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  • Howard Bancorp's 2014 earnings rise five-fold after acquisition of failed bank

    Howard Bancorp's 2014 earnings rise five-fold after acquisition of failed bank
    The parent company of Ellicott City-based Howard Bank reported strong growth and a more than five-fold increase in its earnings in 2014, driven largely by its acquisition of a failed Rising Sun bank. For the year, Howard Bancorp reported earnings of $10....
  • S&P settles charges tied to ratings of mortgage-backed securities

    Standard & Poor's agreed Wednesday to pay the U.S. government and two states more than $77 million to settle charges tied to its ratings of mortgage-backed securities. In its first enforcement action against a major credit-rating company, the Securities...
  • Former Plymouth Finance Director Arrested, Accused Of Embezzling $804,000

    Former Plymouth Finance Director Arrested, Accused Of Embezzling $804,000
    PLYMOUTH — When federal authorities investigated whether former finance director David Bertnagel embezzled more than $800,000 from federal aid intended for the town, he claimed he was merely drawing down his pension ahead of time, prosecutors said....
  • S&P settles with SEC, 2 states over misconduct charges

    The credit ratings agency Standard & Poor's agreed to pay the U.S. government and two states $77 million to settle investigations into mortgage-backed securities. In its first enforcement action against a major rating agency, the Securities and...
  • President Obama's State of the Union address

    President Obama's State of the Union address
    This is the full text, as prepared for delivery, of President Obama's sixth State of the Union address. Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, my fellow Americans: We are fifteen years into this new century. Fifteen years that dawned...
  • Falling mortgage rates spur surge in home loan applications

    Falling mortgage rates spur surge in home loan applications
    Mortgage rates keep falling, and that has borrowers rushing to close a deal. Applications for home loans soared 49% for the week ended Jan. 9, according to the Mortgage Bankers Assn., the largest pop since 2008. The jump from a week earlier came from...
  • Prospects for housing market looking brighter

    Prospects for housing market looking brighter
    First-time homebuyers and would-be buyers with scuffed credit histories may find more doors opening to them in the real estate market in the coming year, according to a leading mortgage-industry analyst. Keith Gumbinger is vice president of HSH...
  • Lenders criticize consumer agency's mortgage tool

    Lenders criticize consumer agency's mortgage tool
    An online, interactive mortgage tool for consumers sounds pretty simple and straightforward, but the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's recent development of one hasn't been particularly well-received by the lending community. In fact, David...
  • Here's how Obama's capital gains tax plan hits the 1% where they live

    With President Obama placing tax reform on the table in his State of the Union address, scheduled for delivery to Congress on Tuesday, we can expect weeks or months of Washington debate about the vices and virtues of the tax breaks held dear by many...
  • FHA loan versus 'conventional' mortgage: Which is better?

    FHA loan versus 'conventional' mortgage: Which is better?
    If you saw the recent White House announcement of lower insurance payments on Federal Housing Administration home mortgages, you might have wondered: Does this matter to me as a potential home buyer or refinancer? Who specifically will benefit from the...
  • New Fannie Mae program could bust deals, appraisers say

    WASHINGTON — Could a controversial new program set for launch nationwide this month by giant mortgage investor Fannie Mae lead to slower and costlier home sale closings and more disputes over prices between sellers and buyers — busting deals...