Federally linked entities like Fannie Mae now back 98 percent of home loans sold by banks.
The first quarter of '08 witnessed many investors shifting from stock- to money-market funds. They may miss out on a recovery.
On the Hill, bills range from rule changes allowing judges to rewrite mortgage terms to a financial-sector overhaul.
Two keys: Stabilize home values while keeping Wall Street calm, analysts say.
Despite a 3/4-point rate cut Tuesday, mortgages are costlier than a month ago.
The central bank's unusual cash infusion aims to keep banks lending.
Risks rise if the Federal Reserve and Treasury move too slow – or too fast.
Troubled loans – from homes to cars – could trim economic growth by 1 percentage point, a new forecast says.
Federal rescue efforts could match the $124 billion cleanup of the savings-and-loan crisis in the 1980s.
Some argue government should do more to stop a negative feedback loop in the housing market.