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In the News 2010

December 9, 2010, The Wall Street Journal: Ruth Simon; Some Borrowers Find Little Relief.

December 7, 2010, ft.com: Francesco Guerrera and Tom Braithwaite; Regulators push for ‘strict’ prop definition.

December 6, 2010, Bank Loan Report: Brian Collins; It’s Hard Out There for a Mortgage Servicer.

December 5, 2010, ft.com: Tom Braithwaite; US bank watchdog presses for fee clarity.

December 2, 2010, American Banker: Stacy Kaper; Regulators Call for Foreclosure Standards.

November 29, 2010, SNL Insurance Weekly Life & Health Edition: Pankti Mehta; Financial stability issues proposal to define systemically important firms.

November 26, 2010, wsj.com: Evan Perez and Damian Paletta, US Intensifies Foreclosure-Documentation Review.

November 24, 2010, ap.org: Martin Crutsinger; Panel calls lenders’ handling of foreclosures ‘inexcusable.’

November 24, 2010, washingtonpost.com/:
Brady Dennis; Mortgage problems called 'inexcusable.'

November 24, 2010, nationaljournal.com:
Michael Hirsh; Ostrich Oversight?

November 24, 2010, americanbanker.com:
Cheyenne Hopkins; FSOC to Study Market Utilities.

November 24, 2010, Palm Beach Post: Kimberly Miller; Foreclosure freeze curtails sales.

November 24, 2010, Palm Beach Post: Jim Puzzanghera; Foreclosure errors must be fixed.

November 23, 2010, New York Times: Jackie Calmes and Michael D. Shear; The Latest on the White House Staff Shuffle.

November 23, 2010, American Banker: Cheyenne Hopkins; Barr to Leave Treasury, Apparently Not CFPB Pick.

November 23, 2010, Bloomberg: Nicholas Johnston; Obama's Economy Team Will Lose Farrell, Treasury's Barr as Turnover Widens.

November 23, 2010, MarketWatch: Michael Kitchen; Two more Obama economic advisors leaving: WSJ.

November 23, 2010, Credit Union Times: Claude R. Marx; Treasury Point Person on CUs to Leave.

November 23, 2010, Wall Street Journal: Damian Paletta; White House to Lose Two Top Economic Aides.

November 23, 2010, CNNMoney: Charles Riley and Ed Henry; 2 more openings at top of Obama economic team.

November 23, 2010, Reuters: Glenn Somerville; UPDATE 1-U.S. Treasury's Barr to leave his post.

November 23, 2010, MarketWatch: Steve Goldstein; Widespread’ servicer control breakdowns: official.

November 23, 2010, National Journal: Michael Hirsh; Is new systemic risk council already falling short in its first test, the mortgage mess?

November 23, 2010, Bloomberg: Ian Katz; U.S. Council Begins Weighing Risk, Possible Oversight for Clearing Firms.

November 22, 2010, Investment News. Mark Schoeff Jr.; Watchdog agency seen steering clear of investment advisers.

November 22, 2010, Bloomberg: Nicholas Johnson; Farrell, Barr Leaving Administration Economic Team.

November 22, 2010, Wall Street Journal: Damian Paletta; White House Loses Two Top Economic Advisors.

November 8, 2010, Wall Street Journal: Aaron Lucchetti and Liz Parraport; Regulators, Banks Grapple With Volcker Rule’s Reach.

November 7, 2010, Slate Magazine: Timothy Noah; Populists v. Consumers.

November 5, 2010, The Deal: Ira TeinoWitz; Barr lays out timeline for oversight rules.

November 2, 2010, FelixSalmon.com: Felix Salmon; Treasury’s plan to fix the mortgage mess.

November 2010, Bank Investment Consultant: Donna Borak; Treasury Vows GSE Plan, But GOP Wants It Now.

October 22, 2010, CNBC.com: Diana Olick; Housing’s Worst Case.

October 21, 2010, The Los Angeles Times: Jim Puzzanghera; Foreclosure probe reveals no ‘systemic’ threat, official says.

