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AIG CEO Reveals Plans to Expand Mortgage Business

American International Group (AIG) is making plans to move away from its savings and loan business and toward mortgage investment, CEO Bob Benmosche revealed in an interview with Reuters. The company's mortgage insurance subsidiary, United Guaranty Corporation (UGC), has seen steady growth after adopting a risk-based pricing strategy. However, Benmosche said AIG is interested in moving beyond mortgage insurance and is looking at ways to get involved more directly.

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Agency Suits Against Goldman, Deutsche Bank to Go On

Two more banks have lost in their attempts to dismiss claims of misconduct in sale of mortgage-backed securities (MBS) to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. U.S. District Judge Denise Cote rejected motions filed by Goldman Sachs and Deutsche Bank, two of 16 defendants brought before her court by the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA). Cote's rulings on both motions cite previous judgments made on similar arguments brought to her by JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, and UBS--all of which also failed.

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Williston Financial Group Acquires ITC Holdings

Williston Financial Group (WFG), the parent company of WFG National Title Insurance Company and WFG Title Insurance Company, announced it is extending its southern California presence with the acquisition of ITC Holdings, Inc., the parent of Investors Title Company.

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Agencies Announce Delay on Basel III Implementation

The implementation of the Basel III capital rules may be postponed beyond the start of 2013, according to a joint statement released by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the FDIC, and the Federal Reserve. The announcement follows a comment period during which many trade organizations and institutions expressed apprehension about the new requirements.

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Prospect Mortgage Taps Veteran Talent for Leadership Role

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Prospect Mortgage, LLC hired an industry veteran to lead the company's plans to grow its lending and loan servicing capabilities. Amy Brandt was selected as president of correspondent lending and servicing. In her new role, Brandt will help build Prospect's national correspondent lending platform and develop its loan servicing potential.

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