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Trump’s election pushes up consumer optimism

Pressure is high for Trump administration’s first moves
President-elect Donald Trump’s surprising win in the presidential elections is pushing consumer sentiment to just below 2015 highs. The Survey of Consumers’ chief economist explains the effect this will have on Trump’s administration when he takes over the oval office in January.
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Congress to consider bill requiring Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac to offload more risk

New bill facilitates additional credit-risk transfers to private market
Despite a new report from Moody’s Investors Service stating that wholesale reform of the government-sponsored enterprises is years away, some members of Congress are pursuing changes to how Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac operate. On Thursday, Reps. Ed Royce, R-Calif., and Gwen Moore, D-Wisc., introduced a new bill in the House of Representatives that would require the GSEs to offload more credit risk onto the private sector.
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Tips on how to know if a HELOC is right for you

Home prices on the rise
Increasing home prices are old news, meaning more borrowers are starting to consider getting a home equity line of credit. For those borrowers debating if a HELOC is right for them, here are some suggestions on what to expect going into the process.
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Moody's: Privatizing Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac would cost "hundreds of billions"

Report predicts disruption to secondary market
Steve Mnuchin, President-elect Donald Trump’s choice to lead the Department of the Treasury, recently said that “getting Fannie and Freddie out of government ownership” is one of the Trump administration’s top 10 priorities. But just how realistic is that plan? According to a new report from Moody’s Investors Service, privatizing the GSEs is not only unlikely to happen any time soon, it’s also hugely cost-prohibitive, and it would be a negative for bond investors as well. Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how was the show?
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SEC Enforcement Director Andrew Ceresney stepping down

SEC’s top cop to leave at year-end
Last month, Mary Jo White, the chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission, announced that she planned to step down at the end of the year, clearing the way for President-elect Donald Trump to choose new leadership for the financial regulator. Now, another of the SEC’s top positions is about to be vacant, as Andrew Ceresney, the SEC’s enforcement director, announced that he plans to step down at the end of the year as well.
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Here’s the real danger to the recovering housing market

First American explains new construction’s future role in housing
As interest rates increase, experts look at what that will mean for the future of the housing market, and what changes are coming in 2017. First American’s senior vice president and chief economist talks about some of the dangers, especially for first-time buyers.
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National Credit Union Administration sued over updated membership rule

The role of credit unions called into question by ABA
Not more than a day after the National Credit Union Administration published its Field of Membership final rule in the Federal Register, the American Bankers Association filed a lawsuit. To the trade group, the final rule steps away from the intended purpose of credit unions to serve only a single, well-defined local community.
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