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Background of the Sub-Prime crisis and GFC written 2011 This is just an Australian blog but ....wow   What ASIC fails to disclose (and ASIC is always going on about adequate disclosure) is that Medcraft was involved in ALL aspects of the securitisation industry in the period when the sub-prime securities were originated, manufactured and distributed. Again what ASIC fails to disclose (and ASIC is always going on about adequate disclosure) is that Medcraft's forum represented and he had a relationship with ALL of the manufacturers of sub-prime assets, including Lehman Brothers.   Greg Medcraft – Head of ASIC runs with the hares and hunts with the hounds. This entry was posted on Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011 at 5:45 am and is filed under ARTICLES. Report : Ted Baxter Content : ASIC Greg Medcraft, Australian Securitisation Forum, Societe Generale, recent GFC news. Tuesday, 22nd November 2011 http://www.commonwealthbankdeception.com/?p=34 In a tragic twist of...
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APRA drops housing capital bombshell Australian Financial ReviewApr 5 2017 11:00 PM Jonathan Shapiro, James Thomson   Australia's banks could be forced to raise billions of dollars more capital after the prudential regulator warned they may have concentrated too much of their lending in increasingly risky and highly priced housing. Wayne Byres, the chair of the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority, said the watchdog needed to resolve the way the banks' allocate capital to home loans, as he announced a strategic review into property lending. "If we are going to put an increasing number of eggs into a single basket, we'd better make sure that basket is an unquestionably strong one," Mr Byres said told The Australian Financial Review's Banking & Wealth Summit. The unexpected intervention came only days after APRA told the banks it would introduce lending limits on interest-only loans, a move he described as a "tactical response" to an...
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    APRA PREPARES FOR HOUSING DEBT SHOCK but Banks have ignored warnings for over a decade and will continue to do so. The Interest O
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ASIC's Greg Medcraft is on a mission to avoid a US sub-prime repeat Australian Financial ReviewApr 3 2017 11:00 PM Jonathan Shapiro, Jacob Greber   The chair of the corporate watchdog is leading a crackdown on home lending practices in order to avoid the mistakes that led to the 2008 house price crash in the United States. Greg Medcraft, who is in the final months of his tenure as the chair of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission, will target lenders and brokers that are encouraging borrowers to take on riskier and "more expensive" interest-only loans and lenders that have understated living expenses of borrowers when assessing their ability to afford a loan. "We want to make sure we don't have a surge in defaults when rates go up, and the misery that comes with that," Mr Medcraft told The Australian Financial Review. Mr Medcraft, who says he witnessed the trauma...
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RBA says Australian Banks handing out 'too many interest only unaffordable home loans'    The Reserve Bank has warned housing loans are outpacing household incomes  RBA boss said banks have issued too many loans and are putting economy at risk Treasurer Scott Morrison made housing affordability key part of second budget Turnbull government has fought off suggestions of reducing tax concessions  By Australian Associated Press PUBLISHED: 10:51 +10:00, 5 April 2017 | UPDATED: 11:18 +10:00, 5 April 2017   The Reserve Bank of Australia boss has warned of rising household debt levels with banks across the country handing out 'too many' loans. In a post-board meeting on Tuesday, RBA governor Phil Lowe said growth in home loans is continuing to outpace growth incomes and is putting the 'future health of the Australian economy at risk'. Treasurer Scott Morrison has made housing affordability a key component of his second budget to be released on May 9 as...
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From the TEN NETWORK - THE PROJECT April 4th   LINDSAY DAVID L F Economics Interview A Housing Bubble is when housing loans climb higher than the house is worth.  A long time splurge in gratuitous mortgage loans and low interest rates, tax concessions etc, lead to an artificial over inflation of prices and the BUBBLE BURSTS.  People mortgaged to the eyeballs are forced to place home on the market and then a flood of homes enter the FOR SALE space at same time causing housing prices to FALL and leading to RECESSION. Catherine Cashmore: "we are absolutely in a Bubble..." Heidi whomever....calls herself an "expert"  She says "NO burst bubble..... as the INDUSTRY IS HIGHLY REGULATED and the regulators are really just starting to investigate the types of lending that happens."   Which Planet is Heidi on?  Must be dating a regulator. APRA wrote to the Banks last Friday and asked...
