Elizabeth Trotta

    Elizabeth Trotta

    Elizabeth Trotta is a news and investing editor for Yahoo! Finance, currently focused on working with the CNBC editorial team. Elizabeth has been covering business and economic news for several years, and prior to Yahoo! Finance, she worked for SmartMoney, TheStreet.com and Investment Dealers' Digest.

  • MBA Forecast: Housing to Recover, Refinancing to Fade

    Multiple data points over recent months have suggested a housing market that’s recovering. Earnings from government-controlled mortgage heavyweight Fannie Mae on Tuesday offered the latest support for that observation; Fannie turned a profit of $17.2 billion for 2012, vs. a … <a href="http://blog.tools.news.yahoo.com/the-exchange/2013/04/02/mba-forecast-housing-to-recover-refinancing-to-fade/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">→</span></a>

  • March Madness: The Tickets Should Be the Sane Part

    We asked online ticket vendor SeatGeek.com founder Jack Groetzinger for a few tips to keep your March Madness ticket search from driving you insane. Here's what he had to say.

  • JPMorgan Economist Cuts GDP Estimate for Sequester

    There’s no love lost between political parties this Valentine's Day as lawmakers edge closer to the automatic cuts in federal spending referred to as sequestration. Those reductions, an agreed-upon provision formulated during previous debt ceiling negotiations, are set to kick … <a href="http://blog.tools.news.yahoo.com/the-exchange/2013/02/14/jpmorgan-economist-cuts-gdp-estimate-for-sequester/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">→</span></a>

  • RIM Becomes BlackBerry: Which Other Companies Have Changed Their Name?

    Would a rose (or Research in Motion) by any other name smell as sweet -- or better? We will find out as the plans that Research in Motion laid out Wednesday unfold. The company unveiled two new mobile devices and … <a href="http://blog.tools.news.yahoo.com/the-exchange/2013/01/30/rim-becomes-blackberry-which-other-companies-have-changed-their-name/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">→</span></a>

  • ETFs: Big Winners This Year, But Dilemmas Ahead in 2013

    While fund flow numbers have been weak for the mutual fund industry this year, investors have poured money into exchange traded funds (ETFs), and are now positioning optimally for 2013. According to ETFtrends.com, ETF assets are up 26% or $273 billion so far this year. This easily surpasses the $119 billion total seen in 2011 [...]

  • Jobs Growth in 2012 Shows Slow Recovery

    The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ key monthly jobs report was one of the most anticipated economic data releases throughout 2012.

  • Socialism and Capitalism: America Seeks to Define

    Merriam-Webster announced on Wednesday the top 10 words of the year, based on  how many times they were looked up at Merriam-Webster.com. The list "sheds light on topics and ideas that sparked the nation's interest in 2012." Two words shared … <a href="http://blog.tools.news.yahoo.com/the-exchange/2012/12/05/socialism-and-capitalism-america-searches-for-divide-literally/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">→</span></a>

  • Earnings, Data Shed More Light on Housing Recovery

    What kind of housing recovery is it going to be? Toll Brothers' (TOLL) quarterly report and data from CoreLogic on home prices and foreclosures brought some focus back to housing on Tuesday after pending and new home sales data last … <a href="http://blog.tools.news.yahoo.com/the-exchange/2012/12/04/earnings-data-shed-more-light-on-housing-recovery/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">→</span></a>

  • On U.S. Growth, Economists Rein in Estimates

    Worrisome spending trends and the effects of the superstorm that has devastated the mid-Atlantic region are among the factors that are leading some economists, with only weeks remaining in 2012,  to downgrade their estimates for fourth-quarter U.S. growth. Individually, the … <a href="http://blog.tools.news.yahoo.com/the-exchange/2012/12/03/on-u-s-growth-economists-rein-in-estimates/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">→</span></a>

  • Mortgage Rates, Refinance Volume to Turn in 2013: MBA

    Months of record low rates have lured buyers, and even more so, refinancers, to apply for new loans. But the Mortgage Bankers' Association expects the tide in refinancing applications to turn dramatically. As the year wraps up, rates continue to … <a href="http://blog.tools.news.yahoo.com/the-exchange/2012/11/29/mortgage-rates-refinance-volume-to-turn-in-2013-mba/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">→</span></a>

  • What ‘Four More Years’ Means for Housing

    Follow The Daily Ticker on Facebook! One of the issues most central to the downturn will continue to sit squarely on the Obama administration's plate for the next four years -- housing. While many have heralded the bottoming of the market and the start of a recovery with recent data, the pace and reach of [...]

