Fri, Jul 12, 2013 12:47 PM EDT 1:09
Are Banks and Housing About to Get Crushed by Rising Rates? The evidence is everywhere: mortgage rates are at a two-year high, applications have fallen for four straight weeks after climbing for more than a year, and Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke says he would have to "push back" if the impact of rising interest rates were jeopardizing the recovery. Daniel Tarullo, a U.S. Federal Reserve official says the agency should consider releasing more information to the public when it takes enforcement actions against big banks for hurting consumers. Tarullo's comments, made at a hearing before the Senate Banking Committee, come in response to criticism over a settlement related to mistakes big banks made while processing foreclosures in the years after the financial crisis. U.S. regulators have labeled insurer American International Group Inc. and General Electric Co.'s finance arm as potential threats to the financial system, designations that bring stricter government oversight.