The European Union’s planned tax on financial transactions should have a “broad base” covering equities, bonds, currencies and derivatives to ensure it can’t be evaded, the finance ministers of France and Germany said.
Freddie Mac, the government- supported mortgage company, made it harder for some borrowers with second-lien home equity debt to refinance as it released guidelines for its version of the federal Home Affordable Refinance Program.
Freddie Mac’s decision to force Bank of America Corp. to repurchase $330 million of mortgages from its securities may result in a profit for the lender while triggering investor losses, according to Credit Suisse Group AG.
PNC Financial Services Group Inc. was on the brink of selling Jim Durden a foreclosed house in Weed, California, last month when the country’s biggest banks came under public fire for improperly seizing homes. Now, he lives in an EconoLodge .