April 25, 2021


Expert calls on China, Japan to end financing of overseas coal plants

Rich countries like China and Japan need to stop financing coal-powered plants in poorer nations in the fight against climate change, according to Rachel Kyte, who previously served as special representative of the United Nations secretary-general and chief executive officer of Sustainable Energy for All.

Kyte, who is now dean of The Fletcher School at Tufts University, said “coal has no place in the race to net-zero” carbon emissions by 2050. 

“We need those countries that have coal to manage their own energy transitions. And we need to stop financing coal into countries, especially low income countries,” she told CNBC’s

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JPMorgan draws public ire for financing a breakaway European soccer league.

JPMorgan was a trending topic on Twitter, and the chatter wasn’t complimentary — though much of it wasn’t serious either.

“JP Morgan will regret setting up a #SuperLeague with my entire life savings,” one soccer fan wrote on Twitter. “Account is now closed and this £32.25 is going elsewhere!”

A theme of the ire from fans in Britain, in particular, was that the move represented another step in the foreign takeover of the game, especially by American interests. The Wall Street bank will lend to clubs controlled by American owners, like Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United — three of

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Wall Street bet on financing self-employed home buyers. Will there be regrets?

Wall Street’s comeback story in U.S. housing finance has hinged on lending to self-employed borrowers and others who don’t quite fit the mold.

It financed millions of homes in recent years using alternative forms of documentation to gauge a borrower’s ability to afford a mortgage, sometimes at double the rates of interest as conventional mortgages.

But after a year of the pandemic, the small but important corner of housing finance referred to as the “non-qualified mortgage” (non-QM) segment has impairments that remain stubbornly high when compared with the rest of the U.S. housing market.

The non-QM rate of impairment hit

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Build America Bonds may be key to financing Biden infrastructure plans

Republicans and Democrats agree that the U.S. is in dire need of a major infrastructure overhaul, and at the very least, that Congress should authorize significant repairs to roads and bridges.

The fierce disagreement between the two parties begins over which provisions are worthy of running the federal deficit higher, as well as over how to finance such a massive undertaking.

And while Wall Street worries about potential increases to corporate and individual income tax rates, Democrats may soon turn to an Obama-era tool to finance their infrastructure plans: Build America Bonds.

BABs are special municipal bonds that allow states

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A guide to financing options for first-time home buyers

We asked Darrin Q. English, senior community development loan officer at Quontic Bank in New York City, for financial tips for first-time buyers. English replied to our questions in an email. The responses have been edited for length and clarity.

Q: Do you have some general advice for first-time buyers on financing?

A: Preparing for your first home purchase can be intimidating. It’s important to educate yourself on the home-buying process. Understanding basic financial language will be key in making an inquiry with a lender. Familiarize yourself with the risk factors such as your credit score and your

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American Airlines Secures $10 Billion Financing Package

The COVID-19 pandemic has dealt a huge blow to the U.S. airline industry over the past year. Fortunately, most U.S. airlines entered 2020 with solid balance sheets, thanks to strong industry profitability over the previous decade.

Among major airlines, American Airlines (NASDAQ:AAL) was an exception to this rule. The airline giant squandered billions of dollars on share buybacks in recent years, even as it spent heavily to upgrade its fleet. That put it in a weak position compared to peers like Delta Air Lines (NYSE:DAL). However, American just bought itself time by lining up $10 billion of new financing.

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