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Report: Treasury Failed to Plan TARP Exit Strategy for Ally

A taxpayer watchdog agency accused Treasury of lacking a concrete plan to help Ally pay back taxpayers and move toward financial stability. Although Treasury made three investments into Ally, totaling $17.2 billion, the report says Treasury never required the company to "spell out a plan" to address issues surrounding Residential Capital, Ally's mortgage arm that caused most of the company's losses.

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CFPB Releases Qualified Mortgage Criteria, Establishes Legal Protections


After many long months of waiting, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has finally issued its finalized "qualified mortgage" (QM) rule designed to protect both consumers and responsible lenders. One of the biggest provisions of the QM rule is the newly set Ability-to-Repay rule, which does away with so-called "no doc" and "low doc" mortgages. In addition, the CFPB explained there are two kinds of QMs that have different protective features for consumers and legal consequences for lenders.

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SEC Charges Stick for Former Fannie Mae CEO

A former Fannie Mae executive now finds himself facing charges from the SEC of misleading investors about the GSE's loans. According to a complaint filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, ex-CEO Dan Mudd, along with two other defendants, allegedly misled investors into thinking the company had far less exposure risky loans than it actually had. SEC accuses Mudd, Enrico Dallavecchia, and Thomas Lund of creating ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├àÔÇ£materially false and misleading statements regarding Fannie Mae's exposure to subprime and Alt-A loans├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├é┬Ø between 2006 and 2008.

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Walnut Place Drops Suit in Countrywide Settlement

A major player in the ongoing Countrywide settlement dropped its suit against the defunct mortgage unit on Monday. According to news services, Walnut Place, otherwise known as Baupost Group, withdrew objections to a proposed $8.5 billion settlement currently under way with Bank of America, which bought Countrywide in 2008. Several reports held that a tentative deal had been reached by institutional investors last year to settle allegations of systematic misrepresentation.

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Two Years in Review for the CFPB and Dodd-Frank

Financial reform advocates have two birthdays to celebrate on Saturday. This weekend marks the one-year anniversary of the watchdog Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the two-year anniversary of the Dodd-Frank Act, the sweeping financial reform law that spawned it. Their stories run parallel to each other ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô and rightly so. The consumer bureau squeaked past partisan gridlock this time last year, just one year after Democrats, then in the majority of both houses of Congress, cleared Dodd-Frank for the president├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔÇ×┬ós signature.

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