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Investor End Games: All Is Not Well in the Garden

“As long as the roots are not severed, all is well.  And all will be well in the garden.” – Chance the Gardener, Being There (1979) With Judge Barbara Kapnick announcing earlier this month that the approval hearing in Bank … Continue reading

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Obama Proposes Sweeping Reforms For Financial Regulation


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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

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Citigroup Becomes First Lender to Cave to Mortgage Principal Reductions by Bankruptcy Judges


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It’s official: the first domino has fallen. The L.A. Times has reported that Citigroup Inc. has agreed that bankruptcy courts should be allowed to change the terms of mortgages, including ordering reductions in the principal amount of loans, as part … Continue reading

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Navigant Publishes Press Release on Subprime Litigation Study


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Navigant Consulting has put out a press release with respect to its latest study, entitled Third Quarter 2008 Update: Breaking New Ground, which details the unprecedented rise in subprime mortgage-related litigation. Besides the eye-popping statistics showing the exponential rise in … Continue reading

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