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The Case of Carmen Segarra and “Regulatory Capture”

Posted on by Phil Querin

“The economic role of the state has managed to hold the attention of scholars for over two centuries without arousing their curiosity.” ~George Stigler, “The Theory of Economic Regulation,” 1971. Now that the unpleasantness of the financial crisis and Great Recession are being slowly relegated to the pages of economics textbooks, let’s ask: What’s changed […]

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Ocwen: The Servicing Industry’s Corporate Piñata

Posted on by Phil Querin

Ocwen, the servicing industry’s version of a corporate piñata, is, once again, stealing the wrong kind of headlines.  In a November 8, 2014 article [“Firm Accused Of Illegal Practices That Push Families Into Foreclosure”] appearing on npr.org, here, the servicing behemoth is accused of – gasp! – gouging borrowers. No! Not Ocwen! How can that […]

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Altisource And Its New “Disruptive Enterprise Software”

Posted on by Phil Querin

In a recent article appearing at the online site “nationalmortgagenews.com” there appeared a short blurb titled “Altisource Opens Technology Office in India.” For those who have never heard of Altisource, they are one of the few major members on the Pantheon of Scoundrels, or POS, for short.  On their website, they proudly boast: Altisource provides services […]

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SunTrustMortgage – In Trouble With The Feds!

Posted on by Phil Querin

“SunTrust had no effective document management system in place to process and retain the borrowers’ applications and supporting documentation. When the HAMP applications poured in, SunTrust put them in stacks on the floor without organization. At one point, the stacks of opened and unprocessed HAMP applications were so voluminous that their weight buckled the floor.” […]

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Barney Defends Frankendodd!

Posted on by Phil Querin

Former Congressman Barney Frank testified before the House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services on Wednesday, arguing that the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and the voluminous set of regulations that followed shortly thereafter was a positive for the economy and safeguarded the American public from ever having to face an economic down turn […]

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FrankenDodd’s Collateral Damage: Banks Too Small To Succeed

Posted on by Phil Querin

As readers of this site know, I have no love lost for the Dodd-Frank Act.  To review my prior rants, go to posts here and here. The gist of my objection to the law is that it casts too wide a net.  It was created by politicians, bureaucrats, and regulators that had no real idea […]

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Oregon MLO Licensing Exemptions for Manufactured Structure Dealers

Posted on by Phil Querin

Who would have thought that the financial crisis brought about by Big Bank Shenanigans would incentivize national and state regulators to impose Draconian rules on the sale of pre-owned manufactured homes?  This relatively small industry is the last vestige of affordable housing in this country.  This misguided effort is akin to regulating row boats after the Titanic […]

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Big Bank Bashing – Waahhh!

Posted on by Phil Querin

On January 28, 2014, Sergio Ermotti, chief executive of UBS AG, was fed up.  While visiting swanky Davos Switzerland [referred to in a New York Magazine article as “…the annual self-congratulatory kaffeeklatsch known as the World Economic Forum”] he vented. Like Howard Bealle in Network, he was ‘mad as hell and not going to take this anymore!’ What […]

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Big Banks, Loan Fraud, and Moral Equivalence – Part One

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Introduction. As the Big Bank scandals appear to be diminishing, I’ll admit that it’s probably time to get over the RATs (Rapers of the American Taxpayers), and move on to other more uplifting topics for this blog site. Perhaps I will….

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What’s In Your Bank?

Posted on by Phil Querin

In one of the most insightful articles I’ve read about Big Banks from the Great Depression to the present, authors Frank Partnoy and Jesse Eisinger, writing in the Jan/Feb 2013 issue of The Atlantic, discuss why America’s big lending institutions are no safer today, than the months leading up to the 2008 collapse of the […]

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