Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Wells Fargo CEO Bashes Bank Rules, As If!

Wells Fargo CEO Bashes Bank Rules

MINNEAPOLIS (TheStreet) -- Wells Fargo (WFC_) CEO John Stumpf issued perhaps his bluntest criticism of new bank regulations in a speech and Q&A session on Tuesday in his native state of Minnesota, saying "government price controls" have put an undue burden on his industry.

Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf.
Who raised you?  You ought to be absolutely ashamed of yourself.  How do you shave in the morning?

Stumpf, who leads the country's fourth-largest bank and second-largest mortgage servicer, also issued grim predictions for the housing market and income inequality if lawmakers don't set better policies going forward.
He was particularly critical of new rules related to debit and credit cards that will hinder banks' ability to charge fees, raise interest rates and manage risk. A proposal by the Federal Reserve related to debit-card interchange fees that banks charge merchants will cut it a level of to 12 cents per swipe, down 72% from the typical 44 cent per swipe fee they now charge, according to research firm R.K. Hammer.
"We have government price controls [in banking] for the first time," Stumpf said during a luncheon at the Economic Club of Minnesota, according to a report in the Minneapolis newspaper Star Tribune. "As I talk to senators, I ask them, 'What is the next product you want to manage and control?' ... Should we regulate the cost of computers?"
Stumpf also reiterated support for a government backstop of the mortgage market, a position he has expressed in the past. Congress is now starting to debate the future of housing finance and how to overhaul Fannie Mae (FNMA.OB)Freddie Mac (FMCC.OB) and other government-sponsored enterprises that have become enormously costly for taxpayers due to the housing market collapse. Fannie and Freddie provide guarantees on mortgage bonds that give investors peace of mind, while other GSEs provide additional funding for affordable housing.
According to a report in a Minnesota business publication, Stumpf said that the banking industry simply doesn't have enough capital to support the nearly $11 trillion U.S. mortgage market on its own. And, without government backstops, investors would be less willing to buy mortgage bonds.
"Without that, we'd return to the practice of rationing home mortgages," Stumpf said, according to Finance and Commerce. "We don't want to go back to that."
[Editor's Note:  Mr.  Stumpf:  Do you suggest, instead, the nation continue to allow Wells Fargo to sell   toxic loans to innocent homeowners; so you can bundle, securitize, separate into tranches, and finally house thousands of homeowners mortgage loans Wells originated in some "Trust" at the end of every month; so then you can then sell $25,000 certificates with various risks and returns, to thousands of investors; you then keep the loans in trusts specifically because they are easily manipulated and so misunderstood, and tax free if you foreclose on time!!  Mortgage loans can be added and removed and exchanged after the master pooling and servicing date (without much notice); all the investors are "in" on the fact that these loans will most likely default, after all, they were created especially with default in mind.  

WELLS can't modify a homeowners loan because you illegally securitized it.  You breached the contract agreement to the homeowner if you can't modify their mortgage loan.  You've misrepresented what you can do for a homeowner and if you can't modify; how can you foreclose?  In what world is it OK to steal a home after you've collected billions of dollars in a Trust for these homeowners homes?   The homes in these trusts have been paid for in full many times over with the billions of dollars the investors paid you to buy the certificates of  trust (residential mortgage backed assets.)   Bailouts, insurance payments, and the Good Lord only knows what all else you make money on.   And you won't consider a principal reduction?
THAT is what we don't want to go back to. Get it?]
He also noted that the U.S. job market is out of whack, particularly for the middle class, due to vanishing manufacturing jobs. Since new job creation is going toward low-paying service jobs and top-dollar jobs in areas that require high levels of education and talent, many of the middle-class workers who were laid off will find it difficult to make a living.

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