RMBS: SEC Charges Moody’s With Internal Controls Failures and Ratings Symbols Deficiencies

SEC Charges Moody’s With Internal Controls Failures and Ratings Symbols Deficiencies FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 2018-169 Washington D.C., Aug. 28, 2018 — The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced that Moody’s Investors Service Inc., one of the nation’s largest credit ratings agencies, has agreed to pay a total of $16.25 million in penalties to settle charges … Read more

America’s Banks Have Never Made More Money

American banks just had their most profitable quarter ever. Again. Tax cuts helped drive bank profits to a record $60.2 billion in the second quarter, the FDIC says. That easily topped the $56 billion in profit that banks hauled in during the first quarter. Bank profits jumped 25% in the second quarter from a year … Read more

Fannie-Freddie Scraps Program for Single Family Rental Home Investors

Single Family Rental-Home Investors FHFA says pilot program showed market performing successfully Effort has drawn criticism over deals with Wall Street firms The U.S. regulator for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac is shutting down a controversial program that subsidizes loans for firms investing in single family rental homes, saying the market can function well without … Read more

US Foreclosures Rise For First Time In 36 Months, Florida Up 35%

US Foreclosures Rise For First Time In 36 Months According to the just released July 2018 U.S. Foreclosure Market Report released by ATTOM Data Solutions, foreclosure starts in July increased by 1% from a year ago — the first year-over-year increase following 36 consecutive months of decreases. Foreclosures rose from a year ago in 96 … Read more

U.S. Pursues One of the Biggest Mortgage-Fraud Probes Since the Financial Crisis

U.S. Pursues One of the Biggest Mortgage-Fraud Probes Since the Financial Crisis At issue is whether income from apartment complexes was falsified to support larger loans–which often became part of mortgage securities. Owners of an apartment complex near Pittsburgh, who wanted to take out a mortgage on the buildings, allegedly made vacant units look occupied … Read more

Foreclosure Crisis Strikes Back: The Dark Side of Single-Family Rentals

The Dark Side of Single-Family Rentals After the foreclosure crisis, global equity firms (the dark side) snapped up thousands of single-family homes to rent out. This massive shift in the market has not been good for aspiring homeowners, tenants, or neighborhoods. In 2011 single-family home prices hit a two-decade low, and mortgage rates were as … Read more