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Fri, 22 May 2015 15:22:58 GMT
Lehman Brothers lawsuits, Benjamin Lawsky - Lawsky Bails and Sails; New Lehman/GreenPoint Suit; Home/Land Price Trends

Posted To: Pipeline Press

Yes, I know it is the Friday before a 3-day weekend, after which it is okay to wear white shoes to formal events. (And yes, there will be a commentary tomorrow with some pretty informative letters.) But there is little time to comment on fashion when instead we can turn our attention to smutty trademarks. There aren't many of them in lending, but they are out there in other industries, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit is set to reconsider whether banning scandalous trademarks violates the First Amendment. New York's boy Benjamin Lawsky is leaving to form a legal and consulting firm and lecture at Stanford University. One can be sued, and can also sue someone else. Case in point: Lehman Brothers' new lawsuit names Syncora Holdings, U.S. Bancorp and GreenPoint Mortgage Funding...(read more)

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Fri, 22 May 2015 11:34:36 GMT
Lehman Brothers lawsuits, Benjamin Lawsky - MBS Day Ahead: Could be Interesting, or a Total Dud

Posted To: MBS Commentary

On the surface , today has a lot of things going for it. The only economic data is CPI, and it would be hard-pressed to convince anyone that inflation suddenly exists. At the very least, it would have to be a big beat in order to create its own negative momentum. Then there's the momentum itself. It's been more calmly positive than at any other time during the April/May selling spree. It's also the first time this month where both Wednesday and Thursday have been positive. Finally, there's Yellen . While this week's FOMC Minutes covered Fed conversations that occurred in April, Yellen will be speaking in the here and now. Some media coverage has suggested it's one of the more important events of the week, but there's a catch. Indeed, Yellen could say something that...(read more)

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Thu, 21 May 2015 21:02:42 GMT
Lehman Brothers lawsuits, Benjamin Lawsky - Purchase Loans Now Outpacing Refis

Posted To: MND NewsWire

Purchase loans continued to increase as a percentage of loan originations in April. Ellie Mae's Origination Insight Report for the month put the purchase share of all closed loans at 52 percent , a 6 percentage point jump from March and the first time in 2015 that more than half of loans were originated for that purpose. Seventy-two percent of FHA loans were for purchasing, also a 6 point month-over-month increase but significantly lower than the 80+ percent share of its loans that went for purchasing every month from May 2014 through January 2015. Fifty-eight percent of conventional loans were originated for purchasing and 68 percent of VA loans. Of all loans originated in April 64 percent were conventional , 24 percent FHA, 9 percent VA and 3 percent were classified as "other." Ellie Mae...(read more)

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