Video: Chris Whalen – more on MBS FraudGate, Pension Fund suits, Securities Law and the markets need to restructure these TBTF banks

The risks are high, and Mr Market is asleep, methinks that Uncle Sam has given the TBTF the all clear, leaving taxpayers holding the bag, again.

Courtesy of Market-Ticker:

“This is cancer – this isn’t a sudden crisis that is going to erupt out of the ground.”

“We’re going to wait until well-into this, and then we’re going to do the right thing – which is restructuring.”

MBS…. are calling their lawyers.  Trustees may or may not have the note.

“There are a lot of investors out there who don’t know what they own… they may own unsecured loans….. trustees that were supposed to do things under state law (and didn’t)… even Fannie and Freddie have issues with this.”

“…. this is not minutia; this is the letter of the law.

“The dealer has to deliver to the trustee the notes (under NY State Law)”

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October 21, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Economy, FDIC, Finance, Foreclosures, Housing, Obama Administration, Politics, TARP, Taxes, Wall St. Comments off.

Holy Crxp! The Precious on a tear, new record $1270.00!!!

*Preccccious* up an astounding $22.90 right now to ANOTHER record of $1270.00.

It’s been a while, but you know what time it is…

We all know QE2 is coming. If housing takes another 20% hit, which it will, the TBTF are insolvent, again. (IMO :0>) Especially Wells and BofA who have all those HELOCS that are worthless if those homes go into foreclosure.

JPMorgan Chase analysts lowered expectations of housing recovery in the next four years. Jon Daurio, chief executive at the distressed loan purchaser Kondaur Captial, warned that home prices could fall another 20% as well….

Freddie Mac expects 4 million new and existing home sales in the third quarter, a possible 20.7% decline from last year and 23% drop from the previous quarter….

FD- We are BofA shareholders (NOT by choice, sadly we are holding the former Merrill shares, mom is very conservative and leery of letting them go). We have many, many posts here on the BofA/Merrill merger.

So, we should be seeing QE2, an ‘all new!’ HAMP or some sort, hopefully the MorganStanley 1 pg refi for CURRENT mortgage payors is in there someplace, nice to TRY TO PRETEND to avoid moral hazard once in a while boyz…

Also consider, we all HOPE and PRAY and WORK for a GOP sweep of House and Senate in less trhan 60 days (yay!), and this will put the brakes on Obamanomics to a large extent, BUT it will also stop fiscal stimulus from the Critters leaving Gentle Ben and his fear of Turning Japanese to step in. This in addition to Obama’s EXPORT plan, which I think is sadly misplaced has the USDollar tanking and GOLD rising as a result.

Another wild card is Chuckie Cheese Schumer, post election axx kicking, trying to grab some good vibes by launching a trade war with China which UNIONS want since Summers and Timmeh cannot get any results from our largest trading partner on the yuan peg.-again GOLD as safe haven/falling USD/helicopter Ben shelter as USD falls…

Anywho the precious knows what is coming and is ready for hit. This outs even sister Silver’s awesome performance in the shade.

September 14, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , . Economy, Finance, Foreclosures, Housing, Obama Administration, Politics, Popular Culture, TARP, Taxes, Unemployment Statistics, Wall St. 2 comments.

He’s baack! John Thain takes reins at CIT Group…

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Hardly seems fair does it? Ken Lewis loses his spot at BofA, gets civil complaints filed against him by Cuomo, gets grilled by CongressCritters as attorneys drool on their TVs hoping for a magical shareholder class action suit, and Thain walks into a new CEO suite with hardly a scratch.

Vagaries of the dice toss or a deal with Beelzebub? Maybe it’s just that Ken is from Charlotte and John is from The Street? Must be his ‘Goldman’ parachute, heh. FD-MiM are Merrill/BofA shareholders….Our multitude of posts on the BofA Merrill merger and post merger brouhaha here..

Mashup by BluTaiger

NYPost:

John Thain has been chosen to run lender CIT, after a year in which he was ousted from Merrill Lynch and the business lender teetered on the brink.  Thain will start as chairman and chief executive immediately, CIT said late yesterday, replacing interim head Peter Tobin.