October 20, 2010, The Bond Buyer: Andrew Ackerman and Lynn Hume; State & Local Finance: Obama Aims to Help HFAs; Liquidity Purchase Program Unveiled.

October 20, 2010, The Washington Post: Ezra Klein; The administration’s foreclosure policy – for now.

October 20, 2010, The New York Times: Binyamin Appelbaum; HUD Chief Vows Vigilance on Foreclosures.

October 20, 2010, Huffington Post: Shahien Nasiripour and Arthur Delaney; Obama Team On Furor Over Foreclosures: 'Problem For The Banks and Servicers To Fix'.

October 19, 2010, Politico: Victoria McGrane; Dodd, Shelby lead on finance reform.

October 19, 2010, The Washington Post: Benyamin Appelbaum; Big financial firms losing power on Capitol Hill; House panel to vote on subjecting national banks to state rules.

October 16, 2010, The Associated Press: Anne Flaherty and Jim Kuhnenn; House panel votes to regulate derivatives.

October 2010, Black Enterprise: Sheiresa Ngo; What Financial Reform Means for You.

September 28, 2010: The Plain Dealer: Teresa Dixon Murray; Mending broken home finance Experts offer ideas to reform house buying.

September 20, 2010, Bank Loan Report,
Pg. 21 Vol. 34 No. 50
: Donna Borak; Treasury Vows GSE Plan, But GOP Wants It Now.

September 17, 2010, International Business Times News: Lawmakers wrestle with Fannie and Freddie.

September 16, 2010, American Banker: Donna Borak; Treasury Official Pledges GSE Plan Soon, But GOP Want It Now.

September 15, 2010, The Daily Deal: Billy McConnell, Administration lays out GSE overhaul goals.

September 15, 2010, National Journal’s Congress Daily: Bill Swindell; Official Suggests Market Role for GSE Overhaul.

September 15, 2010, Bloomberg News: Jody Shenn; Fannie Mae Began Buying $1,000-Down Mortgages Without Approval.

September 15, 2010, bloomberg.com: Dawn Kopecki and Lorraine Woellert; Congress Seeks Fannie, Freddie Exit as Banks Eat Soured Loans.

September 10, 2010, Anderson Independent-Main: Mortgage relief program gains traction.

September 9, 2010, USA TODAY: Paul Wiseman; A consumer focused agency: Protection or just red tape?; Proposal sets up debate on how best to police consumer products.

September 9, 2010, The Washington Post: Michelle Singletary; Uncle Sam wants you to learn from your financial mistakes.

September 6, 2010, The Dallas Morning News: Pamela Yip; Treasury lists five concepts key for understanding finances.

September 3, 2010, American Banker: Cheyenne Hopkins; Treasury to Launch Tax Refund Deposit Program for the Underbanked.

September 2, 2010, The Bond Buyer: Peter Schroeder; Treasury Announces NIBP Changes for HFAs.

August 30th, 2010, nationalmortgagenews.com: Implementing Dodd-Frank To Fully End 'Too Big To Fain.'

August 27, 2010, American Banker: Cheyenne Hopkins; White House backs Itself into a Corner Letting CFPB Remain Leaderless.

August 25, 2010, American Banker: Cheyenne Hopkins; Mortgage Disclosure Quagmire Awaits CFPB.

August 25, 2010, American Banker: Cheyenne Hopkins; Will CFPB Find Its Way Out of the Mortgage Disclosure Quagmire?

August 21, 2010, Manufacturing Close Up: Charles Schwab Foundation Taps Winners of National Financial Capability Challenge Scholarship Awards.

August 17, 2010, Credit Writedowns: John Lounsbury; An Afternoon at the Treasury.

August 17, 2010, Financial Mirror: No quick fix for Fannie, Freddie seen from meeting.

August 17, 2010, American Banker: Judy Kennedy; Viewpoint: Sallie Mae Points Way for GSEs' Overhaul.

August 16, 2010, The Chicago Tribune: Chicago Tribune Editorial Board; Move it, Washington.

