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How Unilever’s dividend benefits from this megatrend

first_imgHow Unilever’s dividend benefits from this megatrend  Jay Yao | Wednesday, 28th October, 2020 | More on: ULVR Image source: Amazon Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Jay Yao has no position in any of the shares mentioned. John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods Market, an Amazon subsidiary, is a member of The Motley Fool’s board of directors. The Motley Fool UK owns shares of and has recommended Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., Amazon, and PayPal Holdings. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Unilever and recommends the following options: short January 2022 $1940 calls on Amazon, long January 2022 $1920 calls on Amazon, and long January 2022 $75 calls on PayPal Holdings. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” E-commerce is a megatrend that has generated a lot of value, both for many investors and for customers. Over the years, the trend has helped fuel the rise of giants such as Amazon and Alibaba, as well as payment apps such as Paypal. It’s also helped companies like Unilever (LSE: ULVR) too. Given its transformative potential, e-commerce doesn’t just benefit platforms and payment apps — it also benefits merchants and brands that correctly position themselves. In terms of brands, one savvy company taking advantage of the trend is leading consumer staple maker, Unilever. 5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Here’s how Unilever is growing in the critical category and how the growth is helping the company’s dividend. How e-commerce is good for many companiesAlthough it represents a departure from Unilever’s tried and true physical retail way of doing business, e-commerce is in many ways more beneficial for the consumer staple. With big data and AI, for example, it’s possible for e-commerce platforms (and by extension Unilever) to better dynamically price items in response to demand changes. If there is an economic boom in a certain region, platforms such as Amazon can increase the price of certain items faster in response to more robust demand. With more consumer data, e-commerce companies can also better target ads than physical retail stores and thus potentially help sell more merchant goods. With e-commerce’s subscription option, there’s also potential for more stable demand. Once a user has signed up for Amazon.com’s ‘subscribe and save’ option, for example, they will continue to order the same product until cancellation. For many brands, the subscription product is better than traditional stores where the customer has to make the choice every time in terms of buying a product. More stable demand could translate into a higher valuation in my view.E-commerce is also a great way for Unilever to reach audiences in emerging and developing markets faster. Rather than having to do numerous deals with various individual local stores/chains to expand in a territory, Unilever just has to make one deal with a platform like Alibaba, and the consumer staple can reach many millions of people. How Unilever’s e-commerce business is growingAs a result of management’s focus on the category and e-commerce’s overall growth, Unilever’s e-commerce business has grown rapidly over the past few years. In 2019, for instance, Unilever’s e-commerce business grew 30%. For the first half of this year, the company’s business grew even faster, at 49% year-on-year to €2.2bn as the coronavirus outbreak catalyzed more online purchases. Due to the growth, e-commerce now accounts for over 8% of Unilever’s total sales. A growing e-commerce business is good for the company’s dividend because it makes it more sustainable in my view. Given that e-commerce is growing faster than traditional physical commerce, I think companies will need to do well in the category if they want to keep or increase long-term market share. Unilever’s growing e-commerce business is also good because I think it will help increase the company’s free cash flow in the long run, given increasing sales. If the company’s free cash flow increases consistently, I think there’s a decent probability that management raises the dividend. center_img I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Enter Your Email Address Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! See all posts by Jay Yaolast_img read more

