Busted: Bankers and The Global Economy

October 26, 2008

Leadership Needed in U.S. Foreclosures

New statistics now share that 2700 Americans lose their homes every day due to the banking and mortgage debacle combined with a sharply declining United States economy. That number is up from 1200 a day one year ago. What do you think? Clearly, Americans are losing ground.

Digital Economy has shared a wealth of information and perspective regarding the foreclosure crisis consuming the American populace. Sheila Bair, head of the FDIC, says that the nation is way behind the curve on getting anything done about the foreclosure crisis. The do-it-yourself attitude of the U.S. government has been no help at all. I’m not sure why the FDIC would bother commenting on the foreclosure crisis, but hey, I’m game. What she said next is much more important: “We need to act quickly, and we need to act dramatically to have more wide-scale, systematic modifications.…”

Sheila Bair is voicing something that Americans and politicians have been mouthing for the last year with little results. Part of the problem is the opaqueness of the mortgage system coupled with that of the securitized and bundled loans so prevalent in the U.S. The Federal Reserve would tell you that rules are the problem. Yet, the truth is that there is no speedy way to deal with the crisis. The mortgage process is outdated and hopelessly compromised by the new age of banking greed. Expediency is important to politicians and as a result, the crisis gets nothing more than plenty of lip service.

Naturally, there are plenty of excuses why foreclosure resolution is so difficult:
Homeowners walking away
Job losses
Negative equity
Availability of credit for new loans
Investor speculation
Complex investment banking instruments (mortgage-backed securities)

The credit market is such that no homeowner is able to get a loan, especially from a competing bank. Bankers don’t want any more trouble from strapped homeowners than they already have. If Congress and the Bush Administration had acted faster with determinant action, much of the carnage could have been avoided. Instead, they have placated the public with voluntary programs such as the Hope Now Alliance. Hope Now isn’t bad, it just isn’t powerful enough or fast enough. No meaningful provisions have been adopted to force the mortgage and banking industry to hold more responsibility for the loans they created.

Now, the nation faces a global meltdown of epic proportions. Can you imagine 2700 houses a day being dumped on the U.S. housing market? The fact is that little real U.S. leadership has been shown. Along with the commensurate lack of leadership, bankers and mortgage servicers are still being allowed to run amok. So far, too little, too late is the result of laissez-faire economics that the Bush administration has adopted. Yet the same laissez-faire politicians are providing taxpayer money as bailout grist for bankers and businesses that they deem as too-large-to-fail. America needs something more than a hands-off approach to business/consumer regulations and relations. Americans need real leadership and action with real protection provisions in place. Even if some American citizens are dead wrong in how they have handled their finances, Big Government needs to step up to the plate and hold back the tide of banking greed and process, while forcing foreclosure resolution to work. It is all in the rules and how they are enforced. So far, your United States government has lacked the will to act strongly and decisively. America needs real leadership, not excuses. ~ E. Manning
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  1. Thanks for the info… Your article was comprehensive yet simple. It was delivering the true state of the events… I sure hope that all things improve. And I wish someday that we could pinpoint what led to all these crisis.

    Comment by Johnny Coates — October 27, 2008 @ 9:23 pm

  2. “Big Government needs to step up and stop the banking greed and process.” Big government can not even govern themselves.
    The regualatory bodies in charge of regulating banks are so incapable of regulating the banks it is rediculous. They hire young people out of college who can not even spell audit let alone understand and enforce the thousands of banking regulations that are in existence.
    Even many of the new laws being discussed at this time to help the consumer are worthless if they can not be enforced.

    The CEO’s of banks’s and companies like AIG are encouraged by their directors and shareholders to innovate and create new ways of making money. The federal regulators must update their regulations and hire people to enforce those regulations to make these people accountable for the losses they generate. They cause unemployement, decreased money supply and recessions for you and I.

    Comment by Lynn — October 28, 2008 @ 7:58 pm

  3. Totally agree!

    Comment by hipposkin — November 12, 2008 @ 8:22 pm

  4. The FDIC came out with it’s plan to prevent about 1.5 million home mortgage foreclosures by promising to share any losses with mortgage companies that agree to refinance certain home loans. This is a really good plan guys and will help alot of homeowners who have income (ei, working) stay in their home. It will slow down the tide of foreclosures and help the market absorb the REOs that exist right now and get them sold.

    Their program will be applied to the estimated 1.4 million non-GSE mortgage loans that were 60 days or more past due as of June 2008, plus an additional 3 million non-GSE loans that are projected to become delinquent by year-end 2009. Of this total of approximately 4.4 million problem loans, we expect that about 50% can be modified, resulting in some 2.2 million loan modifications under the plan.

    That means 50% of those who do not qualify to get modified. They will need our help! So make sure you continue to help those who do not have the income to stay in their home. The government could help by better regulating foreclosure rescue scammers and by allowing homeowners to sell their houses with the new buyer assuming the old loan or a workout loan.

    This also means our window to buy REOs at unbelievable prices will not be here forever as the flow of new REOs will be slowing down and our house market will stabilize once this excess inventory is absorbed.

    Comment by Alexis McGee — November 14, 2008 @ 6:21 pm

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