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Guest Post: The Migratory Patterns of Yield-Hungry Investors

Editor’s Note: in this guest post, former bond insurance insider Steve Ruterman discusses important considerations for investing in private label MBS beyond credit risk analysis, including how investors can benefit from understanding the differences in servicer behavior and business models.  … Continue reading

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New York Judge Strikes Blow to Investor Putback Claims

Update: it appears that Walnut Place has already filed an appeal of the dismissal of its lawsuit against BofA and Countrywide – IMG. Investors in Countrywide mortgage backed securities (MBS) were dealt a setback last Wednesday in their efforts to … Continue reading

Posted in Alison Frankel, appeals, Bank of New York, banks, BofA, bondholder actions, conflicts of interest, contract rights, Countrywide, derivative lawsuits, Event of Default, global settlement, Greenwich Financial Services, hedge funds, incentives, investors, irresponsible lending, Judge Barbara Kapnick, Judicial Opinions, lawsuits, lending guidelines, litigation, MBS, motions to dismiss, pooling agreements, private label MBS, procedural hurdles, putbacks, rep and warranty, repurchase, research, RMBS, securitization, settlements, standing, Trustees, underwriting guidelines, underwriting practices, Walnut Place | 5 Comments

BlackRock Attorney to Face Stiffer Challenges to Next Set of MBS Settlements

(Updated version, including new 6th paragraph on subsequent announcement of larger probe into Morgan Stanley bonds) Having received copious kudos for engineering an $8.5 billion investor settlement with Bank of America over soured Countrywide residential mortgage backed securities (RMBS), “pitbull” … Continue reading

Posted in Allstate, appeals, Attorneys General, Bank of New York, banks, BlackRock, BofA, bondholder actions, conflicts of interest, contract rights, Countrywide, emc, Event of Default, Federal Home Loan Banks, FHFA, global settlement, hedge funds, Investor Syndicate, investors, JPMorgan, jurisdiction, Kathy Patrick, lawsuits, lenders, liabilities, litigation, MBIA, MBS, Morgan Stanley, Philippe Selendy, press, private label MBS, putbacks, quinn emanuel, Regulators, remand, removability, rep and warranty, repurchase, RMBS, securities, securitization, settlements, standing, toxic assets, Wall St., Wells Fargo | 7 Comments

Book Tour Day 1: Pessimism, Hope and Note Cards


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My first day in New York City to promote the release of Way Too Big to Fail was a whirlwind, as expected.  I arrived into JFK at 6:00 AM and headed into Manhattan for my first stop at the Cornell … Continue reading

Posted in Attorneys General, bailout, Dan Rather, due diligence firms, Government bailout, hedge funds, mortgage market, Neil Barofsky, putbacks, re-underwriting, Regulators, RMBS, securities, securities laws, securitization, TARP, The Subprime Shakeout, Timothy Geithner, too big to fail, Treasury, Wall St., Way Too Big to Fail, William Frey | Leave a comment

Geithner Plan’s Use of Wall Street Firms to Value "Toxic" Securities No Panacea


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Several commentators have recently praised Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner’s plan to use Wall Street firms to help value “toxic” assets, such as mortgage-backed securities (MBS) and collateralized debt obligations (CDOs), because it draws on these firms’ supposed expertise in valuing … Continue reading

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