On the second anniversary of the bailouts of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, it’s now obvious that weak lending standards, serving the political interest of affordable housing for all, were the main reason for the nation’s mortgage meltdown.
In Honolulu, on the southern coast of the island of Oahu, there’s a four-bedroom home priced at $785,000 that has views of the sun setting over the Pacific Ocean. The beaches of Waikiki are 15 minutes away.
A Republican commissioner on the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission urged his colleagues to make sure the panel’s conclusions would “not undermine” his party’s efforts in the U.S. House to change or repeal the Dodd-Frank Act, according to e-mails cited by congressional investigators.
The Federal Housing Administration may end the fiscal year with about $3 billion in reserves after premium increases and rising loan volume offset a previously forecast shortfall, people with knowledge of the numbers said.