Many problems arise with a failing economy and everyone feels the crunch. These financial hardships all have their own labels to then according to the circumstance. For business it is referred to as "cutbacks", for individuals its being "tight money" and for the banks it is "toxic assets".

Financial distress becomes like a merry-go-round, everyone is on it and there seems to be no end. The one potential hope is to address the toxic assets of the bank and start a rolling effect of financial growth.

Many individuals that are just entering into the field of real estate investment are affected by toxic assets in an indirect way. It is often difficult for these new investors to really get a handle on what is happening. Basically the financial healing process has to be kick started to get the economy back on track.

Understanding toxic waste:
First to understand what toxic waste is. It is all the bad loans, repossessions, and unpaid notes that the Bank ends up with. When the economy is good, Banks will loan money for a variety of reasons and make their own investments. These all become assets to the Bank. Then if they need money they can convert their assets into cash by selling these assets to other Banks or lending institutions. During this time a property investor for example will find it easier to get financing because the bank is stabilized and is a little looser with their money to put it in simple terms.

The downslide:
When the economy starts to falter, people who owe money to the Bank begin to run into trouble making their payments and meeting their financial obligations. Some of the borrowers may go bankrupt, others end up where the bank has to foreclose, and some just do not make any payments. These all end up as toxic assets to the bank. They are stuck with them, nobody wants to buy a bad asset.

So during this time the new property investor who although may be in good financial position, will find it more difficult to get financing for their investment because the Bank is now tight funds and is wary about making more lending. Although they do not continue to lend as easily they still must stay in the business.

So what is the solution? Well the government will sometimes come in with a quick fix. The problem is though that all the Banks are basically in the same boat, but they don't want to let each other know how bad off they are. If they do disclose this then chances are they won't be able to move any of their assets because they will appear volatile. Therefore it is really difficult to determine just what level of toxic assets is present in the banks.

Author's Bio: 

David Lindahl, also known as the "Apartment King" has been successfully investing in single-family homes and apartments for the last 14 years and currently owns over 7,400 units around the US. David regularly shares his secrets and experience on the same stage as Tony Robbins, Robert Kiyosaki, and Donald Trump! To discover more go to