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Washington Mutual
Washington Mutual
"As you'll recall, I have been pretty pessimistic on the housing market for the last couple of years... so... we've been diversifying our mix of businesses.... We tightened underwriting, we decreased production volume by about half in the subprime area... and we decreased the subprime portfolio.... As the housing market has softened as expected, what I have really seen is a continued very good performance out of most parts of the portfolio." -- CEO Kerry K. Killinger on Jan. 17, 2007

Time to Armageddon: 12 months

Seized on Sept. 25, 2008, by bank regulators, the largest bank failure in U.S. history. Then sold to J.P. Morgan. Under scrutiny by federal prosecutors in Seattle and by the SEC.

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