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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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SunTrustMortgage – In Trouble With The Feds!

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“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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The Rule of Nobody: Reasons Behind Regulatory Complexity

Posted on by Phil Querin

Ever wonder why laws, rules and regulations keep growing, becoming more complex rather than less? Readers at this site know my feelings about Dodd-Frank (aka “FrankenDodd”) at 2,400 pages [not counting the thousands of pages of still unfinished rulemaking] and the Volker Rule at 900 pages.  Both laws grew out of a Congressional knee-jerk reaction […]

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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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The CFPB – Spawn of Frankendodd

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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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The Real Story Behind Justice’s Decision to Sue S&P

Posted on by Phil Querin

Regrettably, I cannot disclose the source that provided me with this purloined post. ~ PCQ Lead Chief Counsel:  “OK, everyone, I think we’re ready to start.  You were emailed the agenda last week, so there should be no surprise what today’s topic is: How to convince the American public that we have the cajones to go […]

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Borrower Exposure to Deficiency Risk

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“To be forewarned is to be forearmed.” The term “deficiency” arises in the context of a borrower’s default to their lender.  It refers to the difference between what the lender/servicer recovers, e.g. through short sale, deed-in-lieu-of-foreclosure (“DIL”), or foreclosure, and the total debt owing.  Let’s go through each one, and see how and when the […]

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