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Bloxham bedazzled by $$$ signs!   One-eyed Bloxo only sees supply-side By Unconventional Economist in Australian Property at 1:35 pm on April 4, 2017 | 11 comments By Leith van Onselen https://www.macrobusiness.com.au/2017/04/one-eyed-bloxo-sees-supply-side/ Why is it that so many of Australia’s mainstream economists, as well as the Coalition, only sees solutions to Australia’s housing affordability woes on the supply-side of the housing market, while ignoring the role of demand-side policy? A case in point is the following drivel from HSBC chief economist, Paul Bloxham: Although [Melbourne] detached house prices are up by a strong 60 per cent over the past five years, apartment prices have only risen by 20 per cent… This contrast between Melbourne houses and apartments helps to answer the bubble question. The root cause of the rise in housing prices is that demand has outstripped supply. But in the case of Melbourne apartments, adequate supply has been brought to...
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Dear Subscriber, Very good news. The government jettisoned its plan to sell the ASIC database just before Christmas. It is a win for new media, and a win for the public, which is an endorsement of your support for this independent journalism website. Thank you. This means transparency for multinationals may remain poor but is unlikely to get any worse. We could not have done it without your support: tweeting, facebooking, emailing, and providing financial contributions to keep the website going.   We began hammering away about this boring but important ASIC story last July. GetUp got a petition going and drew 80,000 signatures. Six months later the government canned it.     “Close to extortion” said Small Business Ombudsman Kate Carnell today, following our investigations of big business screwing suppliers with onerous terms. Thanks to a number of stories on our website,   the government has identified late payments as...
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Denise L Brailey RBA's new Governor Philip Lowe is either a dunderhead or corrupt.  He cannot have an each way bet.  Over 90% of all loans written last year are INTEREST ONLY LOW DOCs.  Government is lying when its says "only 40%."  Sellers tell us we were only selling LOW DOCs and: "we did not know they were interest only, now we are realising what has been going on.  We have been misled and now the banks want to claw back the commissions.  We have been used.  We were told to practice on our parents first!  Now their home is in danger. How dare this moron call borrower victims "DESPERADO's" RBA's Philip Lowe takes aim at desperado borrowers.  This high powered banker KNOWS consumers have been the target of Rip-Off bank merchants.  Now he chooses quite deliberately to mislead the public into thinking its all the borrowers who devised this PONZI...
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RBA's Lowe takes aim at desperado borrowers Australian Financial Review Apr 4 2017 8:49 PM Jacob Greber   Reserve Bank of Australia governor Philip Lowe has warned too many banks are giving loans to badly stretched borrowers, increasing the risk of a wave of defaults if even small shocks hit the economy. In a clear shot at both state and federal governments, Dr Lowe also insisted that boosting supply is the only real way to break the trend of house prices outpacing incomes and that the latest regulatory crackdown on lending is only a stop-gap measure. "Too many loans are still made where the borrower has the skinniest of income buffers after interest payments," Dr Lowe said late on Tuesday. The remarks came after the Reserve Bank left the cash rate steady at 1.5 per cent for a seventh-straight meeting – effectively trapped by the need to avoid adding more fuel...
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APRA interest-only crackdown a blip for lenders The Australian 12:00am April 5, 2017 Michael Bennet   The banking regulator’s latest steps to rein in interest-only lending to homebuyers have been dubbed largely irrelevant to bank profitability, amid warnings of a train wreck in coming years as borrowers struggle to ­refinance. About 83 per cent of interest-only loan holders expected to roll their mortgage to another interest-only loan, which typically lasted for five years before borrowers had to start paying principal, and keep doing so, researcher Digital Finance Analytics said. It said 669,000 households, or 21.8 per cent of borrowers, were experiencing some mortgage stress, up 1.5 per cent from the previous month, after stagnant income growth and recent out-of-cycle interest rate increases by the banks. Morgan Stanley strategist Chris Nicol said mortgage repayments could “step up” between 50 per cent and 70 per cent when interest-only loans switched to principle and...
