Our take on the latest trending events:

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The value of many assets around the world - including real estate, stocks and bonds - has been rising, and several market participants have warned they have grown inflated and approach bubble status.
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Commercial lending has improved steadily over the last several years, but this recovery has certainly encountered some obstacles along the way.
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Housing prices remain elevated amid current supply-demand fundamentals. This, along with tighter credit, may be keeping new buyers out of the market and slowing new home sales.
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Banks are on a mission to increase their loan income, and their desire to meet this objective has helped fuel mergers and acquisitions.
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