Sunday, May 4, 2008

UK Bank Says Credit Crisis Overstated

The UK Bank released a statement today that says the worldwide credit crisis is being overstated, and the financial market will gain strength in coming months as investors realize the impact of the subprime mortgage crisis wasn't as bad as we all thought it was.

I'm no expert on the worldwide financial markets, but being in sales does give you the chance to hone your people watching skills. The UK Bank's statement seems logical. Pendulums swing, and then swing back, before settling into the new normal.

Overreaction in the residential mortgage market was bound to happen, given the easy lending standards that prevailed over the past couple five or six years. For a while there you could get a mortgage as long as you could fog a mirror. Lenders are waaaay more restrictive these days. That's not to say you can't get a mortgage. You can. Just be prepared to provide documentation in the form of tax returns, pay stubs, bank account statements and the like. If your income comes from anything other than W-2 wages, you could have a difficult time getting a home loan right now.

But I think the UK Bank is right, if only because they're describing a typical human reaction: overreaction, followed by settling down.