Best of the Week
Most Popular
1.Gold Price Target of USD 2,300 - GoldCore
2.Greece Banking System Collapse Monday as ECB Pulls the Plug, Capital Controls Ahead of GrExit - Nadeem_Walayat
3.Why British Muslims Are Leaving Elysium Paradise for Syrian Hell - Nadeem_Walayat
4.Greece BANKRUPT! Financial and Economic Collapse to Follow IMF Debt Default - Nadeem_Walayat
5.Extreme Gold/Silver Shorting - Zeal_LLC
6.European Empire Strikes Back Against Greek Debt Fantasy, Counting Down to GREXIT - Nadeem_Walayat
7.Gold And Silver – Three Choices: Sell, Hold, Hold and Add. A Trading Treatise - Michael_Noonan
8.Gold and Silver Price Headed for Breakdown - Jordan_Roy_Byrne
9.Greece Crisis OXI - Raul_I_Meijer
10.Flatline Investing and Dead End Debt Schemes - Doug_Wakefield
Last 5 days
Forget Drachmas Greece Syriza Government Could Instruct Central Bank to Print Euros! - 2nd July 15
Greece Debt Crisis Trigger for Stock Market Crash or Bull Rally? Video - 1st July 15
Gold Stocks Break Below 2008 Low - 1st July 15
SPX Stock Market Retracement May be Over - 1st July 15
Silver Tunnel Vision 'Experts' - 1st July 15
Gold And Silver - Monthly, Quarterly Ending Analysis - 1st July 15
Europe’s Controlled Demolition - 1st July 15
The End of Dow 18,000; Bailouts No Longer Extended  - 1st July 15
Athens Mayor: Greek Government Should Resign - 1st July 15
China Stocks - This Is What a Bubble Looks Like - 30th June 15
Stocks Plunge on Greece Euro-Zone Financial Armageddon Blackmail - 30th June 15
Greece Crisis Shows Importance of Gold as Europeans Buy Coins and Bars - 30th June 15
Stock Investors Express Route to Profits in the Healthcare Sector - 30th June 15
Beyond the Greek Impasse - 30th June 15
Gold GDXJ : Impulse Move Pending - 30th June 15
Fed Interest Rate Increase Could Be Best Thing to Happen to Gold - 30th June 15
Marc Faber - Greece is Basically Bankrupt - 30th June 15
Greece - Shoot the Dog and Sell the Farm - 29th June 15
Grexit?, BIS Warning, Chinese Market Crash & Systemic Risk Shake the Global Economy - 29th June 15
The New "Sharing Economy" May Not Be the Profit Bonanza Everyone's Expecting - 29th June 15
Gold and Silver Greece and Short Positions - 29th June 15
Volatility and Sleep-Walking Markets - 29th June 15
Greece BANKRUPT! Financial and Economic Collapse to Follow IMF Debt Default - 29th June 15
Stock Market More Decline Ahead? - 29th June 15
China Stock Market Crackup - The Final Trap Looms... - 29th June 15
Greece Banking System Collapse Monday as ECB Pulls the Plug, Capital Controls Ahead of GrExit - 28th June 15
Investor Stock Play for Two Growing Missile Threats - 28th June 15
Stock Market Uptrend/downtrend Inflection Point - 27th June 15
Greece Crisis OXI - 27th June 15
Gold And Silver – Three Choices: Sell, Hold, Hold and Add. A Trading Treatise - 27th June 15
It’s Time to Change the Way You Look at Disney Forever - 27th June 15
Flatline Investing and Dead End Debt Schemes - 27th June 15
Stock Market Investors Avoid the "Herd" Like the Plague - 26th June 15
Extreme Gold/Silver Shorting - 26th June 15
USD Daily, Weekly, Monthly & Conclusions - 26th June 15
Gold Price Target of USD 2,300 - 26th June 15
Gold and Silver - Another Successful Option Expiration For the Insiders - 26th June 15
Why Buffett Bet A Billion On Solar Energy - 26th June 15

Free Instant Analysis

Free Instant Technical Analysis


Market Oracle FREE Newsletter

China Stocks - Where are they going?

Credit Crunch Cancer Metastasizing

Companies / Credit Crisis 2008 Sep 01, 2008 - 01:14 AM GMT

By: Money_and_Markets

Companies

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleMartin Weiss writes: First, the subprime mess clobbered subprime lenders like Countrywide Financial.

