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  • "The Big Broadcast" Live Sunday 9/25 7-11pm est

    09/25/2016 1:55:22 PM PDT · by Vision · 37 replies
    WAMU ^ | 9/25/16 | Murray Horwitz
    Friends it's Sunday night again and time to relax. Warm up the tubes for another 4 hours of classic radio Americana. Listen LiveInfo *tonight's show will be available at the "Info" link starting tomorrow.Official OTR Blog of "The Big Broadcast" thread:
  • WAMU Seeks New Owner for Bluegrass Country

    08/21/2016 7:07:02 PM PDT · by HokieMom · 5 replies
    WAMU | August 21, 2016
    WAMU’s Bluegrass Country History and Origins From 1967 through today, WAMU has been a proud supporter of bluegrass music and its culture, which has been part of the Washington region for many years. A large migration from Appalachia occurred during the 1940s, making Washington the capital of a blossoming bluegrass music scene. Bluegrass became a defining sound for many in the area and, by the 1960s, 70s, and 80s, was a hotbed for musicians such as Buzz Busby, Leon Morris, The Country Gentlemen, and later, the Seldom Scene and Johnson Mountain Boys. Bluegrass music had a limited presence on commercial...
  • The Wife Of The Big Broadcast's Late Ed Walker Passes

    06/27/2016 3:25:40 PM PDT · by Viking2002 · 9 replies
    Nancy Elizabeth Murphy Walker, wife of the late Washington DC prominent radio personality Ed Walker, passed away on Tuesday, June 21, 2016 due to complications from surgery. She was 82. Nancy was a beloved schoolteacher in Montgomery County Public Schools for 40 years, teaching at Bradley Elementary, Westbrook Elementary and finally Somerset Elementary before retiring in 2004. She was active as a deacon and volunteer at her church, Fourth Presbyterian in Bethesda, and was also a volunteer at Sibley Hospital. Born in Frederick, MD, Nancy attended Towson University before moving to Bethesda.
  • The Big Broadcast Gets a New Host

    06/10/2016 4:01:49 PM PDT · by Viking2002 · 13 replies
    WAMU 88.5, American University ^ | June 10, 2016 | Staff
    WAMU welcomes Murray Horwitz as new host for The Big Broadcast. For over 50 years, The Big Broadcast has kept old time radio alive for Washington audiences, airing shows like Gunsmoke, Dragnet, The Jack Benny Show, The Lone Ranger, Suspense, and Fibber McGee and Molly. Murray will take the mic as host of The Big Broadcast on Sunday, June 12. He will be joined by co-producer Jill Ahrold Bailey. While he has big shoes to fill, Murray has a great deal of experience in radio and theater. He helped to create several entertainment shows while at NPR, receiving three Peabody...
  • The $9 Billion Witness: Meet JPMorgan Chase's Worst Nightmare (Fake Story)

    11/08/2014 9:50:08 AM PST · by Bigun · 14 replies
    Rolling Stone ^ | November 6, 2014 | Matt Taibbi
    Meet the woman JPMorgan Chase paid one of the largest fines in American history to keep from talking By Matt Taibbi | November 6, 2014 "It was like watching an old lady get mugged on the street," she says. "I thought, 'I can't sit by any longer.'" Fleischmann is the central witness in one of the biggest cases of white-collar crime in American history, possessing secrets that JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon late last year paid $9 billion (not $13 billion as regularly reported – more on that later) to keep the public from hearing. Back in 2006, as a...
  • Michigan Supremes: $3.75Billion of Chase / WAMU mortgages VOIDABLE

