LONDON (MarketWatch) - European stock markets posted sharp losses on Thursday as a higher-than-expected rise in U.S. jobless claims failed to calm fears that the Federal Reserve could begin to taper its asset purchases next week.
The number of new foreclosure filings -- which includes default notices, auctions and bank repossessions -- dropped 15% to a total of 113,454 properties in November, according to RealtyTrac, an online marketer of foreclosed properties.
WASHINGTON - Average U.S. rates for fixed mortgages eased slightly this week, remaining near historically low levels. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday that the rate on the 30-year loan declined to 4.42% from 4.46% last week.
If you ever meet Brian Armstrong, CEO of Coinbase, ask him to hook you up with some Bitcoin. �I'll give $5 worth of Bitcoin to anyone who asks to help them get familiar with it,� he says, estimating that he's given out at least 50 to 100 Bitcoin over the last year.
Just in time for the five-year anniversary of Bernard Madoff's arrest at his apartment on the Upper East Side of Manhattan comes word of yet another eye-popping fine for JPMorgan Chase (JPM).