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Skimming Profits Off Bad Loans Bankers And Their Dirty Tricks

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In any event, the banks and the special interest groups are trying to unwind the "Ability to Repay" and "Risk Retention" portions of the new regulations, even these are the essential firewalls that protect the general public from another disaster like the Crash of '08?

If we heap these recent developments together (FHFA changes on "put-backs," opposition to "risk retention" and "ability to repay"), then we see that we're fairly close to where we were in 2007 before the two Bears Stearns hedge funds defaulted sparking the downward spiral that ended with the obliteration of Lehman Brothers on September 15, 2008 and the beginning of the Great Depression 2.

The banks are again in a position where they can skim profits off bad loans to every Tom, Dick and Harry that can sit upright and sign on the dotted line. They don't have to worry about holding capital against their dodgy assets or whether Uncle Sam is going to get fleeced on the bogus $400,000 loan they issued to that unemployed landscaper living on food stamps. No worries. They've covered all the bases.

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Now if Bernanke can just get that bubble-thing going, they'll be back in the clover.

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Mike is a freelance writer living in Washington state.


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