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

Posted on by Phil Querin

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

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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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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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MERS, Niday, and Occam’s Razor

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As I was reading Kelly Harpster’s excellent article on The Housekeeping Report, summarizing the January 9, 2013 oral arguments on the Niday case[1] before the Oregon Supreme Court, I felt I was ringside with Howard Cosell covering an old Ali-Frazier title bout: “Frazier hits Ali with a short left jab, followed by a quick right – Ali feints, dances, bobs, weaves […]

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2013 Fiscal Cliff Legislation And Its Impact On The Real Estate Industry

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If  the politicians in Washington today were instead the CEOs of private industry, they’d all have been fired by now.”  Anonymous [sort of] Introduction. At the end of 2012 we all went over the Fiscal Cliff like Wile E. Coyote.  But unlike Wile E., we were able to grab a hold of a small scraggly branch on […]

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HAMP, HARP, and Harpster

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My fondness for alliterations compels the title.  I could not resist.  The purpose of this post is to welcome Lake Oswego attorney extraordinaire, Kelly Harpster, to the blogosphere – that vast otherworld known as the Internet, where one can accomplish two respectable goals:  (a) Sharing important information on self-selected topics, and (b) doing so through […]

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Foreclosure Mill Morality

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Slam! Bang! HER:  “Honey, is that you? You’re home early from the firm. Usually, on Fridays, you go over to Lucifer’s Lounge with the other attorneys for shots of Devil’s Springs Vodka, and regale each other with stories of the families you foreclosed during the week. Honey?  Honey? What’s wrong?” HIM:  “I think I screwed […]

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The ‘Briar Patch’ of Dodd-Frank

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  The Goliaths are getting bigger. From 1995 to 2009 the six largest banks’ assets increased from 18% of gross domestic product to 68%. They’re considered by regulators, politicians, management and the market to be systematically [sic] important, too big, too interconnected, and therefore too big to fail. Consequently TBTF institutions enjoy a funding advantage […]

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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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