North Carolina elects Anne Hodges-Copple as bishop suffragan

first_img Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Featured Events Submit a Job Listing Submit a Press Release Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Associate Rector Columbus, GA Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Albany, NY Bishop Elections, Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Posted Jan 25, 2013 Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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Anne Hodges-Copple was elected Jan. 25 as bishop suffragan of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina, pending the required consents.Hodges-Copple, rector St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Durham, was elected on the  fourth ballot out of a field of five nominees. She received 182 votes of  262 votes cast in the lay order and 123 of 183 votes cast in the clergy order. An election required 158 votes in the lay order and 123 votes in the clergy order.The election was held during the diocese’s 197h Annual Convention at the Benton Convention Center in Winston-Salem. Pending a successful consent process, Hodges-Copple will become the diocese’s first bishop suffragan since the Rt. Rev. Gary Gloster retired in 2007. She will be charged with joining Bishop Michael Curry in leading the diocese further into Galilee. She will perform regular ecclesiastical duties like parish visitations and confirmations, while focusing especially on Galilee ministry initiatives, young adult ministries, diaconate expansion and diocesan outreach ministries.“This is a joyous day for the Church and for the Church here in North Carolina,” Curry said. “I look forward to serving with the Rev. Anne Hodges-Copple as our bishop suffragan and doing things for God in this Diocese that will make a difference and realize God’s dream in this world. We are so thankful for all five nominees who offered themselves and allowed themselves to be considered. It’s an offering, and it was an offering on their part. We are deeply, deeply grateful. So to God be the glory, and may God’s dream be realized in our diocese, in our church, in our lives and, in turn, in this world.”Under the canons (III.11.4) of the Episcopal Church, a majority of bishops exercising jurisdiction and diocesan standing committees must consent to the bishop-elect’s ordination as bishop within 120 days of receiving notice of the election.The other nominees were the Rev. Susan Buchanan (Diocese of New Hampshire), the Rev. Canon Amy Real Coultas (Diocese of Kentucky), the Rev. Lisa Fischbeck (Diocese of North Carolina) and the Rev. Matthew Heyd (Diocese of New York).The complete ballot results are here. Rector Hopkinsville, KY Press Release Service Youth Minister Lorton, VA Submit an Event Listinglast_img read more

Make it a Green Christmas this year

first_img 6 green gift ideas everyone can loveDid you know electronics left plugged in drain energy, even when they’re turned off? To reduce energy consumption, give battery-operated, cordless gadgets this holiday season. Need ideas? We’ve got you covered with these green gift ideas for every personality on your shopping list!The globetrotterKnow someone who loves to travel? A backup phone charger can be the perfect present for someone who is always on the go. Or give them a gift that will let them stay chic and stylish at home and abroad, like cordless beard clippers or a cordless hair straightener.The DIY-erThe satisfaction that comes with successfully completing a DIY project is one of the reasons so many people enjoy this hobby. Help your friends express their creativity on a DIY project with the gift of a cordless glue gun, cordless mini-sewing machine or even a cordless drill.The foodieHave a family member whose cooking rivals that of any four-star restaurant chef? Surprise them with the perfect gifts for the kitchen that are not only eco-friendly but will also elevate their culinary skills, such as an electric knife or a cordless blender. Another great gift idea is a vacuum sealer to make storing or freezing food even easier.The techieWhether it’s a new laptop or gaming system, we all have that one friend who likes to keep up with the latest popular gadgets and electronics. Satisfy their love of technology with a new smartwatch this holiday season. If you’re looking for a gift without the hefty price tag, consider wireless headphones or a new gaming console.The outdoorspersonThinking of a gift for that special person who loves going on hikes, camping or doing any activity that involves the great outdoors? Get them ready for their next adventure with a portable GPS, tactical flashlight or even rechargeable hand warmers for the cold winter months.The studentFinding the perfect gift for someone in college can seem like a challenge, but you can’t go wrong with portable bluetooth speakers. And if they’ve been extra-good this year, consider a new laptop to make term papers a breeze. The old laptop battery can be recycled at a retailer near you!These creative gift ideas all have one thing in common – they contain a rechargeable, recyclable battery. When that battery runs out (sometimes after 1,000 or more charges!) keep it out of the waste stream by recycling it.Organizations such as Call2Recycle, Inc. offer an easy and free way to care for the environment through battery recycling. Call2Recycle works with a network of businesses, communities and retailers in the U.S. and Canada – including Best Buy, The Home Depot, Lowe’s, Sears and Staples – that serve as drop-off locations. Visit the drop-off locator to find a collection site near you!This holiday season, help educate your family and friends on how they can conserve energy and reduce waste by recycling year-round. Make a lasting impact with gifts that are not only good for the environment, but everyone on your list will love!For more information, visit Call2Recycle’s Holiday Gift Guide. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Please enter your comment! You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom TAGSCall2RecycleGreen Christmas Previous articleTake this time off school to set goals for second semesterNext articleDrug Expiration Dates: Do They Mean Anything? Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Please enter your name here LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

