Articles by Freddie Mac

  • Australian Stock Market Report – Morning August 28, 2014Australian Stock Market Report – Morning August 28, 2014

    August 28 2014 9:43 AM

    In US economic data, the weekly mortgage market index rose by 2.8% with the purchase index up 2.6% and the refinancing index up by 2.8%.

  • A World Tour of the Global Economy

    August 11 2013 9:34 AM

    With election campaigning in full swing here in Australia and financial markets going nowhere, let's look elsewhere for some relief. We'll take a world tour..

  • The People’s Bank of China: Like a Pregnant Panda Ready to Explode

    June 26 2013 12:58 PM

    'When will America's economy finally stop limping along?' asks Steve Hargreaves for CNN Money. Next year, 2014, he says with a degree of confidence we find puzzling at best.

  • A Disguised Depression in the US Economy

    June 11 2013 5:25 PM

    Mr. Bernanke's price-fixing scheme ran over a speed bump. The Dow dropped 216 points. Just a jolt, for now. The brick wall is still ahead.

  • Recessions the World Over

    December 12 2012 12:50 PM

    This is one of those rare days when there are so many interesting stories in the financial world that we can hardly decide which one to write about.

  • How Hurricane Sandy's Aftermath Will Affect the Housing Market's Recovery

    November 29 2012 4:17 PM

    Hurricane Sandy has the undesirable distinction of being one of the ten most expensive hurricanes in US history. In the days before Sandy impacted, it was forecast to be 'large, slow-moving and no doubt very costly.'

  • Overwhelming Majority of Americans Think Purchasing a House 'Important'

    February 13 2012 12:50 PM

    What can Americans not live without? A car? A smartphone? Credit cards? Lake Research Partners found out via a survey, and the answer may be a little surprise for some.

  • How Goldman Sachs Became The Most Hated Bank On Earth (Part 1)

    January 30 2012 12:38 PM

    Goldman Sachs is the bank everyone loves to hate. In the first of our two-part investigation into the bank, we ask why they emerged as the biggest winners in the financial crisis.

  • Australian Dollar Outlook: 30 January 2012

    January 30 2012 10:15 AM

    Bell FX Currency Outlook: The Australian Dollar remains fairly much unchanged after a choppy session offshore which saw a fall in US equity markets as the benchmark Dow Jones ended down 0.58% to 12,660 points.

  • How Reinvested Dividends Can Double Your Return in Stocks

    December 06 2011 10:38 AM

    Last week in The Daily Reckoning, Greg Canavan and Dan Denning wrote about how owning shares that pay you to own them will be key to your investment success in the coming years.

  • Housing Bailout Unlikely, Experts Say

    September 08 2011 8:52 AM

    With home prices still falling, new mortgage delinquencies rising again, millions of mortgages already in the foreclosure pipeline, and consumer confidence in the housing market near nil, President Obama is expected to include some new housing fix in his post-Labor Day speech to the nation on jobs and the economy.

  • Global Markets Overview 09/06/2011

    September 06 2011 10:01 AM

    European stocks plunged Monday and the euro tumbled, as investors piled into safe-haven assets amid rising fears over Europe's sovereign debt crisis and economic growth on both sides of the Atlantic.

  • Global Markets Overview 09/05/2011

    September 05 2011 9:43 AM

    Investors dumped stocks and sent Treasury yields to record lows Friday as a dismal jobs report renewed fears of a recession.

  • Australia Stock Market - CLOSING - 08/09/2011

    August 09 2011 7:21 PM

    MARKET CLOSE (4.30pm AEST) The Australian sharemarket had a dramatic trading Tuesday as stocks staged an amazing comeback with the ASX 200 index (XJO) up 1.2 pct or 48.7 pts to 4034.8 while the broader All Ordinaries index (XAO) rose 1 pct or 40 pts to 4096.7.

  • Australian Dollar Outlook 08/09/2011

    August 09 2011 10:26 AM

    The AUD has borne the brunt of risk aversion trading, falling below USD1.0200 overnight as US markets digested the region’s credit downgrade.

  • Global Markets Overview 08/09/2011

    August 09 2011 9:07 AM

    U.S. stocks tumbled deeper into correction territory in a Monday rout that sent the Dow Jones Industrial Average plunging to the biggest point drop since Dec. 1, 2008.

  • IMF warns of global economic distress if US falters on its credit ratings

    June 30 2011 11:39 AM

    Standard & Poor's has threatened to downgrade the U.S. sovereign rating, which is currently 'AAA', to 'D', meaning a default in the country's credit worthiness, if the government fails to honor U.S. Treasury debt payments. On this predicament, the IMF said: "At the opposite extreme, an excessively front-loaded adjustment could hurt the recovery. And a worsening of financial turmoil in European sovereign and bank debt markets could hurt U.S. growth through financial sector l...

  • The Midway Group gains 3.25% and ended the year 53.47%

    January 14 2011 12:33 PM

    Midway Market Neutral Fund returned an estimated 3.25% in December, net of fees and expenses. This brings our unaudited 2010 net return to 53.47%. This was a particularly successful year for Midway's investors. While we are indeed pleased with this absolute return, we are even more pleased knowing that it was produced with a low relative risk profile.

  • World Market Overview

    January 04 2011 2:20 PM

    U.S. stocks kicked off the new year with a rally to fresh over-two-year highs Monday, boosted by data showing improving manufacturing conditions and rising construction spending.

  • Republican win spells more chaos for US

    November 05 2010 7:53 AM

    The American Republican Party's landslide victory in this year's mid-term elections in the United States will spell trouble for the administration of President Barack Obama.