Wednesday, April 25, 2007
The Credit Crunch looms large over the US, as the crash kicks into higher gear
"Bond investors who financed the U.S. housing boom are starting to pay the price for slumping home values and record delinquencies in subprime loans. They will lose as much as $75 billion on securities made up of millions of mortgages to people with poor credit, says Pacific Investment Management Co., manager of the world's biggest bond fund." "As many as 2.4 million Americans may lose their homes, the Center for Responsible Lending in Durham, North Carolina said in testimony to Congress last month. The National Association of Realtors this month said the median price for an existing home likely will fall 0.7 percent to $220,300 this year, the first annual drop since the trade group began keeping records in 1968 and probably the first decline since the Great Depression. "