Keyword

Financial crisis, Mortgage Finance, Mortgage-backed Securities, Housing Policy

Abstract

In the post-war period, the standard of living in the US has increased significantly, and more than two-thirds of families have achieved the American Dream of homeownership. The recent sub-prime mortgage and financial crisis resulted from a perfect storm of bad housing policy, real estate speculation, and necessary monetary policy. A healthy future for the financial markets depends on effective reforms and institutions to regulate financial instruments with limited government manipulation


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