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Court Sentences Bank Execs for Trying to Bilk TARP

A U.S. federal judge handed prison sentences and $100 million in fines to two former bank officials and a borrower Thursday for their roles in trying to bilk the Troubled Asset Relief Program during the financial crisis. Former Orion Bank EVP Thomas Hebble and SVP Angel Guerzon, along with onetime borrower Francesco Mileto, received time in federal prison for falsifying information about bad loans under the pretenses that their financial institution qualified for bailout funds from the federal government.

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FHFA: Fannie, Freddie May Need $142B More in Taxpayer Funds

The Federal Housing Finance Agency released projections Thursday that showed the GSEs may need anywhere from $51 billion to $142 billion more taxpayer funds over the next few years, even as one Republican lawmaker offered a plan that would siphon federal support for the companies. The scenarios show that the companies will ultimately need to withdraw anywhere from $220 billion to $311 billion from the federal government, a lower estimate for forecasts that originally fixed their needs at anywhere from $221 billion to $363 billion.

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Mortgage Rates Unchanged from Week Earlier

Mortgage rates largely remained near historic lows from the week earlier, reflecting a sense of uncertainty that continues to persist among wary homebuyers. Bankrate.com denoted a new low for the benchmark 30-year fixed-rate mortgage, which fell from 4.38 percent last week to crest at 4.33 percent this week. Finance Web site Bankrate.com and mortgage giant Freddie Mac polled financial institutions and the like in their weekly surveys. Freddie differed by few turns, signaling the loss of one percentage point this week.

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Morgan Stanley Rolls Out New Global Division

Despite its complicated moniker, Morgan Stanley's newly formed Financial Institutions Group Global Capital Markets team has a simple mission - to help banks around the globe navigate financial and capital challenges. The advisory division will target organizations worldwide, offering strategies, underwriting, and decision-point support for clients. Morgan Stanley's Shyam Parekh will head up the FIG division out of London, and New York-based Kevin Ryan and Taylor Wright will round out the leadership.

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Kansas Bank Boosts Borrower’s Tech Options

National Bank of Kansas City is adding to its arsenal of technology tools. Recently announcing that it will now utilize DocuSign├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔÇ×┬ós eSignature platform to enhance all aspects of mortgage processing, the financial institution will be able to boost borrower├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔÇ×┬ós integration into loan procedures.

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Fed Rejects MetLife Plan, Likely Speeding Mortgage Exit


In a blow to MetLife, the Federal Reserve rejected a plan by the nation├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔÇ×┬ós biggest life insurer to move forward with stock repurchases and capital redistribution plans, likely accelerating the company├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔÇ×┬ós departure from the mortgage markets. The news arrives on the heels of an announcement by the company to sell off MetLife Home Loans, the division responsible for originating residential and reverse mortgages. In a statement, MetLife said that it had recently sent a capital redistribution proposal to the Fed in order to shore up annual dividends.

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Leadership Shakeup Underway for Freddie Mac


In a surprise move, the Federal Housing Finance Agency announced a flurry of resignations for Freddie Mac over this year and the next, with CEO Ed Haldeman, Chairman John Koskinen, and several other board members set to step down. Other resigning officers include Laurence Hirsch, a board member who will not seek re-election, and Robert Glauber, chairman of the GSE├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔÇ×┬ós nomination and governance committee. It remains unclear why Haldeman made the decision to leave the company he helped guide through the financial crisis.

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Mortgage Applications Jump 4.9% from Week Earlier

Mortgage application volume leapt forward by 4.9 percent from the week earlier despite flailing numbers for purchase applications. The Mortgage Bankers Association released the Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for last week, with findings that include a seasonally adjusted 4.9-percent increase and an unadjusted 4.8-percent increase in terms of total mortgage application volume. Mike Fratantoni, VP with the MBA, tells MReport that application volume remains historically low due to low job growth, among other things.

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New President for NexGen


NexGen Compliance Solutions, LLC, has named a new president with the appointment of Cheri Shine to the position. Shine will take over from the current head of the company, Jeff Adam, who is departing NexGen to open his own financial consulting firm. Formerly NexGen├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔÇ×┬ós executive vice president, Shine boasts more than two decades in the mortgage business, and she has held diverse roles throughout the industry, including previous experience in lending and title vendor management.

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Single-Family Sales Soar in Massachusetts

In the Northeast, data from the third-quarter shows that Massachusetts' housing market may be experiencing a slight uptick. The state recorded its third consecutive monthly increase in single-family home sales during September, based on year-over-year numbers.

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