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Category Archives: Insight

A More Promising Road to GSE Reform

We are nearly seven years into recovery from a once-in-a-lifetime financial crisis, triggered by widespread failure across virtually every aspect of our housing finance system. While much work has been done to address the flaws of this critical part of … Continue reading

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Housing Finance Reform Steps Forward

Housing finance reform took a big step forward with the recent release of the Housing Finance Reform and Taxpayer Protection Act of 2014. Read Mark Zandi’s and Cristian de Ritis’ analysis of bipartisan legislation proposed by Senators Tim Johnson (D-SD) … Continue reading

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Joint Economic Committee

Mark Zandi’s testimony before the Joint Economic Committee on March 26th, 2014: “Unwinding Quantitative Easing: How the Fed Should Promote Stable Prices, Economic Growth and Job Creation” The Federal Reserve did an admirable job navigating through the financial crisis that … Continue reading

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Cost of Housing Finance Reform

Efforts to reform the housing finance system have taken on new life. Two pieces of legislation, each with a different vision of the future system, have been drafted in the Senate, the House, and the Obama Administration has recently weighed in on the … Continue reading

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A Budget Battle Postmortem

The 16-day federal shutdown and political brinkmanship around the Treasurydebt ceiling hurt the economy. The hit to fourth quarter real GDP is estimated at $20 billion, equal to half a percentage point of growth. Instead of picking up pace as previously … Continue reading

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Senate Banking Committee Testimony

Before the Senate Banking Committee “Housing Finance Reform: Developing a Plan for a Smooth Transition” November 22, 2013 Click here for full testimony

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Testimony before the Joint Economic Committee

“The Way Forward From Government Shutdown and Debt-Ceiling Confrontation Toward Long-Term Fiscal Sustainability and Economic Growth” Mark Zandi discusses why the impasse in Washington over funding the federal government and increasing the Treasury debt ceiling is significantly damaging to the economy. … Continue reading

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A Road Map to the New Housing Finance System

Debate is heating up pver the future of the nation’s housing finance system. Much of the back and forth has focused on the system’s end state—whether housing finance should be privatized, retain some form of government backstop, or even remain … Continue reading

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US Macro Outlook: Nearing the Threshold

Reported GDP growth has lagged U.S. job creation, but this unusual discrepancy is unlikely to continue. Weak productivity growth post-recession is part of the explanation, as investment in structures has waned. The revival of homebuilding will help kick the U.S. … Continue reading

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Discussing ADP private sector employment up 200,000 in July with CNBC

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