consumer credit, consumer loans, financial inclusion, payday lending, student loans

On October 21, I had the pleasure to give the research keynote address at the annual conference of the Financial Services Centers of America (FiSCA) in Miami. Below are my remarks, in which I critique some policymakers' attempts to promote financial inclusion by restricting consumer choice and…

Monetary Policy, MMT, Financial Inclusion, Cato Journal, Fed

The Fall 2019 edition of the Cato Journal, the Cato Institute’s interdisciplinary journal of public policy, is now available online. Readers of Alt-M will find the articles on monetary and financial topics of special interest.  Their topics range from financial inclusion, to macroprudential policy, to Modern Monetary…

CFPB, consumer loans, financial regulation, mortgage finance mortgage, Fannie Mae

Last week was a significant one for housing finance policy, as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau gathered input on how to reform the underwriting rules that mortgage lenders must follow. With $15 trillion of mortgage debt outstanding, this is a subject of great economic significance for the…

Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Housing, Government Bailout, Reform

Earlier this month, the Department of the Treasury released its long-awaited housing finance reform plan, which focused mainly on the two government-sponsored enterprises, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The feds took both GSEs over in 2008, when rising defaults jeopardized their viability. The blueprint’s release date was…