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Wednesday, September 24, 2008 | - New York Times Blog

Unblinking Eyes, for $20 Million, at Freedom Tower

The contract for the electronic security system at The Freedom Tower iis worth $20,407,680. The commissioners of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey approved a contract in that amount with Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008 | - New York Times

Bloomberg orders a half billion dollars in cuts

Confronting a rapidly worsening fiscal situation, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s budget director ordered agency directors to cut spending by a total of $1.5 billion over two fiscal years, starting with the current fiscal year.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008 | - NYTimes.com

Bloomberg: New York City May Raise Property Tax

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, worried about the effects of the global financial crisis on New York City’s economy, said that his administration is considering imposing a 7 percent property tax increase on homeowners in January.

Monday, September 22, 2008 | - NYTimes.com

Ground Zero excavation— Scenes From the Ice Age

Those who say the World Trade Center site is changing at a glacial pace have no idea how right they are. Excavations at the World Trade Center site have offered scientists a rare window into the deep past from about 20,000 years ago

Saturday, September 20, 2008 | - Wall Street Journal

Mortgage Relief Programs Aren't Helping Much

As the Senate continues work on its $15 billion mortgage relief bill next week, states will be keeping a close eye on one measure: it would authorize them to issue an additional $10 billion of tax-exempt housing bonds to fund mortgage programs. Up until now, efforts by states to help distressed homeowners refinance have had negligible results. The new measure would give them additional tools. Still it's unlikely to help them refinance large numbers of borrowers with subprime mortgages.

Saturday, September 20, 2008 | - NYTimes.com

Bush Officials Urge Swift Action on Rescue Powers

The Bush administration, moving to prevent an economic cataclysm, urged Congress on Friday to grant it far-reaching emergency powers to buy hundreds of billions of dollars in distressed mortgages despite many unknowns about how the plan would work.Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson Jr. said the upfront cost of a rescue proposal could easily be $500 billion, and outside experts predicted that the bill could reach $1 trillion.

Friday, September 19, 2008 | - NYTimes.com

Paulson Argues for Need to Buy Mortgages

An enormous, taxpayer-financed program to buy up bad mortgages and other distressed debt is necessary to protect the savings and aspirations of millions of Americans, President Bush and Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson Jr. said on Friday.

Friday, September 19, 2008 | - NYTimes.com

Treasury to Guarantee Money Market Funds

The federal government took two aggressive steps to restore confidence in money market funds, which consumers have long considered to be as safe as bank savings accounts, but which have come under increasing stress in the current market turmoil. The Treasury said it would back the funds temporarily up to $50 billion to ensure their solvency.

Friday, September 19, 2008 | - FT.com

US Treasury steps in for money market funds

The US Treasury Department on Friday morning said it would set up a temporary insurance program for the US money market mutual fund industry as part of its efforts to address the financial crisis

Friday, September 19, 2008 | - BBC News

Shares surge on US bail-out plan

Financial stocks have gained the most from the rise in confidence on the markets. In London, the Royal Bank of Scotland and HBOS rose as much as 50%. Moves to restrict short-selling in the US and UK also helped to boost financial shares.

Friday, September 19, 2008 | - NYTimes.com

Pain Spreads as Credit Vise Grows Tighter

Lenders have become even less willing to part with their money, further crimping budgets and family spending. An economy propelled by easy credit for more than a decade is fraying as credit disappears.

Thursday, September 18, 2008 | - knowledge@wharton

Wall Streets Day of Reckoning: Turmoil in the Global Market

Wednesday, September 17, 2008 | - NYTimes.com

As Fears Grow, Wall St. Titans See Shares Fall

Even Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs, the two last titans left standing on Wall Street, are no longer immune.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008 | - NYTimes.com

A New Role for the Fed - Investor of Last Resort

The mighty Federal Reserve is being stretched to its limits, both in the range of problems it is being asked to fix and in its financial firepower.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008 | - NYTimes.com

Bank of America Chief Saw Merrill Purchase as a Rare Opportunity

The merger gives Bank of America a footprint in almost every facet of the banking business and vaults it into the upper tier of the nation’s financial institutions.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008 | - NYTimes.com

Housing Starts at 17-Year Low in August

Construction of new homes and apartments fell to the lowest level in 17 years last month, showing that the country is still gripped by a severe housing downturn that has brought on billions of dollars of losses and is reshaping the nation’s financial industry.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008 | - NYTimes.com

Q&A - Leonhardt Discusses the Economic Turmoil

Times columnist David Leonhardt, wrote an excellent Q&A on the A.I.G. rescue and the road ahead for the beleaguered financial system and the economy.

Monday, September 15, 2008 | - NYTimes.com

Risky Real Estate Deals Helped Doom Lehman

Significant losses that Lehman Brothers suffered from its part of the acquisition of Archstone-Smith, a national apartment portfolio, helped to bring down the investment bank, one of the most venerable firms on Wall Street.

Monday, September 15, 2008 | - NYTimes.com

Lehman Files for Bankruptcy; Merrill Is Sold

Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy protection, while Merrill Lynch agreed to sell itself to Bank of America.

Monday, September 8, 2008 | - NYTimes.com

U.S. Takeover of Mortgage Giants Lifts Stock Markets

Investors around the world breathed a sigh of relief after the American government took over and backed Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, assuring a continued flow of credit through America’s wounded mortgage system.

Sunday, September 7, 2008 | - Telegraph (UK)

US Government stages world's biggest bail out

The world's biggest financial bail-out was staged by the American government in a bid to ease the global credit crisis. The country's two biggest mortgage companies were nationalised amid fears that their bankruptcy would have triggered an economic collapse.

Sunday, September 7, 2008 | - NYTimes.com

Fannie Mae, Freddie and You - What It Means to the Public

So what does the federal takeover of two mortgage finance giants mean to consumers? Mortgage rates may fall a bit initially but probably not enough to halt the decline in home prices anytime soon.

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