Source: NY Times [click to expand]

Floyd Norris’ Off The Charts column “Banks Out of the Woods? Maybe Not” had some sobering news from the FDIC.

  • $1 of $8 in outstanding 1-family mortgage loans is to a troubled borrower.
  • 40% of 1-family residential construction loans delinquent or uncollectible.
  • Number of outstanding loans falling, even after adjusting for write offs.
  • 2.9% of loans written off in 2009, highest rate in FDIC history.

Some good news?

  • Fewer loans are going bad – 30-89 day loan arrears falling

However this good news may be misleading – a regulatory change allows banks to only write down the exposure.


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