Goldman's Buying of Default Mortgages Not Without Risk

The Hill|  March 20, 2017        Goldman Sachs has launched an ambitious program to buy severely delinquent or nonperforming home mortgages as one element of a $5.1-billion settlement it has entered into with the federal government for its role in creating and selling mortgage-backed securities (MBS) in the years leading up to the financial crisis.

According to a Wall Street Journal article, Goldman has spent $4.5 billion to acquire 26,000 delinquent mortgages from Fannie Mae. Goldman did not originate any of these mortgages. It also has purchased similar troubled mortgages from Freddie Mac and private sellers.

Goldman intends to restructure the mortgages it has purchased with the expectation that the homeowners will then become current in making payments on them.  In accordance with its settlement agreement, Goldman will provide $1.8 billion of relief to homeowners, presumably by a combination of writing down principal balances, lowering interest rates on the mortgages and extending the repayment period.  Read more here.

Deutsche Bank and Justice Dept. Complete Deal on Mortgage Crisis

The New York Times |  January 17, 2017        The Justice Department completed a deal with Deutsche Bank on Tuesday that will require the bank to pay $7.2 billion for its sale of toxic mortgage securities in the run-up to the 2008 financial crisis, the department said.

The settlement calls on Deutsche Bank to pay a civil penalty of $3.1 billion and provide $4.1 billion in consumer relief to homeowners, borrowers and communities harmed by its practices.

The total is the largest amount ever paid to resolve charges against a single entity for misleading investors in residential mortgage-backed securities, the department said in a statement.  Read more here.