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Turning A Blind Eye: Wall Street Finance Of Predatory Lending, Kathleen C. Engel, Patricia A. Mccoy Mar 2007

Turning A Blind Eye: Wall Street Finance Of Predatory Lending, Kathleen C. Engel, Patricia A. Mccoy

Boston College Law School Faculty Papers

Today, Wall Street finances up to eighty percent of subprime home loans through securitization. The subprime sector, which is designed for borrowers with blemished credit, has been dogged by predatory lending charges, many of which have been substantiated. As subprime securitization has grown, so have charges that securitization turns a blind eye to financing abusive loans. In this paper, we examine why secondary market discipline has failed to halt the securitization of predatory loans.

When investors buy securities backed by predatory loans, they face a classic lemons problem in the form of credit risk, prepayment risk, and litigation risk. Securitization ...


Predatory Lending And Community Development At Loggerheads, Patricia A. Mccoy, Kathleen C. Engel Jan 2007

Predatory Lending And Community Development At Loggerheads, Patricia A. Mccoy, Kathleen C. Engel

Boston College Law School Faculty Papers

For decades, cities have invested in decaying neighborhoods, leading to increases in home values and home equity. As a result, these neighborhoods have become ready targets for predatory lenders, who market their abusive loans to financially unsophisticated homeowners with home equity and no relationships with traditional lenders. Some borrowers lose their homes; others forsake home repairs to avoid default and foreclosure. Neighborhoods that once were stable become littered with abandoned and neglected homes, resulting in increased crime, falling home values, rising demands for social services, and lower tax revenues.

In the wake of the devastation done by predatory lenders, the ...


Rethinking Disclosure In A World Of Risk-Based Pricing, Patricia A. Mccoy Jan 2007

Rethinking Disclosure In A World Of Risk-Based Pricing, Patricia A. Mccoy

Boston College Law School Faculty Papers

The residential mortgage market in the United States has changed significantly since the passage of current federal mortgage disclosure laws in the 1960s and 1970s. In this Article, Professor Patricia McCoy advocates for the reform of these traditional disclosure rules. After describing the evolution of the subprime mortgage market and providing a description of current federal disclosure laws, she explores how these new market dynamics cause the traditional disclosure rules to break down in the subprime market. Professor McCoy concludes with proposals to counteract false advertising practices, facilitate "meaningful comparison-shopping, and formulate streamlined disclosures addressing loan applicants' greatest concerns in ...