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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

Posted on by Phil Querin

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…. But first, I want to tackle a topic that I’ve never addressed on this [...]

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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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Nuts and Dolts: S&P’s Defense to the DOJ Lawsuit

Posted on by Phil Querin

As some of my readers know, S&P, the largest of the ratings agencies, that in tandem with their investment banking cohorts, made millions – nay, billions – during the securitization frenzy of 2005 – 2007.  [For more details, see my rants posts, here and here.] The Big Banks needed a shill to convince investors to [...]

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The CFPB – Spawn of Frankendodd

Posted on by Phil Querin

It is no secret that my regard for the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (“the CFPB”) is akin to my regard for Bubonic Plague; they both grow exponentially, can be difficult to eradicate – and they both come from rats.  For background about this regulatory Leviathon, see my rants posts here and here.

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QUERIN LAW: FSOC Declares Non-Banks SIFI – Now The Fun Begins!

Posted on by Phil Querin

In a further example of “mission creep”, the Financial Stability Oversight Council (“FSOC”), another spawn of Dodd-Frank, charged with responsibility to oversee and regulate…everything with a dollar sign in front of it, is now proposing to designate certain non-banks as systemically important financial institutions, or “SIFI”. The honorees of this designation are American International Group [...]

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2013 Short Sale FAQs [Part One]

Posted on by Phil Querin

The local and national real estate markets have been on the ropes for five years. The third quarter of 2007 was the statistical peak for housing prices in the Portland-Metro area.  From that point forward, the real estate market went into a downward spiral from which it has never fully recovered.  However, the third quarter [...]

Posted in Deed in Lieu of Foreclosure, Deficiency Liability, Fannie&Freddie, Financial Crisis, Foreclosure, Foreclosure Mills, GSEs, Market Conditions, Miscellany, Real Estate/Distressed, Realtors, Servicers, Short Sales, Tax Issues | Tagged , , , , , , , , , ,

IRS Fresh Start Program

Posted on by Phil Querin

I just ran across an interesting post on the website JDSupra, authored by attorney Mary Beth Lee, of the San Francisco-based law firm Duane Morris LLP, describing the IRS’s apparent attempt to sell hope rather than sow fear. For those folks still digging out from the financial woes visited upon many over the past five years, [...]

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