August 11, 2010: The Chicago Tribune: Mary Ellen Podmolik; Consumer agency plots course without captain; Potential director says new bureau not waiting for chief's appointment.

August 11, 2010, Bloomberg News: Michael Bathon, State Aid, Credit Ratings, Google: Compliance (Update 1).

August 10, 2010, CCH Financial Crisis News Center: Sarah Borchersen-Keto, Treasury Pledges Speed, Transparency in Implementing Ref Reforms.

August 9, 2010, SNL Energy Gas Utility Week: Richard Sansom; Official: Agencies should unite for swift, transparent implementation of financial reform.

August 6, 2010, American Banker: Andrew Ackerman; Lawmakers Fault Obama’s Plan to Regulate Raters.

August 5, 2010, The Charlotte Observer: Christina Rexrode; What's Brian Moynihan have on Tim Geithner? Read on.

August 5, 2010, The Charlotte Observer: Christina Rexrode; Treasury brings regulatory road show to Charlotte.

August 5, 2010, The Wall Street Journal: Glen Hubbard and Hal S. Scott; Geithner’s Hollow ‘Speed’ Pledge to Business.

August 4, 2010, The Charlotte Observer: Christina Rexrode; ‘I have no idea if the president has a favorite banker’.

August 3, 2010, The Wall Street Journal: Damian Paletta; Consumer-Czar Candidate Waits in Wings.

August 3, 2010, Bloomberg News: Allison Vekshin; Bair Said to Rule Out Leading Consumer Agency.

August 2, 2010, Tapped: Elizabeth Warren: The Little Picture: If Not .

August 1, 2010, Registered Representative: Where Are They Now?

July 29, 2010, The Wall Street Journal: Darrell A. Hughes; Bank of America Commits $10M in Small-Business Grants.

July 23, 2010, The New York Post: Mark DeCambre; Watchdog Sweeps – Warren, Barr Vie for Consumer Agency Leadership.

July 23, 2010, The Washington Post: Renae Merle; The wonks who made it work; Key lieutenants behind the scenes ensured passage of new financial regulations.

July 22, 2010, The New York Post: Mark DeCambre, Barr Wins Support as Consumer Watchdog.

July 22, 2010, The Wall Street Journal: Damian Paletta; Fight Over Consumer Agency Looms asOverhaul is Signed.

July 22, 2010, The Washington Post: Brady Dennis; Obama ushers in new financial era; Landmark law is signed President says work still lies ahead for regulators.

July 20, 2010, The Washington Post: Ezra Klein; The case against Elizabeth Warren.

July 20, 2010, American Banker: Cheyenne Hopkins; The Fed, the Council, and a Whole Lot of Gray.

July 20, 2010, American Banker: Stacy Kaper and Cheyenne Hopkins; Washington People.

July 17, 2010, The New York Post: Paul Tharp and Mark DeCambre; Treasury Tempest – Geithner’s Support for Warren Called Into Question.

July 17, 2010, The Wall Street Journal: Damian Paletta; Three Candidates Emerge to Run Consumer Regulator.

July 16, 2010, Bloomberg News: Julianna Goldman and Alison Vekshin; New Finance Rules Become Real as Emmanuel Says “Just Do It”

July 15, 2010, CNNMoney.com: Jennifer Liberto, Wall Street reform: On to Obama.

June 10, 2010, money.cnn.com: Jennifer Liberto; Lobbyists swarm as Wall Street bill talks start.

July 9, 2010, American Banker: Stacy Kaper; FTC to Hill: Thanks, But No Thanks.

July 7th, 2010, whitehouse.gov/blog: Another Untold Story of Financial Reform: Credit Report Reform.

July 2, 2010, American Banker: Cheyenne Hopkins; Speculation Grows Over Who Will Head the CFPB.

July 1, 2010, American Banker: Cheyenne Hopkins, Banking Industry Is Underdog in Fight Over new Agency.

June 26, 2010, The Wall Street Journal’s Washington Wire blog: Damian Paletta; The Financial Bill’s $19 Billion Fee.

