U.S. industries tied to housing are likely to grow about four times as fast as the economy, making them top picks for investors, said Mark Kiesel, global head of corporate bond portfolios at Pacific Investment Management Co.
Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will let some borrowers who kept up payments as their homes lost value erase their debts by giving up the properties, helping Americans escape underwater loans while adding to losses at the mortgage giants bailed out with $190 billion of taxpayer money.
California and New York, along with Florida, agreed to join more than 40 other states in a nationwide settlement 16 months in the making that seeks to end abusive bank foreclosure practices that followed the collapse of the housing bubble, a person familiar with the matter said.
The U.S. Justice Department said it will announce the resolution of a 16-month nationwide probe of abusive foreclosure practices at banks including Citigroup Inc. and Wells Fargo & Co. after the collapse of the housing bubble.
When California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom begins meetings in Austin with Hardee’s hamburgers chief Andrew Puzder, local Chamber of Commerce Chairman Bobby Jenkins and Texas Governor Rick Perry , it’s because the most- populous state lingers in a funk, even as the U.S. pulls out of the deepest recession in half a century.