Posts belonging to Category Mortgage Backed Securities

Credit Suisse Traders Face Criminal Charges for Mortgage Investment Fraud


Federal prosecutors plan to file criminal actions against four former traders who allegedly overvalued collateralized debt obligations (CDOs) sold by Credit Suisse in order to increase their commissions. The events occurred in 2008 and resulted in a $2.85 billion write down by Credit Suisse. Credit Suisse fired the traders and cooperated with authorities in their […]

Most Financial Advisers Don’t Understand Alternative Investments According To John Hancock Survey


Given the array of exotic alternative investments being sold to the public, it’s logical that many investors often don’t understand what they are buying. What is even scarier is that it is likely their professional investment adviser doesn’t understand the alternative investment either. Investment advisers ? 75 percent of them ? admit they do not […]

Judge Rejects Citi’s Efforts to Buy Justice


Judge Jed S. Rakoff stunned the SEC and Citigroup by rejecting their proposed $285 million settlement of a case involving Citigroup’s sale to investors of a CDO that Citigroup allegedly “built to fail” and bet against. The judge’s decision made a dent in the SEC’s longstanding policy (“hallowed by history, but not by reason”) of […]

Expert Contends that Brokerage Firms are Failing to Satisfy their Due Diligence Obligations.


Broker-dealers that sold billions of dollars in fraudulent private placements, such as Medical Capital and Provident Royalties notes, “failed massively in their due diligence responsibilities to investors” according to Gordon Yale, a CPA and expert witness in securities fraud cases. (See “Private-placement due diligence ‘sloppy,’” Investment News). They grossly misrepresented investigations into the investments and […]

Citigroup and Deutsche Bank Pay $165 Million to Settle Mortgage Securities Claims


The National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) announced that it has reached settlements with Citigroup and Deutsche Bank regarding potential claims relating to the sale of residential mortgage-backed securities to five failed wholesale credit unions. NCUA said that it is the first regulatory agency to recover losses on behalf of failed financial institutions that resulted from […]

High Correlations Among Asset Classes Means There’s No Place To Hide


When world markets move significantly in apparent response to major macroeconomic news, even supposedly “uncorrelated assets” move in unison with them, according to Jason Zweig’s Wall Street Journal article, “Caging Raging Contagion.” Such a significant move occurred last week when the Italian government and bonds collapsed over its fiscal problems, and everything else fell, too.

Institutional Investors Challenge Secrecy of Bank of America Settlement Negotiations


AIG and other institutional bond investors, which were not part of a proposed $8.5 billion settlement of Bank of America Corp’s mortgage-backed securities liability, complained that the proposed settlement was struck in a “shroud of secrecy.” They have objected to the settlement, want to intervene, and want to review negotiations and documents that led to […]

The 2007-2008 Financial Crisis was not a ‘Black Swan’ Event


Many commentators have noted recently that the Wall Street meltdown of 2007-2008 was not a “black swan” ? that is, an unprecedented and therefore unpredictable occurrence. Named for an influential 2007 book titled The Black Swan by investment fund manager Nassim Nicholas Talib, the black swan was used as a metaphor to explain why humans […]

Judge Challenges ‘Cozy’ Deal Between the SEC and Citigroup


U.S. District Court Judge Jed S. Rakoff has been asked by the SEC and Citigroup to approve a settlement of charges that Citigroup misled investors in a $1 billion dollar CDO deal called Class Funding III that was tied to residential mortgage-backed securities. Citigroup would pay a $95 million penalty and not admit fault. The […]

Is the SEC Selectively Enforcing the Securities Laws?


Reuters blogger Felix Salmon seems to see evidence of the SEC colluding with banks to let them off the hook for most of their “built to fail” synthetic (derivatives-based) CDOs (see “Is the SEC colluding with banks on CDO prosecutions?”). What has raised eyebrows was an email from a Citigroup spokesperson saying that Citigroup has […]