantees lifetime income. New Treasury Department regulations make th… Read More

Calif. city estimates at least $300M in earthquake damage


  • San Francisco Chronicle (free content)

Damage to homes and businesses in Napa, Calif., from Sunday's earthquake totals about $300 million, according to initial estimates. Public-property damage and economic losses are still being tallied, … Read More

Should individual bankers face charges?


  • New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

U.S. officials have required large payments from banks for faulty mortgage-backed securities issued before the financial crisis. However, no individuals have faced charges. Six columnists debate the n… Read More