This will be one of several posts on the future of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Your thoughts and your owns stories are welcome in the comments section.
Nearly a decade ago, in September 2008, US Treasury Chief Hank Paulson unveiled his historic government takeover of twin mortgage buyers, putting the government in charge of the mortgage giants and the $5 trillion in home loans they back. The plan eliminated the top executives which were out and replaced with Wall Street titans.
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee held a hearing on the financial collapse of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, their takeover by the federal government and their role in the financial crisis. The video below is a 4 hour review of a planned response to the crisis in the housing and mortgage markets at the time of the economic meltdown and crash of 2008.
The titans that replaced Freddie CEO Richard Syron and Fannie CEO Daniel Mudd were two Wall Street finance veterans and were charged with restoring the mortgage magnates to health. Herb Allison formerly served as president of Merrill Lynch was Continue reading →
This video, as our colleague Steve shared, is relevant today. Yes, Steve, it is even more relevant today because in 2010 it had only been 4 years of criminal behavior with no action – in 2016, it has now been 10 years and its like a snowball from hell rolling out of control – TBTF. “Feed Me, Seymore!”
Georgetown law professor Adam Levitin testifies before Congress regarding the securitization disaster. Continue reading →
The GLASKI opinion has made the Wall Street banking industry crazy. There was an outcry for publication of this case as it allowed homeowners to challenge fabricated assignments. The Court agreed to publish the opinion.
The securitization case was briefed and argued as a New York law trust case when in fact it was actually a Delaware trust. While the outcome may have likely been the same, the Court’s opinion was based upon New York Trust Law. Thereafter, the banks (that it appears failed to raise these issues during or after the hearings) wanted the opinion to be de-certified for publication. Continue reading →
This is an interview of David Stockman on Bloomberg Radio today by Kathleen Hayes. David goes into the budget crisis and the downgrade. As usual he pulls no punches. “We have a far worse fiscal situation….by 2012, 2013, 2014… the deficit situation is going to be dramatically worse and our ability to cope will be almost non-existent….”