Posts belonging to Category Mortgage Securities & Collateralized Debt Obligation Problems

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 […]

Whistleblower Problems Add to Bank of America’s Woes


A Bank of America employee will collect $930,000 from his former employer, Bank of America, for being fired in violation of the whistleblower protections. The employee blew the whistle on fraud at Countrywide Financial Corp. and led internal investigations that found “pervasive wire, mail and bank fraud involving Countrywide employees,” according to the U.S. Department […]

Do Hedge Funds Create and Burst Bubbles for their Own Benefit?


In recent years, hedge funds have become dominant players in the investment markets and the evidence suggests that hedge fund trading (which regularly involves thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of shares) has been a significant contributing factor to market volatility.

Time Is Running Out On Credit Crisis Legal Claims


Many investors, both individuals and corporations, were misled by their brokers and harmed during the credit crisis. For various reasons, however, many such investors have not yet taken action to recover their losses. Some have delayed taking action in order to see whether the misconduct warranted legal action while others just put it off until […]

SEC Expands Investigations into Toxic CDO Deals as the Awful Truth Begins to Come Out


The SEC is expanding its investigation into Wall Street’s sales practices involving toxic collateralized debt obligations that were linked to subprime mortgages as more and more evidence comes out that the Wall Street banks deliberately defrauded some of their customers.

Bank of America Must Deal with Exposure of $50-$100 Billion Associated with Toxic Mortgages Securities


Investors who bought toxic mortgage-backed bonds from Bank of America’s Countrywide, and homeowners seeking loan modifications are proposing drastic measures to better enable BofA to deal with the onslaught of their litigation without a bankruptcy or a receivership imposed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. According to a Reuters/ article entitled “Will Bank of America […]

Credit Unions Sue Goldman Sachs for Misrepresenting Mortgage-Backed Securities


The National Credit Union Administration (“NCUA”), acting as liquidating agent for failed corporate credit unions, has filed suit in a federal court in Los Angeles against Goldman Sachs. The complaint involves the sale of $1.2 billion of mortgage-backed securities that were “destined to perform poorly.”

Wells Fargo Settles Mortgage-Backed Securities Claims filed by Pension Funds


Wells Fargo & Co. has agreed to pay $125 million to a group of pension funds to settle a class action filed by various public pension funds that purchased billions of dollars of mortgage-backed securities believing their money was in AAA-backed investments, according to a Wall Street Journal article by David Benoit entitled “Wells Fargo […]