June 26, 2010, The Wall Street Journal: Jon Hilsenrath; Important Steps, No Cure-All; Even Backers See Gaps, Such as Failure to Address Fannie and Freddie’s Problems.

June 25, 2010, The Wall Street Journal’s Washington Wire blog: Damian Paletta; The Breakfast Club.

June 25, 2010, The Wall Street Journal’s Washington Wire blog: Damian Paletta; It’s Midnight, and the Conference Rolls On.

June 25, 2010, Bloomberg News: Allison Vekshin and Phil Mattingly; Lawmakers Reach Compromise on Financial Regulation.

June 25, 2010, National Journal's CongressDaily: Andy Leonatti and Bill Swindell; Conferees Reach Deal On Reg Reform Bill.

June 25, 2010, The Hill: Silla Brush; Congress moves to deal on Volcker rule.

June 25, 2010, Washington Post: Brady Dennis; House-Senate panel works to get financial regulation bill to Obama.

June 24, 2010, The Wall Street Journal’s Washington Wire blog: Damian Paletta; As Clock Ticks, White House Brass Files In.

June 21, 2010, The Wall Street Journal: Damian Paletta and David Wessel; Business Rallies to Shape Finance Endgame.

June 17, 2010, The Wall Street Journal: Victoria McGrane and Damian Paletta; White House, Top Lawmakers Hold Late-Night Meeting.

June 8, 2010, American Banker: Cheyenne Hopkins; Challenges for the Next Comptroller.

June 8, 2010, The Wall Street Journal: Damian Paletta, The Leading Men of Regulation.

June 8, 2010, Politico.com: Ben White; Banks queasy as reform deal nears.

June 2, 2010, American Banker: Stacy Kaper; In Fight on CFPA, Less May Be Prove to be More.

June 1, 2010, McClatchy Newspapers: David Lightman and Kevin G. Hall; A done deal? House, Senate measures on finance reform need little tweaking.

June 2010, International Finance Law Review: Banks’ US derivative fears revealed.

June 2010, Mortgage Banking: Neil J. Morse; Life, Liberty and a Loan Modification.

May 31, 2010, Electric Utility Week: Jessica Marron; OTC derivatives language a target as Senate finance bill goes to conference with House.

May 31, 2010, McClatchy Newspapers: David Lightman and Kevin G. Hall; Congress begins the final push on financial regulation.

May 27, 2010, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette: Alex Daniels; Lincoln clause not a White House priority.

May 27, 2010, American Banker: Cheyenne Hopkins; Treasury Official Ducks Key Issues in Reform Bill.

May 27, 2010, American Banker: Donna Borak; In Feud Over Capital, FDIC Besting Fed.

May 27, 2010, The Hill: Silla Brush;
Obama administration downplays Lincoln’s derivatives provision.

May 27, 2010, Washington Post: Dylan Matthews; Wonkbook: Shrinking jobs bill; Medicaid costs; SEC to track trading.

May 26, 2010, The Wall Street Journal: Damian Paletta; White House Signals It Won’t Fight to Keep Rule on Derivatives.

May 26, 2010, DealBreaker: Zachery Kouwe; Blanche Lincoln’s Derivatives Provision All But Dead Now.

May 26, 2010, MarketWatch: Ronald. D. Orol; Obama fights effort to have Congress OK guarentees.

May 26, 2010, The New York Times: Binyamin Appelbaum; In Mandating Banks’ Reserves, regulators Seek to Balance Growth and Safety.

May 26, 2010, Politico: Carrie Budoff Brown; White House cool to derivatives ban.

May 26, 2010, Tapped: Tim Fernholz: Two Differing Approaches to U.S. Global Leadership.

May 25, 2010, Bloomberg News: Ian Katz; Geithner’s Europe Trip Highlights Focus on World Economy.

May 24, 2010, American Banker: Cheyenne Hopkins; Reg Reform Bill Misses Opportunity to Overhaul Agencies.

