Busted: Bankers and The Global Economy

January 12, 2009

Real Expectations for U.S. Jobs and Economy

lowering expectations

lowering expectations

When compared to the political wisdom being spread about in Washington, D.C. recently, the Federal Reserve, the government watchdog for the U.S. economy stands out in contrast. At the last FOMC meeting, the Fed admitted that (more…)

May 19, 2008

Mortgage Vultures and Congress

In a recent hearing on mortgage servicing, Senators probed Countrywide Mortgage on exactly how mortgage servicers make their profits. Servicers earn revenue through a fee that is a percentage of the mortgage, float income from interest on temporarily-held funds, and through retained fees like late charges and other fees paid by borrowers.

Senator Charles Schumer described the addition of these fees as “piling on”. Mr. Schumer is convinced that a “vulture mentality” is developing among mortgage servicers as defaults rise. Senator Schumer called Steve Bailey of Countrywide to task for attempting to deny that mortgage servicers profit everyday from delinquent homeowners, even when borrowers and loan holders might benefit if the family retained its home, rather than struggle to pay an avalanche of default costs. (more…)

April 3, 2008

Senate Works to Assist Homebuyers

mortgage-foreclosure.jpgSenate Democrats and Republicans start debating a bipartisan $15 billion housing relief package today that is expected to go to vote early next week. According to the Senate, the funding package has new measures to make loan by the FHA more accessible, funding to assist borrowers to refinance unaffordable loans and fund a business tax break for homebuilders. A new alteration in tax code will allow for a new tax credit and deduction for homeowners. The plan also includes some generic provision to boost neighborhoods with properties in foreclosure.

The Democrats pushed for a change in bankruptcy law that would allow judges to lower the value of residential mortgage debts which is expected to be added as an amendment to bankruptcy code.

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