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Freddie asks for additional $10.6bn bail-out

Freddie Mac, the second-largest US mortgage finance company, said on Wednesday it would need an additional $10.6bn from the US Treasury Department to staunch losses on bad loans. The company said it had lost $8bn, or $2.45 per share, in the first three months of 2010. The amount includes a $1.3bn dividend payment to the […]

Paulson and Geithner Testify on Regulation and Housing

Today, the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission continues its fourth round of hearings on the origins of the recession, with the current and former Treasury secretaries, Timothy Geithner and Henry Paulson, speaking on the shadow banking system — comprising financial companies like Goldman Sachs that are technically not banks because they do not take deposits. Please […]

ECB Declines Comment On Currency Market Speculation

The European Central Bank Wednesday declined to comment on financial market speculation that the ECB and other major central banks are preparing to intervene in the foreign-exchange markets to prop up the flagging euro. The talk comes as traders circulate a report from a U.S. think-tank reportedly noting that the Group of Seven leading industrial […]

Fed expects economy to keep improving

  The Federal Reserve has a more optimistic outlook for the U.S. economy, according to meeting minutes released Wednesday, but the central bank is still debating how to shrink its massive balance sheet. The Fed now expects U.S. gross domestic product, the broadest measure of economic activity, to increase at an annual rate of between […]