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HSBC pays $470m for mortgage misconduct

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HSBC has agreed a $470m (£325m) settlement with US authorities over its mortgage activities ahead of the financial crisis.

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The agreement with the London-based bank, which was announced after the FTSE 100 closed for business on Friday, means it must pay $100m in penalties and $370m in relief to borrowers and homeowners.

The deal resolves claims brought by US states and government agencies, including the Department of Justice.

It also requires the bank to improve standards for how it services loans and handles foreclosures.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said: “There has to be one set of rules for everyone, no matter how rich or how powerful, and that includes lenders who engage in abusive business practices.”

His office said New York had about 136,000 borrowers who may be eligible for help from HSBC – with many losing their homes between 2008 and 2012.

The settlement with HSBC was announced three-and-a-half years after a similar deal was struck on the issue with five of the largest banks in the US.

It cost Citi, Ally Bank, Wells Fargo, Bank of America and JPMorgan Chase $25bn collectively.

The settlements covered allegations that banks moved aggressively to remove mortgage customers, behind with their payments, from their homes.

HSBC is no stranger to financial penalties in the US – with the biggest issued in 2012 to settle a money laundering probe while other London-listed banks have also paid out vast sums to close legacy probes.

HSBC confirmed it had already made enough of a provision to cover the cost of the deal.

Kathy Madison, chief executive of HSBC Finance, said: “We are pleased to have reached this settlement and believe it is a positive result that benefits American homeowners and the US housing industry.

“Throughout the housing market downturn, HSBC stayed focused on home preservation and approached foreclosure as a last resort option, and this agreement affirms our commitment to assisting customers who are facing financial difficulties.”

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Trump Comments on Stock Market’s latest drop – says it’s ‘peanuts’

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Trump says Tuesday’s market drop is ‘peanuts’

President Donald Trump played down the stock market’s losses on Tuesday as “peanuts” when compared with the importance of striking a good deal with China and the gains since his election.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average “was about 16,000 or 15,000 and now it’s almost at 30,000,” Trump said at the NATO summit in London. “It’s going to be at 30,000.”

“If the stock market goes up or down — I don’t watch the stock market. I watch jobs. Jobs are what I watch,” he added. Today’s move is “peanuts compared to — we have picked up record numbers so that’s OK. That’s the way I feel.”

The major stock indexes slid Tuesday after Trump said he thinks it would be a good idea to delay signing a trade deal with China after the 2020 presidential election. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell more than 450 points at its lows on Tuesday, led lower by trade-vulnerable AppleCaterpillar and 3M.

“In some ways, I like the idea of waiting until after the election for the China deal, but they want to make a deal now, and we will see whether or not the deal is going to be right,” Trump told reporters before U.S. markets opened Tuesday. When asked if he had a deal deadline, he added: “I have no deadline, no. … In some ways, I think it is better to wait until after the election if you want to know the truth.”

Despite his assurances that he doesn’t watch the market’s daily moves, Trump often tweets within hours of when the U.S. equity market reaches an all-time high. He has tweeted the keyword “stock market” 107 times since his inauguration

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Ok so there’s always that time when you just wish so bad you could straight up say whats on your mind, but you know you really shouldn’t, so you don’t. Well leave it up to kids to say exactly what you’re feeling, no hesitation or regret. Check out these kids quotes that say everything you wish you could!

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How to become a better businessman in 6 steps; Priceless advice from Entrepreneurs

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Become a better businessman in 6 steps following this priceless advice from accomplished entrepreneurs.

  1. “Do something you’re very passionate about, and don’t try to chase what is the hot passion of the day.”

    Jeff Bezos accentuates having passion for what you are doing, because if you don’t love it you are much more likely to give up. It’s hard to take an idea and turn it into reality, especially by yourself or when people whom you respect tell you it can’t be done. The passion and love you give to your project will determine it’s success rate over time.

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  2. “Don’t let people who you may respect and who you believe know what they are talking about tell you that it can’t be done.”

    Pierre Omidyar continues to say that often they will tell you it can’t be done and that’s only because they don’t have the courage to try it.

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  3. “If you know exactly who you want to be, you need to spend as much time [as possible] with people that are actually that already.”


    This advice from Gary Vaynerchuk is actually priceless when it comes to success in the business world. Think as well “It’s not what you know but who you know,” and surround yourself with people you look up to. Human’s adapt to their surroundings quickly, and soon you won’t just want to be an entrepreneur, you will also know how to act like one.

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  4. “Come up with 10 new ideas every day.”


    Coming up with at least 10 new ideas every day will keep your “idea muscle” in shape, which is critical for an entrepreneur in order to keep going and stay ahead of the fast paced business world. James Altucher continues to say that once you’ve done this for about 6 months you will be an idea machine. New ideas keep passionate projects alive and ensure growth in every direction.

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  5. Realize that, “naturally, nobody is interested in your ideas. You have to persuade them, and you have to show them that you are the one person out there that can do it.”



    Robert Greene, an American author known for his books on strategy, also says that “no one is really going to help you or give you direction.” Realizing this sooner than others will give you a head start and the ability to stop looking for recognition in others. Instead, you can focus on your passion project and make it perfect, and the world will not be able to ignore it.


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  6. “Don’t think about ‘how do I get big fast.’ That will happen if you build something meaningful and important.”




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    Danae Ringelmann’s advice is not something to skip. If you rush your ideas or your product you will be relying on luck more than anything to create success for you. While luck is certainly involved in alot of things, relying on it or betting on it to ‘get big fast’ doesn’t help you become a better businessman. Being proud of what you create, instilling passion into your work, and working hard will ensure success more than anything.


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