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Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac Plan Botched: Ex-FDIC Chairman by Mani on Value Walk, July 8, 2014

Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac Plan Botched: Ex-FDIC Chairman by Mani on Value Walk, July 8, 2014

July 9, 2014

If rule of law in Housing and Economic Recovery Act is not adhered to, future investment in banking institutions will be in jeopardy

By defying and rewriting the terms of conservatorship, the U.S. government acts as a destabilizing force, notes William Isaac, former FDIC Chairman.

In an article published in The Wall Street Journal, William Isaac, former chairman of the Federal Depositor Insurance Corp. points out FHFA could have put Fannie Mae / Federal National Mortgage Assctn Fnni Me (OTCBB:FNMA) and Freddie Mac / Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp (OTCBB:FMCC) into receivership instead of conservatorship.
Government’s violation of law by seizing profits of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac

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Fannie, Freddie conservatorship hurts investors, destabilizes mortgage market by Trey Garrison, July 7, 2014

Fannie, Freddie conservatorship hurts investors, destabilizes mortgage market by Trey Garrison, July 7, 2014

July 9, 2014

In the pages of the Wall Street Journal on Sunday, the former head of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., William Isaac, takes the government to task on its virtual third-world, banana republic treatment of GSE investors.

The FHFA as conservator is a fiduciary—or trustee—for the shareholders of Fannie and Freddie. Its job is to, as the law says, “conserve [the enterprises’] assets and property” for shareholders while Fannie and Freddie rebuild their capital base and eventually exit the conservatorship.

Here is the link to the full article

HOW MUCH ARE WE WORTH?? $80 TRILLION? By William Dunkelberg

HOW MUCH ARE WE WORTH?? $80 TRILLION? By William Dunkelberg

May 27, 2014

Bill Dunkelberg, Chief Economist of the National Federation of Independent Business, wrote the following article which he has authorized me to publish on my website. His article questions a recent announcement by the Federal Reserve that U.S. consumers are now wealthier than at any time in history despite the weakest and slowest economic recovery since the Great Depression. It’s worth your time to read and reflect on the article.

HOW MUCH ARE WE WORTH?

Bill Dunkelberg, Chief Economist, National Federation of Independent Business

The Federal Reserve recently announced that consumers were now wealthier than at any time in history, this in spite of the weakest recovery from the worst recession since the 1930s. To calculate

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Ex-FDIC Chair: Reform Push for Fannie and Freddie ‘Falling Apart’ on NewsMax, article includes audio of the interview, May 16, 2014

Ex-FDIC Chair: Reform Push for Fannie and Freddie ‘Falling Apart’ on NewsMax, article includes audio of the interview, May 16, 2014

May 19, 2014

Financial consultant and former FDIC Chair William Isaac isn’t dismissing entirely the prospects for a bipartisan bill that would close down the federal government’s troubled home-loan behemoths, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

“The consensus for reform seems to be falling apart, though,” Isaac said Friday on Newsmax TV.

The Senate Banking Committee approved the legislation on Thursday by a 13-9 vote, sending it to the full Senate for debate. Politico reported there is “little chance” the bill will get through Congress in this election year.

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Why the Johnson and Crapo “Taxpayer Protection Act” will not protect taxpayers, by Edward Pinto, Resident Fellow and codirector of International Center on Housing Risk American Enterprise Institute

Why the Johnson and Crapo “Taxpayer Protection Act” will not protect taxpayers, by Edward Pinto, Resident Fellow and codirector of International Center on Housing Risk American Enterprise Institute

March 27, 2014

A housing bill was recently introduced in the Senate with bi-partisan support. Sponsors claim the bill will get rid of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and eliminate taxpayer exposure to losses in the housing markets. Not so says Ed Pinto, housing policy expert and resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, in the article below published by The Hill. I believe you will find Ed’s article insightful and informative.
The draft bill released on Sunday, March 16 by Senate Banking Committee Chairman Tim Johnson (D-S.D.) and Ranking Member Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) will not protect taxpayers from future bailouts.

