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  • Republican tax bill likely curtailed 2018 home sales, Fed economists say

    Housing market should have been able to “shrug off” last year’s rate gains
    Republican tax reform that capped mortgage and property deductions has curtailed the housing market, according to a blog post from economists at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. While a 7.6% decline in the sales of new single-family homes from 2017’s fourth quarter through the end of 2018’s third quarter could be attributed to a 70 basis point rise in mortgage rates, the drop was larger than periods of similar rate gains in 2013 and 2016.
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  • Trump calls on Federal Reserve to lower interest rates

    Wants return of quantitative easing
    The Federal Reserve, which has increased interest rates numerous times in the last few years, recently signaled that it does not plan to increase interest rates any more for the remainder of this year. But if it was up to President Donald Trump, the Fed would be cutting interest rates instead.
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  • Is Wells Fargo too big to manage? Congress grills CEO Tim Sloan

    House committee roasts Sloan over progress on bank's overhaul in hostile 4-hour hearing
    Wells Fargo CEO Tim Sloan appeared before the House Financial Services Committee on Tuesday to address questions regarding the bank's overhaul after a series of scandals rocked the big bank in recent years. In a tense four-hour hearing, Sloan was grilled about the steps he's taken during his two-year tenure as CEO to overhaul the bank, with the big question of the day being whether or not Wells Fargo is simply too big to manage.
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  • Appraisers accuse federal regulators of recreating housing crisis conditions

    Appraisal Institute blasts proposal to eliminate appraisal requirement on certain home sales
    As one might expect, appraisers are none too pleased about the FDIC, the OCC, and the Federal Reserve proposing to eliminate the appraisal requirement on certain home sales of $400,000 and below. According to Appraisal Institute President James Murrett, the newly proposed rules would add significantly more danger to the lending environment and harken back to the way things were just before the financial crisis.
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  • Regulators propose ending appraisal requirement on some home sales of $400,000 and below

    FDIC, OCC, Fed propose raising appraisal threshold for first time since 1994
    The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, and the Federal Reserve released a proposal Tuesday that would increase the appraisal requirement from $250,000 to $400,000, meaning that certain home sales of $400,000 and below would no longer require an appraisal.
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  • Goldman Sachs: Fed still has 5 rate hikes to go

    Job creation to reach breakeven pace in 2020
    The Federal Reserve elected to raise the federal funds rate three times so far in 2018, three times in 2017 and once in 2016, but Goldman Sachs says it still has five rate hikes to go. The company noted that the Fed is unlikely to conclude the hiking cycle unless it is reassured that the labor market overshoot doesn’t grow much further.
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  • Federal Reserve proposes easing regulations for larger banks

    But not the largest banks
    The Federal Reserve this week proposed the idea of easing regulations on larger financial institutions and announced it is seeking public comment on the issue. The Fed recently proposed four new tiers of regulation for banks with more than $100 billion in assets to ease compliance requirements for banks with less risk. Banks deemed to have the lowest risk would be able to skip out on annual stress tests and reduce other requirements.
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  • Former Fed chair says "we're in a hell of a mess"

    Paul Volcker tells The New York Times he sees a "hell of a mess" in every direction
    In an interview with The New York Times, former Federal Reserve Chair Paul Volcker says he sees a "hell of a mess in every direction" when it comes to the country, economy and government. Volcker always warns that the country is developing into a plutocracy.
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