Investments

California regulator reveals what Ocwen did wrong

Auditor found "hundreds" of violations of law
Ocwen Financial announced late last week that it successfully extricated itself from the mortgage servicing restrictions placed on it by the California Department of Business Oversight. The final settlement total was nearly $200 million more than Ocwen reserved for. So why was it so much higher than previously thought? Turns out that Ocwen’s operations weren’t exactly squeaky clean for the last few years.
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What does Trump's SEC chair choice think about deregulation?

WSJ provides inside look at Jay Clayton’s likely approach
President Donald Trump recently selected a new leader for one of the government’s top financial regulators, nominating top Wall Street lawyer Jay Clayton to serve as the chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission. But what does Clayton think about the current state of financial regulations? Here's a glimpse.
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Altisource Portfolio Solutions to pay $32 million to settle class action suit over Ocwen relationship

Investors sued when stock plummeted after NYDFS investigation
Altisource Portfolio Solutions revealed recently that the CFPB is looking into the company’s relationship with Ocwen Financial. But that wasn’t the only Ocwen-related revelation of the week. The company also reached a $32 million settlement in a class action lawsuit brought by Altisource investors who claimed financial harm after Altisource’s stock plummeted when the New York Department of Financial Services began investigating the company’s relationship with Ocwen in 2014.
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Freddie Mac selling off $759 million in non-performing loans

First NPL sale of 2017
Recently, Fannie Mae announced its first non-performing loan sale of 2017, stating that it plans to sell 10,000 delinquent loans with a total unpaid principal balance of $1.76 billion from its portfolio. Fannie Mae’s fellow government-sponsored enterprise announced a NPL sale of its own on Friday.
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Goldman Sachs: Mortgage interest rates will rise to 5.5% by 2019

Current 30-year mortgage rate is approximately 4.15%
The most recent data from Freddie Mac shows that the average interest rate for a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage is around 4.15%, but interest rates are going to increase by a significant margin over the next few years, analysts from Goldman Sachs said in a new report. Here are the details.
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White House spokesperson: Trump believes CFPB is "unaccountable"

WSJ reports that President Trump disagrees with Court of Appeals ruling
Given the Trump administration’s recent maneuvering to fire Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray, it’s probably not a surprise that President Donald Trump disagrees with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit’s decision to rehear a challenge to the CFPB’s constitutionality.
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Judge rules that CFPB can investigate seller-financed home sales

Harbour Portfolio Advisors claimed agency did not have authority
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau earned a big victory in court Thursday when the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled in favor of the CFPB in its fight against PHH. And that wasn’t the only positive result the CFPB got in a federal court this week. A federal judge also ruled that the CFPB can pursue an investigation into seller-financed home sales and the operations of Harbour Portfolio Advisors.
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SoFi to lock in $500 million investment led by Silver Lake

Online lender now valued at more than $4 billion
SoFi is at it again and reportedly nearing a deal to raise $500 million in fresh funds from an investor group led by private-equity firm Silver Lake. This marks another major investment for the online lender after its $1 billion in funding led by SoftBank back in 2015.
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Fannie Mae CEO: G-fee pricing is in the "right zone"

No one is complaining about the free stuff, either
One of the larger shifts this quarter, although profits remain flat, is earnings from guarantee-fees now outpace portfolio investments. In other words, Fannie Mae is now making more money off of business it is doing rather than business it once did.
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