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Senior RMBS Trader Convicted of Fraud

Senior RMBS Trader Convicted of Fraud

The office of the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program announced that Jesse Litvak, a registered broker-dealer and former managing director at New York investment bank Jefferies & Co., Inc. was sentenced today to 24 months in federal prison and ordered to pay a $1.75 million dollar fine in connection to his conviction for defrauding consumers trading in residential mortgage backed securities.

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Homes “Seriously Underwater” Down in Second Quarter

Homes “Seriously Underwater” Down in Second Quarter

In a positive sign for the housing market, RealtyTrac reported Thursday a decrease nationwide in homes that were classified as “seriously underwater”, down to 9.1 million homes in the second quarter of 2014, representing 17.2 percent of all homes nationwide. The number is a decrease from the 17.4 percent of underwater homes recorded in the first quarter

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Frank Testifies Before House Financial Services Committee

Frank Testifies Before House Financial Services Committee

Former Congressman Barney Frank testified before the House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services on Wednesday, arguing that the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and the voluminous set of regulations that followed shortly thereafter was a positive for the economy and safeguarded the American public from ever having to face an economic down turn the likes of the great recession ever again.

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RMBS Liquidations Increase for the First Time in Almost Two Years

RMBS Liquidations Increase for the First Time in Almost Two Years

Annualized liquidations of United States RMBS loans increased last quarter for the first time in seven quarters, according to a report issued Monday by Fitch Ratings. The conditional default rate increased in Q2 2014 to 4.92 percent after nearly two years of declines from 9.76 percent in Q2 2012. The previous decline was spurred on by shrinking inventories of distressed properties and a decrease in the use of short sales.

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Republicans to Release Report on the Anniversary of Dodd-Frank

Republicans to Release Report on the Anniversary of Dodd-Frank

Republicans in the House of Representatives are set to mark the four year anniversary of the controversial Dodd-Frank financial reform act with a 100 page report highlighting its perceived failures. Chief among those failures is the fact that the law did not accomplish its purported goal of ending the prospect that banks are “too big to fail.

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Texas Job Growth Slows

Texas Job Growth Slows

The old adage “everything’s bigger in Texas” really does ring true sometimes. The nation’s second most populous state leads the nation in job growth and is consistently ranked as the one of the best climates for business in the United States.

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