HSBC said third-quarter profit rose even as it set aside $4.3 billion to cover bad loans in the U.S. and forecast “further deterioration.” The U.S. unit “declined markedly” because of consumer and corporate loan defaults. The $4.3 billion total was more than analysts estimated, thinking HSBC would only lose about $3.7 billion. What’s a few million either way? Further detrioration is an interesting term as well. It means that the economy is getting worse, and HSBC Finance has a target audience that feels the effects more so than others. Investors are preventing some lenders from modifying mortgages, but it is unclear how HSBC is effected in that regard.