How Bad Will the Mortgage Crisis Get?

The credit markets are seizing up and the uncertainty recently drove up short-term interest rates for municipalities and some rock-solid institutions such as New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art to 20%. And now even so-called prime borrowers, the ones who were properly vetted, are being sucked into defaults on their mortgages. Yet it’s still a relatively small number of institutions and individuals getting hurt by this not-yet-a-recession. So what’s the worst that could happen?