Want to support veterans? 4 tips for finding good charities

first_img UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 By Brian Mittendorf, Fisher College of Business Distinguished Professor and Chair, Department of Accounting & Management Information Systems (MIS), The Ohio State University, and first published in theconversation.comMany Americans donate to charities that help military veterans as a way to honor them for their service to the country. It can, however, be daunting to choose from the more than 8,000 such groups operating nationwide.Donor trepidation is magnified by the scandals that have embroiled vets’ groups. In fact, more than 10 percent of the charities tagged as “America’s Worst Charities” by the Tampa Bay Times and the Center for Investigative Reporting in 2013 focus on veterans.As a professor who researches nonprofit organizations and teaches about their finances, I have observed that while some veterans’ charities do squander donors’ dollars, others make the most of donations in meeting their mission. Fortunately, a little research goes a long way toward spotting the difference between a good cause and a lost cause.The following four tips will help you vet these charities.1. Learn what exactly the charities doBe wary of vague statements about a group’s activities. While language indicating that a charity “supports” or “honors” veterans does not always signal a problem, it does mean you should seek more specific information. Many of the veterans’ charities that have faced criticism, such as Paralyzed Veterans of America and National Veterans Services Fund, have had vague mandates to educate the public about what veterans need.It’s hard but not impossible to decide which veterans’ charities deserve a thumbs-up – and your donation. Reuters/Kevin LamarqueA detailed description of a group’s mission and activities can instill confidence that veterans truly benefit from its work. An exemplary charity is the Honor Flight Network, which flies veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit military monuments and honor fallen colleagues. The benefits are self-evident, as I’ve seen firsthand as a flight volunteer. Fisher House Foundation, which provides temporary housing to families of veterans receiving treatment at VA facilities, is another good example. There are many ways that organizations can and do directly serve veterans. To find them, look for clear-cut programs you find meaningful and significant.2. Find out what share of the money raised for organizations actually supports themAnother common pitfall: for-hire fundraisers that siphon too much of the donated funds.Michigan’s attorney general determined that only 39 percent of funds raised by professional solicitors for charity in the state in 2016 actually supported those groups. The fundraising contractors kept the rest of the money. The picture is even more lopsided for veterans’ charities in the state, with only 23 percent of donations making it into their coffers. The track record in Michigan is no anomaly – New York, Massachusetts and other states have found similar patterns.Operation Homefront, which Consumer Reports named as one of the best veterans’ charities last year, clearly states on its website how much it spends supporting its mission. Operation HomefrontProfessional solicitation is not inherently problematic – but outsourced fundraisers keeping most of the money raised for a charity is a real concern. The federal government does not track this information but most offices of state attorneys general maintain databases that indicate how the organizations raising funds in their states stack up.Since national campaigns also show up in these databases, even if your own state doesn’t make all the details easily accessible, you can use the online tools other states offer to evaluate different charities. New York’s database is especially user-friendly.3. Check out IRS 990 formsOK. I know perusing IRS forms is not everyone’s favorite activity. But it’s the best way to discover how donor dollars are actually spent. Finding a charity’s tax form is easy, even if groups don’t post them on their own websites, thanks to databases like Propublica’s Nonprofit Explorer and the Foundation Center’s 990 Finder.The Semper Fi Fund 990 form from its 2016 fiscal year suggests that the group does not spend an excessive amount of money on fundraising and administration. Semper Fi FundIf you do check out a 990 form, be sure to go to page 10. That’s where nonprofits classify their expenses, both by function and type. There, you can see where donated money primarily goes. If the organization has a stated focus on providing financial assistance to veterans, for example, you should see lots of grants to individuals on line 2, and not so much in the way of advertising, travel and postage listed on the other lines.Consider how the Semper Fi Fund, a group that provides financial and other aid to injured and ill post-9/11 veterans and their families, stated its functional expenses for its 2016 fiscal year. The numbers indicate that the group spends over 90 percent of its funds on its mission. Three-fourths of that mission spending is direct grants to individuals – a good sign.4. Inquire about donor privacy policiesWhen you make charitable donations, you give away both money and personal information. What charities do with your personal data is part of the picture and how they handle this information varies widely.Consider how the Wounded Warrior Project, among the nation’s most visible veterans’ organizations, has handled donor data. The group came under fire in 2015 and 2016 for alleged waste, as well as routinely selling personal information culled from its donors to other nonprofits and defending this practice. The controversy resulted in a shakeup at the top.Other groups do a better job of protecting donor privacy. Fisher House Foundation, which clearly states a policy of not sharing or selling donor lists, offers a good example of how to do this. If an organization doesn’t state its privacy policy on its website, take the time to ask.When it comes to vetting charities, a little work goes a long way. These four steps should help you find veterans’ charities with goals that match your own and that you can trust to make the most of the money you give away. Please enter your name here Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom TAGSMemorial Daythe conversation.com Previous article5 easy tips for a stunning summer yardNext articleGrill Whisperer: “A great cookout begins at a great supermarket” Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Please enter your comment! Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitterlast_img read more

