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Reuters (May 14)

2020/ 05/ 15 by jd in Global News

Banks mainly seem to be provisioning for consumer debt, but “bad-debt risks could easily spread beyond consumer finance. Commercial real estate could face a brutal reckoning if white-collar workers in major cities decide not to return to the office when lockdowns lift.” When stimulus measures wind down, it will leave “over-indebted small and medium-sized enterprises vulnerable. Mass unemployment would lead to increased mortgage defaults.”

 

Bloomberg (September 23)

2011/ 09/ 25 by jd in Global News

Even though the Federal Reserve has kept interest rates low in an attempt to reduce strain on the housing market, the number of households speding an excessive amount on mortage payements has continued to rise. This “persistent stress in housing” illustrates “one of the main problems with the Fed’s attempts at monetary stimulus: Many borrowers simply can’t take advantage of lower mortgage rates, because their income has fallen, they owe more than their homes are worth, or they shouldn’t have qualified for a mortgage in the first place.”Even though the Federal Reserve has kept interest rates low in an attempt to reduce strain on the housing market, the number of households speding an excessive amount on mortage payements has continued to rise. This “persistent stress in housing” illustrates “one of the main problems with the Fed’s attempts at monetary stimulus: Many borrowers simply can’t take advantage of lower mortgage rates, because their income has fallen, they owe more than their homes are worth, or they shouldn’t have qualified for a mortgage in the first place.”

 

New York Times (August 25)

2011/ 08/ 26 by jd in Global News

President Obama should push to see that underwater homeowners, whose home values are less than the balance of their loans, are able to refinance their mortgages at lower rates. There will be opposition, but “the public benefit from fewer defaults and foreclosures—along with the impact of more consumer spending—should trump any benefit derived from squeezing every last penny of interest from homeowners.”

 

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