May 22, 2010, The Wall Street Journal: Jonathan Weisman and Damian Paletta; Financial-Bill Playbook: Don’t Mess Around.

May 22, 2010, The Associated Press: Jim Kuhnhen, Finaancial Overhaul: Regulators, once deemed lax, get big say.

May 13, 2010, The Detroit News: David Shepardson; Obama firm on dealer oversight.

May 6, 2010, Bloomberg News: Phil Mattingly and Robert Schmidt; How Senate’s “Stupid” Derivatives Rule Emerged, Survives.

May 2010, Mortgage Servicing News: Cheyenne Hopkins; Right Target, But Mod Plan May Do Little.

May 2010 Mortgage Banking: Sen. Corker says risk retention could shut market down.

April 28, 2010, The White House Blog: Jen Psaki; Military Families: The Potential Victims of Proposed Auto Lending Carve Out.

April 26, 2010, Bloomberg News: Whitney Kisling; Most Stocks Decline on Worries About Finance Overhaul.

April 23, 2010, The International Herald Tribune: Floyd Norris; Sometimes, stars align for a change.

April 21, 2010, National Journal’s CongressDaily: Bill Swindell; Panel Approves Tough Derivatives Measure.

April 18, 2010, The New York Times: Sewell Chan; Trench Warfare: Send in the Deputies.

April 16, 2010, Bloomberg News: Rebecca Christie; U.S. Treasury Seeks to Ease Patch for Bank Seizures.

April 13, 2010, The Wall Street Journal’s Developments blog: Nick Timiraos; Treasury Official Says Housing Goals Not to Blame for Fannie, Freddie Failures.

April 12. 2010, Argus Leader: Anna Bahney; Bankers: Reforms may limit consumer.

April 12, 2010, Merger and Acquisitions Reports: Cheyenne Hopkins; New Powers in Reg Reform Feel Familiar.

April 10, 2010, The Wall Street Journal: Argus Leader: Anna Bahney; SD Bankers leery of DC reform.

April 7, 2010, Damian Paletta, Obama Administration Officials Vow to Fight Efforts to Soften Derivatives Rules.

April 6, 2010, American Banker: Cheyenne Hopkins; New Powers in Reg Reform Feel Familiar.

April 6, 2010, money.cnn.com/: Jennifer Liberto; A consumer watchdog for your wallet.

April 5, 2010, Derivatives Week: Obama Administration to Hang Tough on Regs.

April 1, 2010, The Bond Buyer: Peter Schroder; HFAs Seek an Extension for NIBP Conversions.

April 2010, Mortgage Banking: Neil J. Mores; Euphemism or Hard Reality, Industry Talks About ‘Graceful Exits’.

March 30, 2010, The Wall Street Journal: Ruth Simon and Kara Scannell; Securities Debate is All About Trust.

March 29, 2010, The Wall Street Journal: Michael R. Crittenden and Sarah N. Lynch; Five States Get $600 Million in Housing Aid.

March 29, 2010, American Banker: Cheyenne Hopkins, Foreclosure Plan Finds Right Target But Doubts Remain.

March 27, 2010, The Wall Street Journal: James R. Hagertu and Nick Timiraos; Mortgage Plan Remolded Again.

March 27, 2010, The Desert Sun: Bart Jensen; President announces housing relief plan.

March 27, 2010, Los Angeles Times: Alejandro Lazo; White House takes new aim at mortgage mess: Changes seek to aid ‘underwarter’ and jobless borrowers.

March 26, 2010, National Public Radio, All Things Considered: Treasury Announces Plan to Prevent Foreclosures.

March 26, 2010, MarketWatch: Ronald D. Orol; White house expanding mortgage-relief program.

March 22, 2010, Bloomberg News: Jody Shenn; American Home Has Flawed Bookkeeping, Moody’s Says (Update 2).

March 18, 2010, The Associated Press: Alan Zibel; Numbers dispute casts pall over US mortgage aid program.

March 11, 2010: Zachary A. Goldfarb; No rush to restructure Fannie, Freddie: Politics, shaky economy make it an unsavory task for Obama, analysts say.

