Big banks hold great sway in Washington these days, far more than troubled homeowners do. But outside the Beltway, many people remain caught in the maw of the financial giants, which is why it is heartening when some judges step into the fray.
Consider two opinions involving Wells Fargo, a bank that enjoys a somewhat better reputation than many of its peers. On Monday, a judge in a state court in Missouri ordered Wells to pay over $3 million in punitive damages and other costs for abusing a borrower. Then, on Thursday, a judge in Federal Bankruptcy Court in suburban New York ruled on behalf of another borrower, concluding that there was substantial evidence Wells Fargo forged documents when it foreclosed on a property. Continue reading →
[Editors’ note: Please do not read this if you are a junior banker at Goldman Sachs.]
Sit back and enjoy eating your children’s Halloween candy. Looking ahead to next week, we face possible settlements for JPMorgan Chase and Steven Cohen’s hedge fund as well as Twitter’s initial public offering. Continue reading →
What are you doing this weekend? I hope the weekend allows you to spend quality time with family and friends. While I figure out some plans for today, tomorrow I will definitely set aside an hour to listen to the following:
Powerhouse Lineup on Insider Trading Gretchen Morgenson – Assistant Business & Finance Editor, New York Times
Charles Gasparino – Senior Correspondent, Fox Business Network
William D. Cohan – Author, Fall of Bear Stearns and Goldman Sachs
Anita Raghavan – Author, “The Fall of the Galleon Hedge Fund”
Remember: “First come, first served”
Like the Billionaires dumping stocks – get it out of the banks now and invest in something tangible. Plant a garden, put solar on your roof – you may not want to leave those 401ks and mutual funds just sitting there because they may not be there when you need them most. [Ed. DeadlyClear]
In the past, federal regulators have been known to include provisions that waived the ability of a company to write off the costs of a settlement. But since our banks are always considered Too Big To Fail, they are of course offered every consideration, and We the Continue reading →
Rumor has it that in a matter of days, after months of negotiation with big banks, the White House may announce a settlement that would let the banks off the hook for their role in the foreclosure crisis — paying a tiny fraction of what’s needed in exchange for blanket immunity from future lawsuits. If this happens will we ever be able to trust him again?
It was midnight Sunday. I couldn’t sleep. NY Times emails me an alert to Gretchen Morgenson’s article about how the Obama “I only care about the banks” Administration is trying to negatively influence the NY AG (my hero) Eric Schneiderman who is gunning after the Wall Street banks for their foreclosure fraud and Ponzi scheme that collapsed our country. I was angry, tossing and turning all night thinking about how I would blog my emotions. When I awoke there were several other well-respected bloggers that expressed my feelings for the leader of the unemployed, homeless, “free” world better than I ever could. Attorney General of N.Y. Is Said to Face Pressure on Bank Foreclosure Deal
Gretchen Morgenson is one of the more astute journalists in our country writing with insight for the NY Times about Wall Street and foreclosure frauds. First thing this morning I was alerted to her latest article calling attention to the fact that the banks may be misrepresenting their profits (ya think? – I’m shocked). I’m wondering about the rest of the expenses the banks don’t seem to be paying or claiming on their books – like insurance, HOA fees, taxes, maintenance… these are sizable figures and no one seems to be making them accountable.