OneWest “is not above the law” – No Merger For You! Bravo Helen Kelly!

OneWest “is not above the law,” said Helen Kelly, a 67-year-old former Minnesota state prosecutor that spoke out during a public hearing on a proposed merger with CIT Group and asserted she encountered difficulties with the lender when she wanted to modify the terms of her mortgage on her Pleasanton, Calif., house. She then compared bankers to an “Ebola virus” that had spread to contaminate homeowners.

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Elizabeth Warren EMBARRASSES Bank Regulators At First Hearing

WASHINGTON — Bank regulators got a sense Thursday of how their lives will be slightly different now that Elizabeth Warren sits on a Senate committee overseeing their agencies.

At her first Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee hearing, Warren questioned top regulators from the alphabet soup that is the nation’s financial regulatory structure: the FDIC, SEC, OCC, CFPB, CFTC, Fed and Treasury. Read more on Huffington Post. Continue reading

Libor Lies Revealed in Rigging of $300 Trillion Benchmark

the Lie in LIBORNo – we’re not making this up.

According to Bloomberg By Liam Vaughan & Gavin Finch – Jan 28, 2013: “The benchmark rate for more than $300 trillion of contracts was based on honesty. New evidence in banking’s biggest scandal shows traders took it as a license to cheat.” Graphic: Bloomberg Markets Continue reading

While you were Trick or Treating – so were the Banks on Capitol Hill

While you were tacking on the last sequins of the Halloween costume and watching the World Series – the banks were handing out cash for votes to scale back the Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform law. You probably didn’t hear about it because after that the TSA shooter dominated the news. Another special from “Whaddah I miss?”

s_500_opednews_com_0_financial-derivative-jpg_56223_20130104-458The U.S. House of Representatives voted last Wednesday to scale back a much-debated provision of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform law, handing bank lobbyists a token victory in their fight against the tougher rules. The much-debated provision centered around derivatives. Those fighting the foreclosure wars need not be told the “devil is in the derivatives.” Continue reading

$High$ Priced Attorneys Don’t Necessarily Buy Truth

crazy HomerThe GLASKI opinion has made the Wall Street banking industry crazy. There was an outcry for publication of this case as it allowed homeowners to challenge fabricated assignments. The Court agreed to publish the opinion.

The securitization case was briefed and argued as a New York law trust case when in fact it was actually a Delaware trust. While the outcome may have likely been the same, the Court’s opinion was based upon New York Trust Law. Thereafter, the banks (that it appears failed to raise these issues during or after the hearings) wanted the opinion to be de-certified for publication. Continue reading

OCC – Correcting Foreclosure Practices

Correcting Foreclosure Practices – Updated August 28, 2013

foreclosure_review_cartoon1While cruising the Internet looking for the status of a particular bank, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) Independent Foreclosure Review website jumped into view. The OCC website is worth an examination even though the Submission Window is closed (way too early IMHO) as there are numerous CONSENT ORDERS made available for viewing. 

Of course the accused financial and/or financial related companies never admit or deny the the “Findings” from the examination by the: Continue reading

Money Is Not Safe In The Big Banks

Under the Dodd-Frank Act “losses will be assigned to shareholders and unsecured creditors. …as a depositor in a bank, under the law –
YOU ARE an unsecured creditor.”

banker_debt_web“The Leveraged Buyout of America” by , Author, Web of Debt, Public Bank Solution; President, Public Banking Institute

Giant bank holding companies now own airports, toll roads, and ports; control power plants; and store and hoard vast quantities of commodities of all sorts.

They are systematically buying up or gaining control of the essential lifelines of the economy. How have they pulled this off, and where have they gotten the money? Continue reading

Grotesque Plan for Detroit: Fleece Working People to Save the Banks

Hands-off-our-Pension-June-10Municipal workers could be robbed of pension funds to pay big banks for payments due on interest rate swaps.

The Detroit bankruptcy is looking suspiciously like the bail-in template originated by the G20’s Financial Stability Board in 2011, which exploded on the scene in Cyprus in 2013 and is now becoming the model globally. In Cyprus, the depositors were “bailed in” (stripped of a major portion of their deposits) to re-capitalize the banks. In Detroit, it is the municipal workers who are being bailed in, stripped of a major portion of their pensions to save the banks.

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FDIC – Hide & Sneak …and Seal

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) chairman serves at the pleasure of the President of the United States. During the financial crisis of 2008, Sheila Bair was chairman of the FDIC and was a member of a very small club: competent crisis-era financial regulators. Bair was one of the primary policymakers in Washington, DC during the 2007–2009 financial force majeure.

company-doeIt was during that time many banks and pretender lenders failed, including IndyMac Bank, FSB and Washington Mutual aka “WaMu”. Deals were contrived between banks by the FDIC as it stepped in as receiver to peel off assets making Master Purchasing Agreements between parties.

In some cases, like IndyMac and WaMu, these deals were struck before a bank could seek reorganization under bankruptcy protection. These “deals” included sealing documents that it appears pertain to sale agreements and the operations of the banks that probably should have led to a Securities and Exchange Commission investigation – rather than covering up the potential for fraud under court seal of, as it appears, the “Unassigned Records” as in the case of IndyMac. Continue reading