Mortgage underwriting tightens as rates fall; HSBC mulls sale of U.S. unit


Despite record low mortgage rates, borrowers are having trouble getting loans from wary lenders; the underperforming American unit may be ditched in U.K. bank restructuring.


SBA comes in for more criticism; nonbanks' mortgage share raises concerns


The agency’s IG says the PPP failed to prioritize borrowers in underserved and rural markets; the firms, which lack deposits to cushion them, are vulnerable to borrowers defaulting on their loans.


Mortgage lenders tighten screws on credit in echo of 2008


Mortgage rates are at record lows, but borrowers hoping to take advantage are running into the toughest loan-approval standards in years.


Banks prepare for PPP 2.0 onslaught; mortgage lenders struggle with demand


Lenders and small businesses are hoping this round goes more smoothly than the chaotic first one (and if it doesn't, Joe Biden warns, many mom-and-pop shops are done for); originators are adding staff, cutting marketing to handle massive uptick in refinance applications.


Banking on Alexa, fintech enemy no. 1, coronavirus: Top stories of the week


A handful of banks keep trying to make the customer-Alexa connection happen; banks are more worried about payments firms than other types of fintechs; how financial institutions are coping with COVID-19; and more from this week’s most-read stories.


JPMorgan sees a mortgage revival after years of quiet losses


With interest rates and unemployment at rock-bottom lows and home values rising, the part of JPMorgan's retail business that sells home loans to consumers made money last month, marking the first profitable January in five years, according to people familiar with the matter.


The API race, CFPB vs. Citizens, Varo's bank charter: Top stories of the week


Wells Fargo appears to be outpacing its rivals in the API race; CFPB's unexpected showdown with Citizens; Varo gets vital FDIC OK for bank charter; and more from this week's most-read stories.


JPMorgan mulls return to FHA-backed mortgages after era of fines


JPMorgan Chase may jump back into a mortgage program that helps low-income Americans buy homes, mulling a return years after most banks pulled back from the business in frustration over billions of dollars in penalties.


Head of JPMorgan's mortgage banking business leaves firm


JPMorgan Chase's Mike Weinbach, chief executive of the home lending business, is departing JPMorgan Chase after 16 years.


GSE investors better beware underlying risks


The FHFA’s attempt to move some of its balance sheet into the private sector could leave investors with greater liabilities than they were initially told.