NYSE opening bell: Where fame, finance collide

and Bradley Cooper have been bell ringers at the NYSE. The NFL has sent its top draft picks, and the USA’s Olympic women’s gymnastics team visited the exchange after their victory at the 2012 London games. In his biography, PGA golfer Phil Mickelson compares ringing the NYSE bell to winning the coveted “Green Jacket”at the annual Masters tournament for professional golf something Mickelson has managed three times. Actress Eva Longoria has said in TV interviews that she equates ringing the bell with getting her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Obama Endorsement Builds Momentum for Housing-Finance Overhaul

Obama Speech on U.S. Economy, Housing Market

The government would step in with more aid during a financial catastrophe. The measure was written with technical input from the Obama administration. Senate Bills Banking Committee chairman Tim Johnson, a South Dakota Democrat and Mike Crapo of Idaho , the panels senior Republican, are spending August working on a bill of their own, which is likely to incorporate an approach similar to that of the Corker-Warner legislation. As senior members of the committee, Johnson and Crapos housing bill will take precedence over the Corker-Warner measure. In the Senate, both parties agree that the status quo is unsustainable, and bipartisan consensus is starting to emerge, Johnson said in an e-mailed statement.

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