Interesting article re Wall Street Credit Crisis

Hi all,

First time poster , so bear with me...

I found this article interesting with its reference to Mortgage insurers being unable to pay the banks etc once the defaults happened en masse.

http://www.reuters.com/article/newsOne/idUSN1837154020080918?pageNumber=1&virtualBrandChannel=0

Does any have any ideas what implications this may have re Mortgage insurers having tighter lending criteria in terms of servicability and LVR etc?

summary of first page of article is below:


By James B. Kelleher - Analysis

CHICAGO (Reuters) - On Main Street, insurance protects people from the effects of catastrophes.

But on Wall Street, specialized insurance known as a credit default swaps are turning a bad situation into a catastrophe.

When historians write about the current crisis, much of the blame will go to the slump in the housing and mortgage markets, which triggered the losses, layoffs and liquidations sweeping the financial industry.

But credit default swaps -- complex derivatives originally designed to protect banks from deadbeat borrowers -- are adding to the turmoil.

"This was supposedly a way to hedge risk," says Ellen Brown, the author of the book "Web of Debt."

"I'm sure their predictive models were right as far as the risk of the things they were insuring against. But what they didn't factor in was the risk that the sellers of this protection wouldn't pay ... That's what we're seeing now."

Brown is hardly alone in her criticism of the derivatives. Five years ago, billionaire investor Warren Buffett called them a "time bomb" and "financial weapons of mass destruction" and directed the insurance arm of his Berkshire Hathaway Inc (BRKa.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) to exit the business.

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