Washington Mutual, the largest U.S. savings and loan, said liquidity in the market for less-than-prime home loans and securities backed by the loans has "diminished significantly." It said that while this persists, its ability to raise liquidity by selling home loans will be "adversely affected."
Seattle-based Washington Mutual said the disruption in the subprime secondary mortgage market in the first half has "spread into markets for all other nonconforming residential mortgages." It said it has been "impacted," but remains "well-capitalized and its capital position is diversified."
Just what we need right now -- another large bank saying liquidity has dried up.