While everyone enjoys low prices at the pump, the impact of it can reverberate throughout the economy and cause some unintended consequence. However, the severity this time around is a lot less than what the country experienced during the last big oil price decline in the 1980s.
It's the mantra among regulators and echoed by Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke on Friday: The recession -- pushed along by rising unemployment levels, plunging home values and growing delinquencies -- would be much worse had governmental bodies not stepped up to intervene.
The Treasury Department on Tuesday released details surrounding the injection of $365.4 million in capital into another 23 financial institutions across the nation, bringing the total investments made through the Capital Purchase Program to $196.36 billion. All but three of the institutions that participated Friday were privately-held firms; 55.2 percent of the funds distributed that day were given to private firms. One Arkansas-based firm participated, as did a bank based in Alabama, four based in California and one out of Florida.
While it's likely no longer surprising for many market participants, a report by consumer credit bureau TransUnion released Monday found that mortgage delinquencies had increased for the fifth straight quarter during Q1, while consumers managed to add to their overall mortgage debt load during the quarter as well.
The darlings of 2014, the single-family housing investment and rental businesses, didn’t dominate like last year, but they still had a strong showing. After snagging four of the top five spots on the 2014 HW Fast50, two SFRs placed in the top five in 2015 and three made the top 50..
Bank loyalty is not a factor for borrowers in shopping for a mortgage loan. Borrowers tend to select a mortgage originator based on product, price and their expectation for a convenient transaction process. Read More