Rising Rates Are Battering Mortgage Lenders

Mortgage lenders are scrambling to survive a sharp drop-off in the number of homeowners refinancing their loans, with demand drying up as interest rates rise. While home prices continue to rise and Americans are still buying houses, the drop-off in refinancing activity is a giant blow because refinancings made up the bulk of US mortgage … Read more

Buy Citizens Financial Stock. Its Shares Could Gain 29%.

Bigger is better in banking — and Citizens Financial Group has been taking steps that should allow it to play with the bigger boys. Its stock looks like a winner. These days, it’s almost impossible for a bank to succeed without the scale to provide more than just loans and accounts to their clients. They … Read more

Wall Street on Sale: Goldman Sachs Stock Now Just Above Book Value

Text size Goldman Sachs Group headquarters in New York City. Michael Nagle / Bloomberg Wall Street is on sale along with much of the stock market, as industry leader Goldman Sachs Group is trading close to book value for the first time in two years. Smaller securities firms like Jefferies Financial Group (ticker: JEF) and … Read more