Posts Tagged ‘FSA’

So, why use people?

Friday, October 15th, 2010

Robo Manager cheaper to run, 24/7 and no EQ problems

Robo Manager cheaper to run, 24/7 and no EQ problems

The news that Wells Fargo management used ‘robo’ signers to approve mortgage foreclosures caught our eye*. Also in the frame for similar practices are JP Morgan Chase and GMAC Mortgage (Ally Bank). The Wells Fargo VP of Loan Documentation giving evidence in a Florida lawsuit said she only checked if her name and title were correct on the documents. She also signed affadavits stating she had “personal knowledge of the facts regarding the sums of money which are due and owing to Wells Fargo”. These were used in foreclosure proceedings.

This information raises intriguing questions, not least what is the purpose of managers in such institutions? Does the process manage the manager, or does the manager add some value by managing? And even if the (automated?) process worked as designed (aka those affavdavits), then the fact that the lawyers are able to leverage it, shows a management failure with added cost to the organisation. Was the organisational effort to deal with the historically challenging volume of foreclosures such that sight was lost of treating customers (and thus the market) with proper respect? Where were the supervisory and audit functions in the organisations?

What we find most confusing of all is that, if all that was required from management was a signature, why didn’t they use an automatic signature machine? After all why pay people, and put up with all that unpredictability and emotion?

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* See www.ft.com 14/10/10

Credit Crunch Fall Out – why competence matters

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

What are we to make of the news that Anglo Irish Bank is looking for an insurer to take a 50% share in its indebted client Quinn?  The reason is that the bank fears that without an insurance company leading the business, it will not recoup €2.8bn of loans made to the privately held company.  The Quinn family has said simply that it will not be able to pay them back.  AIB are looking for a company that does not yet have interests in the UK and Ireland – who are presumably willing to take the risk in order to buy into the market.

Quinn are in trouble with the Irish and British regulators because of their lack of capital, and the fact that they have allegedly been growing business by loss leader pricing.  Their business methods have raised concern for some time with UK competitors allerting the FSA about unfair competition.  Meanwhile the administrators are preparing a prospectus for the sale of the company. 

What a heady mix of developing consequences of competence issues  – bank and business.  And a clear demonstration of the limits of oversight – both regulatory and risk management systems.  This particular nightmare has added political colour as communities North and South of the UK/Irish border fight to maintain their jobs, and the Irish State must be groaning at the extent of the outstanding loan.  

It begins to put the Goldman Sachs fraud allegations into perspective.

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