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Fed’s Bullard Warns Yield Curve May Invert in a ‘Bearish’ Sign
Bloomberg, Dec. 1, 2017--Steve MatthewsFederal Reserve Bank of St. Louis President James Bullard cautioned that short-term interest rates may exceed long-term rates by late 2018, creating a so-called inversion of the yield curve that would bode poorly for the U.S. economy.
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U.S. States Gird for Fight as Trump Targets Consumer Finance Watchdog
Reuters, Dec. 1, 2017--Lisa LambertPennsylvania's Attorney General is leading the charge among his Democratic peers preparing to shore up protections for borrowers and savers while President Donald Trump follows through on a pledge to defang a powerful consumer finance watchdog.
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U.S. Factory Activity Cools, with Employment Index Edging Lower
Reuters, Dec. 1, 2017--Jason LangeThe Institute for Supply Management Manufacturing Index fell more than expected in November as a gauge of employment cooled, but the index continued to point to strengthening manufacturing conditions.
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Tax Reform Could Hit Certain States Harder than Others
CNBC, Dec. 2, 2017--Lorie KonishNow that the Senate passed a sweeping tax reform bill, proposed changes to state and local tax and mortgage deductions could be especially damaging to those residents in states with higher tax rates.
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Guaranteed Rate Alleges former Exec Planned Exodus to Rival Mortgage Lender, Lawsuit Says
Chicago Tribune, Dec. 1, 2017--Ally MarottiMortgage lender Guaranteed Rate alleges that while still employed at the company, one of its "most highly compensated executives" planned and participated in an exodus of more than 20 employees to a newly formed rival, according to a lawsuit filed by the Chicago-based company.
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New York City Council Halts Midtown Tower Construction
Wall Street Journal, Dec. 3, 2017--Josh Barbanel (subscription)Work on an 800-foot-tall tower in East Midtown that has been under construction for six months was halted last week following a vote by the New York City Council to limit skyscrapers in the area, in a win for a grass-roots group that sought to block the project.
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Will Bad Blood over CFPB Hamper Reg Relief Bill?
National Mortgage News, Dec. 1, 2017--Ian McKendry (subscription)The ill will generated between Democrats and Republicans in the controversy over appointing an acting chief for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau adds a new wrinkle to congressional talks over a bipartisan regulatory relief deal.
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Trump Picks Hensarling Aide to Help Mulvaney Lead CFPB
HousingWire, Dec. 1, 2017--Ben LaneWhile Democrats vow that they're not ready to hand the leadership of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau over to Mick Mulvaney without a fight, the Trump administration is moving forward with helping Mulvaney staff up in his new position.
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Walter Investment Files Bankruptcy
Mortgage Daily, Dec. 1, 2017Walter Investment Management Corp. has filed for bankruptcy as expected. The company hopes to wipe out nearly $1 billion in outstanding debt.
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Refis Lead Recovery in Weekly Mortgage Business
Mortgage Daily, Dec. 1, 2017New residential lending activity during the past seven days took a big leap from the holiday week. Leading the week-over-week improvement was surging refinance business.
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Cash Back for Cash Buyers
UExpress, Dec. 1, 2017--Lew SichelmanA good number of buyers have been robbing their piggy banks lately, hoping that paying cash will help them beat out the competition for any decent houses still left on the market.
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Short-Term Stores Now a Permanent Fixture in New York Retail
Wall Street Journal, Dec. 3, 2017--Keiko Morris (subscription)Landlords are becoming more flexible as retail sector changes and vacancies rise.
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MBA Education School of Mortgage Banking III in California Dec. 12-15
MBA Education offers its School of Mortgage Banking III from Dec. 12-15 at New American Funding in Santa Ana, Calif.
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MBA Education Cybersecurity Fundamentals & NY DFS Requirements Workshop Feb. 6-7
MBA Education offers a workshop, Cybersecurity Fundamentals & NY DFS Requirements, on Tuesday Feb. 6 and Wednesday, Feb. 7 in McLean, Va. (near Washington, D.C.).
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NMLS Launches 2018 Licensing Renewal Effort; Deadline Dec. 31
The Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System's 2018 Streamlined Renewal Process begins November 1 and ends December 31. MBA encourages Mortgage Loan Originators to renew their licenses as soon as possible.
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