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Thursday, May 17, 2007

Fair lending practices: Govenment will take action

Fair lending practices

Government will take action

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said Thursday that he did not believe the growing number of mortgage defaults would seriously harm the economy. He also promised that the Fed would do everything possible to crack down on abuses that have put millions of homeowners in jeopardy of defaulting on their mortgages.

A new subprime product totally different from anything seen before will be created within six months, according to a panelist at the SourceMedia Nonprime Lending Symposium in Las Vegas.

Countrywide Financial Corp., Calabasas, Calif., has announced the sale of $4 billion of convertible bonds through a private placement and said it will use some of the proceeds to buy back up to 23 million shares of its common stock.

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