Posts filed under “Credit”
U.S. homeownership falls to the lowest levels in almost 20 years, blared the headlines. Lots of articles explained “Why Your Home is Not a Good Investment” and why Americans think owning a home is better for them than it is. It seems that America’s former love affair with real estate is over.
Blame the recency effect. People have a disconcerting tendency to give more weight to what just happened than long-term trends. This is why the monthly jobs report, a very rough estimate, has such an outsize impact on the markets. This same effect is what is driving people toward renting over buying.
A little context is needed.
Let me preface this by noting I was very bearish on U.S. residential real estate in the last decade. All the metrics — median income to median home price, cost of renting versus owning, residential real estate value relative to gross domestic product — showed an extremely overvalued market by two to three standard deviations. Before it was all over, economists Carmen Reinhart and Ken Rogoff argued that we were in a credit bubble and housing was due for a 35 percent crash. Continues here
The Liquidity Stress Ratio: Measuring Liquidity Mismatch on Banks’ Balance Sheets Dong Beom Choi and Lily Zhou This post is the fourth in a series of six Liberty Street Economics posts on liquidity issues. Liquidity transformation—funding longer-term assets with short-term liabilities—is one of the main functions that banks provide. However, this liquidity mismatch exposes banks…Read More
Depositor Discipline of Risk-Taking by U.S. Banks Stavros Peristiani and João Santos Liberty Street Economics April 14, 2014 This post is the second in a series of six Liberty Street Economics posts on liquidity issues. The recent financial crisis caused the largest rise in the number of bank failures since the unprecedented banking crisis…Read More
This week, the New York Times launched The Upshot, combining aspects of the Washington Post’s Wonkblog with Nate Silver’s 538. Edited by Pulitzer Prize winner and former economics columnist David Leonhardt, we linked to the inaugural piece “America’s Middle Class Is No Longer the World’s Richest.” This morning, I want to direct your attention to…Read More
A New Idea on Bank Capital Hamid Mehran and Anjan Thakor Liberty Street Economics April 07, 2014 How does any firm decide on its capital structure—how much equity (capital) to use, how much debt? And what does research tell us about why banks have so much more financial leverage than other firms? How…Read More