On Feb. 5, I had the pleasure of addressing the annual conference of the Receivables Management Association International in Las Vegas. Below is a transcript of my speech. ***** Thank you for the opportunity to address you this morning. It has become so easy to borrow in…

The Community Reinvestment Act is supposed to ensure that banks lend to low- and moderate-income households wherever they operate. But there are reasons to doubt its effectiveness. In the Washington Post this summer, I reported findings (from a forthcoming paper with Andrew Forrester) that more than two-thirds…

Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, conservatorship, homeownership, Joe Nocera, housing, Government Bailouts,

Yesterday, Joe Nocera penned an extraordinary column expressing his bafflement at the Trump administration's drive to release Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, two firms that purchase and guarantee around half of single-family mortgages in the United States, from government conservatorship. Nocera argues against such a move, writing…