As some of the uncertainties surrounding the economy lift over the course of the year, attention is bound to turn back to the fundamentals of the private sector, says Katherine Nixon, chief investment officer for the Northeast region at Northern Trust.
For years Northern Trust watched other banks load up on risk. Lending standards disappeared, conservative balance sheets became a liability, and exotic investments were in vogue. Northern's approach was old school.
Ten leading banks won approval to repay money from the government's controversial TARP program, regulators said Tuesday, which could represent approximately $68 billion in bailout funds returned to taxpayers.
Good riddance, TARP. It was nice knowing you.
I've made my career whacking big business. Magazine covers with titles like "Corporate Killers" and "How Wall Street Sold Out America" hang in my office, and my files are filled with pieces I've written about corporate tax dodging, questionable accounting and toxic waste being peddled as spring water to unsuspecting investors. Since joining FORTUNE in mid-2007, I've been complaining about the price we prudent people are paying to bail out the imprudent.
Iberiabank Corp. became the first bank to pull out of the government's bailout program Friday, saying it would be returning the $90 million it received from the government in early December under the Troubled Asset Relief Program.
Northern Trust has quickly learned that you can't conduct business as usual when you're on the government dole.
A bank that received $1.6 billion dollars of the government's bailout money sponsored what reports are calling a lavish series of events in Los Angeles, California, last weekend.
CNN's Ted Rowlands looks at parties thrown by Northern Trust, which has received bailout money.
Investors have stopped fleeing money-market funds, a week after the federal government said it would insure fund shares don't lose their value.
Following Citigroup's takeover of Wachovia, the collapse of Washington Mutual and the House's rejection of the bank bailout bill, Wall Street is wondering who's next.
The percentage of vacant homes available for sale remained relatively flat in the second quarter, but still hovered in record territory.
New filings for unemployment claims surged in the latest week to the highest level since September 2005, according to a government report released Thursday.
A record plunge in prices of existing homes produced only a modest increase in sales in February, according to the latest reading on the battered housing market by an industry trade group released Monday.
The new year picked up where 2007 left off, as sales of existing homes fell in January to the lowest level in nearly a decade, according to a reading by an industry trade group released Monday.
The sputtering U.S. economy has gotten everyone from the financial markets to the Federal Reserve to Congress in a panic.
As recessions go, the most recent downturns have been relatively short and painless. But the recovery was what hurt.
It's undeniable: Bank stocks are cheap.
Sales of existing homes fell to a record low in October, as even the largest drop in home prices ever wasn't enough to revive moribund sales, according to the latest reading on the battered housing market by an industry trade group released Wednesday.
Could the Federal Reserve's interest rate cut on Wednesday be the trick that treats tapped-out consumers to more spending money during the critical holiday shopping season?
Housing price declines. Slowing job creation. Profit warnings from the country's biggest retailers. To an Econ 101 student, those are telltale signs of an imminent recession. Not surprisingly, the R-word has dominated talk among bankers for weeks.
Long-term Treasury prices turned lower at midday Friday, undermined by rebounding stocks, as the latest retail sales report reinforced the view that the Federal Reserve will need to cut rates to stimulate the economy.
The Dollar falls to new lows against the Euro
The slump in home sales and prices will be deeper and last longer than previously expected, according to the latest forecast Wednesday by the National Association of Realtors.
A big drop in the price of the typical new home sold in April spurred much better-than-expected sales, according to the latest government reading on the battered real estate and home building market released Thursday.
Sales of new homes sank to the slowest pace in more than six years in February, with the government's latest reading on the battered real estate market showing the glut of homes on the market reached a 16-year high.
Is the housing slump really that bad? After all, the S&P 500 last week fell more in a single day (3.5 percent) than home prices have fallen in the past year nationally (3.1 percent).
Lending to homeowners and buyers without good credit has suddenly become a very bad business - and possibly a very big problem for the U.S. economy as a whole.
Some CNNMoney readers were surprised by a Northern Trust survey that said the richest Americans do not heavily rely on high-risk investment vehicles like hedge funds to make money, but are moderate risk takers who put more than half of their asset allocation into U.S. stocks and cash.
There's no question that hedge funds and private equity investments have dominated the business headlines for the last year. But does that mean that individuals are actually flocking to these high-risk, high-return funds?
The economy is stumbling at the end of 2006, setting off alarm bells that growth might not just slow next year but that the nation could tumble into a recession.
Homebuilding activity rebounded from a six-year low in November, but builders' applications for future projects fell to the lowest level in nine years, the government said Tuesday in a report suggesting the worst is not over for the housing market.
More alarm bells for the stumbling housing market rang Thursday, as a government report on new home sales showed a bigger-than-expected drop in sales, along with a continued rise in unsold homes and a further weakening of prices in the closely watched sector.
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If you believe Alan Greenspan when he tells you the economy's recent "soft patch" is over, then you might think the bond market has lost its mind.
The nation's housing boom has experienced more deaths and shocking resurrections than Friday the 13th monster Jason Voorhees.
Almost nobody was shocked by the Fed's modest quarter-percentage-point interest-rate hike Wednesday afternoon, and most observers believe the Fed will be just as timid with policy the rest of the year.
Fed officials have put on their inflation-hawk suits, consumers are digging out their 'Whip Inflation Now' buttons from the '70s and U.S. markets are shuddering at the prospect of higher interest rates.
Federal Reserve policy-makers held a key interest rate at the lowest level in more than 40 years Tuesday, but dropped a long-held pledge to be "patient" before raising rates, setting the stage for future increases.
A Herculean effort by Japan to support the U.S. dollar is apparently over, at least for now, but there seems to be little risk of a sudden plunge in the greenback or a jump in U.S. interest rates, analysts said Wednesday.
Strong automobile sales pushed total retail sales higher in February, the government said Thursday, but sales aside from autos came in much weaker than Wall Street forecasts.
Companies keep playing safe when it comes to hiring new workers. But when it comes to shelling out cash on new equipment? That is a different story.
Gold's recent rise to $420 an ounce can only mean one thing: Investors are very, very afraid right now.
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