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":

"… Wells Fargo Home Mortgage. …"

"… air-lending laws, the Justice Department announced Thursday. Wells Fargo, the nation's largest residential home mortgage originator, allegedly enga …"

"… gin rather than because of differences in credit-worthiness. Wells Fargo also will pay $50 million in direct down payment assistance to borrowers i …"

"… l surtax for African Americans in Miami in 2007 was $3,657." Wells Fargo noted in a statement that it has denied the claims. "Wells F …"

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":

"… 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 whe …"

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

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

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 "Arizona":

"… ’t be in the payday business at all. American Southwest Credit Union in Arizona for years offered a short-term loan with an 18 percent annual percentage r …"

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 "Ameriquest Mortgage":

"… d the securities, which were underpinned by home loans from subprime giant Ameriquest Mortgage, were, quite simply, “crap.”For U.S. Senate investigators, the email i …"

Buyer beware

By David Heath

New consumer agency powerless against dishonest auto lending practices

Excerpts from this story referencing "Georgia":

"… Punching the car’s ID into the computer turned up a previous owner from Georgia, according to an interview with Moses and court documents. She learned thr …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Enterprise Institute":

"… annie and Freddie, as required by the Dodd-Frank financial reform bill. …"

"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. ...

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 "Chairman":

"… to stop the bad practices when they were happening. Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan would later explain to CBS’ 60 Minutes: “While I was aw …"

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

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Long Beach":

"… ce building, Kosch’s job was to review a huge stack of loans each day at Long Beach Mortgage for problems, including evidence of fraud. She was given 15 minut …"

"… ng documents — the loans usually got approved anyway. Senior managers at Long Beach Mortgage, one of the nation’s biggest subprime lenders, aggressively pus …"

"… know who took them out or why.Bad loans ultimately led to the collapse of Long Beach Mortgage and its owner, Washington Mutual, in the biggest bank failure in …"

"… ashington Mutual, in the biggest bank failure in history.An inside look at Long Beach Mortgage — many of whose lending practices were common among subprime lo …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "insurance":

"… failures. The government poured billions into banks, investment funds, and insurance companies, through the $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program, or TARP …"

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 "Texas":

"… merica total nearly $6.9 billion.2. J.P. Morgan Chase Bank NA, Lewisville, Texas — $2.7 billionJPMorgan Chase & Co. was No. 12 on the Center’s subp …"

"… are about $3.1 billion.4. American Home Mortgage Servicing Inc., Coppell, Texas — $1.3 billionAmerican was formerly a unit of American Home Mortgage Inv …"

"… borrowers total nearly $6.9 billion.8. Litton Loan Servicing LP, Houston, Texas — $774.9 millionLitton was a major subprime loan servicer owned by a com …"

"… Co. in November 2007 for $1.34 billion.9. EMC Mortgage Corp., Lewisville, Texas — $707.4 millionEMC was part of Bear Stearns, which J.P. Morgan bought w …"

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

The Financial Meltdown: A Glossary

By Kat Aaron

Key terms about the financial meltdown

Excerpts from this story referencing "U.S. Treasury":

"… oans are those at 3 percentage points or more above the rate of comparable U.S. Treasury securities. For more on the Center’s criteria, please see this project …"

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

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Charlotte":

"… ional, which became HSBC Finance Corp. in December 2004. The deal included Charlotte, N.C.-based Decision One, which was bought by Household in 1999. HSBC Fina …"

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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