Investments

Is there a light at the end of the tunnel for Ocwen?

Company takes loss in 2nd quarter as it tries to move past "legacy" issues
True to its own predictions from earlier in the year, Ocwen Financial posted another loss in the second quarter, putting it on track to post a loss in 2016. But is there finally a light at the end of the tunnel for the nonbank?
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Deutsche Bank negotiating with DOJ on mortgage bond settlement

Discloses ongoing talks with government on RMBS activities
Deutsche Bank revealed Wednesday that it is currently in negotiations with the Department of Justice to resolve an investigation into the bank’s mortgage bond activities. The bank’s earnings materials don't disclose what specific matter the DOJ is investigating, but the DOJ has been looking into Deutsche Bank's mortgage-backed securities activities since at least 2013.
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U.S. expands investigation into money laundering by foreign cash buyers

Government finds evidence of suspicious activities in high-end real estate
The federal government revealed Wednesday that its investigation into foreign buyers using high-end U.S. real estate as a means to launder money found that potentially illicit activity is behind a "significant" portion of the cash transactions in Manhattan and Miami, and plans to expand the investigation into Los Angeles, San Francisco, and several other areas.
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Barclays triumphs in toxic mortgage bond row with U.S. Bank, FHFA

Court rules U.S. Bank, FHFA waited too long to file claims
Barclays Bank and a defunct subprime lending unit of the company are off the hook for allegedly misrepresenting the quality of the mortgages that made up a $619 million mortgage bond after the Supreme Court of the state of New York ruled that U.S. Bank and the Federal Housing Finance Agency waited too long to file a lawsuit against Barclays.
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Fannie Mae: Mortgage industry isn't even close to done with tech innovation

Does the industry need a disruptor like Uber?
Even though the mortgage industry is finally stepping up and answering the call for more technology innovation in the space, a new survey from Fannie Mae on the pulse of the industry shows it's not even close to getting to where it should be. But the motivation is definitely there. Here's looking at you, TRID.
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Obama administration presents a look at life after HAMP

Feds provide a preview of what's next
Time is ticking on the government's Home Affordable Modification Program and Home Affordable Refinance Program, as both will end on Dec. 31, 2016. In a comprehensive report published Monday, the Treasury, HUD, and the FHFA say that while these programs are set to end this year, the government plans to continue working with the mortgage industry on various loss mitigation programs moving forward, but caution that the industry needs to be prepared to do more.
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Monday Morning Cup of Coffee: Is housing talk finally coming to the 2016 election?

A full rundown of all things housing in the race for the White House
Well, we're smack dab in the middle of election season now, and housing is thus far, decidedly not on the agenda. But is that all about to change? While Republican nominee Donald Trump didn't touch on housing in his acceptance speech last week, the Republican Party platform does call for significant changes to the country's housing finance system. As for the Democrats, the party made two big moves over the weekend that could bring housing into the conversation.
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New York unveils $13 million program for cities' fight against zombie homes

New grant program uses Morgan Stanley settlement funds
The state of New York takes its next steps in its ongoing battle against neighborhood blight caused by abandoned foreclosures by unveiling a new program designed to help cities throughout the state fight back against the rise of zombie homes. And the state is using money from a massive settlement with Morgan Stanley to do it.
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