Monday, July 30, 2007

Like we told you officially, it won’t spread. Trust us.

HSBC hurt by exposure to US subprime market

Half-year profits at HSBC were hit by the bank’s exposure to the US subprime mortgage market and a $236m (£116.5m) charge for fee refunds in its UK retail banking operations.

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5 thoughts on “Like we told you officially, it won’t spread. Trust us.

  • The associated video by Deloittes is worth a watch.

    A gloomy outlook going forward is presented as result of home loan defaults…which will take years to bottom out.

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  • In the half-year impairment charges on mortgages were $760m, and loans of $715m were written off against existing allowances, leaving the total allowance broadly unchanged at $2.1bn. Mr Geoghegan said the group had managed down its exposure to the mortgage business by $8bn to $41.4bn.

    “We have stopped underwriting subprime mortgages and made management changes,” he said.

    Helloooo!!!!!!!!!!!, UK subprime lenders, there may be a message for you here?

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  • Don’t worry, it’s not catching…

    Sub prime in the UK ? What Sub Prime? We’ve all borrowed one income times 3.5x the average salary in the area the house is valued to buy it haven’t we?

    So in Balham where they ‘claim’ a 2 1/2 bed railway workers cottage is ‘worth’ (I love that terminology) £500k, the occupants have an income of £450k (i.e. less £50k deposit), divided by 3.5 = £100k – simple really!

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  • Errm or is it £40k?

    Or…. £30K……..

    Or £20k….

    Well you know what I mean anyway.

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