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Jul 26

Retailers get boost from debit card changes

Posted by mcole in Riskreformfinancial reform billdebitDealscredit cardcomplianceBanks


Visa and Mastercard dodged a major bullet as the financial reform signed into law last week didn't regulate debit card network fees, which they collect for each debit card swipe processed through their payment networks. However, the new law will likely reduce debit interchange fees, the fees that merchants pay to banks to process debit card payments from consumers.

As a result, although banks will be negatively impacted by a reduction in debit card fees they receive from merchants, they will also be able to pass on the extra cost to debit card companies and debit card holders.

Jul 21

How to reopen the ABS market

Posted by mcole in securitizationRiskRegulationreformcredit-rating agenciesCredit RatingsCreditBanksasset backed


The main three credit ratings agencies have told Wall Street in recent weeks that underwriters won't be able to use their credit ratings in documents selling asset-backed securities for fear of being sued.

While it has already placed the ABS market on hold and has securitization professionals up in arms, there are several ways for banks to continue to sell ABS going forward.

Apr 29

Why securitization needs Goldilocks

Posted by mcole in securitizationRiskreform, leverage, Dealscollateralized debt obligationCDS


Credit enhancement used to be the magic tool in securitization to minimize losses and boost the quality of collateralized debt obligations. But as the Abacus deal underwritten by Goldman Sachs has showed, such practices often led to overleveraged, overly risky transactions, which turned into losses for all parties, including banks underwriting CDOs, once the market turned against them.

"Synthetic CDOs bring together a number of different factors which ultimately resulted in catastrophic losses for all involved," said the Aite Group in a report on synthetic CDOs this week. Even underwriters, who often kept super-senior tranches on balance sheets, suffered heavy losses.

Apr 20

Goldman case may return rating agencies to regulatory crosshairs

Posted by mcole in Riskreformrating agenciesGoldman SachsCredit RatingscomplianceCDS


Reform of the financial services industry has been slow to come and it is especially true for credit ratings agencies, which have so far come out unscathed from the crisis.

But with the lawsuit against Goldman Sachs regarding the marketing of toxic collateralized debt obligations that received the blessings of ratings agencies, the complacency could soon be gone.

Apr 08

Regulatory reform stalling financial services M&A;

Posted by mcole in Regulationreform, insurance, DealsBanks


Regulatory reform could ultimately fuel merger and acquisition activity in the financial services sector. But, so far, the lack of clarity on the direction it will take has mostly just hindered deal making.

Still, observers expect there will be many opportunities for deals in 2010 due to continued depressed valuations, divestitures in the insurance sector and additional bank failures. There were 702 problem banks on the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.'s watch list as of Dec. 31, for instance.

Mar 11

A downtick in foreclosures could really reflect the weather

Posted by Ron F in reformrecoveryrecessionmortgage foreclosuresmedia, loan delinquencies, joblessnessfinancial crisisemploymenteconomyCareers/Managementbubbles

Ron F

It seems to me that the crappy weather in February is only cited as an excuse for poor performance, but never an explanation for the opposite.

Yes, this Realtytrac report on foreclosures says they may have fallen last month because notices were late, but that fact wasn't reported today in NPR's coverage this morning.

Feb 12

Media shares blame for financial crisis

Posted by Ron F in RiskRegulationreformrecoveryrecessionjoblessnessinformationHouse of Cardsfinancial crisiseconomyChina

Ron F

This is as good a summation of our collective problem as I've seen anywhere recently.

And I'm afraid I've not much to add except that it encapsulates about half of what I've been ranting about since even before we started this site last July.

Feb 04

Bankers are driving too fast? Hand over that license

Posted by Ron F in Volcker RuleRiskRegulationreformPaul VolckerFinancial Services AuthorityFederal ReserveFedcomplianceBernankeBanksBankingbank failuresbailouts

Ron F

Think Paul Volcker's being too tough on banks? Volcker is a pussycat compared to U.K. regulators.

In its latest move, the Financial Services Authority is threatening to revoke the licenses of banks that fail to comply with its demands regarding bonuses.

Feb 04

GOP says health care should be run like Wall Street

Posted by Ron F in Securities and Exchange CommissionSarbanes-OxleyRiskRegulationreformPhil GrammPaul VolckerObama Administration, Obama, health insurancehealth careGlass-SteagallGlass Steagall ActFederal ReserveFASBEnronCongresscomplianceBanksBanking

Ron F

My apologies to all the technocrats out there who want us to stick to corporate finance, narrowly defined. But the Republican counter-proposal to Obama's budget is just too ridiculous to pass up in at least one major respect.

As James Kwak points out today, the party recommends that we reform health care the same way we did Wall Street after the Crash of 1929, with an emphasis on more disclosure so consumers can make better informed choices.

Feb 03

FDIC proposes tough new rules for securitization

Posted by Ron F in securitizationRiskRegulationreformPaul VolckerFederal ReserveFedFDICCongressBanksBankingbailouts

Ron F

One of the major causes of the financial crisis was lenders' ability to move poor quality loans off of their balance sheets without much concern at the time for the consequences.

The ability to indiscriminately securitize assets led to poor lending decisions, yet allowed lenders to keep little or no capital in reserve on the mistaken assumption they retained no significant financial interest in the outcome. And when losses on those assets came home to roost, lenders needed taxpayer bailouts.

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