Fannie, Freddie, and the U.S. Covered Bond Act of 2011

On July 13, 2011, in Dodd-Frank, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, housing, moral hazard, by Jon Lewis

The American Mortgage System: Crisis and Reform.  Edited by Susan M. Wachter and Marvin M. Smith.  University of Pennsylvania Press 2011, pp.392, $49.95 There is a direct correlation between the housing bubble and the freezing up of the credit markets in 2008.   Indeed, many commentators have held the largely unregulated derivatives market – much of [...]

After the Bubble: Credit and Housing

On July 4, 2011, in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, housing, by Jon Lewis

Moving Forward: The Future of Consumer Credit and Mortgage Finance.  Edited by Nicolas P. Retsinas and Eric S. Belsky.  Brookings Institution Press 2011, pp. 264, $28.95 Although there are indications that the housing market may be improving, particularly in rural states with large agricultural, energy, and industrial sectors, the housing market is unlikely to recover [...]


Guaranteed to Fail: Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the Debacle of Mortgage Finance

On May 22, 2011, in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, housing, by Jon Lewis

Guaranteed To Fail: Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the Debacle of Mortgage Finance. Viral V. Acharya, Matthew Richardson, Stijn Van Niewerburgh, and Lawrence J. White. Princeton University Press 2011, 222 pp. $24.95. Guaranteed To Fail is timely collaborative effort by professors at New York University’s Stern School of Business. In this academic monograph, the authors [...]

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