Editorial – The History of Subprime and Predatory Lending :: Financial Scams

The History of Subprime and Predatory Lending Many other countries have not gotten down to the dirty task of lending money for housing to people who can’t afford it and then financially leveraging the loans to create billions in false value. That’s what the U.S. has done and it has the potential to impact people …

Goldman Sachs sued again over MBS

Bond insurer CIFG Assurance has become the latest aggrieved party to sue Goldman Sachs for misrepresenting a bunch of MBS-related securities that blew up. The suit, filed on Tuesday, relates to securities built from a portfolio of 6,204 loans made by M&T, which was also sued. Goldman subsequently packaged these loans into bonds that the …

Ocwen is largest subprime mortgage servicer

In 2010, Ocwen ranked fourth in subprime mortgage servicing, at $56 billion in volume. That was behind American Home Servicing ($78 billion), Bank of America/Countrywide ($82 billion) and Chase Home Finance ($90 billion). Ocwen claims its recent acquisition activity will catapult its volume to close to $100 billion per year. During the quarter, Ocwen acquired …

Job cuts hit hard in lending and mortgage industry

HSBC said it will also sell, shut or slim down retail operations in 39 markets, where operations are sub-scale and unprofitable and is looking to sell its U.S. credit card arm and shrink its network of 475 U.S. branches. HSBC’s move would be the latest in a wave of cuts announced by the global financial …

Update on SEC Goldman Sachs suit and Paulson bet

Why is Goldman Sachs stalling on a request from the SEC? Goldman Sachs Group Inc. will have longer to respond to the high-profile lawsuit by the Securities and Exchange Commission over disclosures regarding a collateralized debt obligation tied to subprime mortgages, a judge ruled. Apparently the CDO in question was one that caught the eye …