The SEC Goes Where San Fran Nan And The Democrats Didn't

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    (The SEC's Fannie and Freddie lawsuit is letting the cat that Nancy Pelosi and Phil Angelides thought they had so carefully tucked into the bag with their banking crisis committee cover up out for all to peruse.

    If I remember correctly there were a couple of friends or DJ's who recently ate bits of each other's flesh just to see how it tasted, and of course that bastion of humanitarianism, the Taliban, discovered this hapless mother breastfeeding, so they cut off one of her breasts and forced her friends and neighbors to indulge in that rare fare. Maybe something of the same nature can now be arranged for those who stridently insisted it was strictly the fat cat Wall Street types and the evil corporate bankers who created the banking crisis. Some very discreet, very private parts of their anatomy preferably, Japanese style.)

    "Democrats have spent years arguing that private lenders created the housing boom and bust, and that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac merely came along for the ride. This was always a politically convenient fiction, and now thanks to the unlikely source of the Securities and Exchange Commission we have a trail of evidence showing how the failed mortgage giants turbocharged the crisis.

    The Beltway story of the crisis claims that Congress's affordable housing mandates had nothing to do with it. But the SEC's lawsuit shows that Fannie degraded its underwriting standards to increase its market share in subprime loans. According to the SEC suit, for instance, in 2006 Fannie Mae adjusted its widely used automated underwriting system, "Desktop Underwriter." Fannie did so as part of its "Say Yes" strategy to "provide more 'approve' messages . . . for larger volumes of loans with lower FICO [credit] scores and higher LTVs [loan-to-value] than previously permitted."

    The SEC also shows how Fannie led private lenders into the subprime market. In July 1999, Fannie and Angelo Mozilo's Countrywide Home Loans entered "an alliance agreement" that included "a reduced documentation loan program called the 'internet loan,'" later called the "Fast and Easy" loan. As the SEC notes, "by the mid-2000s, other mortgage lenders developed similar reduced documentation loan programs, such as Mortgage Express and PaperSaver—many of which Fannie Mae acquired in ever-increasing volumes."

    Mr. Mozilo and Fannie essentially were business partners in the subprime business. Countrywide found the customers, while Fannie provided the taxpayer-backed capital. And the rest of the industry followed.

    As Fannie expanded its subprime loan purchases and guarantees, the SEC alleges that executives hid the risk from investors. Consider Fannie's Expanded Approval/Timely Payment Rewards (EA) loans, which the company described to regulators as its "most significant initiative to serve credit-impaired borrowers."

    By December 31, 2006, Fannie owned or securitized some $43.3 billion of these loans, which, according to the SEC, had "higher average serious delinquency rates, higher credit losses, and lower average credit scores" than Fannie's disclosed subprime loans. By June 30, 2008, Fannie had $60 billion in EA loans and $41.7 billion in another risky program called "My Community Mortgage," but it only publicly reported an $8 billion exposure.

    The SEC says Fannie executives also failed to disclose the company's total exposure to risky "Alt-A" loans, sometimes called "liar loans," which required less documentation than traditional subprime loans. Fannie created a special category called "Lender Selected" loans and it gave lenders "coding designations" to separate these Alt-A loans from those Fannie had publicly disclosed. By June 30, 2008, Fannie said its Alt-A exposure was 11% of its portfolio, when it was closer to 23%—a $341 billion difference

    All the while, Fannie executives worked to calm growing fears about subprime while receiving internal reports about the company's risk exposure. In February 2007, Chief Risk Officer Enrico Dallavecchia told investors that Fannie's subprime exposure was "immaterial." At a March 2007 Congressional hearing, CEO Daniel Mudd testified that "we see it as part of our mission and our charter to make safe mortgages available to people who don't have perfect credit," adding that Fannie's subprime exposure was "relatively minimal." The Freddie record is similarly incriminating.

    The SEC's case should embarrass Congress's Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, which spent 18 months looking at the evidence and issued a report in January 2011 that whitewashed Fan and Fred's role. Speaker Nancy Pelosi created the commission to prosecute the Beltway theory of the crisis that private bankers caused it all, and Chairman Phil Angelides delivered what she wanted.

    Far from being peripheral to the housing crisis, the SEC lawsuit shows that Fan and Fred were at the very heart of it. Private lenders made many mistakes, but they could never have done as much harm if Fan and Fred weren't providing tens of billions in taxpayer-subsidized liquidity to lend on easy terms to borrowers who couldn't pay it back."

    Review & Outlook: What Fannie and Freddie Knew - WSJ.com
     
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    Barney Frank "I just want to roll the dice a few more times (with Fannie and Freddie, there's nobody down here but us foxes)"
     
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    freddi and fanie are not being sued......

    former executives of f&f are being sued for filing false reports.........
     
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    If I didn't think he'd enjoy it so much I'd wedge this article up Barney Frank's well worn rear end.
     
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    they cant blame it on the CRA so they will be happy just blaming SOMEONE at freddy and fanny.

    They pretend all the fraud the swirled arround the banking industry did not exsist even though I can bring link after link to the banks fraudulantly taking advantage of home buyers.


    They know who they politically want to blame so only facts they like make it into their brains
     
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    I'm betting this lawsuit fails.

    It appears to have little substance.
     
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    Don't Fannie and Freddie deserve some blame?
     

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