RBS and HSBC package bad loans, sued in US

Documents released by the US Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) claim that Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and HSBC retained the services of Clayton Holdings, a risk analysis specialist, to scrutinize loans before they were placed in bundles of mortgage-backed securities. According to the filings, reports from Clayton show that 18 percent of the mortgage …

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 …

BofA proposed $8.5 billion settlement

Opposition to Bank of America’s proposed $8.5 billion settlement with Countrywide mortgage-backed securities investors consisted of a handful of investor groups represented by a handful of law firms. Even if you counted the six Federal Home Loan Banks that have moved to intervene but haven’t yet gone on record opposing the deal, intervenors represented less …