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Archive for December, 2011

Happy New Year: Corporate Profits Up, Taxes Down

Happy New Year: Corporate Profits Up, Taxes Down

If you’re looking for hard economic news, this year-end mindbender from the Bureau of Economic Analysis ought to do the trick: corporate profits surged in the third quarter while corporate taxes fell. And more hard news: on average folks who work in financial services make 52 percent more than you do. “Corporate profits with inventory […]

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How America got its first Christmas tree

How America got its first Christmas tree

Christmas trees now sparkle in millions of homes, but did you ever wonder how the tradition began? No doubt there are several stories regarding the start of this custom, and here’s one I’d like to pass along. “It’s now been more than 150 years since Professor Charles Minnigerode decorated Williamsburg’s first Christmas tree,” says Robert […]

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RealtyTrac: Foreclosure Activity Slumps 14% — But Rise Likely In 2012

RealtyTrac: Foreclosure Activity Slumps 14% — But Rise Likely In 2012

Foreclosure filings in November fell 14% when compared with last year according to the latest Realtytrac survey. Foreclosure filings include default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions. In total, 224,394 homes received foreclosure filings. The filing decline may seem like good news and surely it’s a welcome relief for many families, however behind the lower […]

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Public to Politicians: End Foreclosure Mess

Public to Politicians: End Foreclosure Mess

Candidates running for office in 2012 had better put their housing game on the table. From tiny towns to the national electorate, voters have been clear about who they want in office — elected officials who see housing as an economic cornerstone critical to recovery. More than 80 percent of Americans believe housing is critical […]

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Why Trump Is Wrong On Mortgages

Why Trump Is Wrong On Mortgages

Donold Trump — a possible candidate for President — thinks mortgages are tough to get, maybe impossible. “If somebody wants to buy a house,” he told CNN’s Piers Morgan, “it’s virtually impossible to get the money from a bank. And it’s — even if they have good credit. Even when mortgages are coming due, and […]

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Why FHA Premiums Should Not Be Raised

Why FHA Premiums Should Not Be Raised

Will the FHA loan program raise its insurance premium for new borrowers? At first it might seem as though higher premiums are in order given that the FHA reserve fund — the Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund or MMI — is well below the 2 percent required reserve. While that may be true, one must also […]

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