Since August, financial institutions across the globe have written down the value of their nonprime mortgage assets by about $94 billion, according to a new tally done by Friedman, Billings, Ramsey & Co. FBR noted that in addition to the writedowns, financial institutions -- including depositories -- have taken $14.7 billion in what it calls "elevated loss provisions." FBR estimated that banks could suffer $59 billion to $148 billion of losses on their portfolios over the next few years. It says banks that had high concentrations of subprime and alternative-A loans, payment-option adjustable-rate mortgages, home equity lines of credit, and other nontraditional loans will suffer the most. The company can be found online at http://www.fbr.com.

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