We've been told that the housing bubble and collapse was about predatory lending and high-risk borrowers who were duped into loans that they couldn't afford. The massive regulatory response to the subprime crisis meant that banks were no longer allowed to behave badly. So they have chosen to behave differently – and that's not a good thing, Pamela says.
"The largest source of mortgage lending in the United States is now being done by non-banks – financial entities that offer unsecured personal lending, business loans, leveraged lending, and mortgage services, but do not hold a banking license," she says.
"As a result, they're not subject to standard banking oversight and can engage in risky lending."
Where do they get the money to make these loans?
Wells Fargo coughed up $81 billion; Citigroup and Bank of America ponied up $30 billion each; and JP Morgan threw in another $28 billion.
"By funding these 'shadow' banks, the big financial players are still in the risky loan business," Pamela says.
Pamela notes we should be worried about startling facts such as these: