Category Archives: Federal Reserve

New York Fed Throws Weight Behind Mortgage Buy Backs

As reported in Bloomberg, the Federal Bank of New York has announced that it is involved in “multiple efforts” to exercise its rights with respect to its holdings in faulty mortgages an other assets acquired through the bailouts of Bear … Continue reading

Posted in AIG, Bear Stearns, BlackRock, CDOs, Fannie Mae, Federal Reserve, Freddie Mac, freeriders, global settlement, incentives, Investor Syndicate, loan files, MBS, rep and warranty, repurchase, SEC | 1 Comment

The Federal Reserve’s Secret Lending of Public Money Is Under Attack

What follows is an article by Carolyn Austin (contact the author), which was first posted on the Wall St. Cheat Sheet and has been reprinted here with permission. The article discusses an interesting bill being proposed in the House (HR … Continue reading

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Treasury Official Speaks Out About Excessive Risk Taking

At long last, someone in Washington is speaking out about the dangerous precedent set by the government bailouts of major banks. As discussed in this article on the financial regulations website FinReg21, Treasury secretary Michael Barr testified before the House … Continue reading

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U.S. Regulators Chastise Banks on Loan Modifications; Political Tide May Be Turning on Home Loan Servicers

Servicers of home loans have thus far enjoyed preferential treatment by regulators in the shakeout from the recent financial crisis, but that may all be changing. On August 13, U.S regulators issued a joint statement to residential mortgage servicers warning … Continue reading

Posted in banks, Barney Frank (D-MA), Christopher Dodd (D-CT), conflicts of interest, Federal Reserve, Helping Families Save Homes, junior liens, loan modifications, regulation, Treasury | 5 Comments

Obama Proposes Sweeping Reforms For Financial Regulation

Just last weekend, in discussing the current financial crisis with friends, I expressed concerns that in the panic to unfreeze the credit markets and stabilize the economy, our government would continue to simply throw money at the problem, while ignoring … Continue reading

Posted in Barack Obama, Center for Responsible Lending, Federal Reserve, Government bailout, incentives, legislation, lenders, oversight, recession, regulation, TARP, Timothy Geithner, underwriting practices | Leave a comment