Will the Student Loan Industry Be Bailed Out Next?

Will companies that issued derivatives based on bundled student loans be the next financial dominoes that will require a government “bailout”? The country’s long dedication to education makes it a virtual certainty.

The emphasis of the role of government in education predates the establishment of the . . . → Read More: Will the Student Loan Industry Be Bailed Out Next?

Thanks VIX, But I Don’t Need Your ‘Fear Index’ to Tell Me People Are Nervous About the Economy

Why, oh why, did the biggest financial crisis since the Great Depression have to hit during a presidential election year?

The ‘Fear Index’, also known as the VIX (or, officially, the Chicago Board Options Exchange Volatility Index) is a financial tool that measures market swings or volatility. The higher the VIX goes, the scarier . . . → Read More: Thanks VIX, But I Don’t Need Your ‘Fear Index’ to Tell Me People Are Nervous About the Economy

Wall Street Bailout: The World’s Largest Sovereign Wealth Fund?

More than 20 countries have set up sovereign wealth funds while a dozen more have expressed interest in establishing them. Many of these sovereign wealth funds are picking up stakes in U.S. companies, which is raising concerns about the need for regulating them. Up until the $700 billion bailout, which effectively is a . . . → Read More: Wall Street Bailout: The World’s Largest Sovereign Wealth Fund?

Mortgage and Foreclosure Fraud Mushroom in the Wake of Housing Bubble

A recent article splashed across the front page of the mid-size mid-western city where I live tells a surprisingly unfamiliar story about how ordinary people have pocketed hundreds of thousands of dollars by investing in subprime real estate. Though the current financial crisis has brought about intense discussion about the moral hazard of borrowing . . . → Read More: Mortgage and Foreclosure Fraud Mushroom in the Wake of Housing Bubble

Did the Community Reinvestment Act Lead to the Present Financial Crisis?

With the U.S. credit crunch gone global and the $700 billion bailout package now looking like a small drop of water in a tidal wave of woe, the question of blame is now all over the media.

Who caused this mess?

If you read the Wall Street Journal you could easily come away thinking . . . → Read More: Did the Community Reinvestment Act Lead to the Present Financial Crisis?

Fannie Mae Rewards 90-Year-Old Woman’s Suicide Attempt

On October 1, 90-year-old Addie Polk, distraught over her home’s impending foreclosure, shot herself twice in an attempted suicide.

Fortunately, Ms. Polk’s attempt was unsuccessful. Even better for her, Fannie Mae – which had taken possession of her mortgage after numerous missed payments – forgave Ms. Polk’s debt and signed the house over to . . . → Read More: Fannie Mae Rewards 90-Year-Old Woman’s Suicide Attempt

More Troubles for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

The Federal takeover of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac has not put an end to the woes of these two companies. The two companies have now received subpoenas from federal prosecutors in New York seeking information on the companies’ accounting, disclosure, and corporate governance. The two companies have also received requests from the . . . → Read More: More Troubles for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

“Black Monday,” Hurricane Ike, and Falling Oil Prices: What Is Going On in the Economy?

On Monday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average – the bluest of Wall Street’s blue chips – lost 4.4% in a single day. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have been “seized” by the government. Oil continues to drop while gas prices rise. Inflation runs high while jobless claims continue to soar and gold falters. What . . . → Read More: “Black Monday,” Hurricane Ike, and Falling Oil Prices: What Is Going On in the Economy?

Subprime Crisis Leading to Increased Lawsuits, Studies Show

The present financial crisis has resulted in an increase in the number of lawsuits filed in the country. The mortgage meltdown is forcing financial institutions to leave the negotiating table and turn to the courts to resolve subprime-related disputes with their partners. In the past, large financial institutions often shied away from suing each . . . → Read More: Subprime Crisis Leading to Increased Lawsuits, Studies Show

AIG, Fannie and Freddie, and Lehman Brothers: Why Should I Care About Them?

OK, I know Lehman Brothers just tanked, Fannie and Freddie have been seized, and AIG has been taken over by the Fed, but can we put all that aside for just a few minutes and talk about me for a change, please? I have liquidity problems of my own, and that being the . . . → Read More: AIG, Fannie and Freddie, and Lehman Brothers: Why Should I Care About Them?