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Ratings Agencies Get Their Comeuppance – They’ve Been Downgraded! [Part Three]

Posted on by Phil Querin

In Parts One and Two I addressed the favored status of the ratings agencies in affecting all manner of financial instruments and investment decisions. But now, as an outgrowth of Dodd-Frank, the agencies’ impact appears to be on the wane. The new OCC regulations are figuratively airbrushing the ratings agencies out of the financial landscape. […]

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Ratings Agencies Get Their Comeuppance – They’ve Been Downgraded! [Part One]

Posted on by Phil Querin

Even the most heinous of financial crimes are usually – if not always – the bi-product of willing participants.  Admittedly, there may be only one “evil genius” in the mold of Bernie Madoff, but invariably there are many willing enablers.  These are the peripheral players to whom we might contribute some degree of culpability or […]

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2005 – 2007: Big Bank Securitizations, Easy Credit, MERS, Housing, and the Foreclosure Crisis (Part Two)

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[This is the second post in a 2-part series in which we take a not-so-nostalgic stroll down Memory Lane, revisiting the events that linger with us today – almost exactly five years after the collapse of the lender credit markets and the resulting cliff dive in housing prices.  The first post can be found here. […]

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2005 – 2007: Big Bank Securitizations, Easy Credit, MERS, Housing, and the Foreclosure Crisis (Part One)

Posted on by Phil Querin

Introduction.  Well, it’s been nearly five years since the 3Q 2007 collapse of the credit and housing markets.  How time flies!  Are we having fun yet?  According to the Regional Multiple Listing Service (“RMLS™”) for the Portland Metro area, comparing January – April 2012 [the latest reporting period available at this time] with January – April 2011, […]

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Credit Rating Agencies – The Shills in the Crowd

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Shill – “…a person who helps a person or organization without disclosing that he or she has a close relationship with that person or organization. “Shill” typically refers to someone who purposely gives onlookers the impression that he or she is an enthusiastic independent customer of a seller (or marketer of ideas) that he or […]

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