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WMC underwrote some of the crappiest subprime loans

You can learn a lot by looking under the hood of the conked-out subprime mortgage-backed security business. Some of the mortgages underlying those securities were pretty good and others were very, very bad. WMC of Burbank, Calif., which was acquired in 2004 by General Electric, underwrote some of the worst mortgages, according to an analysis last week by finance expert Tom Brown (pictured), head of, over at Seeking Alpha. Wells Fargo wrote some of the best subprime loans. Proof? Securities that are chock-full of WMC mortgages are doing extremely badly, while ones rich in Wells Fargo mortgages are holding up much better. Brown’s point: You can’t generalize about mortgage-backed securities since they’re all different.