Subprime fallout continues in 2012

It was the summer of 2007. We waited for mortgage lending to explode (or implode). If you recall, Bear Sterns had problems that shocked everyone, HSBC announced the first subprime mortgage losses, and Lehman Brothers said Lehman was not associated or affiliated with subprime borrowers. Bear Sterns is gone, Lehman had egg on their face, …

Fitch Ratings downgrades Ocwen Financial

Here at Lender Watch we monitor companies that are heavy into subprime. Confirming our concerns today was a downgrade of Ocwen Financial by Fitch Ratings. In the past two years, Ocwen has executed numerous high-profile servicing acquisitions, including buyouts of Barclays’ HomEq platform and Litton Loan Servicing’s portfolio and operations. Ocwen has also acquired a …

The slowdown in commercial loans

Barclays’ estimates show that in 2009, nearly $270 billion of mortgages on apartment complexes, shopping malls, and office buildings would require refinancing. In its November 17 report, Fitch Ratings said that there is every reason for commercial loan defaults to accelerate because banks and insurance companies would try to manage their balance sheets by restricting …