    01/02/2013 2:01:13 PM PST · by Neidermeyer · 57 replies
    Michigan Supremem Court Syllabus ^ | 12/21/2012 | Robert P. Young Jr.
    KIM v JPMORGAN CHASE BANK, NA ..... The Court of Appeals, DONOFRIO, P.J., and STEPHENS and RONAYNE KRAUSE, JJ., reversed, concluding that because defendant was not the original mortgagee and had acquired the loan by assignment rather than by operation of law, defendant was obligated under MCL 600.3204(3) to record the assignment of plaintiffs’ mortgage to it before foreclosing by advertisement. The Court of Appeals determined that defendant’s failure to record the assignment rendered the sheriff’s sale void ab initio. 295 Mich App 200 (2012). The Supreme Court granted defendant’s application for leave to appeal. 491 Mich 915 (2012). In...
  • "The Big Broadcast" Sunday Night 9/12 7-11pm est Live

    09/12/2010 3:22:00 PM PDT · by Vision · 21 replies
    WAMU ^ | 9/12/10 | Ed Walker
    Friends, it's Sunday night again. Warm up the tubes for another 4 hours of classic radio programs. Listen Live Info
  • "The Big Broadcast" Sunday Night 8/1 7-11pm est Live

    08/01/2010 3:06:30 PM PDT · by Vision · 13 replies · 3+ views
    WAMU ^ | 8/1/10 | Ed Walker
    Friends, it's Sunday night again. Warm up the tubes for another 4 hours of classic radio programs. Listen Live Info
  • WaMu Execs Blame Regulators for Its Demise

    04/13/2010 8:04:15 AM PDT · by hiho hiho · 9 replies · 389+ views
    CNBC ^ | 13 Apr 2010
    Former Washington Mutual Chief Executive Kerry Killinger on Tuesday said regulators unfairly seized the Seattle-based thrift in September 2008 and sold it to JPMorgan Chase for a bargain price of $1.9 billion. In prepared testimony before the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, Killinger said that, while the company suffered from rising loan losses, it was working its way through the financial crisis. Killinger, who was paid more than $100 million between 2003 and 2008, was forced out in 2008. The subcommittee is holding the first of four hearings on the causes and consequences of the financial crisis. Killinger and other...
  • JPM's Ballet among the Carcasses

    04/09/2010 8:26:02 PM PDT · by seton89 · 5 replies · 214+ views
    Seeking Alpha ^ | 10/30/09 | Truth and Transparency
    "Ballet among the Carcasses" There are many who see the large banks (Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan Chase) and quasi-government agencies (FDIC, OTS, Federal Reserve Bank of New York) as an operating cartel within our country.  There has always been a wary eye towards the relationship between these institutions and their secrecy but the events of 2008 shed light on not only the nepotistic course that creates a network of insiders (creating obvious conflicts of interest), the light revealed favoritism and what some would say was outright collusion between the organizations to ensure that selected bankers remained in business. That introductory...
  • "The Big Broadcast" Live Sunday 3/21 7-11pm est

    03/21/2010 3:23:30 PM PDT · by Vision · 13 replies · 312+ views
    WAMU ^ | 3/21/10 | Ed Walker
    It's Sunday night again friends. Warm up the tubes for another 4 hours of classic radio programs. Listen Live Info
  • & Shareholders Denounce Surrender of the Company to JP Morgan & FDIC

    03/15/2010 7:52:53 AM PDT · by hiho hiho · 3 replies · 371+ views
    Fox Business News ^ | March 14, 2010
    HOUSTON, March 14, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ ----Washington Mutual shareholders (Stock Symbols: WAMUQ, WAHUQ, WAMPQ, WAMKQ) and staff were shocked to discover on Friday that Brian Rosen, council for WMI, has agreed to a proposed "settlement" with JP Morgan and the FDIC of all outstanding litigation and claims without consultation or discussion with the Official Equity Committee of Washington Mutual. This unprecedented surrender involves giving away all of the company's rightful assets and claims for a pittance to the detriment of all equity stakeholders in the company. This proposed settlement was clearly done with no regard to the rights...
  • "The Big Broadcast" Live Sunday 2/21 7-11pm est

    02/21/2010 3:43:31 PM PST · by Vision · 17 replies · 319+ views
    WAMU ^ | 2/21/10 | Ed Walker
    It's Sunday night again friends. Warm up the tubes for another 4 hours of classic radio programs. Listen Live Info
  • Radio Host Diane Rehm says "Republicans have wanted to kill Obama from the time he was elected"

