IndyMac Bank – A scary lesson for everyone

The failure of IndyMac bank is scary. It’s actually a scary lesson for all of us. You can read the full story at Wall Street Journal – Crisis deepens as Big Bank Fails. What caught my attention is the statement about what the bank specialized in. Here it is

It specialized in Alt-A loans, a type of mortgage that can be offered to borrowers who don’t fully document their incomes or assets

Just because something looks good on paper does not mean that it is good.

Think about it. Would you have deposited money in IndyMac bank if you knew that this was their specialization?

Scary. Very scary!