Valuations

Mixed reaction to Mnuchin officially taking over as Treasury Secretary

Republicans pleased, Democrats not so much
Considering the contentious nature of the confirmation process, it’s not a surprise that reaction to Steven Mnuchin officially being sworn in as the next Secretary of the Department of the Treasury varied wildly. As you might expect, Republicans celebrated Mnuchin’s confirmation, while Democrats decried it.
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It's official: Steven Mnuchin sworn in as Treasury Secretary

Senate approves former OneWest exec for cabinet post in largely partisan vote
Despite all the bluster, attempted parliamentary maneuvering, and name-calling from the Democratic party, the Senate voted Monday evening to approve Steven Mnuchin to serve as the next Secretary of the Department of the Treasury. As expected, the Senate approved Mnuchin in a partisan vote of 53-47, with one Democrat, Sen. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, splitting from his party and voting with the Republican majority.
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Monday Morning Cup of Coffee: An "inside" look at Gary Cohn's role in Trump administration

New York papers run competing profiles of former Goldman Sachs exec
Two of New York's biggest newspapers happened to publish competing (and somewhat similar) articles over the weekend that delve into the growing role within the Trump administration of Gary Cohn, the White House National Economic Council Director and a former top executive at Goldman Sachs. So what is Cohn's role? The Wall Street Journal and the New York Times are happy to tell you more.
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Mark Calabria to serve as chief economist for Vice President Mike Pence

Long-time housing reform advocate joins Pence's staff
Mark Calabria, a long-time housing reform advocate, will serve as the chief economist to Vice President Mike Pence. In his role within Pence’s office, Calabria could play a big role and be a sizable voice for housing finance reform, which he has spoken about frequently in his career.
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Are you one of housing's top young leaders? Prove it

Here's your chance to be a Rising Star
Well, it’s that time of year again. HousingWire is proud to announce the fourth annual HousingWire Rising Stars award program, which honors the next generation of leaders in lending, servicing, investments, and real estate. If you, or someone you know belongs on the 2017 edition of Rising Stars, now is the time to prove it.
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Realtors: Majority of metros hit peak levels in 2016

Housing supply hit record lows
In 2016, the housing market saw existing home prices hit new highs in many markets, and housing inventory hit new lows. While this sounds great for sellers, homebuyers struggle to find an affordable home. NAR explains when homebuyers should start searching for a home to avoid competition and get the best price.
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Housing shortage and high home prices hit these 10 markets hardest

Trulia report shows most mismatched markets
Inventory shortages and high home prices plague the housing market as homebuyers struggle with the competition to find a home. Many markets have a surplus of premium homes and a shortage of starter and trade-up homes. Trulia outlines the nation’s top-10 metros with the most mismatched housing markets.
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Mixed reactions to Trump's push for Dodd-Frank overhaul

Unsurprisingly, of course…
As one might expect, the reactions to President Donald Trump’s initiation of the overhaul of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act came in fast and furious after Trump signed an executive order on Friday that calls for the Secretary of the Department of the Treasury to begin reviewing Dodd-Frank. And unsurprisingly, those reactions varied wildly.
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Trump signs executive order to overhaul Dodd-Frank

Directs Treasury Secretary to review financial laws
As expected, President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Friday that begins to roll back the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act, the landmark legislation passed in wake of the financial crisis. “We’re signing new rules for regulating the U.S. financial system. It doesn’t get much bigger than that, right?,” Trump said just before signing the executive order.
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