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What: Shares of credit insurance specialist Radian Group
So what: The entire mortgage-insurance sector is in disarray today as industry peer MGIC Investment
Now what: Look, this industry hasn't been good to investors since 2007 -- mortgage defaults started rising even before that wholesale panic of 2008. Shares of all three of the major credit insurance providers in this market have lost more than 90% of their value since the real trouble began, even if you've reinvested dividends along the way. Radian just reported $1.78 of mortgage-related expenses per dollar of premiums collected, and the rest of the industry can't be doing much better. The light at the end of the tunnel is still dim, shifty, and so very far away.
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