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Volume 2014 - Number 6

February 14, 2014

Group Challenges Legality of $13B JPM Settlement; CFC Accuses FHFA of Foot Dragging in MBS Suit

The nonprofit Wall Street advocacy group Better Markets filed a lawsuit against the Justice Department this week challenging DOJ’s authority to “unilaterally enter into the unprecedented and historic” $13 billion deal with JPMorgan Chase last fall. In November, DOJ announced the largest legal settlement on record with JPMorgan, which acknowledged making misrepresentations about billions of dollars in MBS sold to investors prior to Jan. 1, 2009. The settlement does not release bank employees from civil charges, nor does it release JPMorgan or any other individuals from criminal prosecution. However, in its complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, Better Markets claimed...

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HUD has announced a 25 basis point cut in FHA premiums, which is slated to take effect in late January. Is your lending shop for or against a cut in FHA premiums?

For. It should help lending volumes.
Against. The private MI sector should take on this risk, not the government.
Too early to say.
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