JPMorgan Chase disclosed on Wednesday that it faces a criminal and civil probe over whether the bank sold risky mortgage-backed securities to investors before the financial crisis, reports New York Times DealBook.
Houses have become stocks... the higher the price, the more demand (especially as the government has your back with low down-payment loans and the re-emergence of IOs). With Existing Home Sales soaring to a SAAR of 5.49 million, the highest since early 2007, the fact that median home prices are at an all-time high appears to be any problem for the releveraging American (or Chinese) homebuyer.
The global Central Banks are relying increasing on verbal intervention. The reasoning here is very simple: actual monetary policy is proving to have marginal effects. In the US, every new wave of QE has had less and less impact on the stocks.
With everyone hoping for positive GDP growth in Q3 and Goldman Sachs analyst Jan Hatzius now predicting growth at an annual rate of three percent in the second half of the year, the banks, investors, and politicians are all hoping that that nasty problem of foreclosures would just go away already. Unfortunately for everyone – especially the people losing their houses – there’s no reason for it to go away.
The nation's biggest banks could face billions of dollars in claims from investors in mortgage-backed securities. Pension funds, mutual funds and others want the banks to take back bad loans. But investors still face a number of legal obstacles.» E-Mail This » Add to Del.icio.us