A New Theory of the Role of the GSEs in the Housing Bubble - Adam Levitin

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A New Theory of the Role of the GSEs in the Housing Bubble – Adam Levitin

A New Theory of the Role of the GSEs in the Housing Bubble – Adam Levitin

What we do know for certain is… there was massive fraud and massive cover-ups from the inception.

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Bill Black has an interesting new take on the role of Fannie and Freddie in the housing bubble. He sees their investment in non-prime mortgages as being driven by executive compensation, rather than a fight for market share against investment bank securitization conduits or govt affordable housing policy. The government affordable housing policy point has been repeatedly debunked (and Susan Wachter and I have a new paper that adds to this debunking via an examination of the commercial real estate bubble, where there was no government involvement whatsoever). Black is not, however, able to disprove the market share theory. What he does point to is that the GSE’s involvement with nonprime mortgages was as whole loans kept in portfolio, rather than securitized (and also via purchases of MBS), which he says was a move to increase the short-term yield for the GSEs and thus maximize short-term executive compensation.

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One Response to “A New Theory of the Role of the GSEs in the Housing Bubble – Adam Levitin”

  1. Louise says:

    Wow, the same old S^&t. Greed on every level in every entity associated with mortgages.

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