Some Friday Socialism Courtesy Of The FDIC, Ahead Of Bank Failure Friday
In an act unprecedented nobility, granted using other people's money, the FDIC sent out a release today, encouraging its loss-share partners who have acquired failed banks on the back of taxpayers' footing the bulk of the balance sheet risk and cost, essentially guaranteeing profits for these same partners, to "consider temporarily reducing mortgage payments for borrowers who are unemployed or underemployed." The FDIC's recommendation: "to reduce the loan payment to an affordable level for at least six months." And the kicker, once again subsidized by those taxpayers who live within their means yet do not find it critical to live in a house they can not afford: "losses incurred in subsequent foreclosures or short sales are covered losses."
So there you have it - yet another wealth redistribution program courtesy of a late Friday release by the administration. Money flowing from taxpayers, stupid enough to be responsible with their money (and, heaven forbid, to have dollar denominated savings that Chairman Ben wants to see dead not alive) end up funneling their money to the FDIC on three occasions: i) first to eat the bulk of the cost associated with any bank failure, while the good assets are covertly shifted over to "loss-share partners", ii) to have these same loss-share partners not charge full mortgages of those individuals who, following the American dream, and the American max the credit card plan, are unable to afford living in a house, yet who find themselves in that 16.8% of unemployed or underemployed category, and iii) to foot the final bill when inevitably, after 6 months, these same individuals redefault once again.
The full press release here:
As part of its loss-share agreement with acquirers of failed FDIC-insured institutions, the FDIC is encouraging its loss-share partner institutions to consider temporarily reducing mortgage payments for borrowers who are unemployed or underemployed. This program will provide additional foreclosure prevention alternatives to these borrowers through forbearance agreements that will give them an opportunity to regain full employment and avoid an unnecessary foreclosure.
"With more Americans suffering through unemployment or cuts in their paychecks, we believe it is crucial to offer a helping hand to avoid unnecessary and costly foreclosures. This is simply good business since foreclosure rarely benefits lenders and would cost the FDIC more money, not less," said FDIC Chairman Sheila C. Bair. "This is a win-win for the borrower, who can remain in his or her home while looking for a new job, and the acquiring institution, which continues to receive payments on the loan. Ultimately, by reducing losses under our loss-share agreements, this approach helps reduce losses to the FDIC as well."
The recommendation to loss-share partners applies where unemployment, or underemployment, is the primary cause for default on a home mortgage. In such cases, the FDIC is urging its loss-share partners to consider the borrower for a temporary forbearance plan, reducing the loan payment to an affordable level for at least six months. The monthly payment during this period should be established based on an affordable payment – given the borrower's circumstances – and it should allow for reasonable living expenses after payment of mortgage-related expenses. The reductions in mortgage payments during a temporary forbearance period are not covered losses under the loss-share agreement with the FDIC, though losses incurred from subsequent permanent loan modifications are covered. If the home preservation efforts are ultimately unsuccessful, losses incurred in subsequent foreclosures or short sales also are covered losses.
Acquirers of failed insured institutions who agree to a loss-share arrangement with the FDIC must abide by the FDIC Mortgage Loan Modification program for assets purchased from the failed institution. The program's objective is to modify the terms of certain residential mortgage loans to improve affordability, increase the probability of performance, allow borrowers to remain in their homes and increase the value of the loans to the FDIC and assignees. The program provides for the modification of "qualifying loans" – those that meet certain criteria – by reducing the borrower's monthly housing debt to income ratio (DTI ratio) to no more than 31 percent at the time of the modification and eliminating adjustable interest rate and negative amortization features.
In a nutshell - socialism - FDIC style.