Business is booming at Beau Boeckmann’s Ford showroom in southern California, with buyers snapping up Fusion sedans they compare to Aston Martins. Just don’t ask how the government shutdown might influence sales.
Freddie Mac failed to go after foreclosed homeowners who owed more than $4.6 billion on their government-guaranteed loans, passing up the chance to seize second homes and cars from people who defaulted on their mortgage payments.
Travis Armstrong, a long-haul trucker, has made his mortgage payments for six years and has a credit score of about 800 that would entice most lenders. Because he owes more than his home is worth and his debt lacks federal backing, he’s stuck paying 7.5 percent interest, almost twice the rate of new loans.
Bruce Kasman, chief economist for JPMorgan Chase & Co. in New York, and Diane Swonk, chief economist for Mesirow Financial Inc. in Chicago, said the dissent by Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago President Charles Evans may reflect other members’ views on the Federal Open Market Committee.
Homeowners with underwater mortgages in U.S. states worst-hit by foreclosures are leading refinancings after the government expanded programs to aid borrowers, strengthening the weakest link in the housing recovery.
Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. isn’t charging diners more for guacamole this year, even though the restaurant chain expects to pay more for avocados. That isn’t an appetizing prospect for Federal Reserve policy makers.