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The assumption that big banks stopped selling defective mortgages to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac after the housing bubble burst is wrong.
That's the clear message from a study by Freddie Mac of hundreds of mortgages sold to the government-owned mortgage giant in 2009 and 2010.
Citi Misses [CNBC] "Citigroup posted a quarterly profit but missed analyst estimates as revenues from securities and banking operations weakened. The company's net income was $1.3 billion and total revenue for the quarter was $18.4 billion"
"Success Questions at Apple after Jobs's Latest Medical Leave" [Wall Street Journal] "Steve Jobs's latest medical leave from Apple Inc. renews questions about the depth of the company's executive bench. In the near term, there's little doubt the Cupertino, Calif., company can be run ably by Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook, who has successful"
China's Lending Binge [Financial Times] "China has lent more money to other developing countries over the past two years than the World Bank, a stark indication of the scale of Beijing’s economic reach and its drive to secure natural resources."
I know you feel good after celebrating the life, legacy and day off MLK gave us. Here's what you missed while you were re-reading the "I have a dream" speech into the wee hours of the morning and need to know to channel those good-vibes into powering through this 4-day week:
PIMCO's Gross Is Long Mortgages [Bloomberg] Very interesting story:"Bill Gross, who runs the world’s biggest bond fund at Pacific Investment Management Co., increased his holdings of mortgage debt to the highest level since July 2009 as prices of government securities fell. Gross cut the proportion of U.S. government and related securities in Pimco’s $241 billion Total Return Fund to 22 percent of assets in December from 30 percent in November, according to a report placed on the company’s website. That’s the least since February 2009. He raised mortgages to 45 percent from 43 percent. Pimco doesn’t comment directly on monthly changes in its portfolio holdings."
Tunisia's President Flees the Country [Wall Street Journal] "Tunisian Prime Minister Mohammed Ghannouchi announced on state television Friday he was temporarily assuming power and that President Zine el Abidine Ben Ali has left the country for Malta under Libyan protection. In a statement Friday, Prime Minister Ghannouchi cited constitutional provisions that stipulate a president who is temporarily unable to conduct his duties should delegate them to the prime minister." Some news outlets are citing inflation as one of the causes.
This may well be the coolest graphic I've ever seen.
Plot sovereign creditworthiness on the X-Axis—and aggregate bank credit worthiness on the Y-Axis—and what do you get?
From beggared Greece to boring Sweden.
(I mean that as a compliment to Sweden. Banking is supposed to be boring. Sorry Greece)
Lately, banking has been very exciting.
Exciting like a twelve car pileup on the interstate.
Banking used to be boring.
McCrudden's website appears to have been scrubbed recently. But Google's archives captured a few revealing pages.
One is a list of people who McCrudden says should be "exposed for corruption and fired." Some are well known, such as Mary Schaprio. Others are new names to me.
"There are no good ways to execute this plan, but these people have to be exposed and held accountable," McCrudden wrote.
Here's his list:
The asset manager arrested last night for threatening SEC and CFTC officials seems to have slipped off the rails of reality quite some time ago.
First, a bit of background, courtesy of NBC's Jonathan Dienst:
JPMorgan revealed this morning that it has set aside $9.7 billion for compensation in 2010, an increase over last year's $9.3 billion.
But internally, managers have been working to manage bonus expectations. Employees in several areas of the bank have been told that they should expect bonuses to be modest.
CNBC's Patti Domm and Jeff Cox discuss the jobs report and the current dilemma of long-term unemployment.
CNBC's Patti Domm and Jeff Cox discuss the recent GDP numbers and what factors have been affecting it.
Investors give and investors take away, and nowhere has that been more true lately than in value stocks.
Bank of America asked a federal judge to throw out a verdict finding it liable for fraud over defective mortgages sold by its Countrywide unit.
An influential U.S. financial services industry group is downplaying concerns about possible breaches at JPMorgan Chase and other banks.
Since 1950, September is the worst performing month for the S&P 500 index.