Category Archives: Barack Obama

Strange Bedfellows: Barney Frank’s Falling Out With Wall Street Leaves Him Aligned With Former Nemesis

I have seen some strange things during my time covering the mortgage crisis, but this one may beat them all. On August 20, 2010, representative Barney Frank (D-MA) sent a letter to Barack Obama, urging the President to appoint a … Continue reading

Posted in Barack Obama, Barney Frank (D-MA), BofA, campaign finance, FHFA, Greenwich Financial Services, Investor Syndicate, Paul Kanjorski, rep and warranty, repurchase, servicers, William Frey | 2 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

Obama Signs Helping Families Save Their Homes Act Into Law, Complete With Servicer Safe Harbor

On May 21, President Barack Obama signed the Helping Families Save Their Homes Act into law (P.L. 111-22), including the controversial “Servicer Safe Harbor” provision that relieves servicers of their contractual liabilities for modifying loans without investor approval. The House … Continue reading

Posted in Barack Obama, Helping Families Save Homes, incentives, investors, irresponsible lending, legislation, loan modifications, Servicer Safe Harbor, toxic assets | 1 Comment

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

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

Posted in bailout, bankruptcy, Barack Obama, cheap money, Citigroup, class actions, contract rights, homeowner relief, legislation, loan modifications, recession, Seventh Circuit, TARP, TILA, workouts | 2 Comments

Focus of New Regulation Should Be On Securitization

The election of Barack Obama as the presumptive 44th President of the United States promises to usher in an era of increased regulation of the financial markets pursuant to Obama’s platform of economic reform. So far, many commentaries on the … Continue reading

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