Thain, 54, led Merrill for a year, when he was shoved out in January 2009 after the company was bought by Bank of America in a controversial merger. The former president of Goldman Sachs and the New York Stock Exchange has been out of work since.  CIT, a major business lender that expanded into subprime mortgages and student loans during the boom, filed for bankruptcy last year after the government refused to give it a second infusion of rescue funds.

It emerged from bankruptcy in December, after managing to unload more than $10 billion in debt. “Much has been accomplished in recent months to position CIT for renewed success,” Thain said.  CIT executives face compensation restrictions because it received funds from the Troubled Asset Relief Program. According to reports, Thain will receive $500,000 in salary and $5.5 million worth of restricted CIT shares. He could also earn another $1.5 million in restricted shares.

That’s a pittance compared to what he was making at Merrill Lynch. When he joined, the bank agreed to a $44 million compensation package…

You know who should pay the shareholder suits? STANLEY O’NEIL, he destroyed Merrill IMO….

February 8, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Economy, Finance, Politics, Popular Culture, TARP, Wall St. Comments off.

Meredith Whitney & Jamie Dimon on principal forbearance in the JPMorgan Chase earnings call PLUS Are JPMC, BofA, Citi taking kickbacks for second liens on short sales?! & HAMP/MHA assisted a whopping 7% of those eligible last year..

Update:  Short Sale Kickback video added

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In other great news, Diana Olick is breaking a HUGE story now on CNBC that the big servicers, JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America and Citi have demanded off-HUD, off ClosingStmt payments to release second liens they hold in short sales (against RESPA law).

Treasury told Diana they were unaware of this and will look into it. Good grief. and they wonder why the servicers dont want to do mods? THEY ARE GETTING KICKBACKS ON SHORT SALES! Plus they get an INCENTIVE PAYMENT to do short sales from Treasury (we the taxpayers) now. My Lord this is unreal.

Again this is the fault of the WH and Treasury.  Treasury actually RAISED the cap on the ‘incentive fees’ the servicers can earn by doing their damn job as servicers today to 35 billion. Banks will do exactly what they can and no more. Sheila Bair at FDIC is the only one moving on principal forbearance, as usual she is ahead of the curve.

Plus the AP isn’t buying the BS spin anymore in its reporting of the much vaunted numbers Treasury is spinning today on their newly permanent mods (which they told the servicers to waive documentation for to achieve, the only thing the trial mods can be disqualified for now is ‘property’ disqualification, nice eh?):

The Obama administration’s mortgage relief plan provided help to only 7 percent of borrowers who signed up last year, another black mark for the struggling program.

Ouch that’ll leave a mark.

About 900,000 borrowers have enrolled in the $75 billion program since it launched in March, the Treasury Department said Friday. But as of last month, only about 66,500 homeowners had received permanent relief. Another 46,000 have been approved and should be finalized soon.The plan aims to make borrowers’ mortgages more affordable by reducing the mortgage interest rate to as low as 2 percent. They receive temporary modifications, which are supposed to become permanent after borrowers make three payments on time and complete necessary paperwork, including proof of income and a letter explaining the reason for their financial hardship.

The Treasury Department is pressing the 102 mortgage companies that are participating in the program to do a better job….

This is a great back and forth. I think we can confirm Treasury is doing exactly JACK SHXT about meaningful mods after hearing this discussion, so much for Obama being tough on those fat cats:

CalculatedRisk:

Here is an exchange between Meredith Whitney and Jamie Dimon on the JPMorgan conference call this morning (ht Brian):

Whitney: [W]e’re reaching a critical point in terms of all of the loan modification efforts and this is an industry question but then how it specifically affects your Company, given the fact that the industry feedback and statistics on the loan modification efforts are not good, so you question what’s the next initiative and the issue of principal forbearance. How much momentum do you think that has, can you comment on what stage we are in terms of obviously the extension ends [soon] with the last slug is over in February, so where do you think we are in terms of the government’s efforts to influence banks to do certain things?

