State AG’s watch as option ARM’s start to implode by late 2009

The federal government and states are girding themselves for the next foreclosure crisis in the country’s housing downturn: payment option adjustable rate mortgages that are beginning to reset. “Payment option ARMs are about to explode,” Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller said after a Thursday meeting with members of President Barack Obama’s administration to discuss ways …

Welfare payments and unemployment as valid income

In an article titled “They Gave Your Mortgage To A Less-Qualified Minority” we see the effect of Clinton-era changes. Did these changes set the stage for the subprime crisis? You be the judge, but the system was abused, and went well beyond minorities. “Under Clinton, the entire federal government put massive pressure on banks to …

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 …