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A Walk Down Memory Lane with the Liquidating Trust

One of the pleasures of life is re-encountering old friends, catching up on what’s happened while your lives have gone their separate ways, reminiscing about the good old days and reconnecting.  It comes back so fast, it’s...more

6/8/2020  /  Estate Tax , Trusts

LIBOR: The Monty Python Parrot of Finance

COVID-19 has driven anxiety over the LIBOR transition right off almost everyone’s top-of-mind list and yet the crisis is taking no notice of that lack of regard and soldiering on.  The ARRC continues to beaver away,...more

5/20/2020  /  Borrowers , Coronavirus/COVID-19 , Libor , Loans

“I Was Just Following Orders”

My last commentary, Playing with Broken Toys in Coronavirus Land, touched on the notion that sometimes following rules can guarantee a bad outcome.  I’ll leave more important musings about ethics and morality aside here (I...more

Playing with Broken Toys in Coronavirus Land

I’ve been offline for a bit.  An amalgam of writer’s block caused by the enormity of the Coronavirus mess – what can be said that’s useful – and the consequence of being wildly busy as everyone across financial markets tries...more

Federal Reserve Releases Updated Term Sheet on the Term Asset-Backed Securities Loan Facility (TALF)

On April 9, 2020, the Federal Reserve Board of Governors (the “Fed”) released an updated term sheet (the “Updated Term Sheet”) for the Term Asset-Backed Securities Loan Facility (“TALF”) program.  While the Updated Term Sheet...more

CECL: The Ugly Pig Running Out of Lipstick

Here is something helpful that has surfaced amidst the fallout, pain and confusion of the global COVID-19 crisis.  The implementation date for the all-too-simple in theory but not-simple-at-all in practice CECL accounting...more

4/7/2020  /  Banks , CARES Act , FDIC , Relief Measures

Beware of Global Elites Bearing Consensus

This season of election insanity, where only big ideas packaged in often eye rolling tropes have their day (you don’t get elected by saying, “Vote for me and I will make a couple of small annoying things just a little bit...more

Life in the Time of Conferences: CREFC, CREF and SFIG

With apologies to Mr. Marquez for repurposing the title of his haunting book, it’s conference season here in CRE and ABS securitization-land and therefore a time to reflect (more Marquez) on the risks that the world will...more

It’s Time to Originate a SOFR Loan! Really!

It is time to start originating Single Asset Single Borrower (SASB) large loans priced on SOFR. There, I said it. Not just LIBOR indexed loans containing a SOFR fall back when LIBOR inevitably goes away, but new loans indexed...more

2020: An Outlook

One of the good things about the 24/7 news cycle, perhaps one of its few positive externalities, is that it’s a boon for the pontification business. It enables all sorts of otherwise serious people to make fools of themselves...more

Ode to Optimism: I’m Proudly Bullish (and not embarrassed to say so)!

‘Tis the season and I think it’s way overdue to put in a good word for sunny optimism. It’s been a while since the Golden Turkeys, and I apologize for being offline. This having to work for a living gets in the way of serious...more

2019 Golden Turkey Awards

As is our tradition here at Crunched Credit, each year, about this time, we award our Golden Turkey Awards. Once again, I must say that we are utterly blessed with so many worthy candidates. The truly deserving have once...more

Ratings Agencies in the Crosshairs

Back in the febrile, hyperventilated times that birthed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (blessedly known simply as Dodd-Frank), one of the issues that energized the activists’ intent on “fixing”...more

Proposed Tax Rules on LIBOR Replacements Answer Some (But Not All) Questions

Last week, the U.S. Department of the Treasury released proposed rules providing tax guidance around various LIBOR replacement issues. Long anticipated. The defenestration of LIBOR will leave considerable broken glass in its...more

Welcome to the Future

Long ago, I read a book by a man named Herman Kahn, one of the founders of the Hudson Institute and a well-known public intellectual.  The book was entitled On The Year 2000.  (He was more famous for that truly uplifting...more

Like Bonds, But Not Bankers, the CRE CLO is Maturing

With apologies to Madeline Kahn, in this case, it indeed is twu, it’s twu! The CRE CLO technology is maturing and evolving into the stable, match term, non-recourse, non-marked to market, dynamic portfolio lender lever...more

Killing LIBOR: A Victory for Irrational Rectitude

The US economy is about to pay the butcher’s bill for a massive disruption of worldwide financial markets resulting from the elimination of the London Interbank Offered Rate, or LIBOR. And, we are doing this on purpose. It...more

Beany & CECL – Episode 2

Just a few short months ago we took on the breathtakingly ill-conceived Current Expected Credit Loss (CECL) standard that the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) proposed to implement starting in 2020. CECL will...more

It’s Time to Fix Securitization: Are We Dinosaurs Staring Into the Tar Pit?

In order to avoid burying the lead, let me tell you where I’m going here. The CRE securitization business is in trouble.  We need to throw out what biologists call the punctuated equilibrium, where once a system initially...more

The Calamity of the Weaponized Narrative

Tim Sloan resigned as the CEO of Wells Fargo a few months ago. I had briefly worked with Tim and much admired him so, on a personal level, this was sad. Now, Mr. Sloan’s resignation might have been a compelling and obvious...more

Contagion

Contagion, at least of the buggy sort, can make for a terrific, spooky movie. Remember Gwyneth Paltrow and Matt Damon in Contagion? (Spoiler alert – she dies early on.) Got to admit, I love The Stand and Captain Trips; we all...more

Beany & CECL

Beany & Cecil was a cartoon. The Current Expected Credit Loss accounting rules, better known as CECL, which the FASB is insisting will go into effect at the beginning of next year for publicly traded banks and lenders and a...more

Commercial Real Estate and Climate Change

God help me, I’m finally writing about climate change. This commentary assiduously avoids the obviously political (we take the view that complaining about and belittling our elected representatives and the permanent...more

LIBOR, Again (Sorry!)

We are all going to be heartedly sick of discussing LIBOR and LIBOR transition long before it becomes a thing at the end of 2021, but we really need to get this done. I can’t make this at all funny. We have a problem…but not...more

Sticks and Stones May Break My Bones, But Words Really Matter

After an evening checking out my various high school and college yearbooks for any troublesome content, and checking Mom’s photo albums (I’m good on the yearbooks, but there were a couple cowboy and Indian pics from when I...more

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