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Property developers pull back on apartment projects The Australian 12:00am April 5, 2017 Lisa Allen, Ben Wilmot   Property developers are shedding major apartment sites along the eastern seaboard as banks tighten lending to oversupplied areas, with some projects ditched by their long-standing promoters. Tougher lending rules have slugged the market, with investors unable to borrow as much to buy units and banks refusing to lend to foreign purchasers, stalling apartment projects. Foreign developers drove the wave of luxury apartment towers in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne, but some are now taking their capital out of the market as conditions turn. “Money is tight, the banks have switched off the taps,” said one major Sydney apartment ­developer. Melbourne financier Andrew Schwartz, the group managing director of Qualitas, said developers had been pulling back on projects for 18 months. “Finance is definitely harder to obtain — project finance — banks are credit rationing...
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Mortgage crackdown to crimp borrowing capacity Australian Financial Review Apr 4 2017 11:00 PM Jonathan Shapiro, James Frost   A mortgage lending crackdown could cut in half the amount a typical household can borrow once higher living expenses and greater interest rate buffers are applied. A typical couple with an existing mortgage would see borrowing capacity reduced from $450,000 to about $235,000, according to Fitch Ratings, which presented a worked example to clients in 2016. The analysis was in anticipation of tougher lending standards that would require lenders to assume higher interest rates and living expenses when writing mortgages. It shows that tougher enforcement of responsible lending has the potential to pull credit out of the system by dampening the borrowing capacity of households keen to get a foothold into a rising market. It follows steps announced by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission to up its surveillance of lenders and...
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'Pretty close to extortion': Mars, Kellogg's and Fonterra pushing loans on small business Sydney Morning Herald April 5 2017 - 6:24am Cara Waters   Massive brands including Mars, Kellogg's and Fonterra have been accused of extortion-like behaviour by the small business and family enterprise ombudsman. In the course of Kate Carnell's inquiry into payment times she has uncovered a pattern of global giants pushing out payments to small businesses and then offering the same small businesses loans to keep them afloat. "It's pretty close to extortion really," Carnell said. "Large multinational businesses' payment terms have blown out considerably. They are now moving to have standard contractual payment times of up to 120 days. It's really bad for midsize businesses and a shocker for the SME space. It will kill SMEs." The clincher comes when small businesses struggle to survive while waiting up to 120 days to be paid for their products...
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BFCSA bothered to take three weeks intense work and send in SUBMISSION # 23 the Senate Inquiry into Penalties for White Collar Crime March 2016 To our knowledge no victims were called as witnesses, no hearings took place. Yet committee led by Williams? looked through the subs and concluded we are happy with penalties the way they are!!!!!! They reported as such: 4.36 The Banking & Finance Consumers Support Association (BFCSA) pointed to the Icelandic example of prosecuting and, in many cases, imprisoning executive officers of banks and financial institutions in the aftermath of the global financial crisis (GFC). According to the BFCSA, the use of custodial sentences in Iceland has served as a powerful deterrent to would-be white-collar criminals in the Icelandic banking sector. The BFCSA submitted that a similar 'zero tolerance' approach, and the use of 'tough penalties' (along with improved enforcement and a better understanding of predatory lending,...
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ASIC's Greg Medcraft is on a mission to avoid a US sub-prime repeat Australian Financial ReviewApr 3 2017 11:00 PM Jonathan Shapiro, Jacob Greber  READ comments from DENISE BRAILEY  www.facebook.com/BFCSA   The chair of the corporate watchdog is leading a crackdown on home lending practices in order to avoid the mistakes that led to the 2008 house price crash in the United States. Greg Medcraft, who is in the final months of his tenure as the chair of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission, will target lenders and brokers that are encouraging borrowers to take on riskier and "more expensive" interest-only loans and lenders that have understated living expenses of borrowers when assessing their ability to afford a loan. "We want to make sure we don't have a surge in defaults when rates go up, and the misery that comes with that," Mr Medcraft told The Australian Financial Review. Mr Medcraft,...
