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More Downgrades as Moody’s Goes After Several Banks

Count another major downgrade against the global financial community. On Thursday Moody├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔÇ×┬ós Investors Service slashed credit ratings for 15 major financial institutions, including Bank of America, Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase, and Morgan Stanley, among others. The reason for Moody├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔÇ×┬ós actions: The biggest banks face too much risk from debt-saddled Europe, earnings volatility, and still-faulty mortgages stateside. The ratings agency grouped the downgraded institutions into three groups. Stocks slid for many of the banks.

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Cleveland Fed to Host 10th Annual Policy Summit

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The Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland is preparing to kick off its 10th Annual Policy Summit on June 28, and this yeaR's two-day event will focus on methods for strengthening and rebuilding communities. In an official statement, the Cleveland Fed called the summit a chance to target effective strategies for economic development in our communities, with a particular emphasis on measurement." In an official statement, the Cleveland Fed called the summit a chance to target "effective strategies for economic development in our communities, with a particular emphasis on measurement."

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Taylor Capital to Expand Mortgage Lending Operations

Taylor Capital Group, Inc., is initiating a major expansion of its mortgage division. The group recently announced plans to double the number of branches for Cole Taylor Mortgage, which serves as the company's lending unit through Taylor Capital subsidiary, Cole Taylor Bank.

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Technology Billionaire to Buy Hawaiian Island of Lanai

Realestalker.com is reporting that a major property acquisition is underway for Oracle founder, Larry Ellison. According to the website, the billionaire technology entrepreneur is set to purchase the Hawaiian island of Lanai for between $500 and $600 million.

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Why Rising Student Debt Could Signal Growth for Housing

An analysis of government data by the National Association of Home Builders revealed another issue that can be added to the list of economic changes caused by the housing slump: Rising student loan debt. Data shows that the onset of the housing crisis brought with it an increase in students taking out loans for higher education. Since the third quarter of 2008, student loan debt has increased by 47.9 percent ($293 million). This increase is attributed to the drop in the availability of home equity loans, according to the NAHB.

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Mortgage Demand Picks Up for Ellie Mae in May

Demand for mortgages increased in May, according to a report released by Ellie Mae Wednesday. The Origination Insight Report for May 2012 showed that the average loan-to-value on closed loans jumped up above the 80 percent mark for the first time since the company began tracking in August 2011. Ellie Mae attributed the increase to an easing of LTVs on conventional refinances. The average LTV on conventional refinance in May was 72 percent, a slide up from April's 69 percent. Closed conventional refinances with LTVs of 95 percent or higher jumped up to 11 percent in May.

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Former Home of Hollywood Icon Patty Duke Remains on Market

Potential homebuyers looking to capture the spirit of the swinging 60s still have a chance to snag a piece of history in Beverly Hills. The former home of Patty Duke remains on the market for $5.395 million, after having been originally listed in March of 2011 for $6.

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CFPB Releases New Guidance on Military Relocation

Mortgage servicers received new guidance Thursday addressing protocol for dealing with military members who receive permanent change of station orders. The joint guidance was released by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in concert with the Federal Reserve, FDIC, National Credit Union Administration, and Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. About one-third of the nation├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔÇ×┬ós military members receive non-negotiable permanent change of station orders each year, and the new servicer guidance is intended to ensure compliance with applicable consumer laws and regulations.

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