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Ratings Agencies: Still Shilling for Shillings

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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 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?

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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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S&P Comes Out Swinging – Sort Of

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“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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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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Belial Bank’s 2012 Holiday Planning Meeting

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Following a rough and tumble year in the banking industry, Belial Bank’s feckless fearless leader, B.L. Zebub, believes it is high time to bring some levity and loyalty to the lowly troops who have been tirelessly foreclosing all the Beleaguered Borrowers they may have missed the first and second time around.  Mostly, however, B.L. is […]

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Big Banks: The Illusion of Strength

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“I don’t care about being strong; I just want to look strong.” [Heard in the gym from a steroid-infused bodybuilder]    This statement could have been quietly uttered by any number of CEOs and CFOs today when speaking privately about their Big Banks.  In an interesting Bloomberg article [“Breaking Up Banks Is Hard With Traders […]

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

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This is the second installment of my article looking back over the past five years at Portland housing statistics.  Part One examined the real reason for the housing crisis which officially commenced in 3Q 2007, and looked at the historic numbers for average and median (i.e. “mean”) sale prices according to the RMLS™. The link […]

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