Dimon: Well remember we do modifications of our own and we do the government modifications and I do think they’re kind of new, it was complex, and I think people will get better at it over time, Meredith. We have not thought of a better way to do it than loan by loan, which is does the person want to live there, can they afford to live there, and we really think that the payment, how much you’re paying is more important than principal. Even if you are going to do something on principal, to do it right you have to do it loan by loan and it effectively comes a similar kind of thing. The difficulty is the loan by loan part and we’ve asked the government and I think they tried to streamline a little bit to have programs because there’s too much paperwork involved in it so a lot of the reasons we’re not getting to final modifications half the time we don’t finish the paperwork, so they need the lower payments but they weren’t finishing the paperwork so we’re trying to get better at it, honestly, we rack our brains to figure out if there’s a better way to do it and you can do it more macro than loan by loan but once you start talking about macro, you’re going to get involved in a lot of issues about whether the people live there, whether they have the ability to pay, whether they were honest when they first told people how much their incomes were, so we’re working through it.

Whitney: Okay, do you get a sense that there’s something right behind HAMP, that there’s another solution for the government or is it more your efforts?

Dimon: We’re trying to do this, look, we’re trying to have ideas and they are trying to have ideas but if we had a brilliant one we would be very supportive of doing it. We want to do the right thing for the people.

Whitney: Okay, so a point of clarification on your answer, issue of principal forbearance is not something that people should be overly concerned about with respect to reserves and capital for the bank?

Dimon: No, I think if there’s a macro government force on something like that you could have a fairly significant effect on loan loss reserves and losses, etc.

Whitney: But is that a real, any momentum?

Dimon: Honestly Meredith you probably know as well as we do.

Whitney: I don’t know. I can’t help myself on that one.

Neither can we!

January 15, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Economy, FDIC, Finance, Foreclosures, Housing, Obama Administration, Politics, TARP, Taxes, Unemployment Statistics, Wall St. Comments off.

Update: CNBC reports Lewis to step down by end of year; Cuomo/BofA Smackdown: It’s On! (again)

Update 09/30: Charlie Gasparino is reporting that Ken Lewis has been pushed out (the stmt says he stepped down but I call BS)!! This is HUGE! WOTS was he had TOTAL BACKING OF THE BOARD! Recall BofA is centred in Charlotte, NC far from the Wall St shenanigans but Lewis got sucked into the ‘eeeevil banker’ canard PLUS the added bonus of ‘hide the bonuses’ with Thain. I for one would never want Andy Cuomo on my trail if I had a blessed thing to hide!

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(Reminder FD- MiM are shareholders in both BofA and were MER shareholders as well pre merger)

CNBC:

Bank of America’s CEO Ken Lewis, the embattled head of the nation’s biggest bank, told the board he plans to step down by the end of the year.

Lewis wasn’t asked to step down and the decision was not the result of any regulatory action, sources told CNBC. No successor has been named yet….

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September 16, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Economy, Finance, Obama Administration, Politics, TARP, Wall St. Comments off.

Breaking: BofA to pay $33m penalty in settlement…SEC charges BofA with making material false stmts on Merrill deal…CIT Group shares halted for news pending….

Update 5: BofA Spokesman: Ken Lewis ABSOLUTELY has the full support of the Board…

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Update 4: BofA to pay $33 million penalty as part of settlement. Gee as a shareholder can I get part of that? Suuuure, after all WE are the wronged parties.. AS IF!

BofA is settling the charges, “without admitting or denying guilt”. Well now TAXPAYERS will wind up SOL when shareholders sue…after all we will not allow their capital ratios to fall….Pfft.

Developing via CNBC

Breaking II: Now SEC is charging BofA with making materially false, misleading statements in connection with the Merrill merger….oh boy….

We are shareholders. We have covered this extensively see our posts on Thain/Lewis here and here and here and  here

This is NOT about the failure to use the Material Adverse Change clause to escape the merger, this is the bonus issue Cuomo was on top of…

From Mary Thompson CNBC:

SEC: BofA agreed to pay up to $5.8B in Merill bonuses, contrary to statements in the merger agreement…

Oh Andrew Cuomo must have gotten them in the depositions of Thain and Lewis, oh boy….

Hope to Good Lord it is news of a buyout or capital infusion of some magnitude and not a bankruptcy….

Our previous post on CIT Group here

Okay CIT Group just raised the purchase price on the tender offer.. no biggie.

August 3, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Economy, Finance, Politics, TARP. 1 comment.

Update: CIT Group files bankruptcy; No Government aid for CIT….Thursday Market Mover: Paulson on the Hill…

Update: 11/2/09:  Bad, sad news, CIT Group went belly-up this weekend despite the 2B taxpayer infusion and the Carl Icahn offer. Bad news for small business. But it is an attempt to dump the debt and live on, so maybe it will live to fight another day.

