American Homeowners and GSE Shareholders – WAKE UP! The Treasury and GSEs hold the toxic MBS with inflated appraisals, flawed/fraudulent financial products, forged paperwork – and its what’s backing the Federal Reserve. Your property is their Gold Standard. #AuditTheFed Is it any wonder why HAMP was a scam when you realize this? Now you can understand why you could never get a modification – when the servicers told you to miss 3-4 payments in order to qualify. Sounds like they intended to put you into default, doesn’t it? Is this why nobody wants to talk about wrongful foreclosures and toxic (worthless) property assets – would that bring down the Fed? Continue reading →
OneWest “is not above the law,” said Helen Kelly, a 67-year-old former Minnesota state prosecutor that spoke out during a public hearing on a proposed merger with CIT Group and asserted she encountered difficulties with the lender when she wanted to modify the terms of her mortgage on her Pleasanton, Calif., house. She then compared bankers to an “Ebola virus” that had spread to contaminate homeowners.
The report released today provides information on the process for the review of the foreclosure files during the IFR and file review results, including servicer error rates during the IFR, up to the time the IFR was replaced. The report also contains updated information on direct borrower payments and other assistance from the Payment Agreement and discusses the Federal Reserve’s ongoing supervision of corrective actions the mortgage servicers are required to implement. The report focuses primarily on servicers regulated by the Federal Reserve.Continue reading →
While all too much of our analysis of market developments comes to us in the form of sound bites and snippets, leave it to the great writers of our time to provide real depth and study of the business and political relationships that ultimately impact all of us.
I recently completed reading just such a study, All The Presidents’ Bankers by Nomi Prins. The author is not only a Wall Street insider but also highly regarded for her prior books and well documented written and spoken commentaries.
I very much had the sensation of sitting in on a semester long tutorial in Financial and Political History while working my way through this book. Continue reading →
It’s no fun to be a banker these days. It is not just the increased regulation. It’s the lack of trust.
“At what point does this stop?” asked Gary Lynch, the former director of enforcement for the Securities and Exchange Commission who has gone on to jobs with many leading Wall Street firms and is now global general counsel at Bank of America.
He was referring to the escalation in penalties being levied on banks, culminating in the $13 billion JPMorgan Chase was forced to pay for a series of transgressions. Continue reading →
The Armageddon Looting Machine: The Looming Mass Destruction from Derivatives
Five years after the financial collapse precipitated by the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy on September 15, 2008, the risk of another full-blown financial panic is still looming large, despite the Dodd Frank legislation designed to contain it. As noted in a recent Reuters article, the risk has just moved into the shadows: Continue reading →
Correcting Foreclosure Practices – Updated August 28, 2013
While cruising the Internet looking for the status of a particular bank, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency(OCC)Independent Foreclosure Reviewwebsite jumped into view. The OCC website is worth an examination even though the Submission Window is closed (way too early IMHO) as there are numerous CONSENT ORDERS made available for viewing.
Of course the accused financial and/or financial related companies never admit or deny the the “Findings” from the examination by the: Continue reading →
Spitzer as comptroller: Good for New York, good for women, terrifying for Wall Street abusers.
Before Eliot Spitzer’s infamous resignation as governor of New York in March 2008, he was one of our fiercest champions against Wall Street corruption, in a state that had some of the toughest legislation for controlling the banks. It may not be a coincidence that the revelation of his indiscretions with a high-priced call girl came less than a month after he published a bold editorial in the Washington Post titled “ Predatory Lenders’ Partner in Crime: How the Bush Administration Stopped the States from Stepping in to Help Consumers.” The editorial Continue reading →