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 …

Credit-ratings agencies became financial whores

Confirming what most analysts knew, both before and after 2007, a Senate panel investigating the causes of the nation’s financial crisis on Thursday unveiled evidence that credit-ratings agencies knowingly gave inflated ratings to complex deals backed by shaky U.S. mortgages in exchange for lucrative fees. The Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations will hold a detailed …

More of America sold to China as distressed assets

China Investment Corp, a $200 billion sovereign fund, is set to spend $2 billion buying U.S. distressed assets from property to infrastructure via three funds, including one managed by Goldman Sachs, sources briefed on the plan said on Tuesday. CIC’s latest swoop on U.S. assets comes after the state-owned investment vehicle lined up to invest …