published Thursday, September 26th, 2013

Business Briefs: FHA will take taxpayer subsidy

FHA will take taxpayer subsidy

The Federal Housing Administration will get a taxpayer subsidy for the first time in its 79-year history after loan losses during the housing bubble depleted most of its insurance fund. The White House estimated in April that FHA would need $1 billion, but officials said Wednesday they are still uncertain how much infusion the FHA will get. U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., is pushing legislation to replace the FHA, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac with a more modern lending structure.

"No reasonable person could believe that we should continue along with the current housing finance system in this country when three separate entities -- Fannie, Freddie, and, according to reports, now the FHA -- have all had to come to the taxpayer for billions of dollars in bailout funds," Corker said.

Factory orders rise in August

Companies placed slightly more orders in August for U.S. long-lasting manufactured goods, stepping up demand for cars, trucks and machinery. Orders for durable goods increased 0.1 percent in August, the Commerce Department said Wednesday. That comes after orders plummeted 8.1 percent in July, which was largely because of a steep drop in volatile commercial aircraft orders.

about Dave Flessner...

Dave Flessner is the business editor for the Times Free Press. A journalist for 35 years, Dave has been business editor and projects editor for the Chattanooga Times Free Press, city editor for The Chattanooga Times, business and county reporter for the Chattanooga Times, correspondent for the Lansing State Journal and Ingham County News in Michigan, staff writer for the Hastings Daily Tribune in Nebraska, and news director for WCBN-FM in Michigan. Dave, a native ...

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