    01/22/2010 7:16:57 PM PST · by SilvieWaldorfMD · 71 replies · 1,836+ views
    A listener to Washington, DC's news talk radio station WAMU - 88.5FM (an NPR station) wrote the following today in the D.C. Radio & Television web site's Mailbag section ( "Dear DCRTV: Diane Rehm on her 01/22/10 10am domestic politics show on WAMU said that "Republicans have wanted to kill Obama from the time he was elected." None of the guests said a word in response. Is Diane getting too old for the show or is she just showing her true colors? Her comment deserves some media attention. It's outrageous. Rgds. lanzil (1/22/10)" I was appalled. I've included a link...
  • Bair's Puzzling WaMu (State sponsored bank robbery)

    01/21/2010 8:29:41 AM PST · by hiho hiho · 7 replies · 567+ views
    The Street ^ | 01/19/10 | Dan Freed
    NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. Chairwoman Sheila Bair made special mention of Washington Mutual (WAMUQ.PK) in her opening statement before the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission last week, and her comments bear close scrutiny for a couple of reasons. First, the mention of any company is interesting because regulators in general don't like to mention specific companies. In fact, not mentioning companies when speaking publicly seems to be a special trick of not only regulators, but investors, investment bankers, attorneys -- you name it. They must all take the same PR class. Lesson number one: Speak in generalities....
  • "The Big Broadcast" Live Sunday 1/17 7-11pm est

    01/17/2010 3:52:54 PM PST · by Vision · 13 replies · 401+ views
    WAMU ^ | 1/17/10 | Ed Walker
    It's Sunday night again. Warm up the tubes for another 4 hours of classic radio programs. Listen Live Info
  • "The Big Broadcast" Live Sunday 1/10 7-11pm est

    01/10/2010 3:17:18 PM PST · by Vision · 18 replies · 529+ views
    WAMU ^ | 1/10/10 | Ed Walker
    It's Sunday night again. Warm up the tubes for another 4 hours of classic radio programs. Listen Live Info
  • "The Big Broadcast" Live Sunday 12/20 7-11pm est

    12/20/2009 3:44:21 PM PST · by Vision · 17 replies · 453+ views
    WAMU ^ | 12/20/09 | Ed Walker
    It's Sunday night again. Warm up the tubes for another 4 hours of classic radio programs. Listen Live Info
  • WaMu Wants Documents From The Fed About Its Talks With JPMorgan and Jamie Dimon

    12/16/2009 8:02:43 PM PST · by FromLori · 9 replies · 574+ views
    The Business Insider ^ | 12/16/09 | Erin Geiger Smith
    The WaMu bankruptcy just got a little more interesting. Washington Mutual, the bankruptcy holding company, is asking a court to compel the FDIC, JPMorgan, Goldman Sachs, and several ratings agencies to turn over emails and other documents relating to JPMorgan's acquisition of the bank. Reuters (via The New York Times) has a report here. Zach Lowe of The Am Law Daily has a report, including a breakdown of the legal teams, here. Reuters: The company wants to investigate discussions between JPMorgan Chase, regulators, competitors and rating agencies it said led to the seizure of Washington Mutual, or WMI, according to...
  • The Fight For WaMu Documents

    12/14/2009 6:02:25 PM PST · by FromLori · 3 replies · 415+ views
    Puget Sound Biz Journals ^ | 12/11/09 | Kirsten Grind
    The Puget Sound Business Journal for months has asked the Office of Thrift Supervision (OTS), the federal agency that regulated Washington Mutual, to release internal communications between WaMu's regulators. The newspaper made its requests under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act, the decades-old law that requires federal agencies to disclose public documents. Of particular interest were internal emails, which could help explain why regulators seized the bank in September 2008 even though WaMu appeared to meet regulatory standards for operating banks, despite its burden of bad loans. (You can read the second installment of our six-month investigation about that decision...
  • More On the Gifting of WaMu to "Obama's Favorite Banker"

