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Tandem Money Folds

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Posted November 7, 2012

Owing to an expectation that their product would never escape the ire of regulators, investors have pulled out from Tandem Money. The company appears to have closed at the end of last month.

"Tandem Money is no more," said Insight Card Services CEO Bill Smith. "We decided not to continue. We had a hard time seeing how the product would handle the scrutiny."

Tandem Money was more than just a prepaid card with a line of credit. It offered a suite of financial services on a

Smart Phone Underwriting

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Posted June 25, 2012

For the last two decades, underwriting has been driven by credit scoring. The ingredients that influence a credit score have been fairly static for some time. They depend upon the utilization of credit, your repayment history, the types of credit that you have already, the length that you have kept those accounts open, and how recently you have opened other credit accounts.

That approach may soon change.

Too Much Clubbiness at Pacific Capital

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Posted September 2, 2009

Pacific Capital Bank, (PCBC) in spite of huge losses and a declining base of regulatory capital, continues to extend loads of credit to one favored group - its own executives.

In the most recent filing with the FFIEC (June 30th, 2009) PCBC reported that it had extended $39.03 million in loans to its executives.  That is roughly 8.2 percent of  tier one capital ($476.3 million).

Now, it is worth mentioning that these kinds of loans are legal.  I could not find a bank that didn't have such loans on its books.  My point here is to say that this is probably not appropriate at this scale for PCBC, nor is it wise at a time when the bank is struggling to maintain its equity ratios.

Too friendly for their own good

Is $39 million a lot?  Well, by comparison to other banks, it is absolutely stratospheric.  It exceeds the rates at just about all of the banks that I

Concentrated Poverty and Fannie Mae

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Posted May 13, 2008

Gregory Squires and Charis Kubrin offer a fascinating essay in Shelterforce this month where she examines some of the new ways that communities are growing in and in response to the pull of poverty.  Their findings show the path dependent nature of economic segregation and the linkages to race.

Their essay is worth reading.  Here are a few startling facts to consider:

  • In 1990, the typical black household earning above $60,000 lived in a neighborhood where the median income was $31,585.  A white household with the same income characteristic lived in a much more
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