| Dec 31, 2013
| 7:05 AM
Home-price gains in the nation’s largest cities slowed in October, although they continued to show strong annual increases, according to a leading gauge.
The S&P/Case-Shiller index of 20 large U.S. metropolitan areas, released Tuesday, rose 0.2%...
| Oct 29, 2013
| 12:00 PM
Even as share prices hit one new high after another, small investors have only a small portion of their assets in the stock market, according to a new survey.
U.S. investors have just 18% of their investable assets in stocks, according to a global...
| Oct 29, 2013
| 12:32 PM
Is this the end of bargain mortgage rates?
Home lending will fall by a third next year as interest rates rise, a mortgage industry group says in a new forecast.
The Mortgage Bankers Assn. said Tuesday that it expects to see $1.19 trillion in new...
| Nov 1, 2013
| 12:11 PM
Credit ratings agency Moody’s Investors Service Inc. said Friday that it is reviewing Sony Corp.'s credit rating and could downgrade it to junk status.
The news comes one day after Tokyo-based Sony, which reports its earnings in yen but provides...
| Nov 3, 2013
| 5:22 PM
The road to a clean biofuels future is not easily traveled.
Ceres Inc. in Thousand Oaks has some highly regarded science on its side as a producer of genetically modified seeds for crops used to make biofuels.
Under the motto "Growing tomorrow's...
| Nov 5, 2013
| 10:25 AM
Homeownership in the United States remained flat last quarter, staying at its lowest level in nearly two decades and underscoring the dominant role investors have played in the housing recovery.
The nation’s homeownership rate was 65.1% on a...
| Nov 7, 2013
| 2:43 PM
Housing affordability fell last quarter in California, reaching the lowest level since 2008, as the housing recovery locked some buyers out.
Only 32% of potential homebuyers in the third quarter could reasonably afford a median priced single-family...
| Nov 10, 2013
| 5:00 AM
WASHINGTON — Could the real estate market be heading for a new financial storm? Maybe.
Some mortgage and credit experts worry that billions of dollars of home equity credit lines that were extended a decade ago during the housing boom could be...
| Nov 12, 2013
| 7:33 PM
Southern California home prices appear to have hit a wall, with the median home price flat for the fourth consecutive month in October.
The median sale price was $383,750 last month, 21.8% higher than last year — but virtually unchanged from June,...
| Oct 18, 2013
There's a phrase that has haunted America for decades, one fraught with failure: "Breaking the cycle of poverty." Despite the ongoing efforts of government and a host of private foundations, income inequality continues to grow and the poor are ever more...
| Nov 16, 2013
| 5:00 AM
SAN FRANCISCO — Snapchat is not even 3 years old. It's run by a couple of twentysomethings with no prior business experience. And it has never made a cent.
Yet investors are fighting for the opportunity to throw hundreds of millions at the...