    12/07/2009 2:33:44 PM PST · by FromLori · 5 replies · 521+ views
    Economic Policy Journal ^ | 12/7/09 | Robert Wenzel
    Botton line:It was about "Obama's Favorite Banker," Jamie Dimon, wanting more of a West Coast banking presence, but in an investigative piece has some of the details of how the government simply ripped WaMu from its shareholders and gave it to Jamie. Here are some excerpts about the gift to Jamie and what it means for banking overall: WaMu’s regulators said they based their decision to close the bank and sell it to JPMorgan Chase on lack of liquidity—its access to ready cash—and the mounting pile of failed mortgage loans that were expected to cripple the bank’s earnings for...
  • Jim Moran: The GOP would be running on the Taliban ticket in Afghanistan

    11/02/2009 4:20:15 PM PST · by RecallMoran · 25 replies · 916+ views
    HotAir ^ | November 2, 2009 | Allahpundit
    At a get-out-the-vote rally in Fairfax County, Moran said: “I mean, if the Republicans were running in Afghanistan, they’d be running on the Taliban ticket as far as I can see.” Moran was talking about Republicans Robert F. McDonnell for governor, Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling and state Sen. Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II, who is running for attorney general. By some accounts, the three represent the most conservative Republican ticket to run in Virginia in many years. Moran’s comments clearly were aimed to motivate Democratic voters to turn out on Tuesday and vote blue. According to WAMU, McDonnell spokeswoman Crystal Cameron...
  • WaMu Seizure Leaked to CNBC

    10/27/2009 7:45:11 AM PDT · by hiho hiho · 25 replies · 1,740+ views
    YouTube ^ | October 27, 2009 | WaMuQd
    "Not even the guys at Washington Mutual know about this." Yet somehow CNBC found out. This video is a gem because it's probably the only existing report in mainstream press with any questions about the seizure of Washington Mutual. Once the FDIC formally announced the seizure the propaganda machine was turned on and the only thing that was repeated over and over was that JP Morgan had saved the day and that it was simply "Business as usual". The bank was likely seized on a Thursday to keep them from transferring 16+ billion dollars from WaMu fsb, a subsidiary which...
  • "The Big Broadcast" Live Sunday 1018/ 7-11pm est

    10/18/2009 3:44:57 PM PDT · by Vision · 8 replies · 346+ views
    WAMU ^ | 10/18/09 | Ed Walker
    It's Sunday night again. Warm up the tubes for another 4 hours of classic radio programs. Listen Live Info
  • Did the Feds Gift JPM another Bailout?

    09/24/2009 6:12:01 AM PDT · by seton89 · 2 replies · 270+ views
    KOMO ^ | Sep 23, 2009 at 2:19 PM PDT | TysonMM
    Did the Feds Just Gift JPM another $50 billion in Taxpayer Bailout Dollars! According to the Purchase and Assumption Agreement dated 25 Sept 2008, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation had until this past Monday to adjust to fair value, the selling price of the assets of Washington Mutual Bank. During the financial chaos of September 2008, the FDIC, in coordination with the Office of Thrift Supervision and the Federal Treasury, deemed the 100 year old bank "unfit to conduct business", and sold the assets and deposits for a hastily arranged deal with JPMorgan Chase for a questionable $1.88b. Left behind...
  • "The Big Broadcast" Live Sunday 9/20 7-11pm est

    09/20/2009 3:50:28 PM PDT · by Vision · 23 replies · 769+ views
    WAMU ^ | 9/20/09 | Ed Walker
    It's Sunday night. Warm up the tubes for another 4 hours of classic radio programs. Listen Live Info
  • "The Big Broadcast" Live Sunday 9/13 7-11pm est

    09/13/2009 3:58:27 PM PDT · by Vision · 41 replies · 644+ views
    WAMU ^ | 9/13/09 | Ed Walker
    It's Sunday night. Warm up the tubes for another 4 hours of classic radio programs. Listen Live Info
  • "The Big Broadcast"- Live 9/6

