Fed Seen Avoiding Historic Loss by Holding Mortgage Debt

“The Federal Reserve can avoid unprecedented losses by never selling mortgage-backed securities from its record $3.84 trillion balance sheet, according to updated estimates by Fed economists in Washington. The Fed every month is purchasing $85 billion in Treasuries and mortgage-backed securities in a program aimed at fueling economic growth and combating unemployment, which was 7.2 percent in September.”   […]

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Central Banks Drop Tightening Talk as Easy Money Goes On

The Bank of Canada’s dropping of language about the need for future interest-rate increases and today’s decisions by central banks in Norway, Sweden and the Philippines to leave their rates on hold unite them with counterparts in reinforcing rather than retracting loose monetary policy. The Federal Reserve delayed a pullback in asset purchases, while emerging markets from Hungary to Chile cut […]

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Germany Summons U.S. Ambassador to Explain Merkel Phone Tapping

Germany summoned the U.S. ambassador to the Foreign Ministry over reports ChancellorAngela Merkel’s mobile phone was monitored by U.S. spy agencies as European Union leaders prepared to discuss tighter data protection. Ambassador John B. Emerson was called in for talks with Foreign Minister Guido Westerwellein Berlin this afternoon, a ministry spokeswoman said, speaking under customary condition of anonymity. France summoned […]

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Senate Passes Accord to End Shutdown as House Set to Act

The Senate voted 81-18 to halt the 16-day government shutdown and raise the U.S. debt limit, moving one step closer to ending the nation’s fiscal impasse. The House of Representatives began debate at 9:24 p.m. and plans to vote later tonight. The Senate acted the day before U.S. borrowing authority was scheduled to lapse as Congress […]

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IMF Sees Business-Loan Losses of EU250 Billion in EU Banks

“Banks in Spain, Italy and Portugal face about 250 billion euros ($338 billion) in potential losses on their business loans over the next two years, the International Monetary Fund said. About one-fifth of combined corporate loans is at risk of default in the three economies, which are forecast to contract this year, according to the […]

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Biggest US Foreign Creditors Show Concern on Default Risk

“China and Japan, which together hold more than $2.4 trillion in U.S. Treasuries, raised pressure on the U.S. to resolve a political impasse on its debt ceiling that threatens to destabilize global financial markets. Japan must consider the impact of any default on its bond holdings, even as the U.S. will probably avoid a fiscal […]

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Detroiters Living Amid Ruins Resist Moving as City Reorganizes

“On both sides of Dorothy Wafer’s Detroit home sit rows of crumbling houses among trash-strewn lots. A body was found in a car down the street last month, and there was an attempted rape, she said. There’s no place like home, though. Wafer, 61, last week planted roses in front of her two-story house, with […]

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A U.S. Default Seen as Catastrophe Dwarfing Lehman’s Fall

“Anyone who remembers the collapse of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. little more than five years ago knows what a global financial disaster is. A U.S. government default, just weeks away if Congress fails to raise the debt ceiling as it now threatens to do, will be an economic calamity like none the world has ever […]

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First U.S. Shutdown in 17 Years Imminent With No Talks

“Republicans and Democrats say they don’t want to close the government, though neither side is budging from their positions. House Republicans, led by Speaker John Boehner, want to delay President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act for a year and make other changes to the law. Democrats, led by Obama, say that won’t happen. Obama will […]

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Gross Says Investors Shouldn’t Trust Moody’s on U.S. AAA Rating

“Investors shouldn’t trust the opinion of Moody’s Investors Service on the U.S.’s Aaa rating and should rely instead on the company’s competitors, according to Pacific Investment Management Co. founder Bill Gross. Moody’s and the U.S. Treasury are one “happy family,” Gross, manager of the world’s biggest bond fund, said today in a post on Twitter. […]

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