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Neil F. Garfield, M.B.A., J.D., 64, is the winner of dozens of academic awards, a popular speaker, and author of articles and technical treatises on law, finance and economics. He has come out of retirement with a bang and financial institutions should take note. He knows them from the inside out, who the deciders are, and how they arrived at a catastrophic scheme to defraud, people, agencies, institutions, and governments all over the world.
The former consumer advocate, trial attorney, and economist says that he “can’t watch this meltdown without lending a helping hand to those in distress.” Appearing on TV, Radio, multiple blogs, and live appearances, Garfield offers bold and sound advice for dealing with the “largest economic fraud in human history.”
His Garfield’s Handbooks provide valuable insights to borrowers, community bankers, credit unions, government agencies, law enforcement, and others on how to help save the country from financial disaster and how to profit from the coming recession, dollar devaluations, and revelations about the dangers of centralized banking. Besides providing specific strategies for people who are vulnerable and law enforcement trying to get a grip on the economic meltdown, he is an urgent and ardent advocate of local community banking and credit unions taking back their market share by asserting their power and requiring an even playing field for competition with each other and with larger financial institutions.
Local and state agencies would do well to follow his suggestions, some of them bold enough to raise eye-brows world-wide, and save their local economies even while the rest of the nation’s economy falls to pieces around them. Using an extensive knowledge of economic, world and national history, Garfield picks the strategies that have worked in the past and expands upon them so they can be institutionalized.
He is a former investment banker, radio talk show host, trial lawyer, and board member of several financial institutions. His family owned seats on all major securities exchanges as Garfield & Co. from 1945-1983.
Garfield has appeared as guest commentator on radio, TV, newspapers and magazines. He is currently Chairman emeritus of a consortium of Financial Services Companies, a licensed Attorney, Economist, Financial Analyst, Accountant, and former director of investment banking at a small boutique on Wall Street. His experience on Wall Street makes him the ultimate “insider.”
He created the rights to intellectual property including business method and technology in the processing of ATM Transactions, the processing of debit and credit payments, and automatic electronic settlement.
Neil has come out of retirement with one purpose in mind — to do all he can to counter the effects of the Mortgage Meltdown and save the people and the country from the disaster created by the creation of “free money” using derivative securities that not even experts understood, and targeting the least sophisticated members of society.
Living in Arizona, Garfield comes from a long line of Garfield creators and innovators: His great-grandfather created the first fully automated pharmaceutical plant in the United States 100 years ago, which now stands as an exhibit in the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. His cousin, Brian Garfield is a prolific and acclaimed author of fiction and movies (Death Wish, Hopscotch, Kolchak’s Gold) and nonfiction (Currently the “War in the Aleutian Islands” is a popular coffee table book). His family funded research in the 1950′s that resulted in the worldwide production of lanolin from cholesterol. The Garfield Foundation is a major contributor to wildlife refuge and environmental causes.
For over 3 years, Neil Garfield in Phoenix, Az has been researching, writing and collecting information about homeowners in distress and teaching lawyers how to litigate foreclosure defense cases. After correctly predicting the housing crash right down to the last dotted “i” and crossed “t” he began writing his blog http://www.livinglies.wordpress.com. Starting with modest results, the blog took on a life of its own and has enjoyed nearly 5 million visits from readers like you.
His basic premise, set forth in his FAQ and Mission statement is that the foreclosure mess was not a situation where millions of people suddenly appeared needing housing, but where Trillions of dollars were in search of people who could be convinced to sign their names.
But Garfield, a former investment banker and former trial attorney, goes further. He says that homeowners can walk into the courthouse in foreclosure and walk back out having foreclosed on their lender and receiving the title to their home free and clear of the mortgage or note. He turns the windfall argument about how unfair it would be for some people to get their homes for free and uncovers the real windfall — that lenders who have been paid in full and received undisclosed fees, are now foreclosing on property so that they end up with the property, the money, and a deficiency judgment too. It is the ultimate windfall and the misperceptions and ideologies that are in circulation perpetuate the fraud that has been committed on our citizens, our country’s place in the world, the erosion of our economy, and the value of our money.
Garfield is now in the process of giving low-cost seminars to lawyers and homeowners on the basics of defending their property and seeks nothing less than to stop All foreclosures on property financed between 2001-2008, which is when Wall Street stepped into the mortgage market and caused a drop in underwriting standards that can only be understood by people like Garfield, who worked there, who created some of these exotic securities.
His central thesis is that BOTH the investor/Lenders who advanced the cash and the homeowners who encumbered their homes were purchased of financial products, sold under false pretenses of inflated quality and value. He says the rule is simple: if you want to sell a security make it complicated. If you want to buy a security look for something simple. In the complex there is fraud, in the simple there is usually just fundamental cash flow, finance and economics.
Remedies from the executive and legislative branches are looking increasing dim. It is up to each one of us to do our part in challenging the pretender lenders and getting to know our real lenders. Then we can join with the lenders and start working our way out of the mess that Wall Street created.