Fleet Mortgage Group, the fifth-largest originator of home loans, is hoping to prove that lenders can make money simply by originating conventional mortgages.

More and more mortgage companies are entering the subprime mortgage market as a means to boost profits. Countrywide Credit Industries, the nation's No. 2 mortgage originator, announced in its latest earnings report that subprime and home equity lending totaled 7% of origination volume but accounted for more than a third of the company's loan production income.

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