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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Merrill Lynch":

"… n, a subprime lender whose risky loans to vulnerable consumers nearly sank Merrill Lynch, which was forced to sell itself to Bank of America. WDB Funding is the th …"

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 "bank":

"… At a news conference, Deputy Attorney General James Cole said the bank's discriminatory lending practices resulted in more than 34,000 African-Am …"

"… crisis will have an opportunity to access homeownership. The bank will pay $125 million in compensation for borrowers who were steered into …"

"… ment's civil rights division. Perez said that because of the bank's practices "an African-American wholesale customer in the Chicago area in …"

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 "WMC Mortgage Corp.":

"… ome 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 where ers …"

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 "Greg Saffer":

"… an who wouldn’t sell, the two sides have starkly different tales to tell.Greg Saffer says conscience and common sense prevented him from pushing the product hi …"

"… were totally soiled for having been employed by WaMu.”‘Flagship loan’Greg Saffer put in several years as a high-earning salesman at a smaller lender in Los …"

Bank of America to pay record settlement over Countrywide abuses

By John Dunbar

Bank of America to pay record settlement over Countrywide abuses

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mortgage":

"… ending practices at Countrywide in a series of stories called “The Great Mortgage Coverup.” Perez said more than 200,000 African-American and Hispani …"

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

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mortgage":

"… ften as white borrowers.The study – “Lost Ground, 2011: Disparities in Mortgage Lending and Foreclosures” – concludes with a plea for stronger governm …"

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 "Chairman":

"… of her own experience working at a credit union. Many credit unions, NCUA Chairman Debbie Matz said, were afraid to make small-dollar loans for fear of losin …"

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 "internal communications":

"… ply, “crap.”For U.S. Senate investigators, the email is one example of internal communications and other newly uncovered evidence  that indicate Deutsche Bank and o …"

Buyer beware

By David Heath

New consumer agency powerless against dishonest auto lending practices

Excerpts from this story referencing "Michigan":

"… ts involving police being summon by dealers in yo-yos have been brought in Michigan and Maryland.Although Norman police now say the initial report was incompl …"

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.

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. ...

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

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 "Morgan Stanley":

"… e crisis. This week, one of those investigations paid off in a big way, as Morgan Stanley agreed to pay $102 million to settle an investigation into its relationshi …"

"… tle an investigation into its relationship with New Century Financial Corp.Morgan Stanley packaged risky loans “that were destined to fail” from New Century int …"

"… made at least $76 billion in high interest loans.As part of the agreement, Morgan Stanley will pay $58 million to more than 1000 Massachusetts homeowners, $23 milli …"

"… n $75 million in recoveries for Massachusetts from UBS AG, Citigroup Inc., Morgan Stanley, and others. …"

WaMu bank executives aware of rampant fraud

By David Heath

WaMu bank executives aware of rampant fraud but failed to act

WaMu bank executives aware of rampant fraud

By David Heath

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

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

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

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 "Goldman Sachs":

"… 4); Long Beach Mortgage Corp. (No. 5) and Accredited Home Lenders (No. 13). …"

"… ngs show Fremont maintained a line of credit of at least $500 million with Goldman Sachs. Goldman also packaged securities using Option One loans.Goldman spokesman …"

"… One loans.Goldman spokesman Michael DuVally told reporters Monday that “Goldman Sachs is pleased to have resolved this matter.”The bank has supplied funding t …"

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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