The biggest bear in foreclosure-gate is Institutional Risk Analytic’s Chris Whalen.
At a conference Wednesday, Whalen said the foreclosure crisis would make 2008 look like a cakewalk:
“The U.S. banking industry is entering a new period of crisis where operating costs are rising dramatically due to foreclosures and defaults. We are less than ¼ of the way through the foreclosure process.”
Whalen says subprime losses never really showed up on balance sheets. But a coming wave of foreclosures will make them a reality. At a time when banks are already stressed, these rising operational costs will cause bankruptcy.
Even without foreclosure-gate banks were screwed. As the government stalls the clear out of toxic assets, bank liabilities will rise even more.