    09/06/2009 5:37:23 PM PDT · by Vision · 35 replies · 854+ views
    WAMU ^ | 9/6 | Ed Walker
    Every Sunday for years I listen to the Big Broadcast 7 - 11pm est. Never thought to offer it to other Freepers. The Big Broadcast runs popular radio programs from the '30s, '40s and '50s. Listen Live Info
  • Fed didn’t save the economy

    08/23/2009 3:37:35 PM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 95 replies · 1,767+ views
    AJC ^ | August 22, 2009 | Thomas Oliver
    As consensus builds that the recession is over, some are crediting Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke’s stewardship and all but re-nominating him by acclamation. But others worry that declaring the recession over is a tad premature. “I would be hesitant to declare the recession over while unemployment remains so dire,” said George Selgin, professor of economics at the Terry College of Business at UGA and a senior fellow at the Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank. Even if the recession were ending, Selgin thinks it would be a mistake to credit the Fed with the recovery. (It’s not a religious...
  • J.P. Morgan & WaMu: Let’s Go Back to the Beginning

    06/30/2009 9:19:40 PM PDT · by seton89 · 1 replies · 330+ views
    WSJ ^ | JUNE 30, 2009 | Jodi Xu
    When the deal was struck in September, J.P. Morgan Chase’s purchase of most of the collapsed Washington Mutual Bank looked like a master stroke, a $1.88 billion purchase price for operations expected to boost annual earnings more than $2 billion. In the first quarter alone, revenue jumped 48%, in part reflecting the impact of the WaMu purchase. But at least part of the deal is getting a second look, as Delaware Judge Mary Walrath on Friday granted a motion from the thrift’s parent, Washington Mutual Inc., to examine J.P. Morgan’s books. [more]
  • DEADLINE: for Washington Mutual Inc Shareholders July 6, 2009 - Court Investigation of JP Morgan

    06/30/2009 8:42:29 PM PDT · by Fred · 4 replies · 1,616+ views
    PRN News Wire ^ | 063009 | Joyce Presnall
    IMPORTANT DEADLINE: for Washington Mutual Inc Shareholders July 6, 2009 SEATTLE, June 30 /PRNewswire/ -- All current shareholders of Washington Mutual should send letters to to be received no later than July 6th 2009. These letters are very important to protect and/or enhance the future value of your Washington Mutual Stock. (WAMUQ WAHUQ WAMPQ WAMKQ). Do not delay in taking this important action on behalf of yourself and other Washington Mutual shareholders. Shareholders are urged to respond promptly via Toll Free FAX, e-mail or US Postal Mail, so that their signed letters arrive in our offices no later than...
  • Stress Tests Raise Doubts About JPM's Acquisition Of WaMu

    05/10/2009 1:05:30 PM PDT · by FromLori · 6 replies · 631+ views
    You have to give credit to John Hempton, who continues to hammer away at Sheila Bair's seizure of Wamu and the giveaway to JPMorgan (JPM). Hempdon (who did lose money in the move) is convinced that the whole thing was a sham, purposely done to bail out JPMorgan at the expense of WaMu shareholders, and that it was the cardinal error of the government's handling of the crisis last fall. For what it's worth, this idea hasn't gotten much traction, except with angry Wamu shareholders. Now Hempton's got another interesting nugget in his arsenal following the release of the stress...
  • WaMu holding company sues FDIC over bank seizure

    03/21/2009 6:59:07 PM PDT · by VRWCTexan · 1 replies · 428+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | March 21, 2009 | Yahoo News
    Washington Mutual's holding company is suing federal regulators for billions of dollars, saying the firesale of the bank's assets to JPMorgan Chase violated its rights
  • WaMu holding company sues FDIC over bank seizure

