U.S. banks haunted by mortgage demons that won't go away


U.S. banks haunted by mortgage demons that won’t go away

U.S. banks haunted by mortgage demons that won’t go away

In case you haven’t read this from Gretchen Mortgenson please do and see if this adds up. But here is a glimpse of the story from 8/2010:

Outwardly, Fannie and Freddie wrapped themselves in the American flag and the dream of homeownership. But internally, they were relentless in their pursuit of profits from partners in the mortgage boom. One of their biggest and most steadfast collaborators was Countrywide, the subprime lending machine run by Angelo R. Mozilo.

Countrywide was the biggest supplier of loans to Fannie during the mania; in 2004, it sold 26 percent of the loans Fannie bought. Three years later, it was selling 28 percent. What Countrywide got out of the relationship was clear — a buyer for its dubious loans. Now the taxpayer is on the hook for those losses.

But what was in it for Fannie?

An internal Fannie document from 2004 obtained by The New York Times sheds light on this question. A “Customer Engagement Plan” for Countrywide, it shows how assiduously Fannie pursued Mr. Mozilo and 14 of his lieutenants to make sure the company continued to shovel loans its way.

[BTW] we now come to find out that Former Fannie CEO was part of the V.I.P “Friends of Mozilo” loans right about the same time.

Now back to this from REUTERS-

* Banks under increasing pressure to buy back bad loans
* Banks say Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae getting more aggressive
* Bank of America faces biggest possible losses

Lenders like Bank of America Corp and Wells Fargo & Co say they are facing mounting pressure to buy back bad mortgages they sold to investors, signaling that banks’ home-loan headaches could continue for years.

Investors like Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have been pressing banks to buy back bad mortgages for years, but in recent months those requests have intensified, the banks have said in recent second-quarter earnings reports.

These comments from banks provide a fresh reminder of the loose ends that remain from the housing bust that started five years ago. The threat of new expenses and litigation is dampening bank share prices, and the problem could linger for some time, analysts and experts said.


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2 Responses to “U.S. banks haunted by mortgage demons that won’t go away”

  1. Sarah says:

    Not much about what homeowners, waiting to be evicted, or foreclosed upon already, are going through. While the article has value, let’s not be fooled by media “objectivity” which is sometimes harmful.
    Over the years, the MSM has discounted or ignored the terrible situations American families are in, preferring to discuss “investors” or “markets”. At the worst, the media pushes the lie that homeowners brought it upon themselves.

  2. Stacyvan says:

    Have you seen this? The Taylor Bean & Whitaker CRO Neil Luria is trying to clawback fraudulent transfers from TBW to Freddie Mac on behalf of the banks. It’s like a whodunit. The banks are screwed because they are not innocent either, in my opinion. Freddie fought this off in the TBW bankruptcy by negotiating a settlement. But will that work again? They are on a fishing expedition. Please email is you have any other questions because there is more, lots more.


    “The Debtor was created for the purposes of: (a) purchasing mortgage loans originated by TBW; and (b) selling such mortgage loans to third parties, principally the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (“Freddie Mac”). In furtherance of this structure, the Debtor raised money from Deutsche Bank AG (“DB”) and BNP Paribas Mortgage Corporation (“BNPP,” and collectively with DB, the “Noteholders”), and various other financial institutions, as secured lenders through sales of asset-backed commercial paper (the “Funding Facility”) under the Prepetition Indenture (as defined below). The Debtor used proceeds of mortgage sales to Freddie Mac and others to satisfy its financing obligations to its lenders. By 2007, the Debtor’s role in providing liquidity to TBW had grown to the point where the outstanding balance of notes issued under the Funding Facility was over $4.4 billion. The Funding Facility was restructured in June 2008 such that the maximum outstanding balance was reduced to $1.75 billion.



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