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    BFCSA: Crooked Corp Cop Greg Medcraft still blaming Sellers for ROBO Approved INTEREST ONLY LOANS DISASTER. He is the Chairman of
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CHANNEL TEN THE PROJECT - TONIGHT Guest: Lindsay David L F Economics.   Do Not Miss this one re: THE BANKS and toxic INTEREST ONLY Sub Prime LOANS..................Australian Banks...
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Housing curbs reflect genuine concerns, says ABA's Anna Bligh Australian Financial Review Apr 3 2017 11:00 PM James Eyers   New Australian Bankers' Association chief executive Anna Bligh says it won't be her Labor background that helps the banks fend off a royal commission but actions that convince customers they are valued as much as shareholders. The former Queensland premier has also backed moves by financial regulators targeting interest-only loans, saying they have presumably acted on "genuine and well-evidenced concerns". Just a few hours into her first day on Monday as boss of the banking industry association, Ms Bligh warned that political pressure on the sector isn't going to abate any time soon because it reflects real customer anger that has resulted in an "erosion of trust" in the industry. "I think the public want to see action and I know the government wants to see more action from banks," she...
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VIDEO: Twelve Months of Investigations, Impact and Outrage By Scilla Alecci Apr 3, 2017 https://panamapapers.icij.org/20170403-anniversary-fundraising-campaign.html   One year ago, ICIJ launched the biggest investigation in journalism history: the Panama Papers. ICIJ and more than 100 media partners published hundreds of stories revealing the offshore financial secrets of many of the world’s richest and most powerful people. The investigation sparked protests, resignations, arrests and fierce debate around the world. And that was just the beginning.   Where Are They Now? A Year Later, Mixed Fortunes For Panama Papers Line-Up By Will Fitzgibbon Apr 3, 2017 https://panamapapers.icij.org/20170403-anniversary-where-are-they-now.html   When the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and more than 100 media partners began publishing the Panama Papers investigation on April 3, 2016, almost no country was untouched by its revelations. Governments in more than 70 countries have launched over 150 investigations, inquiries, audits and probes into the affairs of thousands of people and corporations...
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One Nation co-founder David Ettridge accuses party of abandoning him with legal debt AM By Michael Edwards Updated about 2 hours agoTue 4 Apr 2017, 10:09am http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-04-04/one-nation-co-founder-accuses-party-of-abandoning-him/8412890   Watch the Four Corners episode on ABC iView.    Video: Dane Sorensen says if the public knew how One Nation operated they would not want anything to do with the party David Ettridge, a co-founder of One Nation, has accused the party of abandoning him with huge debts from when he was jailed alongside Pauline Hanson. In 2003, Mr Ettridge and Ms Hanson were imprisoned for electoral fraud but released months later after their convictions were quashed by a Queensland Court. Mr Ettridge said his legal ordeal cost him his house and his personal wealth. He told the ABC's Four Corners program he had sought compensation from One Nation — joining a number of former officials and candidates speaking out about the party's administration....
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How to Hide the Crashing Prices in Miami’s Epic Condo Glut by Wolf Richter • Apr 3, 2017 • 14 Comments http://wolfstreet.com/2017/04/03/hidden-crashing-prices-of-miami-condo-bubble-glut/   Granular data shows why the numbers on the surface don’t add up. Condo sales in Miami-Dade County have plunged. Condos on the market have surged. Supply has hit 14 months. Developers are sitting on completed units they can’t sell, and months’ supply in their projects has reached several years. With this kind of supply-and-demand imbalance – sales down 25% from February 2014, inventory up 90% since early 2013 – you’d expect prices to head south. But the median price of condos in February, according to the Miami Association of Realtors, increased 6.3% year-over-year. This is the mystery we’ll shed some light on (chart by StatFunding): StatFunding conducted an analysis of sales price per square foot in four condo projects with 2,634 units in Brickell, an area of Miami...
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