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Are Student Loans an Impending Bubble? Is Higher Education a Scam?

Posted by Larry Doyle on April 26th, 2011 9:00 AM |

What did we experience in the sub-prime housing debacle?

1. Shoddy underwriting standards for borrowers.
2. A massively flawed system promoted and perpetuated by the Wall Street securitization business.
3. Borrowers overleveraged leading to skyrocketing rates of foreclosures and defaults.
4. A mentality that housing finance could promote a real social benefit and a profitable enterprise.
5. A government backstop and ultimate bailout for investors.
6. An ultimate fiasco for our society as a whole.

Have we learned our lessons from the sub-prime housing nightmare? Could we possibly be going down the same path in another segment of our economy? Yesterday a reader inquired if I had addressed the potential impending fiasco in student loans. This morning I discussed the cost of higher education with my better half. Will our economy be able to generate both the jobs and income levels for students to manage their increasing levels of indebtedness? (more…)

Sallie Mae . . . Sallie Mae Not

Posted by Larry Doyle on March 6th, 2009 5:36 PM |

In reading a fair amount of market analysis and listening to a number of policy wonks, it strikes me that more and more people feel the Obama administration is neither focused nor properly staffed. In Treasury, Secretary Geithner is largely working on his own!! What happens in situations like that?  Not surprisingly, Obama himself and his secretaries are not fully informed and say and do things haphazardly.

For those who are wondering what I am doing writing about politics while I navigate the economic landscape, well, risk comes in many shapes and sizes. The risk of an unfocused and thinly staffed administration is a huge risk. Let’s review one specific company that was literally blindsided by the administration. 

The Student Loan Marketing Association was the largest provider of student loans in the country. This company, like every consumer finance company, has been very negatively effected by the shutdown of the asset-backed securitization market. That said, what the Obama administration’s budget proposal did to current SLMA shareholders and bondholders is nothing short of devastating. (more…)






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