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It Starts: Subprime Auto Loans Implode (in Your Bond Fund)

from Wolf Street:

“Fears of an impending liquidity crunch in that asset class.”

“What is happening in this space today reminds me of what happened in mortgage-backed securities in the run-up to the crisis,” U.S. Comptroller of the Currency Thomas Curry warned in October about the auto loan bubble.

And his warning is now becoming reality.

Subprime auto loans aren’t big enough to take down our megabanks, the way subprime mortgages had done. But they’re big enough to take down specialized auto lenders and cause a lot of tears among investors that bought the highly rated structured securities backed by subprime and deep-subprime auto loans that are now defaulting at a rate last seen during the days of the Financial Crisis.

And they’re big enough to knock the auto industry, one of the few booming sectors in the otherwise lackadaisical economy, off its record perch. An auto-loan implosion would start at subprime and work its way up, just like mortgages had done.

The business of “repackaging” these loans, including subprime and deep-subprime loans, into asset backed securities has also been booming. These ABS are structured with different tranches, so that the highest tranches – the last ones to absorb any losses – can be stamped with high credit ratings and offloaded to bond mutual funds designed for retail investors.

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1 comment to It Starts: Subprime Auto Loans Implode (in Your Bond Fund)

  • Craig Escaped Detroit

    There will be a very good opportunity to buy (with silver or gold) VERY nice cars at very cheap prices when this thing falls apart.

    Wait for the car-sub-prime system to crash, at the same time when gold & silver will be many times higher, is gonna be GOOD for all of us here at SGT.

    TPTB cannot smash down the “prices” of gold & silver forever. I know it FEELS like they can smash things forever, but forever is nearing its end.

    Stack em high.

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