Then, the cancer spread to America's largest banks that invested heavily in risky mortgage-backed securities.

Now, it's metastasizing again — spreading to regional and state banks as well.


Two prime examples: Integrity Bank of Alpharetta, Ga., which just failed Friday with nearly a billion in deposits ... plus an even larger bank in trouble: BankUnited Financial Corp.

BankUnited is Florida's largest bank with 85 branches in 13 counties and with total assets of $14.2 billion.

In the first three quarters of last year, it reaped a profit of $23.2 million. The first three quarters of 2008? $200 million in losses!

Why? Because a whopping 58% of the bank's "assets" are option ARMs.

Like other adjustable-rate mortgages, option ARMs lure in unqualified homebuyers with bargain-basement interest rates ... then jack up rates — and loan payments — in later years. What's worse, each month, an option ARM gives borrowers three choices:

Option #1. Pay principle and interest normally.

Option #2. Pay interest only.

Option #3. Make a bare minimum payment that doesn't even cover all the interest due.

What happens to the unpaid interest? It gets tacked on to the unpaid balance.

The big time bomb: Borrowers are only allowed to do that for a pre-specified period of time or until their loan balance rises to a certain threshold, typically 110% or 115% of the original loan amount.

When that happens, they have to make the full payment — principle AND interest ... which can be many times higher than the minimum payments.

That's why massive numbers of borrowers are choosing a fourth "option" which no one anticipated: No payment whatsoever . In other words, DEFAULT.

And that's also why ...

The Amount of Non-Performing Loans At BankUnited Has Surged 770% Just in the Last Twelve Months!

And if you think that's bad, the loans the bank doesn't expect to be repaid has soared a staggering 1,964% since this time last year.

Meanwhile, the non-performing loans in BankUnited's portfolio are rising at the rate of 10% per month — and the number of foreclosures in the bank's inventory is up 18% in July alone.

Now, the government is demanding that BankUnited raise $400 million of new capital and offset losses on its $10 billion of home loans.

Bottom line: BankUnited's stock is already down 91% in 12 months. And analysts are warning that it's likely to fail!

BankUnited Is DEFINITELY Not the Only Bank in This Soup!

If BankUnited were an anomaly, it wouldn't be such big news. But the fact is, the cancer that's brining down Florida's largest bank has also reached a raft of other financial institutions stuck with massive amounts of option ARMs.

  • At Bank of America , the $25.4 billion in option ARMs it acquired when it bought Countrywide are sinking fast. A whopping 72% of the borrowers aren't even paying all the interest due on these loans. One in eight is at least ninety days late on payments.
  • At Wachovia , the story is similar: Wachovia bought Golden West Financial at the peak of the real estate bubble in 2006 and as a result now has $122 billion of option ARMs in its portfolio — a staggering 25% of its total assets. Some 14% of those option ARM customers already have zero — or negative — equity in their homes. And that's only going to get worse as home prices depreciate further.
  • And at banks all across the country , we see the same pattern.

This is why we've repeatedly urged you to take two crucial steps while you still have time ...

FIRST, to achieve true safety for your money, don't wait one more day to take the steps we set forth for you in our recent "X" List video .

SECOND, once you've got most of your money — even as much as 90% — in safe, conservative investments, seriously consider using hedges such as inverse ETFs or put options — designed to soar in times like these — to help protect your investment portfolio.

Good luck and God bless!

Martin

This investment news is brought to you by Money and Markets . Money and Markets is a free daily investment newsletter from Martin D. Weiss and Weiss Research analysts offering the latest investing news and financial insights for the stock market, including tips and advice on investing in gold, energy and oil. Dr. Weiss is a leader in the fields of investing, interest rates, financial safety and economic forecasting. To view archives or subscribe, visit http://www.moneyandmarkets.com .

Money and Markets Archive

© 2005-2015 http://www.MarketOracle.co.uk - The Market Oracle is a FREE Daily Financial Markets Analysis & Forecasting online publication.


Comments

pete
05 Sep 08, 20:58
defaults

The only two tragic things in all this is;

1. The whores in D.C. keep giving BILLIONS to the terrorist nation of Israhell and, 2., they'll bail out their buddies with tax-payer dollars. Lastly, after they've killed the goose that laid the golden egg,...they'll Jet to their new resort called Dubai before the ignorant (m)asses in this sewer wake up and vent their rage on 'em.


Post Comment

Only logged in users are allowed to post comments. Register/ Log in

Biggest Debt Bomb in History