High-Rate High-Fee Loans HOEPA Section 32 Mortgage Abuse

Just when we thought subprime could not get uglier, one of the world’s largest banks has found a way to usurp U.S. government regulations. High-Rate, High-Fee Loans HOEPA/Section 32 Mortgages and how to get around the regulation seems to be the newest and latest marketing ploy. “As a current employee I am appauled to see …

UBS shows $10 billion subprime writedown

This time it’s an investment bank with problems. Swiss-based UBS announced a $10 billion writedown this week on subprime exposures. An injection of capital from investors in Singapore and the Middle East was also announced. UBS has also slammed on the brakes at its investment bank, where the problems originated. UBS has been the biggest …

Paulson wants state help as court blocks state enforcement? Really?

While Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson was speaking, a federal appeals court shut the door to state enforcement of federally charted banks. Now Paulson wants help from the states. What in the world is going on? Didn’t the court render the states powerless to seek documents and enforce predatory lending laws, while Paulson is asking stes …

Bush in jam over subprime rescue plan

As lawmakers, Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Alphonso Jackson, a slew of presidential hopefuls, and many others weigh in on a solution to the subprime mess it is clear that President Bush is in a jam. While some realists say the recession of 2001 never ended, others claim the manufactured wealth …

One third of U.K. homeowners face big house payment increases

Some say the U.K. is a warning to the U.S. but the news sounds about the same. One third of all U.K. homeowners will face big increases in their house payments. A report released yesterday said approximately 5.5 million people in the U.K. would be effected. Many fell into the subprime trap because of divorce, …