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Retailing Chains Caught in a Wave of Bankruptcies

a shared story    457 weeks 6 days 19 hours 4 minutes ago
The consumer spending slump and tightening credit markets are unleashing a widening wave of bankruptcies in American retailing, prompting thousands of store closings that are expected to remake suburban malls and downtown shopping districts across the country. Since last fall, eight mostly midsize chains — as diverse...(more) 




Food Costs Rising Fastest in 17 Years

a shared story    457 weeks 6 days 19 hours 7 minutes ago
Maybe the candidates should consider talking about an issue for a change instead of dragging everyone down. Here's a suggestion, from the story: "Steve Tarpin can bake a graham cracker crust in his sleep, but explaining why the price for his Key lime pies went from $20...(more) 




AIG crisis could be tip of an insurance iceberg

a shared story    408 weeks 23 hours 16 minutes ago
When insurance giant American International Group Inc. imploded last fall, the firm's problems were quickly blamed not on its core insurance business, but on an obscure operation that traded exotic mortgage securities. But as the economic crisis has deepened, it has become clear that AIG's problems extend...(more) 




US Foreclosure Filings Nearly Double in September

a shared story    484 weeks 4 days 10 hours 47 minutes ago
Foreclosure filings across the U.S. nearly doubled last month compared with September 2006, as financially strapped homeowners already behind on mortgage payments defaulted on their loans or came closer to losing their homes to foreclosure, a real estate information company said Thursday. 




AP study finds $1.6B went to bailed-out bank execs

a shared story    422 weeks 1 day 8 hours 44 minutes ago
Banks that are getting taxpayer bailouts awarded their top executives nearly $1.6 billion in salaries, bonuses, and other benefits last year, an Associated Press analysis reveals. 



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Citigroup Buys Banking Operations of Wachovia

a shared story    434 weeks 13 hours 49 minutes ago
Citigroup has agreed to buy Wachovia’s banking operations for $1 a share, a move that that would concentrate power within the nation’s banking industry in the hands of a few giant lenders.  




The American mood: Is the angst bottoming out?

a shared story    406 weeks 2 days 9 hours 48 minutes ago
Friday night in northern New Jersey, circa April 2009, offers clues to prove any theory about the American economic meltdown, depending on what you want to believe. Just like so many places these days. 




FHA's dilemma - back loans, stay solvent

a shared story    367 weeks 2 days 6 hours 42 minutes ago
Keally McBride and her husband both have good jobs and credit scores, but they would not have been able to buy their three-bedroom home in Oakland's Grand Lake area if not for Federal Housing Administration insurance that allowed them to put down just 3.5 percent. 



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Deutsche Bank fails to end BlackRock, Pimco mortgage debt lawsuit

a shared story    31 minutes ago
(Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Monday narrowed but refused to dismiss a lawsuit seeking to hold Deutsche Bank AG liable to investors, including dozens of portfolios from BlackRock Inc and Pacific Investment Management Co, for losses on poorly underwritten residential mortgage-backed securities.  



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Yahoo sale delayed following security breaches

a shared story    31 minutes ago
Internet search company Yahoo says the sale to Verizon will go ahead later than planned. 



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On brink of financial collapse, state lawmakers struggle with budget passage

a shared story    414 weeks 1 day 36 minutes ago
Lawmakers continued struggling to pass a budget this afternoon after working nearly around the clock to end a three-month impasse that has brought California to the brink of fiscal collapse. An all-night legislative session failed to yield enough Republican votes for the spending plan, as GOP legislators...(more) 



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Banks face mental health challenge

a shared story    1 hour 31 minutes ago
Banks must offer simple account options to help those with mental health conditions, a think tank says. 



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