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Obama Slashes Mortgage Insurance Premiums For Subprime Borrowers With Just 10 Days Left In Office

What do you do when a quick rise in mortgage rates suddenly threatens to tame home buying demand from subprime borrowers who, despite the lessons from the past, are still purchasing homes, en masse, with only 3.5% down payments and just enough monthly cash flow to cover mortgage payments?  Well, if you're the Obama administration then you simply socialize the problem and force those higher mortgage costs on taxpayers.

Trump Picks Fiscal Conservative Hawk Mulvaney As Budget Director

Hinting at a substantial clampdown on government spending over the next four years, this morning President-elect Trump announced the selection of South Carolina Rep. Mick Mulvaney to be his first budget director Saturday morning, a nomination which would put a "fiscal conservative hawk" in charge of managing the federal budget and the logistics of government affairs.

What Will Trump Do About The Fed, The Debt Ceiling, And Trade: His Key Economic Advisor Explains

David Malpass, Donald Trump's economic adviser who has been tasked with overseeing the transition for the Treasury Department and economic policy, addressed a group of economists and reporters in Washington discussing everything from the Fed, to the debt ceiling, to infrastructure spending, to NAFTA and Dodd-Frank, providing an insight in Trump's thinking on these key items. This is what he said.

Trump Not Seeking Full Repeal Of Dodd-Frank; Opposes Bank Bailout Provision

In what may be bad news for the financial sector, after opposition to grassroots as well as Congressional republicans, Trump appears to be tempering expectations of a full Dodd-Frank repeal, and according to the WSJ, Trump’s transition team is instead focusing on "rescinding or scaling back individual provisions."

Did Stumpf Lie To Congress? Wells Manager Admits Fake Account Creation As Far Back As 2006

Just when you thought the public floggings were over and another US bank proved that crime pays, it appears Wells Fargo - and its CEO - may not be as 'Teflon' as they hoped. Having told Congress under oath that his bank committed criminal activities since 2011, VICE News reports that in fact John Stumpf's banking head Carrie Tolsetedt was actually aware of the creation of fake accounts since 2006.

Conflicts Of Interest

“I would have to consult my counsel, I’m not aware that that’s a conflict,”

Watch Live As Wells CEO John Stumpf Gets Grilled On The Hill Again: Five Things To Look For

Wells Fargo embattled CEO John Stumpf returns to Capitol Hill for the second time in 10 days, for a contentious hearing with the House Financial Services committee. Despite Stumpf's belated clawback of $41 million in unvested stock, which took place only after tremendous congressional and populist outrage, his job remains very much under threat.

Crude Declines As OPEC Deal Doubts Emerge; Futures Roll Over

After oil soared over 5% yesterday, its biggest jump since April, overnight skepticism and doubts have emerged about the viability and compliance with the deal, coupled with a boost in production by non-OPEC producers, and as a result WTI has dipped back under $47, down 0.5%, suggesting that the OPEC surge may be short-lived, and modestly pressuring US equity futures.