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  • Merrill Lynch ordered to pay $15.7M for cheating customers in mortgage bond trades

    SEC orders company to pay up for misleading customers
    Merrill Lynch will pay $15.7 million to settle allegations that its employees misled mortgage bond customers and overcharged those customers residential mortgage-backed securities trades during a three-year period from 2009 through 2012, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced this week.
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  • RBS reaches $4.9 billion settlement with DOJ over pre-crisis mortgage bonds

    Proposed settlement would be far less than originally estimated
    For the second time this year and at least the seventh time in recent memory, the Royal Bank of Scotland is about to cut a massive check as part of a settlement over the bank’s mortgage practices in the run-up to the housing crisis. Back in March, it was a $500 million settlement with the state of New York. Now, RBS is preparing for a nearly $5 billion settlement with the DOJ that would cover the bank’s issuance and underwriting of mortgage-backed securities between 2005 and 2007.
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  • Former Cantor Fitzgerald mortgage bond trader found not guilty of securities fraud

    Feds rebuked twice in one week in pursuit of RMBS traders
    It has not been a good week in court for the federal government and its pursuit of fraud charges against mortgage bond traders. On Thursday, the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit tossed the fraud conviction of former Jefferies mortgage-backed securities trader Jesse Litvak, marking the second time the government has failed in its five-year pursuit of Litvak. But that wasn’t the only defeat the government took in court on Thursday.
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  • Jesse Litvak freed: Court overturns mortgage bond trader’s fraud conviction, again

    Court of Appeals reverses Litvak’s conviction for second time
    The government’s five-year push to see former Jefferies managing director and mortgage-backed securities trader Jesse Litvak jailed for mortgage bond fraud is about to fail again, as the Court of Appeals has again sided with Litvak, overturning a lower court’s conviction and ordering Litvak released from jail.
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  • SoFi hires former Goldman Sachs head of mortgage securitization as new CFO

    Does Michelle Gill’s hiring mean more mortgage securitizations are coming?
    Over the last few years, SoFi has become a fairly regular issuer of loan securitizations, whether they are backed by mortgages, personal loans, or student loans. Now, it looks like SoFi may be making a bigger move into securitizations by hiring the former head of mortgage securitization at Goldman Sachs as its new chief financial officer.
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  • Private capital interest in mortgages growing? Angel Oak closes its largest securitization

    More than 80% of loans are non-QM
    Earlier this year, Angel Oak Capital Advisors, an investment management firm that specializes in mortgage credit, raised $291 million to invest in mortgages that don’t fit inside the Qualified Mortgage box. Apparently Angel Oak’s investors aren’t the only ones interested in non-QM loans. Angel Oak announced this week that it closed its largest securitization to date, a $328.78 million offering comprised largely of non-QM mortgages.
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  • Barclays agrees to pay $2 billion to settle crisis-era RMBS fraud charges

    Two subprime mortgage bond traders also fined $2 million
    Barclays Capital will pay $2 billion to the federal government to settle charges brought against the bank by the Department of Justice, which accused the company of misleading investors about the quality of the underlying subprime and Alt-A mortgages in $31 billion in mortgage bonds, which, as the DOJ put it, “proved to be catastrophic failures.”
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  • loanDepot makes big move into mortgage securitization

    Lender issuing first mortgage-backed security
    loanDepot is no stranger to mortgage securitization, with its loans taking their place alongside other originators’ loans as pieces of many non-agency securitizations over the last few years. But now, loanDepot is making a big move into the secondary mortgage market and launching its first mortgage-backed security, which is backed only by loanDepot loans.
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  • UBS reaches $230 million settlement with New York over toxic mortgage bonds

    Required to provide $189 million in consumer relief
    For the second time this month, the state of New York has reached a massive settlement with a bank that ends in “BS.” First, RBS reached a $500 million settlement with the state. Now, UBS agreed to a $230 million settlement covering UBS' mortgage bond activities in the run-up to the financial crisis.
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  • RBS reaches $500 million settlement with New York over crisis-era mortgage practices

    Will provide $400 million in consumer relief to state’s residents
    New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced this week that RBS agreed to a $500 million settlement with the state for the bank’s “deceptive practices and misrepresentations to investors in connection with the packaging, marketing, sale, and issuance of residential mortgage-backed securities” leading up to the financial crisis.
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