Bankruptcy Provides Instant Relief When you file chapter 7 bankruptcy, the relief is instant. An automatic stay is created which is then sent to all of your creditors notifying them that you have filed for bankruptcy protection. Most collection efforts must cease from that point forward. You will have a meeting of creditors also referred+ Read More
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In Episode 7, Accredited Investor Markets Radio host Chris Cahill talks real estate investing with David Manshoory, Founder and CEO of AssetAvenue. Their discussion includes the risks and rewards of equity and debt investing,  the advantages to using a platform for investing in debt offerings, and they also share specifics on what an Accredited Investors should look for when selecting a platform.

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In “What Else Can a Creditors Committee Do?  Maybe Reap $1.5 Billion for Unsecured Creditors (Lender Beware),” the Editorial Staff of Commercial Bankruptcy Litigationillustrates how a creditors committee in a chapter 11 case can get large amounts of money for unsecured creditors by challenging the liens of secured creditors.  In such a dispute in the Old GM case, the amount at stake is $1.5 billion.
Read the full article here or visit to learn more.

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A recap of the informed opinions (and the discussions they generated) on BankThink this week.

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In July 2014, Argentina defaulted on a $539m interest payment on its sovereign debt in the latest round of its ongoing legal dispute with bondholders.
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There are three major new regulations shaping the housing finance market:  QM (qualified mortgage), QRM (qualified residential mortgage) and Reg X.  QM is a safe harbor from the statutory ability-to-repay requirement that applies to all mortgages.  QRM is a safe harbor from the statutory risk retention requirement that applies to mortgage securitization.  And Reg X are the new mortgage servicing regulations.  It's important to understand how these three regulations interact and how they're going to affect the housing finance market.  (There's also new TILA/RESPA disclosure stuff, but I don't think that's particularly impactful, in part because I don't think disclosure regulation is especially effective in most real world circumstances.) 

Credit Slips
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Fireworks burst over the Detroit city skyline during the annual Ford Fireworks show in downtown, Monday, June 23, 2014.
Associated Press

After a weekslong trial on the viability and fairness of Detroit’s restructuring plan, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes will hear closing arguments in the case on Monday.
A ruling could follow within several weeks, and city officials hope Detroit could be out of bankruptcy court as soon as Thanksgiving.
Most of the city’s creditors, including municipal employees and retired workers, have agreed to settle. Some individual objectors remain, arguing in part that the city’s emergency manager acted improperly to cut any benefits to pensioners.
The city’s largest holdout creditor unveiled a deal last week to stop fighting and instead take a major stake in the city’s revival.
Detroit filed for bankruptcy protection in July 2013 with an estimated $18 billion in long-term obligations. Bankruptcy Beat
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Instead of trying to stop companies from offering payday loans and check cashing services to lower-income households, we should encourage more competitors Â-- including banks Â-- to enter this space.

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The new Apple Watch is pictured during an Apple event at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts in Cupertino, Calif., in this file picture taken Sept. 9.
Stephen Lam

GT Advanced Technologies Inc. and Apple Inc. announced Thursday they reached an agreement on terms for the wind-down of sapphire-materials production in GT’s Mesa, Ariz., and Salem, Mass., locations. The Wall Street Journal has the Daily Bankruptcy Review article here.
(Daily Bankruptcy Review is a daily newsletter with comprehensive coverage and analysis of emerging and in-progress insolvencies and turnarounds. For a two-week trial, visit our homepage, scroll to the bottom and click “try for free.”) Bankruptcy Beat
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Receiving Wide Coverage ... Prepping for Stress Tests: The Financial Times and Wall Street Journal each serves up a curtain raiser on next year's Fed-conducted stress tests, playing off the instructions the Fed released on Thursday, as well as the European Central Bank's stress test results that are due to be released on Sunday. Among the stressful scenarios to which U.S. banks will be theoretically tested are oil prices rising to $110 per barrel, and increasedÂ...

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