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What We're Reading: The Good Friday edition

Items Tagged with 'Treasury'


Treasury readies Ally initial public offering

The beginning of the end
March 27, 2014
Once a major player in the mortgage market, the automotive finance company and bank holding company will be traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker ALLY. But will the Treasury make its money back on its investment?
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PIMCO cuts mortgage-backed securities holdings

Moving to investments outside the U.S.
March 12, 2014
PIMCO, the world's largest bond fund, is moving away from its investments in mortgage-backed securities and U.S. government-related holdings. Why would it change strategy?
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California Congressman goes on REO-to-rental warpath

Takano pushing four federal bodies to investigate
March 6, 2014
Longtime critic of REO-to-rental U.S. Rep. Mark Takano, D-Calif., fired off letters to four federal entities asking for a detailed investigation into the growth of REO operations and REO-to-rental as an investment. Is his concern misplaced?
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HW 30, major indices ride into last trade week of February on a high

That sound is opportunity knocking
February 24, 2014

Stocks were up across the board Monday with few exceptions at mid-morning, with several components of the HW 30 — the index of leading stocks that drive the housing market — well above 3%.

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Big banks buy $14 billion in Ginnie Mae bonds

Other bond purchases flat in fourth quarter
February 21, 2014
Wells Fargo had the largest increase in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac MBS holdings, adding $6.1 billion, while Bank of America and Citigroup reduced their holdings by $4.8 billion and $2 billion, respectively.
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Don't look now: Fannie, Freddie, Ginnie bonds are on a roll

Second round of tapering being absorbed just fine
January 29, 2014
While the Federal Reserve continues to reduce holdings of mortgage-backed securities and Treasurys, the mortgage bond market is reacting well. Very well.
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Here's what speculators on the American economy say about its future

Focus on FOMC taper decision coming this week
January 27, 2014
There's plenty of chatter about the U.S. economy going into Wednesday's announcement from the Federal Open Market Committee, especially in regard to whether it will continue to taper investments in Treasurys and mortgage-backed securities.
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3 dangers housing finance faces in 2014

Ambiguous, complex, and inconsistent enforcment ahead
January 23, 2014
When a law's effect is determined by how it is enforced, and when there's a new model of regulation by people who don't understand what they're regulating — that's not a good place to be.
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Stegman to private bond investors: You'll get your government guarantee

Investors will need to spend money to make money
January 23, 2014
"The mortgage and investor communities should find a way to ensure that quality housing counseling is funded, and remains available for borrowers that will benefit from it," noted Michael Stegman, Counselor to the Secretary of the Treasury for Housing Finance Policy.
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It's time to fight over the debt ceiling again

Treasury Secretary warns Congress about impending debt limit
January 22, 2014
It's that time of year again. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew is warning Congress once again to raise the nation's debt ceiling, saying lawmakers have less than one month left.
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