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Ratings Agencies: Still Shilling for Shillings

Posted on by Phil Querin

The April 19, 2014 Economist reports [Credit where credit’s due] that the ratings agencies are making a financial comeback after their near-death experience following the financial crisis, circa 2007-2009.  For those readers who believed that Moody’s, S&P, and to a lesser degree, Fitch, were pure as the wind-driven snow, let me correct the record: During […]

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

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In Part One of my latest rant blog post, I took a look at the Big Banks and their sordid activities during the securitization heydays of 2005 – 2007/8. But I was just getting warmed up.  Part Two discusses how the banks have come to the aid of the prosecutors and courts in presenting themselves […]

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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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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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Mortgage Insurers – Short Sale Shakedown Artists

Posted on by Phil Querin

I’ve written several blog posts about the mortgage insurance (“MI”) problem.  Two of the several posts are found here and here. In many cases, MI is not purchased by the borrower, but by the lender – without the borrower’s knowledge and after the loan has already been made. This type of MI is technically referred […]

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S&P Comes Out Swinging – Sort Of

Posted on by Phil Querin

“Waaaaaa” It’s no secret that I have little sympathy for Standard and Poors and the other ratings agencies.  Like carnival barkers at the securitization circus, S&P, Moodys and to a lesser degree Fitch, gave rosy ratings to the securitized bonds that made the Big Banks Big Money. For background on the scam, see my posts, […]

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AIG – Hapless Victim or Reckless Ingrate? (Part One)

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Background.  The Big Banks, their excesses, and the stories of their rapacious greed, are slowly receding into the rearview mirror of memory, like an Elm Street nightmare. We all know how it ended; the federal government bailed them all out to the tune of $445 billion.  Some accepted the money begrudgingly, saying they were forced […]

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JPMorgan Chase’s Venture Back Into The Private Label Secondary Market

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“Those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it.”  Adapted from quote by George Santayana (1863-1952) Well, well, well. According to a recent article in Bloomberg.com, it appears that JPMorgan Chase is going to try skating across the frozen private label pond once again.  For those with any recollection of what caused the collapse of the […]

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Portland Metro Housing Prices – The Last Five Years [Part One]

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Background – 3Q 2007.  Looking back, August 2007 was a memorable month, filled with good news and bad.  Based upon RMLS™ numbers, it was a statistically impressive month for closed residential transactions in the Portland Metro area.  The bad news was that it was the last such month we were to see. From that point […]

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Recognizing Problem Short Sales Early

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There are two types of short sales: (1) The relatively[1] easy ones that, while perhaps prolonged, ultimately will close; and, (2) The hard ones.  How can you recognize, in advance, what category yours will fall into?  What follows is a short discussion on what to look for. The first category of short sales consists of […]

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