Yesterday Senator Elizabeth Warren sat on her first Banking Committee Hearing. Awesome. At least this seven minutes was, minus the part when anyone talks but her. She asked a bunch of regulators when the last time they took Wall Street banks to trial. No one answered properly. (“We have not had to do it as a practical matter to achieve our supervisory goals.”). Warren asked a few more people a few other ways, still got no answer (“I can look that up”) and then followed up with this:
“There are district attorneys and U.S. attorneys who are out there everyday squeezing ordinary citizens on sometimes very thin grounds and taking them to trial in order to make an example, as they put it. I’m really concerned that too big to fail has become too big for trial. That just seems wrong to me.”
Killed it. Killllleeeedddddd it. (Killed it.)
While renting out houses has typically been the province of mom-and-pop landlords, it should come as no surprise that Wall Street wants in. For years, a glut of foreclosures has suppressed home prices even as tighter lending standards and a sluggish economy have kept many buyers away. Banks, meanwhile, still sit on huge “shadow” inventories of foreclosed and abandoned properties, which means fewer places for people to live. The result of all this is a red-hot rental market—primed for speculation.
—MJ’s Josh Harkinson reports that some of the folks who created the subprime mortgage debacle are now scheming to be all of our landlords, whichhhhhhhhhh … will probably not end well, for us. It might end well for them. Things don’t seem to not end well for them.