Investments

Trump reportedly considering former OneWest CEO to lead OCC

Joseph Otting worked closely with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin
President Donald Trump is “expected to name” Joseph Otting to serve as the Comptroller of the Currency, one of the country’s top financial regulators, per a CNBC report. Otting served as the CEO of OneWest Bank from 2010 until 2015, working alongside Steven Mnuchin, the recently installed Secretary of the Department of the Treasury and the former chairman of OneWest.
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NY Fed president compares Wells Fargo fake account scandal to subprime mortgage crisis

Dudley: Like subprime crisis, compensation made bankers ignore consequences
The president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York told the Banking Standards Board in London on Tuesday that he sees quite a few similarities between the Wells Fargo fake account scandal and the subprime mortgage crisis of the late 2000’s. "Compensation, once again, seems to be at the center of a scandal," NY Fed President William Dudley said in the speech.
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An inside look at why one Fed president voted not to raise interest rates

Thoughts from Minneapolis Fed President Neel Kashkari
Minneapolis Fed President Neel Kashkari is the only Federal Reserve official who voted against raising the existing target range for the federal funds rate during the March meeting. Kashkari, in a rare move, explained his reasoning in a blog post on Medium. In his words, “Given that I reached a different conclusion than my colleagues, I thought it appropriate to provide an explanation.”
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Former HUD senior advisor Richard Green: Here are the issues with Trump's budget

Ginnie Mae staffing levels and FHA infrastructure will both suffer

Late last week, Julián Castro, who served as secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development from 2014 to 2017 under former President Barack Obama, told HousingWire that he has several issues with President Donald Trump’s budget proposal, which calls for a $6.2 billion cut to HUD’s budget. But Castro isn’t the only former HUD official to express concerns with Trump’s budget.


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Monday Morning Cup of Coffee: Trump tapping familiar face to lead DOJ's civil division?

What will become of False Claims Act charges under new leader?
It looks like President Donald Trump is about to install a familiar face as the leader of the Department of Justice’s civil division. If that happens, what happens to the DOJ's recently preferred tactic of using the False Claims Act to extract settlements from lenders for supposedly misrepresenting the quality of loans to the Federal Housing Administration? The answer, and more, in your Monday Morning Cup of Coffee.
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In major reversal, U.S. sides with PHH, calls CFPB structure unconstitutional

DOJ asks court to give president authority to fire CFPB director at will
Recently, the U.S. government began to give off indications that it might be switching sides in the landmark battle between the CFPB and PHH, signaling that the Trump administration would not be as supportive of the CFPB as the Obama administration had been. And Friday, that's exactly what happened. Click the headline for the full story.
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Freddie Mac sells $667 million in NPLs to private investors

Familiar names in buyer pool
As its fellow government-sponsored enterprise did earlier in the week, Freddie Mac announced Friday that it is selling hundreds of millions of dollars in non-performing loans to a familiar series of private investors. Here are the details of Freddie Mac's latest NPL sale.
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Kroll Bond Rating Agency names Van Hesser as head of financial institutions group

Replaces recently departed Christopher Whalen
Earlier this week, Kroll Bond Rating Agency announced the departure of Christopher Whalen, who served as senior managing director and head of research. One of Whalen’s roles was as the head of the company’s financial institutions, and the company announced Thursday that it found a replacement for Whalen from within its own ranks.
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Here's what Ben Carson thinks about the proposed $6.2 billion HUD budget cut

HUD Secretary issues brief statement about budget proposal
In a move first hinted at over a week ago, President Donald Trump released his budget proposal on Thursday, complete with a proposed $6.2 billion cut to the funding for the Department of Housing and Urban Development. So, what does HUD Secretary Ben Carson think of the cuts to HUD’s budget? For one, he’s in favor of them.
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