  • It will replace the implicit federal guarantees enjoyed by Fannie and Freddie with explicit guarantees enjoyed by their successors.
  • It will replace the single-family affordable housing mandates with a new set of affordable housing provisions that will also lead to debased underwriting standards.
  • It will raise taxes on the middle class by imposing a new tax on homeownership that will be used to provide billions annually in furtherance of a misguided policy to promote risky lending to lower income homebuyers.

Experience has shown that any bill which includes an explicit guarantee of an insurance program will fail to protect taxpayers. The proposed Federal Mortgage Insurance Corporation (FMIC) will be no different.

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Former FDIC Chairman Isaac to Newsmax: Fed QE Is a ‘Terrible Tax on Senior Citizens’ on MoneyNews, article includes Video of the interview, Februray 14, 2014 By Dan Weil

Former FDIC Chairman Isaac to Newsmax: Fed QE Is a ‘Terrible Tax on Senior Citizens’ on MoneyNews, article includes Video of the interview, Februray 14, 2014 By Dan Weil

February 18, 2014

Former FDIC Chairman William Isaac has strong objections both to the Federal Reserve’s quantitative easing (QE) and its commitment to keep short-term interest rates near zero.

“QE has not been helpful to the economy. In fact, it’s impeding growth, and it’s a terrible tax on senior citizens who are trying to have income for their retirement,” he told John Bachman on “America’s Forum” on Newsmax TV.

“They just can’t find a way to earn money unless they want to jump into the stock market, and a lot of people are afraid to do that.”

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Ex-FDIC head says banks need more leeway to lend By Paul Gores of the Journal Sentinel Milwaukee

Ex-FDIC head says banks need more leeway to lend By Paul Gores of the Journal Sentinel Milwaukee

February 13, 2014

Lax bank regulation contributed to the financial crisis and recession, but overly rigorous bank regulation now is hampering the economic recovery, a former top federal banking official says.

William Isaac, who headed the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. from 1981 to 1985, said regulators have overreacted and should be encouraging bankers to lend, not inhibiting lending by piling on new rules.

After every banking crisis, banks and regulators become more conservative, said Isaac, who is scheduled to speak Tuesday at the annual Wisconsin Bankers Association’s Bank Executives Conference at the Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee.

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Fannie and Freddie Are Obviously SIFIs. Earth Calling FSOC by Alex Pollock

Fannie and Freddie Are Obviously SIFIs. Earth Calling FSOC by Alex Pollock

January 31, 2014

[My friend Alex Pollock is a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. Here is piece he just published that packs a lot of punch in a very short space.]

January, 2014
Fannie and Freddie Are Obviously SIFIs—Earth Calling FSOC

Alex J. Pollock

The Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC), a big committee of regulators, is playing with making insurance companies and asset managers into “SIFIs” (Systemically Important Financial Institutions), regulated by the Federal Reserve in addition to others. There does not appear to be much of an argument for this, other than the Federal Reserve’s belief in its own ability to know what is right for everybody else—a belief for which the history of the Fed provides no support.

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ISAAC ELECTED TO BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF TSYS

ISAAC ELECTED TO BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF TSYS

January 31, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ga.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–January 29, 2014–
TSYS (NYSE: TSS) announced today the election of two new members to its board of directors — William M. Isaac, senior managing director and global head of Financial Institutions for FTI Consulting and former Chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC); and Connie D. McDaniel, former senior executive at the The Coca-Cola Company and Ernst & Young. The appointments bring the number of TSYS directors to 15.

“We are excited and honored to announce that Bill and Connie have agreed to become the newest members of our board of directors,” said Philip W. Tomlinson, chairman of the board and chief executive officer, TSYS. “Both bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to our company that will be extremely valuable as we continue to grow and expand our role in the ever-changing payments industry.”

William M. Isaac

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