Posts Tagged: ‘Goldman Sachs’

Goldman Sachs Reaches Subprime Mortgage Settlement for $5.1B

April 13, 2016 Posted by kingcade

Goldman Sachs is the final U.S. bank to reach a subprime mortgage settlement with a national working group established in 2012 to investigate how Wall Street had inflated the mortgage bubble, which led to the economic crisis. The group included several federal regulators and state attorneys general.

Goldman’s $5.1 billion settlement is less than those of the other mortgage giants. JPMorgan Chase paid $13.3 billion, while Bank of America paid $16.6 billion. Morgan Stanley paid $3.2 billion to the working group, which consists of National Credit Union Administration, the Federal Home Loan Banks, and the states of California, Illinois and New York.

However, there is another side to this story. Concealed in the fine print are provisions that allow Goldman Sachs to pay hundreds of millions of dollars less — perhaps as much as $1 billion less — than the headline figure. And that is before the tax benefits of the deal are included. The bank will be able to reduce its bill substantially through a combination of government incentives and tax credits. For all the banks, the credits suggest that the amounts that the banks will have to actually spend on consumer relief will be much lower than the headline figures.

When asked about these differences, the Justice Department official said that the wrongdoing the banks were accused of was different and, as a result, the negotiations took different courses.

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America’s Foreclosure Crisis Isn’t Over Yet

March 9, 2016 Posted by kingcade

Goldman Sachs is the latest big bank to settle claims related to its role in the 2008 housing crisis. The global investment bank reached a deal with the U.S. government, agreeing to pay $5.1 billion as part of the settlement. Nearly $2 billion of which will be set aside for programs to help struggling homeowners avoid foreclosure.

During the height of the financial crisis, the government’s top priority was backstopping the nation’s banking system. Congress authorized $475 billion for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP). Approximately $46 billion of that was allocated to programs to help struggling homeowners avoid foreclosure.

Tens of billions of dollars were also set aside following a string of settlements between the government and a number of Wall Street banks, including Bank of America. These funds were put into programs such as the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) to provide relief to homeowners.

Eight years after the housing bubble burst, foreclosures and underwater mortgages are down nationally. However, there are several areas and states that are still struggling. In 2013, Christy Goldsmith Romero, special inspector general for TARP, warned that homeowners were defaulting on their modified loans at an “alarming rate.” Data released in September of 2015 revealed the rate of defaults on the reset mortgages increased greatly over time. Romero’s office released a statement that said, “The longer a homeowner remains in HAMP, the more likely he or she is to re-default out of the program.”

Between 2009 and 2015 nearly 2.2 million homeowners applied for a trial modification but nearly 786,000 canceled. Out of the remaining 1.4 million granted HAMP modifications through the Treasury Department, approximately 467,000 re-defaulted.

According to thousands of calls and complaints received on the Special Inspector General TARP hotline (SIGTARP), banks and mortgage servicers are to blame for the high default rate. Homeowners claim that the banks lost paperwork and made clerical errors resulting in defaulted mortgages. According to SIGTARP, “dual-tracking” is also an issue. This is a practice where the servicer of the HAMP mortgage continues to pursue foreclosure while the homeowner is in the HAMP program.

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Goldman Sachs Accidentally Released Documents Incriminating the Firm

May 31, 2012 Posted by kingcade

The lawyers for Goldman Sachs, a global investment banking and securities firm, have been dealing with a lawsuit filed against them by Overstock.com. After Overstock.com filed a motion to disclose certain internal documents of Goldman Sachs, the lawyers for the firm filed an opposition which accidentally made many of their internal documents, such as emails within the company, public record. Among the many issues that were brought to light due to the disclosure of the documents was ‘naked short selling.’ The speculation throughout Wall Street was that naked short selling was nothing more than a myth, but in fact Goldman Sachs has been participating in this act of high finance counterfeiting for years.

The act of naked short selling is where the investment firm who is hired to purchase stocks (such as Goldman Sachs) does not actually locate or purchase the stocks. By doing so, Goldman Sachs was creating an artificial stock supply. Goldman Sachs was avoiding spending time searching for the stocks and also avoiding paying fees to borrow the stocks. The illegal acts committed by Goldman Sachs have been brought to light only months after the former Goldman Sachs’ Executive, Greg Smith resigned and publicly released that the firm took advantage of their clients.

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