    03/21/2009 5:39:07 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 9 replies · 589+ views
    AP via Breitbart ^ | Mar 21, 2009 | n/a
    Washington Mutual's holding company is suing federal regulators for billions of dollars, saying the firesale of the bank's assets to JPMorgan Chase violated its rights. The lawsuit was filed Friday in federal court against the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., which seized the Seattle-based savings and loan in September. It was the largest bank failure in U.S. history. Lawyers for the holding company, Washington Mutual Inc., argue that the bank was worth more than the $1.9 billion JPMorgan paid for it in a deal arranged by the FDIC. The lawsuit argues that if WaMu's assets had been liquidated prudently, they would...
  • Washington Mutual sues FDIC for over $13 billion

    03/21/2009 12:58:44 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 26 replies · 1,300+ views
    Reuters ^ | 2009-03-21
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Washington Mutual Inc, the failed U.S. savings and loan, has sued the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp for well over $13 billion in connection with the loss of its banking operations, which was acquired by JPMorgan Chase & Co. In a complaint filed with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, the thrift's former parent accused the FDIC of having on January 23 made a "cryptic disallowance" of its claims, prompting the lawsuit. It also accused the FDIC of agreeing to an unreasonably low price in arranging the a $1.9 billion sale of the banking...
  • JPMorgan sees home equity losses and 12,000 WaMu cuts

    02/26/2009 9:50:48 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies · 576+ views
    Reuters ^ | 02/26/09 | Jonathan Stempel
    JPMorgan sees home equity losses and 12,000 WaMu cuts 2 hrs 18 mins ago NEW YORK (Reuters) – JPMorgan Chase & Co (JPM.N) warned that up to 41 percent of its more credit-worthy home equity borrowers will owe more than their homes are worth by the end of 2010, up from 27 percent at the end of 2008. At an investor presentation on Thursday, the second-largest U.S. bank said it expects losses of $1 billion to $1.4 billion in each quarter this year from such lower-risk home equity loans because house prices are falling. /snip The bank expects a total...
  • Nationalizing Bank Losses

    01/31/2009 12:24:24 PM PST · by An Old Man · 10 replies · 802+ views
    Seeking Alpha ^ | January 31, 2009 | Felix Salmon
    Tyler Cowen has a new argument against nationalization: Say that banks are in the red by $2 trillion for ever and all eternity. Taking over the banks simply means that the government picks up these losses as owner. Government ownership makes it less likely, not more likely, that bank creditors will "take a haircut." There's a certain amount of truth to this: nationalizing banks means nationalizing their net losses. But on the other hand, overpaying for their toxic assets means nationalizing their gross losses. The problem with Tyler's argument is that he's dealing in extremely small probabilities -- specifically, the...
  • China forex watchdog burnt by WaMu collapse

    12/31/2008 4:28:10 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 4 replies · 420+ views
    Reuters ^ | 12/30/08 | George Chen
    China forex watchdog burnt by WaMu collapse Tue Dec 30, 2008 11:08am GMT By George Chen, Asia Private Equity Correspondent HONG KONG (Reuters) - China's foreign exchange watchdog, the State Administration of Foreign Exchange, will cut back on overseas equity buys next year after suffering major losses on the collapse of U.S. lender Washington Mutual, according to sources. Earlier this year, SAFE, which controls around $2 trillion of China's foreign reserves, agreed to invest up to $2.5 billion in fund of U.S. private equity giant TPG TPG.UL -- its first foray into a foreign private equity fund, people close to...
  • By Saying Yes, WaMu Built Empire on Shaky Loans

    12/27/2008 4:57:34 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 21 replies · 1,000+ views
    New York Times ^ | December 27, 2008 | Peter S. Goodman and Gretchen Morgenson
    ... On a financial landscape littered with wreckage, WaMu, a Seattle-based bank that opened branches at a clip worthy of a fast-food chain, stands out as a singularly brazen case of lax lending. By the first half of this year, the value of its bad loans had reached $11.5 billion, nearly tripling from $4.2 billion a year earlier. ... WaMu’s boiler room culture flourished in Southern California, where housing prices rose so rapidly during the bubble that creative financing was needed to attract buyers. To that end, WaMu embraced so-called option ARMs, adjustable rate mortgages that enticed borrowers with a...
  • JPMorgan Plans To Ax The WaMu Suits [19,000 Fired]

