March 12 (Bloomberg) — Hold on to your assets. The deepest
housing decline in 16 years is about to get worse.
As many as 1.5 million more Americans may lose their homes,
another 100,000 people in housing-related industries could be
fired, and an estimated 100 additional subprime mortgage companies
that lend money to people with bad or limited credit may go under,
according to realtors, economists, analysts and a Federal Reserve
governor. Financial stocks also could extend their declines over
mortgage default worries.