Sep 30 2009

Option ARMs in Financial Pain: 900,000 Mortgages and 1 out of 4 either Seriously Delinquent or in Foreclosure. OCC and OTS Report Shows Foreclosures Still Growing.

It is interesting to see new data being published regarding Option ARMs in the new OCC and OTS report.  According to the recently released report, there were 900,000 active Payment Option ARMs in the United States.  What is troubling about the current report is the performance of these loans.  Many of these loans are located […]

Sep 8 2009

Option ARM Disaster Arrival: Mortgages More Problematic than Originally Thought. $134 Billion Recasting in Next Two Years. 94 Percent Made only Minimum Payment. Only 35,000 of the 1 million Option ARM loans Modified.

Option ARMs, the dubious name for a mortgage product of financial destruction, are back in the limelight showing that they have not gone away.  Everyone by now has heard about option ARMs.  These toxic mortgages allowed borrowers a buffet of payment options.  However, in recent data released this week we are told that things are […]

Jun 20 2009

Downey Savings and Loan: The Anatomy of an Option ARM led California Banking Disaster. Other People’s Money Delusion.

On June 15, 2009 the Office of the Inspector General issued their audit report regarding the failure of California’s Downey Savings and Loan Association (Downey).  Now the story of DSL is important because it highlights the entire process of how we came to this financial crisis that now threatens the economic stability of the world.  […]


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