10 Banks Agree To Pay $8.5 BIllion For Foreclosure Abuse

10 banks agree to pay $8.5B for foreclosure abuse (AP, Jan 7, 2013):

WASHINGTON — Ten major banks agreed Monday to pay $8.5 billion to settle federal complaints that they wrongfully foreclosed on homeowners who should have been allowed to stay in their homes.

The banks, which include JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America and Wells Fargo, will pay billions to homeowners to end a review process of foreclosure files that was required under a 2011 enforcement action. The review was ordered because banks mishandled people’s paperwork and skipped required steps in the foreclosure process.

The settlement was announced jointly by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and the Federal Reserve.

Separately, Bank of America agreed Monday to pay $11.6 billion to government-backed mortgage financier Fannie Mae to settle claims related to mortgages that soured during the housing crash.

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Peter Schiff: ‘The Economy Is Not Recovering At All’ (The Bubble Film Interview)


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Marc Faber’s 50 Minute Lecture On Virtually Everything: ‘Keynesians Like Paul Krugman Should Go And Live In North Korea’ (The Bubble Film Interview)

Marc Faber: “Paul Krugman Should Go And Live In North Korea” (ZeroHedge, Dec 13, 2012):

If there is one thing better than Marc Faber providing a free, must-watch (and listen) 50 minute lecture on virtually everything that has transpired in the end days of modern capitalism, starting with who caused it, adjustable rate mortgages, leverage, why did the Fed let Lehman fail, why was AIG bailed out, quantitative easing, Operation Twist, where the interest on the debt is going, which bubbles he is most concerned about, a discussion of gold and silver, and culminating with his views on a world reserve currency, is him saying the following: “The views of the Keynesians like Mr. Krugman is that the fiscal deficits are far too small. One of the problems of the crisis is that it was caused by government intervention with fiscal and monetary measures. Now they tells us we didn’t intervene enough. If they really believe that they should go and live in North Korea where you have a communist system. There the government intervenes into every aspect of the economy. And look at the economic performance of North Korea.” Priceless.

50 minutes of Faberian bliss:


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US Treasury Admits It Conducted A Circular Ponzi Scheme For Years

US Treasury Admits It Conducted A Circular Ponzi Scheme For Years (ZeroHedge, Aug 17, 2012):

While one may wonder about the implications of the just announced “accelerated windown” of the GSEs, predicated in no small part by the surge in animosity between Tim Geithner and the FHFA’s Ed DeMarco, there is one aspect of the announcement that is completely and utterly unambigious: as part of its justification to demand faster liquidation of Fannie and Freddie’s “investment portfolio” Tim Geithner gave the following argument:

This will help achieve several important objectives, including… Ending the circular practice of the Treasury advancing funds to the GSEs simply to pay dividends back to Treasury

In other words not some fringe blog, not some “partisan” media outlet, not some morally conflicted whistleblowing former employee seeking immunity, but the US Trasury itself just admitted it had been engaged in circular check kiting scheme, which essentially has all the components of a Ponzi scheme in it, ever since the nationalization (about which there is no now doubt and which means the GSE’s $6 trillion in debt is now fully on the Treasury’s balance sheet) of Fannie and Freddie in 2008.

Transfer one more conspiracy theory into the conspiracy fact bin.

Former Wells Fargo CEO Richard Kovacevich (Video): 2008 Crash Manufactured – Made Insiders Tremendous Amounts of Money – ‘TARP An Unmitigated Disaster’ – ‘Unprecedented $29 Trillion Market Intervention By The Fed And The Treasury’ – ‘Protesters Should Occupy Washington And The Fed’


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Peter Schiff Exposes And Destroys Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke (Video) … ‘The Collapse Is Coming Soon’


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Jim Rogers: QE NEVER STOPPED – The Fed Is Lying About QE 3 – Rising Money Supply Proves There Is QE 3 – On MF Global (Video)


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Fannie Mae And Freddie Mac Need Up To $215 Billion In Taxpayers Money Through 2013

The article below is from Oct. 21. This is from CNN Money, Nov. 15:

Fannie & Freddie Executives Score $100 Million Payday (Which Is Essentially Taxpayers Money – Fannie Mae Asked For Another $7.8 BILLION Of Taxpayers Money To Cover Its Losses In Third Quarter)


Fannie, Freddie Need More Money (FOX Business/Reuters, Oct. 21, 2011):

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac may need as much as $215 billion in additional capital from the Treasury through 2013 to offset losses and maintain a positive net worth, their federal regulator said on Thursday.

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, whose programs fund the lion’s share of all new home loans, are at the center of debate as Congress sets to overhaul a U.S. mortgage finance system that contributed to the worst housing crisis since the 1930s.

The cumulative capital needs of the two housing finance giants, which were seized by the government in late 2008, will likely fall between $221 billion and $363 billion through 2013, the Federal Housing Finance Agency estimated.

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Fannie & Freddie Executives Score $100 Million Payday (Which Is Essentially Taxpayers Money – Fannie Mae Asked For Another $7.8 BILLION Of Taxpayers Money To Cover Its Losses In Third Quarter)

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Black Hole Fannie Mae Asks Taxpayers For Another $7.8 BILLION To Cover Its Losses In Third Quarter:

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mortgage giant Fannie Mae is asking the federal government for $7.8 billion in aid to cover its losses in the July-September quarter.


Fannie, Freddie execs score $100 million payday (CNN Money, Nov. 15, 2011):

NEW YORK — Mortgage finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac received the biggest federal bailout of the financial crisis. And nearly $100 million of those tax dollars went to lucrative pay packages for top executives, filings show.

The top five executives at Fannie Mae received $33.3 million in 2009 and 2010, while the top five at Freddie Mac received $28.1 million. And each company has set pay targets of as much as $17 million for its top managers for 2011.

That’s a total of $95.4 million, which will essentially be coming from taxpayers, who have been keeping the mortgage finance giants alive with regular quarterly cash infusions since the Federal Home Finance Agency (FHFA) took control of the companies in September 2008.

Fannie CEO Michael Williams and Freddie CEO Charles Halderman, each received about $5.5 million in pay for last year, and they could receive more when their final deferred compensation for 2010 is set. All the executives receive a significant portion of their pay in the year or years after they earn it.

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