Former subprime executive making risky loans again

By Daniel Wagner

Andy Pollock, who led First Franklin's bad loan factory, is pushing interest-only loans at new firm.

Center 'Meltdown' series continues to expose abuses that could lead to the next economic crisis

By Bill Buzenberg

Four years after answering 'Who's behind the financial meltdown,' we follow up and see where those people are now.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Subprime lending":

"… five years later and their lavish lifestyles. The second installment, “Subprime lending execs back in business five years after crash,” tells the story of how m …"

Wells Fargo to pay $175M in lending settlement

By The Associated Press

Justice Dept: Wells Fargo to pay $175M to settle allegations of bias against blacks, Hispanics

Excerpts from this story referencing "Wells Fargo Home Mortgage":

"… et on every mortgage that Wells Fargo makes," said Mike Heid, president of Wells Fargo Home Mortgage. …"

Fraud and folly: The untold story of General Electric’s subprime debacle

By Michael Hudson

High-paid employees of fraud-plagued, GE-owned WMC Mortgage included ex-porn star, strippers

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mortgage":

"… loans by paying roughly half a billion dollars to buy California-based WMC Mortgage Corp.What GE got in the bargain, former WMC employees say, was a place whe …"

"… ng.Founded in 1955, it had been known for much of its life as Weyerhaeuser Mortgage, a subsidiary of the pulp and paper giant Weyerhaeuser Co. By the lat …"

"… ck defective WMC loans.By October 2007 — as Riedel had predicted — WMC Mortgage was effectively out of business, dead after having pumped out roughly $110 …"

"… loans under GE’s watch, according to industry data tracker Inside Mortgage Finance.‘Living it up’And Amy Brandt?She was “living it up,” at le …"

Ex-WaMu worker claims he was shunned for refusing to push toxic loans on borrowers

By Michael Hudson

Ex-WaMu employee says he fought pressure to sell toxic loans

Excerpts from this story referencing "FDIC":

"… t against former CEO Killinger and two other former senior executives, the FDIC charged that WaMu sold Option ARMs “widely and indiscriminately,” usin …"

Bank of America to pay record settlement over Countrywide abuses

By John Dunbar

Bank of America to pay record settlement over Countrywide abuses

Worst may be yet to come in foreclosure crisis, study says

Millions more homes at 'imminent risk of default' study says

Credit unions remake themselves in image of payday lenders

By Ben Hallman

Credit unions remake themselves in image of payday lenders

Excerpts from this story referencing "Germany":

"… Credit unions date to the mid-1800s when mill and bakery workers in Germany created democratic cooperatives to loan money to each other at reasonable …"

Report: Car loans include billions in undisclosed charges

By Keith Epstein

Beyond regulation, auto lenders charge billions in hidden rate markups

Data shows Deutsche Bank was key patron of questionable mortgage lenders

By Michael Hudson

Data shows Deutsche Bank was key patron of questionable mortgage lenders

Excerpts from this story referencing "Germany":

"… s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations  highlights the role that Germany’s largest bank played in fueling the mortgage investment frenzy that spa …"

Buyer beware

By David Heath

New consumer agency powerless against dishonest auto lending practices

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Public Integrity":

"… ers hidden fees — continue to plague auto loans, an investigation by the Center for Public Integrity found.The politically powerful industry has also mastered a few high-press …"

Conservative think tank's plan would limit securitization of mortgages

By Amy Biegelsen

The American Enterprise Institute offered a plan today to eliminate the “bubble-inducing distortion” it blames for the recent financial cris

"The Monster": A guide to the subprime crisis

By Julie Vorman

Congratulations to my Center for Public Integrity colleague, Michael Hudson, whose new book debuted today as the No. 1 bestseller on Amazon.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Public Integrity":

"… r here and then tweet your views to @MichaelWHudson . …"

16 cents on the dollar: Doing the math on Mozilo settlement

By Michael Hudson

In the end, Angelo Mozilo settled for pennies on the dollar. ...

