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The Late Great Recession: How It Became Politicized In This Election Cycle

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“Trickle-down did not work. It got us into the mess we were in, in 2008 and 2009,” Mrs. Clinton said, referring to the idea that tax cuts on high-income households can spur economic growth. “Slashing taxes on the wealthy hasn’t worked. And a lot of really smart, wealthy people know that.” ~ Wall Street Journal, September […]

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Altisource And Its New “Disruptive Enterprise Software”

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In a recent article appearing at the online site “nationalmortgagenews.com” there appeared a short blurb titled “Altisource Opens Technology Office in India.” For those who have never heard of Altisource, they are one of the few major members on the Pantheon of Scoundrels, or POS, for short.  On their website, they proudly boast: Altisource provides services […]

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Q-Rant! Barney Defends Frankendodd!

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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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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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FrankenDodd’s Collateral Damage: Banks Too Small To Succeed

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As readers of this site know, I have no love lost for the Dodd-Frank Act.  To review my prior rants, go to posts here and here. The gist of my objection to the law is that it casts too wide a net.  It was created by politicians, bureaucrats, and regulators that had no real idea […]

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Big Bank Bashing – Waahhh!

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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 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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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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Nuts and Dolts: S&P’s Defense to the DOJ Lawsuit

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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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