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Derek Templeton is an attorney based in Dallas, Texas. He practices in the areas of real estate, financial services, and general corporate transactional law. His experience includes time as an Attorney Adviser for the U.S. Small Business Administration and as General Counsel for a nonprofit organization in Dallas. A self-avowed "policy junkie," he has a keen interest in the effect that evolving federal policy has on the mortgage, default servicing, and greater housing industries.

JPMorgan Wary of FHA Business

In a conference call with analysts following the release of its second quarter earnings report Tuesday, JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon took the time to single out Federal Housing Administration (FHA) backed lending as a source of risk for the Megabank.

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CFPB Targets Georgia Law Firm

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) continued its aggressive enforcement of consumer protection laws on Monday by filing a lawsuit against Georgia based law firm Frederick J. Hanna & Associates, for violations of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and the Fair Debt Collections Practices Act.

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Yellen to Testify before Congress this Week

Capitol Hill

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen will testify before Congress on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week to give her semi-annual report on the health of the United States economy and Fed efforts to help jumpstart a recovery that, while still trending upward, has started to slow in recent months.

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Assurant Names Cooper Managing Director

Assurant Field Asset Services has named veteran mortgage operations executive W. Robert Cooper as Managing Director. Cooper is a 20 year veteran of CitiMortgage where he served in various positions throughout the mortgage unit.

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Citigroup Announces Effect of Settlement on Q2 Earnings

Citigroup's second-quarter profits took a major hit as the bank announced a settlement with the government to resolve securities claims. Citi released its quarterly earnings report Monday morning, posting net profit of $181 million—a decline of 96 percent compared to earnings of $4.2 billion a year ago.

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Fed Considers Ending Stimulus Program

The Federal Reserve appears to be confident enough in the trajectory of the United States economy that it looks to be planning to stop adding to its bond holdings in October, according to the minutes of the June Federal Open Market Committee meeting.

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Rhode Island Affirms MERS Right to Assign

The Supreme Court of Rhode Island continued the recent trend nationwide of affirming the legitimacy of Mortgage Electronic Information Systems’ (MERS) role as mortgagee, including its authority to assign a mortgage.

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