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Americans can expect a hefty tax refund from the I.R.S. this spring, and homebuyers will have an easier time getting home loans if a proposed economic stimulus plan agreed to by the Bush administration and House Democrats is enacted. Stacey Vanek-Smith reports.
Societe Generale, the second-largest bank in France, says one of its traders racked up $7.14 billion in losses from fraudulent transactions. How did he do it? Stephen Beard reports.
New York's insurance regulator says investment banks may have to pony up as much as $15 billion to bail out their insurance companies. Why? Kai Ryssdal turns to Marilyn Cohen of Envision Capital Management to get a bond-insurance primer.
MOJO, a high-definition TV channel, is trying to pump up its ratings with some financial flash. Tonight it debuts a new show called "Wall Street Warriors." Jill Barshay takes a look.
This week's interest rate cut by the Fed will give the housing industry a shot in the arm. But what will it mean for homeowners and potential home buyers? Steve Tripoli reports.
Home sales usually pick up in January. But not this year. The credit squeeze has made home loans harder to come by. So sellers are thinking twice before they put their places up for sale. Sally Herships met one couple who are trying to decide.
With the number of homeless in America rising, Washington has devised a program called Housing First to get people off the streets. Commentator Brendan Koerner says that while the program is based on a tried and true business strategy, the money could be better spent.