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IBM to buy Promontory Financial Group; plans to bring AI to regulatory compliance

Dealing with regulations just went next-gen
Regulatory compliance is about to take a leap into the 21st century, and beyond, as IBM announced that it plans to acquire Promontory Financial Group. The purpose of the acquisition? To combine the financial regulatory experience that resides within Promontory with Watson, IBM’s artificial intelligence computer system to build a comprehensive service, to help financial institutions comply with their regulatory requirements.
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California cuts ties with Wells Fargo in wake of fake account scandal

State Treasurer: This is a legal and ethical outrage that cannot go unpunished
The state of California is suspending several business relationships with Wells Fargo as the fallout from the bank’s fake account scandal continues. “Wells Fargo's admission that thousands of its bank employees opened over two million fraudulent consumer accounts is a legal and ethical outrage that cannot go unpunished,” said California’s state treasurer, John Chiang. Read the latest, right here.
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RBS to pay $1.1 billion to NCUA over mortgage securities settlement

Recoveries will offset the total costs to credit unions
The latest in a series of settlements that date back to the financial crisis will cost the Royal Bank of Scotland $1.1 billion, which it will pay to the National Credit Union Administration in order to settle claims related to faulty mortgage-backed securities sold to U.S. credit unions.
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Here's how the new overtime labor law will change the housing industry

Salaried employees making less than $47K must be compensated for anything over 40 hours
Starting Dec. 1, 2016, overtime will have a whole new meaning since the White Collar Exemption salary threshold is about to jump by more than 100%. There’s just over two months until this law goes into effect, and with the housing industry projected to boom up to $2 trillion this year, the need for overtime isn’t going away anytime soon. Something will have to give.
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Freddie Mac launches "Deep MI" credit risk-sharing pilot program

Plans to share even more risk with mortgage insurers
Freddie Mac announced Monday that it is prepared to take the next step in the government’s continuing efforts to shed some of the credit risk facing the government-sponsored enterprises through a pilot program featuring deep mortgage insurance. So, what does this mean? More mortgage risk will now be transferred to private mortgage insurance companies.
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Fannie Mae sells $20.3m NPLs to familiar non-profit

Frequent buyer snaps up deeply delinquent mortgages
Fannie Mae broke with tradition recently when it announced plans to sell a pool of non-performing loans through its “Community Impact Pool” program to a private equity firm, rather than the non-profits, small investors and minority- and women-owned businesses it is designed to target. But in its fifth Community Impact Pool sale, Fannie Mae is turning back to a non-profit, and a familiar one at that.
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Conference dispatch: The overall non-agency mortgage market struggles, successes

A take on two conferences
Last week, owing to an apparent breakdown in internal communications, one of the industry’s leading conference producers held two competing securitization conferences on the East and West coasts. A few determined conference goers, including Mark Hughes, executive vice president with Clayton Holdings, racked up frequent flyers miles to attend both, giving HousingWire the scoop on what went on.
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Here’s proof Airbnb is destroying the New Orleans housing market

An inside look into HousingWire’s coverage
Airbnb is on the rise, but is it destroying any local housing markets in the U.S.? A story in the September edition of HousingWire’s magazine gives compelling evidence that it is — at least in the first metro we selected to review. This evidence is so compelling, in fact, that HousingWire is now making an unprecedented decision to bring the story to you.
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