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ameriquest Mortgage":

"… ountrywide eventually succumbed to the temptation to follow the example of Ameriquest Mortgage Co. and its billionaire owner, Roland Arnall, an entrepreneur who was in m …"

Boiler rooms, foreclosure mills: The story of America’s mortgage industry

By Michael Hudson

The news about the nation’s foreclosure scandal has been coming fast and furious, driven by tales of backdated documents, false affidavits a

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ameriquest Mortgage":

"… created fake W-2 tax forms that exaggerated loan applicants’ earnings.At Ameriquest Mortgage, one of the companies I focus on in my new book about the subprime mortgag …"

Morgan Stanley latest to settle with Massachusetts

Before Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley gained notoriety as a failed Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate, she was best kno

Excerpts from this story referencing "Investment":

"… roup Inc. agreed to pay $60 million to settle similar charges, and Fremont Investment & Loan agreed to pay $10 million. The Massachusetts attorney general a …"

WaMu bank executives aware of rampant fraud

By David Heath

WaMu bank executives aware of rampant fraud but failed to act

Excerpts from this story referencing "FDIC":

"… . But WaMu had $188 billion in assets and regulators risked wiping out the FDIC’s $45 billion insurance pool it they hadn’t stepped in, a committee ai …"

WaMu bank executives aware of rampant fraud

By David Heath

WaMu executives knew of fraud yet they failed to act, Senate investigation finds

Excerpts from this story referencing "Carl Levin":

"… ior executives as a direct result of the subprime meltdown. And today Sen. Carl Levin, the Michigan Democrat who will chair the hearing, sidestepped questions a …"

At top subprime mortgage lender, policies Were invitation to fraud

By David Heath

Long Beach Mortgage employees say firm routinely ignored warnings

One year later: A meltdown retrospective

By Kat Aaron

Today marks a year since the collapse of Lehman Brothers, the biggest bankruptcy in U.S. history. As President Obama delivers a major speech

You broke it? You fix it.

By John Dunbar

Firms that fed off the subprime lending frenzy that devastated the banking system are lining up to collect more than $21 billion in taxpayer

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bank":

"… rs. Now known as BAC Home Loans Servicing, LP, Countrywide is now owned by Bank of America, which will receive any incentive payments due the company. Ban …"

"… ank of America, which will receive any incentive payments due the company. Bank of America, thanks to its purchase of Merrill Lynch, also owns program par …"

"… ipants Wilshire Credit Corp. and Home Loan Services Inc. Maximum funds for Bank of America total nearly $6.9 billion.2. J.P. Morgan Chase Bank NA, Lewisvi …"

"… m funds for Bank of America total nearly $6.9 billion.2. J.P. Morgan Chase Bank NA, Lewisville, Texas — $2.7 billionJPMorgan Chase & Co. was No. 12 …"

Subprime loans were big business for struggling lender CIT

By Kat Aaron

Troubled lender CIT Group found itself on the brink of bankruptcy Monday, as concerns regarding its liquidity and debt mounted. The company

Mortgage fraud reports rise, but some fraud may still be undetected

By Kat Aaron and Nick Schwellenbach

Reports of suspected mortgage fraud — fueled by the current economic crisis — are up in 2008, according to two new reports by the FBI and th

Leaders of the nation’s No. 1 subprime lender charged by the SEC

By Kat Aaron

Angelo Mozilo, founder and former CEO of Countrywide Financial — the No. 1 subprime lender in America, according to a Center for Public Inte

Excerpts from this story referencing "Eric Sieracki":

"… ting officer and president David Sambol and former chief financial officer Eric Sieracki are also facing fraud charges.The SEC alleges that Mozilo, Sambol, and Sie …"

Goldman settlement sends shiver through banking world

By John Dunbar

Goldman Sachs & Company’s agreement to pay up to $60 million to settle a Massachusetts investigation of subprime lending sends a sobering me

Excerpts from this story referencing "Investment":

"… ption One Mortgage Corp.,(No. 6), owned by H&R Block Inc., and Fremont Investment & Loan (No. 7). Both were California lenders that are now closed.Optio …"

"… company had a “reckless disregard” for the risk of foreclosure.Fremont Investment & Loan wrote at least $61.7 billion in subprime loans during the 2005- …"

The Financial Meltdown: A Glossary

By Kat Aaron

Key terms about the financial meltdown

Excerpts from this story referencing "Subprime lending":

"… if a borrower defaulted on the loan without engaging in arbitration first. …"

"… rs.” According to former Federal Reserve Governor Edward M. Gramlich, “Subprime lending can be defined simply as lending that involves elevated credit risk.”Sub …"

No. 9 of The Subprime 25: HSBC Finance Corp./HSBC Holdings plc

Total high-interest loans 2005-2007: At least $50.3 billion ***

No. 11 of The Subprime 25: BNC Mortgage Inc./Lehman Brothers

Total high-interest loans 2005-2007: At least $47.6 billion ***

No. 13 of The Subprime 25: Accredited Home Lenders Inc./Lone Star Funds V

Total high-interest loans 2005-2007: At least $29.0 billion

No. 15 of The Subprime 25: CitiFinancial / Citigroup Inc.

Total high-interest loans 2005-2007: At least $26.3 billion

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