  • Housing: Rates Rise, Pending Sales Tiptoe Higher

    More tempered pending home sales on Thursday dampened excitement generated by bullish data earlier in the week, while mortgage data provided little new fodder for what have been increasingly optimistic takes on the housing industry. [Click here for mortgage rates … <a href="http://blog.tools.news.yahoo.com/the-exchange/2012/10/25/housing-data-thursday-rates-rise-pending-sales-churn/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">→</span></a>

  • JPMorgan Adjusts Estimates for Bigger Fiscal Cliff Impact

    JPMorgan economist Michael Feroli said Thursday he no longer believes that the U.S. payroll tax holiday will be extended -- a change he estimates will ultimately reduce GDP growth in 2013 by just more than half a percentage point, adding … <a href="http://blog.tools.news.yahoo.com/the-exchange/2012/10/18/jpmorgan-adjusts-estimates-for-bigger-fiscal-cliff-impact/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">→</span></a>

  • Housing: Rates Low, Starts Up, Readers Undecided

    Mysteriously missing from the second presidential debate, housing is nonetheless among the issues most central to economy -- the downturn and the recovery. This week saw yet more more positive housing data, fresh off a report that foreclosures had hit … <a href="http://blog.tools.news.yahoo.com/the-exchange/2012/10/18/undecided-on-housing/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">→</span></a>

  • Housing Inventories and Foreclosures Fall, Mortgage Rates Rise

    The housing data keeps flowing and this week there are more signs yet that a recovery for housing is in play, but not all of the news is good for potential homebuyers. After months of debate about the elusive housing … <a href="http://blog.tools.news.yahoo.com/the-exchange/2012/10/11/housing-inventories-and-foreclosures-fall-mortgage-rates-rise/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">→</span></a>

  • Fed Gives the Gift of (Even) Better Mortgage Rates

    Mortgage rates fell  back to record lows again, as many expected following the Fed's announcement of a new bond purchase plan, which sent yields on mortgage backed securities lower. The 30-year rate fell to 3.49%, matching its all-time low, and … <a href="http://blog.tools.news.yahoo.com/the-exchange/2012/09/20/fed-gives-the-gift-of-even-better-mortgage-rates-but-theres-no-race-to-get-em/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">→</span></a>

  • Disrupt and Protect: Financial Tech Trends

    Accessibility, mobility, security, personalization, gamification, disruption, real-time -- these were some of the trends at Wednesday's session of financial technology trade-and-pitch show Finovate. But  overshadowing the usual drive to amaze and delight, there was the sense that companies are searching … <a href="http://blog.tools.news.yahoo.com/the-exchange/2012/09/13/disrupt-and-protect-financial-tech-trends/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">→</span></a>

  • Jobless Rate: When Up, Down and Steady Are Bad

    The August jobs report was distressing for a number of reasons, and one of them was that a fall in the unemployment rate (to 8.1% from 8.3%) was actually a negative thing. This might cause one to wonder, if it's … <a href="http://blog.tools.news.yahoo.com/the-exchange/2012/09/10/jobless-rate-when-up-down-and-steady-are-bad/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">→</span></a>

  • Housing: Mortgage Rates, Demand Slip

    Mortgage rates continued to slip last week amid mixed economic data, but it didn't bolster mortgage demand from prospective homebuyers, and those who own homes aren't rushing out to refinance. [Click here to find mortgage rates in your area.] The … <a href="http://blog.tools.news.yahoo.com/the-exchange/2012/09/06/housing-mortgage-rates-demand-slip/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">→</span></a>

  • Mortgage Rates Slip Ahead of Holiday

    Mortgage rates reversed course last week and followed bond yields lower after the release of the minutes of the most recent Federal Reserve Open Market Committee meeting. [Click here to find mortgage rates in your area.] The minutes revealed committee … <a href="http://blog.tools.news.yahoo.com/the-exchange/2012/08/30/mortgage-rates-slip-ahead-of-holiday/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">→</span></a>