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Quantitative Easing: Who is the Fed Appeasing?

After meeting behind closed doors a few weeks ago, the Federal Reserve announced its latest monetary policy. Not surprisingly, Fed Chair Janet Yellen’s remarks included a statement on the future (or lack thereof) of the...more

10/9/2014 - Balance Sheets Banks Federal Reserve Interest Rates Mortgage-Backed Securities Quantitative Easing

The Meridian Sunrise Village Opinion Redux

In my last post I discussed the Meridian Sunrise Village v. NB Distressed Debt Investment Fund Ltd. opinion handed down by the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington in March of this year. The...more

7/9/2014 - Acquisitions Assignees Banks Debt Debt Market Debt Restructuring Debt Securities Dodd-Frank Meridian Sunrise

Are Distressed Loan Fund Investors “Financial Institutions” And Why Does It Matter?

Once again, those of us in the commercial finance world are reminded of the age-old adage caveat emptor. This time the warning is directed at hedge funds and other investors with a penchant for purchasing distressed debt from...more

5/22/2014 - Acquisitions Assignees Assignments Banks Debt Debt Market Debt Restructuring Debt Securities Dodd-Frank Finance Lenders Hedge Funds Institutional Investment Investors Loan Agreements Meridian Sunrise Private Equity US Bank

Bank of America’s $8.5 Billion Settlement Will Not Be Delayed by AIG

Late last month, a New York state judge denied AIG’s request to delay approval of Bank of America’s $8.5 billion settlement with private investors in connection with certain mortgage-backed securities that had soured. Bank of...more

3/10/2014 - AIG Bank of America Mortgage-Backed Securities Settlement

Japanese Homebuilder Eyes Big Investment In U.S. Rental Housing Market

Earlier this week, Japan’s biggest homebuilder by market value, Daiwa House Industry Co., announced its plan to invest ¥ 150 billion ($1.5 billion) in the U.S. rental housing market by 2016. The amount of this new investment...more

3/10/2014 - Housing Developers Real Estate Market Rental Property

Mortgage Crisis Penalty for the Real Wolves of Wall Street Could Top $50 Billion

The real wolves of Wall Street–sixteen of America’s largest banks–could end up shelling out more than $50 billion to secure settlements from the federal government in connection with their alleged roles in the mortgage...more

1/17/2014 - Banks Economic Downturn Financial Crimes Mortgages Settlement Wall Street

City of Richmond, California Backs Plan to Use Eminent Domain to Seize Bad Mortgages

Richmond, California’s leaders approved a controversial plan earlier this month to become the first municipality in the nation to use eminent domain to rid itself of underwater mortgages. The plan was approved by the Richmond...more

10/1/2013 - Bonds Eminent Domain FHA Mortgages Municipalities Underwater Homeowners

Obama Supports Legislation to Replace Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac

President Obama officially threw his support behind a bipartisan push to replace beleaguered housing giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac during a speech to an Arizona crowd on Tuesday....more

8/9/2013 - Economic Downturn Fannie Mae Freddie Mac Housing Finance Reform Housing Market Proposed Legislation

Contracts For Future Residential Construction Fuel Florida Rebound

The total dollar value of contracts for future residential construction in Florida has risen more than 45 percent for the year to date, which translates into approximately $1.2 billion of new construction work in a state that...more

12/19/2012 - Florida Real Estate Market

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