Charities, businesses & volunteers combine to bring Christmas to London’s vulnerable

first_imgCharities, businesses & volunteers combine to bring Christmas to London’s vulnerable Melanie May | 8 December 2020 | News  110 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. [youtube height=”450″width=”800″]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=44k2eh535FM&feature=emb_logo[/youtube] The bags of food and gifts will be delivered to families on free school meals, homeless people and vulnerable individuals supported by local charities or identified by local people, with schools helping the Christmas Collective to get the word out to families with children on free school meals.The initiative aims to deliver 4000 boxes to those in need this Christmas and to raise a total of £130,000 for both this winter’s initiatives and for ongoing support in 2021, accessible via an online fundraising platform.Amelia Mustapha, Director of SMART, commented: Advertisementcenter_img Charities are combining forces in London this Christmas along with volunteers and businesses in a collective effort to support vulnerable residents over the holiday season.The Kensington and Chelsea Christmas Collective includes Age UK, the NHS Grenfell Health and Wellbeing Service, mental health charity SMART, The Dalgarno Trust, Dads House and Venture Community Association.It will be targeting its support to families on free school meals, elderly people, vulnerable adults and the homeless with two core initiatives:1.      Christmas in a Box: Prepared meals, grocery items and Christmas gifts will be delivered to the doors of those in need, following social distancing guidelines, with items sourced from providers including Waitrose and Partners, Furloughed Foodies and the Restaurant Association.2.      Christmas Entertainment: A programme of travelling local choirs and activities including films and dinners will visit various areas of the Borough – following social distancing guidelines. Tagged with: christmas AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis “The Christmas Collective is hoping to bring back the true spirit of Christmas at a really critical time. Our aim is to make sure everyone has a warm heart from the opportunity to give or receive and a full tummy. We will provide a festive meal and gifts, information about support available and tokens of the love we have for each other. The travelling choir and our other activities like the outdoor cinemas will bring joy to the streets in a Covid-friendly way.”last_img read more

