The banking industry’s YTD 2013 pre-tax ROE adjusted for the sale of NPLs portfolios by Popular and FirstBank was 3.9%. The industry delinquency levels continue to improve and solvency ratios remain very solid. In this banking report we are taking a closer look at the mortgage business which represents 37% of the industry’s total loan portfolio. As we will see, mortgage margins may reduce in the short/medium term driven by low originations in the context of rate increases, the implementation of new federal regulations and the recent and future repurchases of recourse portfolios. Both in the mortgage business and at the total bank level, workout efforts will need to be combined with cost reductions in order to boost profitability.