It’s no secret that banks are parked over a mother lode of bad loans, mainly residential and commercial mortgages, and they prefer to not publicly acknowledge (by marking to market) what those loans are really worth. That tactic has helped banks recuperate and appear healthy, but it’s a stance that’s also costing at least of few jobs, in a roundabout way.
We’re a little late to this story, but our new-found fascination with state WARN notices led us to find one from a California company called Kondaur Capital, which said about a month ago that it plans to lay off 161 workers by April 18. A little searching brought up an article last month by the accomplished Paul Muolo at National Mortgage News.
Seems Kondaur buys nonperforming loans, and finds itself needing to layoff workers because there aren’t enough bad loans available to buy.
Come again? Aren’t banks still sitting on mountains of toxic debt? Can’t find enough to buy? Continue reading…