Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Culpepper v. Inland Mortgage Corp. YSP is still legal

The manner in which mortgage brokers are paid by lenders is called Yield Spread Premium. A ruling by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has reaffirmed its position in a 12-year-old legal battle that lender-paid fees to mortgage brokers are proper unless consumers can prove the amount is excessive.

Here's the court documents from the 1989 case.

Monday, July 02, 2007

Fed Rate to Stay the Same?

Some 20 economists recently surveyed by Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, believe short-term rates will hold steady at 5.25% for the next seven quarters. Some of these same economists also believe oil is going to be at $50 a barrel next year. (currently $70 a barrel.)