Join BearingPoint Managing Director and Senior Vice President of Global Markets, Peter Horowitz, as he explores the recent credit crisis and its contributors. With all the turmoil in the financial services space over the past few weeks, it seems that one must look at the source of the problem to really understand how it originated. It started out with a large amount of credit, coupled with lax lending standards and many heavy borrowers which created a heavy base of players, such as the mortgage owners and banks. It then trickled down to those that weren’t even familiar with the borrower or the actual real estate itself. This ‘mortgage value chain’ was the beginning of the turbulence we are all becoming so familiar with.
So what actually caused the crisis, especially within investment banks? The problem was too much leverage. These banks did not have sufficient capital to support the size of their ownership positions. When the position turned against them, both realized and unrealized losses, it wiped out their capital. It really comes down to the fact that their risk management systems failed the senior management of these giant organizations. It was so complex that the firms could not keep up with the changes.
BearingPoint has taken the proper measures to ensure their clients are being offered the most efficient solutions to deal with all the turbulence in the market. We offer a wonderful suite of solutions, such as our Risk Compliance and Security practices Trade Performance Solution that is assisting both buy and sell-side clients with all their risk-related issues. Our banking practice has also just introduced their Default Loan Loss Mitigation Solution, which is assisting clients with reducing the costs of defaults and foreclosures with investors. BearingPoint has been actively engaged with all their clients to ensure they are offering the most efficient and cost effective solutions to respond to this financial crisis and prepare for a successful future.