March 9, 2010, Roll Call: Representative Jim Jordan, New Mortgage Protection Plan Misses the Mark.

March 1, 2010 Credit Union Journal: Administration Urges CU Support.

February 24, 2010, CNNMoney.com: Jennifer Liberto, Financial reform: Do-or-die time.

February 24, 2010, The Deal: Bill McConnell; Sense of the markets: A CFPA at what cost?

February 24, 2010, The Wall Street Journal’s Real Time Economics blog: Damian Paletta; Dodd Upbeat on Financial Overhaul Bill But “No Deal Tonight”

February 23, 2010, Bloomberg News: Rebecca Christie; Treasury official urges creation of stand-alone consumer agency.

February 23, 2010: Patricia Daddona; New Credit card law may be tricky for consumers: Despite some beneficial changes, users must still watch out for loopholes, The Day,

February 23, 2010, Los Angeles Times: Jim Puzzanghera; Consumer agency would put teeth in new credit card rules, backers say.

February 22, 2010, Tapped: Tim Fernholz; New Credit Card Rules Show We Still Need the CFPA.

February 21, 2010, The Associated Press: Alan Zibel, Mortgage program facing dismal reality.

February 9, 2010, The Wall Street Journal: Nick Timiraos and James R. Hagerty; No Exit in Sight for U.S. as Fannie, Freddie Flail.

February 5, 2010, Bloomberg News: Theo Francis; No Turning Back on Fannie, Freddie, Lockhart Says (Update 1).

February 2, 2010, The Wall Street Journal: James R. Hagherty and Ruth Simon; For Financial Engineers, a New Risk: Washington.

February 1, 2010, Bloomberg News: Dawn Kopecki; Fannie Freddie Kept Off budget, Dividends Counted (Update 3).

February 1, 2010: Chris Feldman; Mortgage rates expected to rise as government support phases out, WalletPop.

January 29, 2010, Total Securitization: Olivia Thetgyi; Industry Will Not Escape Without more Regulation, Bar Says.

January 27, 2010, Bloomberg News: Dawn Kopecki and Theo Francis; U.S. May Retool Loan Program for Underwater Borrowers (Update 1).

January 26, 2010, The Wall Street Journal: Ruth Simon; Pennsylvania Mortgage Relief Wins Fans.

January 25, 2010, National Review: Kevin D. Williamson; Smoking HAMP – On housing, Obama’s successes are as dangerous as his failures.

January 22, 2010, The Wall Street Journal: Nick Timiraous; Fannie Freddie Losses May Hit U.S.

January 22, 2010, The Philadelphia Inquirer: Joseph N. DiStefano; PhillyDeals: A hot-wire connection for a small Del. Firm.

January 22, 2010, The Wall Street Journal: Jonathan Weisman; Policy Pivot on Banks Followed Months of Wrangling.

January 21, 2010, The Washington Post: Renae Merle; Digest: Regulators find flaws in foreclosure program.

January 20, 2010, The Wall Street Journal: Michael Crittenden and Ruth Simon; No Plans for Mortgage-Principal Reductions.

January 19, 2010, The Wall Street Journal: James R. Hagerty; Loan Modifications Help the Housing Market.

January 19, 2010, American Banker: Kate Berry; Why Servicers May Bite the Bullet This Year.

January 19, 2010, The Wall Street Journal: Ruth Simon and Michael Crittenden; Paperwork Woes Plague Mortgage Plan.

January 17, 2010, The Wall Street Journal Developments Blog: James R. Hagerty; Is Slashing Mortgage Principal the Answer?

January 16, 2010, independentmail.com: Obama mortgage program fails to deliver.

January 15, 2010, MarketWatch: Ronald D. Orol; Obama modification program helps 100,000 borrowers.

January 10, 2010: dailynightly.msnbc.msn.com/: Homeowners facing foreclosure despite Making Home Affordable program.

January 3, 2010, McClatchy Newspapers: Chris Adams, Help outpaced by bank action.

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