    11/28/2008 7:30:51 PM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 42 replies · 1,544+ views
    Forbes ^ | 11.28.08, 05:10 PM EST | Lisa LaMotta,
    Up to 19,000 employees of Washington Mutual face being laid off this weekend as JPMorgan Chase turns up the synergy on its recent acquisition. On Friday, JPMorgan Chase (nyse: JPM - news - people ) said it expects to retain the 22,000 employees who work at Washington Mutual branches and 2,000 workers in the mortgage and wealth management divisions in California, spokesman Tom Kelly told The company has not yet determined the total numbers to be cut in other states, but it planning to inform all former WaMu employees of their job status by Monday. About 1,600 employees who...
  • WaMu conspiracy theories abound, but there's no smoking gun

    11/23/2008 11:37:40 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 16 replies · 1,047+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | 11/23/08 | Melissa Allison
    Since the moment Washington Mutual became the nation's largest bank failure, blindsided executives and devastated investors have spun conspiracy theories about what did it in. The obvious answer is the implosion of a runaway mortgage market in which WaMu had been a dominant player. Bad loans caused its profits and stock price to crater, and regulators say an accelerating outflow of deposits led them to close the bank Sept. 25. Yet Oliver Stone-style sleuths are digging for something darker, like regulatory missteps or the federal government sacrificing WaMu to pressure Congress to approve a multibillion-dollar bailout for the financial industry....
  • WaMu's Failure Being Probed

    10/18/2008 10:13:36 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 9 replies · 339+ views
    Washington Mutual is under investigation by federal authorities looking into what caused its banking units to be seized by government regulators and sold to J.P. Morgan Chase last month. U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Sullivan in Seattle said his office created a task force working with investigators from the FBI, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Internal Revenue Service to investigate what led regulators to close WaMu. "Due to the intense public interest in the failure of Washington Mutual, I want to assure our community that federal law enforcement is examining activities at the bank to...
  • Lawsuits detail accusations against WaMu

    10/16/2008 7:35:57 PM PDT · by Ugot2Bkidding · 8 replies · 481+ views
    The Seattle Times ^ | October 16, 2008 | BILL VIRGIN
    Earnings inflated by inadequate reserves for loan losses. Appraisers pressured to deliver home values to justify making shaky loans. A loan portfolio stuffed with risky mortgages written mainly for the higher interest rate and fee income they could generate. Stock sales by a top executive ahead of bad news. Misleading and false disclosures to investors. A "toothless" risk-management operation.Federal investigators looking into the decline and fall of Washington Mutual Bank as an independent company won't have to go far for a wealth of allegations as to the causes, or source material on those accusations. Three class-action lawsuits -- each a...
  • WaMu Insiders Claim Execs Ignored Warnings, Encouraged Reckless Lending

    10/14/2008 3:38:42 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 11 replies · 620+ views
    abc ^ | 10/13/2008 | PIERRE THOMAS and LAUREN PEARLE
    With Americans reeling from a global financial crisis, dozens of former Washington Mutual insiders have come forward to expose what they claim were calamitous executive decisions that led to the biggest bank failure in U.S. history. These former WaMu employees, 89 of them who worked throughout the company and around the country, described a bank eager to profit from a housing boom and lending frenzy that seemed to have contributed to the credit crunch and housing bust now plaguing the economy. Some of them spoke to ABC News, all of them are confidential witnesses in a recently filed shareholder class...
  • RING ACTED A-LOAN TO ROB $200M (Ruski predators $200M subprime mtge fraud--they steal, we pay)