Gary Wilhelmi 6-19-12 PM Comment

first_imgHome Market Market Watch Gary Wilhelmi 6-19-12 PM Comment Previous articleService Projects Open Indiana FFA ConventionNext articleHoosier Ag Today Launches iPhone APP and Re-designed Android APP Hoosier Ag Today Gary Wilhelmi 6-19-12 PM Comment SHARE Facebook Twitter SHARE By Hoosier Ag Today – Jun 19, 2012 Facebook Twitter FinancialPolitically fractured EU reflects that condition at featureless G 20 meetingFOMC begins today with they can actually do as evidenced by their former futilitySpanish rates over 7% a red flagItaly is coming down the road to ruin right behind the SpanishDAX up .6% and driftingDow quiet start expectedDollar index 81.73 off 21 or in rangeCrude just $.17 higher at $83.44Gold uneventfulLivestockLarge 653,000 cattle slaughter leaves show lists lighterBoxed beef $ .50 in both choice and selectHot and dry threatens pasturesHeat also curbs appetitesPork cutout up $ .21 with loins down $1.74, hams off $ .38 and bellies up $ 3.90Slaughters 130,000 and 391,000Grain and soybeansCorn crop condition drops to 63% good to excellent from 66%Beans fall to 56% from 60% with IL, IN and OH decliningSpring wheat still great at 76%Winter harvest is 48% completeOne-third of corn has had one-half of normal rains and only one-quarter has had the usual amountOne private estimate puts corn yield at 159 bushel per acre down from 161 and beans at 42.5 from 43December corn has come out of the night above its $5.45 resistanceNovember soybean resistance is near by at $13.80July wheat range $6.20-6.60Outside markets waiting for further evidence with major economic meetings on goinglast_img read more

Senate EPW Committee Send EPA Administrator Nomination to Full Senate

first_img By NAFB News Service – Feb 10, 2021 Home Indiana Agriculture News Senate EPW Committee Send EPA Administrator Nomination to Full Senate SHARE SHARE Facebook Twitter Previous articleEven with Freeze, CFAP Applications Still Being AcceptedNext articleEverett, Murphy Join Indiana Corn Growers Association Board NAFB News Service Facebook Twitter The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee this week advanced the nomination of Michael Regan as Environmental Protection Agency Administrator to the full Senate.Committee Chairman Tom Carper, a Delaware Democrat, says a bipartisan majority of Committee members voted to move forward on the confirmation by a recorded vote of 14 to 6. Regan’s nomination now heads to the Senate floor for a full vote.Carper says of Regan, “I’m confident he will bring his sterling record of public service to lead the EPA with integrity and compassion.”Senator Shelley Moore Capito, the top Republican on the Panel from West Virginia, was one of the four voting against the nomination. While complimenting Regan’s professionalism and accomplishments, Capito says, “I remain deeply concerned about unaccountable climate czars in the White House and their control over EPA and environmental policy.”Republicans on the committee also questioned Regan’s stance on the Keystone XL Pipeline, and the Waters of the U.S. rule. Senate EPW Committee Send EPA Administrator Nomination to Full Senatelast_img read more

Cairo court to rule on jailed blogger’s appeal

first_img Less press freedom than ever in Egypt, 10 years after revolution News EgyptMiddle East – North Africa Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders calls on a Cairo court to release Abdel Kareem Nabil Suleiman, a blogger better known as Kareem Amer, when it considers his appeal tomorrow. The court may decide to refer the case to another court in six months time on the grounds that it can only rule on the questions of law of the case but not facts. Kareem’s lawyers would like a fair retrial, but they are also requesting his release for good conduct on 5 November when he will have completed three-quarters of his four-year sentence. Interior minister Habib Ibrahim Habib Al-Adli is apparently opposed to his release although Egyptian law provides for the possibility.“What legitimacy does the interior minister have for intervening in judicial matters and keeping a blogger in prison ?,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We support Kareem Amer’s lawyers and we urge the country’s highest appeal court to rule in his favour and to order his release on completion of three quarters of his sentence.”The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) has urged President Hosni Mubarak to ensure that Kareem is released, noting that the interior minister recently intervened to obtain the release of a police officer convicted of torture. “There is a big difference between a prisoner of conscience and a police officer who had been convicted of one of the most shameful and ruthless crimes – torture,” the ANRI said.Held in Borg-Al-Arab prison since 6 November 2006, when he was jailed at the behest of prosecutor Moharram Bey, Kareem was sentenced to four years in prison on 22 February 2007 on a charge of “inciting hatred of Islam.” Among the various forms of mistreatment in prison, he has been forbidden to leave his cell, he has been denied cell lighting and medical treatment, and he has not been allowed visits since March on the orders of state security officials.Kareem was arrested for criticising discrimination against women, the government’s religious and authoritarian excesses, and Egypt’s leading religious institutions such as the Sunni university of Al-Azhar. He posted his criticism on his blog (http://www.karam903.blogspot.com/) and on the Al Hewar Al Motamaden website.Read and sign the petition for Kareem Amer’s release: http://www.rsf.org/fr-petition21985-Kareem_Amer.html to go further Organisation Follow the news on Egypt News Newscenter_img February 6, 2021 Find out more February 1, 2021 Find out more October 19, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Cairo court to rule on jailed blogger’s appeal RSF_en Detained woman journalist pressured by interrogator, harassed by prison staff EgyptMiddle East – North Africa Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein back home after four years in prison News January 22, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Senator Bob Menendez Wants Answers From FHFA Director Watt

