American Nightmare – The Plight of GSE Investors and American Homeowners

By Sydney Sullivan

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

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Little to NO Sympathy for Big Banks – New York Times

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NYT no sympathyIt’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

Criminal Action Is Expected for JPMorgan in Madoff Case

New York Times posted by JESSICA SILVER-GREENBERG AND BEN PROTESS

Madoff JPMorganJPMorgan Chase and federal authorities are nearing settlements over the bank’s ties to Bernard L. Madoff, striking tentative deals that would involve roughly $2 billion in penalties and a rare criminal action. The government will use a sizable portion of the money to compensate Mr. Madoff’s victims.

The settlements, which are coming together on the anniversary of Mr. Madoff’s arrest at his Manhattan penthouse five years ago on Wednesday, would fault the bank for turning a blind eye to his huge Ponzi scheme, according to people briefed on the case who were not authorized to speak publicly. Continue reading

Weekend Reading: Banks Worried They Might Be Next

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One of the best week-in-review posts!

BY ERIC OWLES

dimon wallAfter JPMorgan Chase’s $13 billion mortgage settlement emerged this week, Jamie Dimon held a conference call with analysts. “It could’ve been somebody else,” the bank’s chief executive said. Who is next on the list?

In a news analysis in The New York Times, Peter Eavis wrote that “there were plenty of other big subprime players — Countrywide Financial, Merrill Lynch and even foreign institutions like Deutsche Bank and Royal Bank of Scotland among them.” Continue reading

Fannie and Freddie have not ‘repaid’ taxpayers one thin dime.

Bailed Out Fannie and Freddie Are Repaying Taxpayers? Answer:  FALSE

freddie_fannieIn a recent Committee on Financial Services report the truth comes out about government sponsored Fannie and Freddie that foreclosure defense experts and “MERS Blur” researchers realized long ago… There is no way Fannie and Freddie can ever repay the bailout debt; and, they were at the helm of the mortgage Ponzi-like scam to the detriment of the American public.

Washington, Nov 7 – Direct from the Committee’s website: Continue reading

Money Is Not Safe In The Big Banks

Under the Dodd-Frank Act “losses will be assigned to shareholders and unsecured creditors. …as a depositor in a bank, under the law –
YOU ARE an unsecured creditor.”

banker_debt_web“The Leveraged Buyout of America” by , Author, Web of Debt, Public Bank Solution; President, Public Banking Institute

Giant bank holding companies now own airports, toll roads, and ports; control power plants; and store and hoard vast quantities of commodities of all sorts.

They are systematically buying up or gaining control of the essential lifelines of the economy. How have they pulled this off, and where have they gotten the money? Continue reading

Grotesque Plan for Detroit: Fleece Working People to Save the Banks

Hands-off-our-Pension-June-10Municipal workers could be robbed of pension funds to pay big banks for payments due on interest rate swaps.

The Detroit bankruptcy is looking suspiciously like the bail-in template originated by the G20’s Financial Stability Board in 2011, which exploded on the scene in Cyprus in 2013 and is now becoming the model globally. In Cyprus, the depositors were “bailed in” (stripped of a major portion of their deposits) to re-capitalize the banks. In Detroit, it is the municipal workers who are being bailed in, stripped of a major portion of their pensions to save the banks.

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Theft is Legal for Big Banks – and Your Money Will Never Be Safe

The new rules for keeping too-big-to-fail alive: use creditor funds, including uninsured deposits, to recapitalize failing banks.

falling_dollar-410x350April 29, 2013 
 | “[W]ith Cyprus . . . the game itself changed. By raiding the depositors’ accounts, a major central bank has gone where they would not previously have dared. The Rubicon has been crossed.”

—Eric Sprott, Shree Kargutkar, “ Caveat Depositor

The crossing of the Rubicon into the confiscation of depositor funds was not a one-off emergency measure limited to Cyprus.  Similar “bail-in” policies are now appearing in multiple countries.  (See  Continue reading

Sell Now! Confessions Of An Ex-Stockbroker

fiscalcliffroadblockIt’s pretty obvious to anyone studying securitization in foreclosure defense that the mortgage-backed securities scheme is fraught with fraud and teetering on the brink of disaster.

And when the next crisis happens it will be a non-partisan financial force majeure.

Affirmations have been coming out more recently by those fed up with the dealings of Wall Street’s greed and fear operations. This post by John Meyers in Personal Liberty  rings all too true.      Continue reading