Subprime and college educations – an analogy worthy of investigation

As we finish the last day of 2008 the reality of the matter is that 18 months have passed since red lights came on and warning sirens sounded in the summer of 2007. Letting the air out of the mortgage bubble, and subsequently starting the collapse of Wall Street, the summer of 2007 was only …

Lack of honor allowed poisoning of the financial system

Competition is a never-ending race of everyone against everyone else. Everyone is a worker, but everyone is a consumer too. As we wrap up Mortgage Blues for another year 2008 has been chaos to some, but very predictable to others. When we told an investor group to dump Fannie and Freddie we were told our …

First shots fired in global economic war

If subprime issues and tainted paper sold around the world didn’t start a global economic war a recent move might do so. Investors in bank debt are threatening to boycott lenders that follow Deutsche Bank in breaking an unwritten rule and failing to exercise a call option on subordinated debt. In a coordinated action, angry …

Shady lenders take note of mortgage relief injunction

A state court helped subprime borrowers and homeowners with onerous mortgages, including Alt-A and jumbo mortgages. The help probably did more than restructuring and individual loan modifications have done thus far. This may mean real relief, rather than what we have seen from many mortgage companies. Just putting the past due amount on the end …