first_img Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Tagged with: FHFA Freddie Mac Senator Bob Menendez U.S. Senator Bob Mendendez (D-New Jersey) has written a letter to FHFA Director Mel Watt seeking answers regarding Freddie Mac’s failure to meet two lending goals for low-income buyers in 2014.Menendez, Ranking Member of the Senate Subcommittee on Housing, Transportation, and Community Development, cited preliminary findings in the FHFA’s annual housing report. The Senator noted that Freddie Mac had failed to meet its single-family low- and very low-income home purchase goals last year and asked Watt what the agency is going to do to make corrections in these two areas.“This means that fewer low-income households were able to secure homeownership opportunities in 2014,” Menendez said. “At a time when access to mortgage credit remains tight, particularly for those low-income and minority households, it is more important than ever that the GSEs meet the affordable housing goals.”The national homeownership rate has been on the decline since peaking at 69 percent in 2004; during the summer of 2015, it dropped to its lowest level in nearly 50 years, 62.4 percent. It recently increased—for the first time in two years—up to 64.5 percent, although that is still the lowest homeowership rate in the country since 1994.“Homeownership is a critical tool for lower income and minority families to build wealth [and] for many…, their home is their singular source of equity,” Menendez said. “In communities where lending and access to credit is inadequate, many families rely on the equity in their homes to start a small business, to pay for a child’s higher education, or to finance the care of an elderly parent. Affordable housing goals continue to play a crucial role in facilitating access to credit for underserved markets, and I urge you to hold the GSEs accountable for any failures to meet such goals.”“Affordable housing goals continue to play a crucial role in facilitating access to credit for underserved markets, and I urge you to hold the GSEs accountable for any failures to meet such goals.”Senator Bob MenendezThe above table shows Freddie Mac’s Single-Family Housing Goals and Performance Results for 2014. For each housing goal, the percentage shown reflects the proportion of mortgages that met the criteria for that goal. The proportion of Freddie Mac’s mortgages that met the low-income purchase goal and very low-income purchase goal fell short of both the benchmark and market levels for 2014.Menendez asked Watt to “provide detailed responses” to the following three questions in the letter:What factors, circumstances, or policy decisions led to Freddie Mac falling short of its affordable housing goals in 2014?Should FHFA make a final determination that Freddie Mac failed to meet its affordable housing goals for 2014, what remedial actions will FHFA take to address the deficiency?Should FHFA make a final determination that Freddie Mac failed to meet its affordable housing goals for 2014, what steps will the agency take to ensure that Freddie Mac complies with affordable housing goals in the future?When contacted by DS News, an FHFA spokesperson acknowledged that the Agency has received Menendez’s letter and said the Agency plans to issue a response. In a letter regarding the preliminary determination of Freddie Mac’s housing goals performance for 2014 from Watt to Freddie Mac CEO Donald Layton, Watt said that “Under the Safety and Soundness Act, Freddie Mac has 30 days to submit any documentation it wishes FHFA to consider in making a final determination about Freddie Mac’s compliance with the housing goals for 2014.”Click here to read the entire text of Menendez’s letter.Click here to see FHFA’s report. 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He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland. Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days agolast_img read more