In the fallout from the financial crisis, many argued that the credit ratings agencies’ competition for business led to ratings shopping among bond issuers and relaxed ratings standards for the ratings agencies themselves. Last year, Standard & Poor's reached a $1.375 billion settlement over just such claims. And now the Department of Justice is taking aim at Moody's Investors Service. Click the headline to read more.
Stonegate Mortgage not only overcame the challenging market conditions during the second half of 2013 but also posted a strong increase in originations and its servicing portfolio due to several strategic acquisitions.
Ally Financial officially exited the mortgage business by the end of 2013 but not without incurring significant losses. Ally recorded a net income of $104 million for the fourth quarter of 2013, a giant drop down from a net income of $1.4 billion for the fourth quarter of 2012.
For many observers, “skin in the game” is synonymous with a large down payment that limits lender or investor risk. However, skin in the game can be defined much more broadly, since financial investment is only one factor that mitigates risk.
The Silicon Valley area added 385,000 jobs between 2010 and 2015, but only issued building permits for 58,000 units in that same time frame, creating an unsustainable housing marker that shuts out all but the richest buyers. What, if anything, can be done to cool off skyrocketing home prices?