U.S. Stocks Decline, Poised for Worst Fourth Quarter Since 2000

Dec. 29 (Bloomberg) — U.S. stocks fell and were poised for their first fourth-quarter decline since 2000 after government reports on durable goods and unemployment reinforced speculation the housing-market collapse will push the economy into recession. Citigroup Inc., JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Merrill Lynch & Co. dropped after Goldman Sachs Group Inc. analyst William […]

IMF warns of ‘perfect storm’ that could drag Britain into recession

One of the world’s leading financial experts has warned that a “perfect storm” could be about to hit Western economies. There is rising concern that the U.S. economy will slip into recession next year dragging many Western economies – including Britain – down with it as the global credit crisis worsens. The Washington-based International Monetary […]

US home sales hit fresh lows as unsold properties flood market

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Sales of US homes and apartments tumbled a hefty eight percent in September extending one of the nation’s worst housing slumps in decades, an industry group said Wednesday. The National Association of Realtors said in a monthly snapshot that sales of existing homes and apartments fell to a seasonally adjusted rate of […]

‘Definite end’ to housing boom

The housing market boom will come to a “definite end” next year and the Kiwi dollar may rise back to US81c because of higher interest rates, economists predict. Independent economics group Infometrics’ latest forecast picks the Reserve Bank to raise official interest rates twice, to 8.75 per cent, within the next six months to hold […]

Report: Countrywide CEO Cashed Out

(AP) Countrywide Financial Corp. Chairman and CEO Angelo Mozilo cashed in $138 million in stock options over the last year, switching his trading plans as the mortgage company went into a tailspin, it was reported Saturday. Between November 2006 and August, Mozilo changed the plans outlining how many of his shares would be sold monthly, the […]