WSJ:

CIT Group Inc. filed for bankruptcy protection Sunday, in a final attempt to restructure and keep the doors open at the century-old commercial lender.

Now, the lender to nearly a million small and midsize businesses must maintain its customer base as it tries to rehabilitate under Chapter 11 protection. Most financial firms sell off assets or liquidate in bankruptcy amid fears that customers will draw down credit lines and spark a run on the bank.

But CIT garnered support from about 90% of voting debt holders for a prepackaged reorganization plan that could allow the lender to speed through Chapter 11 and emerge with a new business model by year’s end. Under the plan, bondholders will exchange their debt for new debt that matures later, as well as nearly all the equity in a reorganized CIT.

The bankruptcy stay would eliminate some $10 billion in debt from the lender’s balance sheet, the company said. CIT has been weighed down by more than $30 billion in bond debt.

A $2.3 billion taxpayer bailout extended to CIT late last year under the Bush administration will be wiped out in the bankruptcy. Common shareholders will be wiped out, too.

The plan is among the first attempts to restructure a financial firm in bankruptcy court and have it emerge relatively intact. The board approved CIT’s decision to seek Chapter 11 protection in a meeting Sunday. “The board appreciated that this is a [historic] sort of filing,” said a person close to the lender. “It is clearly unprecedented.”…

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Charlie Gasparino is reporting on CNBC’s Kudlow that Sheila (Bair of FDIC) brought the hammer down and drew the line in the sand saying NO MORE BAILOUTS…shxt it would have to be on small business that the money train dried up eh?

Well, we love Sheila here at MiM (we wanted her or Jamie Dimon of JPMC for Treasury)and Timmeh was saying from Saudia Arabia that he was confident they would find a way to do the bailout, so we enjoy it when his toes are stepped on, bitter and petty that’s us today fer shure, BWAAAAHAAAA.

Hope Sheila’s foot met Timmeh’s axx on this one, FDIC should have the too big to fail wipeout authority IMO not the Fed and for Gawds sake not the Treasury….

CNBC on imminent CIT bankruptcy following FDIC and Treasury decision not to bailout…

CIT Group, a major lender to small- and mid-sized U.S. businesses, said on Wednesday that talks with the government to bail out the company had ended, a development that could make bankruptcy likely.

…”Discussions with government agencies have ceased,” the New York-based company said in a statement. “There is no appreciable likelihood of additional government support being provided over the near term.”

The announcement came after last-ditch talks in which Treasury Department had been concerned about a worsening liquidity crunch at CIT over the last few days, and that government aid would not put the lender on a path to recovery….

Tomorrow BIG NEWS will be HANK PAULSON testifying on Capitol Hill about the Merrill BofA shenanigans, should be lots of fun. Hanks is the man who handed free market capitalism over to the government and then retired with hundreds of thousands of Golden Slacks shares…..Hank Hank Hank, when he sees whatis happening now how does he feel? He opened this door and TOTUS swagga’d through it….

Our MANY posts on Hank, Timmeh, AIG, Merrill, BofA, CITIBANK, Sheila, are too numerous to link…

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Smashing Pumpins fan made video with footage of Tours in France, courtesy of buissonland

July 15, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , . FDIC, Finance, Music, Obama Administration, Politics. 1 comment.

Making Their Move against the Fed: Bernanke under fire on BofA/Merrill: Email trail…

Okay Ben is under attack, and like it or not, with him the independence of the Federal Reserve. These emails were  leaked to CNBC by Congressional Investigators.

Our previous posts on Thain/Lewis here and here and here

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Insight on the emails leading up to the Bank of America-Merrill deal, with CNBC’s Scott Cohn; Joe diGenova, diGenova & Toensing; and CNBC’s Rick Santelli, Charlie Gasparino & Larry Kudlow.

Team TOTUS would like nothing better than to get Larry Summers in there in 2010, and Congress is lending a helping hand, issuing subpoenas and scheduling hearings, taking testimony from Ken Lewis. AG Cuomo was all over this commensurate with his role as NY AG in training to be Governor…this is going nowhere good…

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June 10, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Economy, Finance, Obama Administration, Politics, TARP, Wall St. Comments off.

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