Federal ruling stops foreclosures as bank can’t prove ownership

Pooling of home loans into securities has been going on for decades and helped increase real estate prices in recent years as investors sought higher yields that such mortgage trusts could provide. Some $6.5 trillion of securitized mortgage debt was outstanding at the end of 2006. Mortgages are recorded in the MERS system. It seems …

Paying off credit cards as ARM’s go up can be risky

A review of investors with interest only loans shows they are still paying the bare minimum each month. For the average home owner with an adjustable rate mortgage the options are not as good. Many families are considering how to tighten up the budget, and paying off the credit cards might sound good. More aggressive …

Risk Officers face challenge while some disappear

Subprime mortgage anxiety continued to spread on Thursday as a leading derivatives index hit a new low and fears grew that Merrill Lynch and other banks could be forced into even bigger asset writedowns. Those fears drove Merrill Lynch shares down 4 per cent to $60.90 as analysts suggested the bank might need to take …