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Celebrity Foreclosure: Canseco's Out at Home

Former baseball star forced to move into smaller home

(Newser) - It can happen to the rich and famous, too: Jose Canseco's mansion is in foreclosure, and he's had to move into more modest digs, Inside Edition reports. Canseco owed more than $2.5 million on the California property his neighbors called the "hotel." He made $30 million in...

Shareholder Revolt Strips WaMu Execs of Fat Pay

One resigns; chairman asked to step down

(Newser) - Washington Mutual shareholders got some of the blood they were out for yesterday, the Wall Street Journal reports, as the company backtracked on a pay scheme that would have shielded company executives from the subprime fallout. Board finance-committee head Mary Pugh also resigned, appeasing investors who blamed her for failing...

$6B From Outside Investors Will Shore Up Wachovia

Bank selling discounted shares to combat credit crunch

(Newser) - Ailing bank Wachovia will get a $6 billion-$7 billion shot in the arm from outside investors, the Wall Street Journal reports. Specifics of the capital infusion, designed to help the company recover from the credit crisis, haven’t been finalized. Details may be revealed when the company reports first-quarter earnings...

Stocks Flat Despite WaMu Deal
 Stocks Flat Despite WaMu Deal 
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Stocks Flat Despite WaMu Deal

Investors worry about bad news in coming earnings reports

(Newser) - Stocks were flat today after worries about coming first-quarter earnings reports kept a financial stocks rally from taking hold, MarketWatch reports. The Dow rose 3.01 to 12,612.42; the S&P 500 rose 2.14 to 1,372.54; and the Nasdaq was off 6.15 to close...

Home-Equity Loans Latest to Bite Banks

Even lenders that dodged subprime chaos suffering big trickle-down losses

(Newser) - Home-equity loan defaults are soaring, the Wall Street Journal reports, as the trickle-down effect of the subprime mortgage crisis makes its way into what was once a source of big profits for lenders. JP Morgan Chase and Wells Fargo both escaped major writedowns on subprime mortgages gone bad, but already...

Morgan Stanley Boss Faces Shareholder Pressure

Mack lambasted for taking excessive risk, accumulating debt

(Newser) - With $11 billion in writedowns already on the books and a history of making risky trades and building debt, Morgan Stanley CEO and chairman John Mack is facing scrutiny from some shareholders, the New York Times reports. He has substantial support, but at least one activist group is pushing for...

Investors Angered as WaMu Shields Exec Bonuses

Bank's board of directors extracts subprime losses from bonus formula

(Newser) - Washington Mutual’s directors have decided to limit the hit its executive management team can take from the subprime credit fiasco, setting cash bonus targets that exclude costs from foreclosures and mortgage-related losses, reports the Wall Street Journal. The move angered some shareholders who’ve seen their investment shrink as...

SEC Probes WaMu Home Loans
SEC Probes WaMu Home Loans

SEC Probes WaMu Home Loans

Investigators focus on charges that appraisals were inflated

(Newser) - Washington Mutual, one of America's largest mortgage lenders and the biggest savings and loan in the nation, is under investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission, reports the Wall Street Journal. Regulators suspect some WaMu mortgages were based on inflated appraisals. WaMu, bloodied by the subprime mortgage crisis, lost $348...

Stocks Dip on Mortgage Fears
Stocks Dip on Mortgage Fears

Stocks Dip on Mortgage Fears

Foreclosure worries continue to simmer

(Newser) - The markets dropped today on news that mortgage defaults last month climbed 30% from a year earlier, more evidence that foreclosures are on the rise. Wells Fargo and Washington Mutual tumbled, and the Dow dipped 17.31 to 13,895.63. Stocks bottomed out after a Fed official said players...

Countrywide Cuts 500 Jobs
Countrywide Cuts 500 Jobs

Countrywide Cuts 500 Jobs

Fallout from subprime crisis continues

(Newser) - The nation's top home lender is cutting 500 jobs in its subprime mortgage units in response to the high-risk-lending mess. Before the cuts announced yesterday, Countrywide was actively hiring workers who had been fired from other companies, the LA Times reports. Meanwhile, Capital One said it will close the unit...

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