Many experts say reducing mortgage principal can help troubled homeowners avoid foreclosure and stay in their homes. But the regulator who oversees two of the nation's largest mortgage holders, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, has rejected the idea. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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Is Housing Recovery Real? Not Everyone Is Convinced

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Facing The Fiscal Cliff: Congress' Next Showdown

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A Portrait Of A Country Awash In 'Red Ink'

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Idaho Counties' Economic Fate Tied To Industry

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Geithner Meets With European Financial Officials

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Business In A Slump: Scraping By Three Years Later

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Chick-Fil-A Gay Flap A 'Wakeup Call' For Companies

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London-based Barclays Bank agreed to pay a $453 million fine over charges it manipulated the London Interbank Offered Rate — LIBOR — a key global interest rate. Oli Scarff/Getty Images hide caption

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Losing With LIBOR: One Trader's Story

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Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke appears before the House Financial Services Committee July 18. Economists expect Fed policymakers to consider further steps to boost growth when they meet next week. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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U.S. Economy Continued To Slow In Second Quarter

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