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Now if you think the collapse of IndyMac doesn't affect you, think again. The FDIC estimates the takeover will cost between $4 and $8 billion. Given what I know about government estimates, it's likely to cost much more. Whatever the costs, it's coming from taxpayers. But there's more to it. Indy's insolvency signals that the banking crisis is not only live and well , but only just beginning. Before it's over, I estimate a total of about $10 trillion in losses as a result of Greenspan's real estate bubble - $1.5 to $2.0 trillion in direct losses by banks and mortgage companies (much more than Wall Streets ever increasing estimates that are now up to $500 billion), $7 trillion in paper losses due to real estate devaluations, and $1.0 trillion in lost incomes (and decreased consumer spending resulting in income losses for others) due to job losses and lay-offs in the real estate, mortgage, banking and construction industries, as well as non-real estate related job losses due declining economic conditions attributed to the real estate and banking crisis. In total, I would roughly estimate a loss of around 6 million jobs from 2007 to 2011. Already, an estimated 250,000 jobs have been lost in the residential lending sector alone.
Thornburg Mortgage? Do you remember these guys? The CEO was plastered all over television in the summer of 2007 before anyone knew there was a real estate crisis going on. This company did a lot of jumbo mortgages, so when they began to encounter some liquidity problems due to high default rates, Wall Street paid very close attention. After all, at the time, most people didn't even think the sub-primes would experience a washout, so to see a mortgage company that specialized in jumbo mortgages run into problems was very troubling. Since falling from $28 in October of 2007, the stock is now trading at $0.28.