Citigroup Pays Just $7 Billion For Causing Financial Crisis

By: Monday July 14, 2014 11:07 am

Citigroup, one of the most dysfunctional and malevolent financial institutions in American history, has agreed to pay $7 billion to settle investigations into the fraud it committed in the mortgage security market that led to the financial crash of 2008. The selling and marketing of volatile mortgage security products to investors around the world as safe and stable mined the financial markets to blow up in 2008.

The resulting financial crisis saw the American people suffer incredible pain while Citigroup received a federal bailout from Congress under TARP and a wide open line of endless credit from the Federal Reserve.

 

SEC Was Colluding With Banks On CDO Prosecutions

By: Monday April 14, 2014 12:05 pm

A story by The American Lawyer seems to provide serious evidence that the SEC essentially planned to ensure that Wall Street firms would never be held fully accountable for their crimes. That there was collusion between the banksters and the SEC that CDO prosecutions would be limited in number and impact.

Fraudclosure Settlement Checks Sent to Victims Bounce

By: Thursday April 18, 2013 6:52 am

Adding insult to injury, many of the checks sent out to victims from the fraudclosure settlement have bounced. The terms of the fraudclosure settlement are bad enough but now it seems the victims will have to wait a little longer after trying to deposit their meager, grossly insufficient check only to have it bounce.

State Attorney Generals Schneiderman and Coakley Call for DeMarco to Go

By: Wednesday April 3, 2013 2:00 pm

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley have called for Federal Housing Finance Agency head and notorious Wall Street puppet Edward DeMarco to be removed from office.

In an op-ed in Politico, Schneiderman and Coakley join a long line of critics noting DeMarco’s commitment to screwing homeowners.

The Housing Task Force That Wasn’t

By: Friday February 15, 2013 6:59 am

Anyone remember that Mortgage Task Force President Obama put together to finally take on Wall Street over rampant fraud in the mortgage market? You know, the one Obama announced while running for re-election after having done exactly nothing to help struggling homeowners while shoveling taxpayer money to the banks. Well, apparently even that miniscule gesture was not only empty but fraudulent.

Housing Wealth Effects: Arithmetic Lesson for Neil Irwin and the Washington Post

By: Saturday January 26, 2013 6:00 pm

See what arithmetic can bring to the analysis of economic policy.

Banks Siphon Bernanke’s Stimulus While Tightening Credit On Middle Class

By: Monday December 24, 2012 10:25 am

While many former homeowners will be spending the holidays in the streets, it is good to know the bailed out banks are making some nice profits… off the American taxpayer. Fed Chairman Bernanke’s continual leveraging of the national credit card via buying mortgage-backed securities to stimulate the mortgage market has done little for the mortgage market and a lot for Wall Street’s bottom line.

What the Housing Market Actually Looks Like

By: Friday December 21, 2012 5:49 am

This week brought more good statistical news for the housing market. Existing home sales rose at a decent clip in November, nearing post-bubble highs not seen since the artificial spike from the homebuyer’s tax credit (I’ve noted that the end of the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act could be giving the same spike). Inventory fell again, which presages higher prices. And while housing starts fell in November, the more stable indicator of homebuilding permits rose above expectations. There’s a huge hole to dig out from – even with its 25% rise, housing starts in 2012 would be the 4th-lowest in history – but the digging is occurring.

Investors Pushing to Buy Housing Other Than Foreclosed Properties

By: Tuesday December 18, 2012 2:30 pm

Tom Lawler pulls out an interesting piece of data from the latest housing statistics. Foreclosures have been dropping in 2012, mainly because of the rise of short sales as a foreclosure alternative. This appears to be changing – the repossession rate in November was 11% above that of October and even up 5% year-over-year – but Lawler is looking back at data, not forward at the recent trend.

Yes, We’re Still in the Middle of a Foreclosure Crisis

By: Friday December 14, 2012 5:55 am

The Office of Mortgage Settlement Oversight released some interesting data on the first-lien and second-lien portfolios of the five services sanctioned in the foreclosure fraud settlement. Calculated Risk reproduces the data here. Despite the heavy investment in a narrative of the foreclosure crisis being over and the housing recovery underway, these loan portfolios show substantial weakness at the big banks, particularly Bank of America and JPMorgan Chase. Even at Wells Fargo, the bank with the best data here, nearly 1 in 11 first-lien mortgages in their portfolio are in some stage of delinquency.

That number widens with BofA, which only has 84.4% of its loans current, and 4.81% in foreclosure, well above traditional averages. JPMorgan Chase’s foreclosure rate is 5.06%.

These just aren’t good numbers, and they suggest continuing softness in the sector. Worse, home seizures have begun to rise for the first time in two years.

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