"We have a long way to go" in the subprime mortgage crisis, Countrywide chairman Angelo Mozilo told attendees in keynote remarks July 18 at the 35th Annual Western Secondary Market Conference in San Francisco.Pouring cold water on statements by other mortgage executives, including Countrywide Financial Corp.'s own Todd Dal Porto, Mr. Mozilo said the current subprime collapse is causing a paradigm shift that will bring down an avalanche of regulatory scrutiny. While declining to point blame for the subprime collapse in any particular direction, he said, "The Street stepped up to provide liquidity irrespective of underwriting" as New Century and others "went to the market time after time to get more capital" for exotic loans. The mortgage industry itself will be the real victim, Mr. Mozilo said.

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