    10/04/2008 5:00:20 AM PDT · by Liz · 40 replies · 1,750+ views
    NY POST ^ | 10/4/08 | BRUCE GOLDING
    .....a brazen family of fraudsters took advantage of sloppy subprime mortgage lenders to pull off a mindblowing scheme reeling in more than $200M - a devastating hit that contributed to the nation's financial crisis. Garri Zhigun was part of a Russian fraud ring using false documents, stolen ID's and "straw" buyers for over 1,000 subprime mortgages 2004-06. The 27-member gang worked out of a Brooklyn mortgage brokerage owned by Zhigun's mother........targets included fallen lenders Washington Mutual Bank, conned out of $842,500, Countrywide taken for $396,000.......and preyed on other banks and mortgage companies. Zhigun and accomplice Aleksander "Shorty" Lipkin bought condos...
  • Politicians Use Bailout to Grab More Power

    10/02/2008 5:53:39 PM PDT · by Syncro · 19 replies · 746+ views ^ | October 2, 2008 | Jonathan Hoenig
    Tradecraft Politicians Use Bailout to Grab More Power By Jonathan Hoenig |Jonathan Hoenig Archive |Published: October 2, 2008 There was a time I wrote extensively about promising sectors and stocks. I looked at companies' new products, analyzed earnings and tracked moving averages of securities big and small. I miss those days.In recent weeks, those fundamentals have all but ceased to matter now that politicians are pulling the economy's strings. From restricting trade, such as through the short-sale ban that was just extended, to outright seizure, as was the case with AIG (AIG: 4.02*, +0.09, +2.29%), we are witnessing the biggest...
  • WaMu CEO Fishman won't accept any severance pay

    10/02/2008 9:21:49 AM PDT · by Ugot2Bkidding · 26 replies · 753+ views
    The Seattle Times ^ | 10/02/2008 | Melissa Allison
    Alan Fishman, named CEO of Washington Mutual just 18 days before federal regulators seized it, will not accept a multimillion-dollar severance payment even if he is entitled to it, a spokesman representing him said Wednesday. "It is doubtful that Mr. Fishman would be entitled to severance payments under his contract because of FDIC regulations, but in any event, he would not accept severance under these circumstances," the spokesman said Wednesday in an interview. He would not comment on whether Fishman would keep a $7.5 million signing bonus or whether he is still employed at WaMu. Fishman's employment contract made him...
  • [BAILOUT BLUES - Creditors go after "Golden Parachutes"] WaMu creditors could challenge payments

    10/01/2008 9:50:37 AM PDT · by XR7 · 16 replies · 779+ views
    The Seattle Times ^ | 10/1/08 | Melissa Allison
    Creditors in Washington Mutual Inc.'s bankruptcy could go after a $16.5 million cash severance payment promised to ousted CEO Kerry Killinger, experts said. While federal regulators seized WaMu's banking operations last week and sold most of them to JPMorgan Chase, the WaMu holding company that previously owned the bank filed for bankruptcy protection and now will be scrutinized by creditors with more than $5 billion in claims. In trying to get back some of their money, they can challenge payments made to corporate insiders during the year before bankruptcy, several experts said. That includes Killinger's severance payment and a $7.5...
  • CEO of failed WaMu could get millions

    09/27/2008 7:32:37 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 20 replies · 555+ views
    The CEO of failed Washington Mutual Inc., on the job only a few weeks before the largest U.S. thrift was seized by the government and sold to JPMorgan Chase & Co., is entitled to more than $13 million in severance and bonus pay.
  • JPMorgan "suits" stir up WaMu Center in Seattle

    09/26/2008 4:58:13 PM PDT · by BurbankKarl · 30 replies · 910+ views
    Reuters ^ | 9/26/08 | Laura Myers
    At 9:40 a.m. on Friday, five buttoned-down bankers rolled their suitcases into the lobby of Washington Mutual's Seattle headquarters. They said they were from JPMorgan Chase & Co, but they didn't need to: nearly everyone else at the WaMu Center was in jeans. The night before, JPMorgan agreed to buy WaMu's branches and deposits for less than $2 billion as the federal government closed down an institution that survived the Great Depression of the 1930s only to be felled by the mortgage crisis of 2008. "We don't think we'll have our jobs in a couple of months," said Bryan Johnson,...