The Solution of New Century Financial Corporation

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CASE 1.11

New Century Financial Corporation

It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning.

Henry Ford

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Among these critics was The New York Times. The prominent newspaper castigated the auditors of subprime lend- ers for stamping those institutions’ financial statements with the accounting profession’s equivalent of the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval. “While accounting firms don’t exert legal or regulatory authority over their clients, they do bestow seals of approval, the way rating agencies do. People in the financial industry, as well as investors, have reason to believe that a green light from an auditor means that a company’s accounting practices have passed muster.”2

1. “Final Report of Michael J. Missal, Bankruptcy Court Examiner,” In re: New Century TRS Holdings, Inc., a Delaware corporation, et al., U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District Delaware, Case No. 07-10416 (KJC), 29 February 2008. Unless indicated otherwise, the quotations appearing in this case were taken from this source. 2. V. Bajaj and J. Creswell, “A Lender Failed. Did Its Auditor?” The New York Times (online), 13 April 2008.

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The following section of this case provides a historical overview of subprime mort- gage lending in the

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