Tuesday, May 27, 2008

The Bagholder Battles: Investors vs. Banks

by Bill McBride on 5/27/2008 08:25:00 PM

From Ruth Simon at the WSJ: Investors Press Lenders on Bad Loans

Unhappy buyers of subprime mortgages, home-equity loans and other real-estate loans are trying to force banks and mortgage companies to repurchase a growing pile of troubled loans. The pressure is the result of provisions in many loan sales that require lenders to take back loans that default unusually fast or contained mistakes or fraud.
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The potential liability from the growing number of disputed loans could reach billions of dollars ...
Tanta and I were discussing who the eventual bagholders would be way back in 2005 - while the bubble was still inflating - and although the picture is much clearer today, some bagholders still don't want to be, uh, bagholders! And who could blame them?