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Sub-prime mortgage crisis GAO Historical Data Based on the assumption that sub-prime lending precipitated the crisis, some[ who? Securities and Exchange Commission SEC to relax the net capital rulewhich encouraged the largest five investment banks to dramatically increase their financial leverage and aggressively expand their issuance of mortgage-backed securities.
Mortgage underwriting standards declined gradually during the boom period, particularly from to The quality of loans originated also worsened gradually during that period. The combination of declining risk premia and credit standards is common to boom and bust credit cycles.
In other words, standards gradually declined but defaults suddenly jumped. Furthermore, the authors argued that the trend in worsening loan quality was harder to detect with rising housing prices, as more refinancing options were available, keeping the default rate lower. A low down payment means that a home represents a highly leveraged investment for the homeowner, with little equity relative to debt.
In such circumstances, only small declines in the value of the home result in negative equitya situation in which the value of the home is less than the mortgage amount owed. Homeowners with negative equity have less financial incentive to stay in the home.
Such strategic defaults were heavily concentrated in markets with the highest price declines. An estimatedstrategic defaults occurred nationwide duringmore than double the total in Such loans were written into mind-numbingly detailed contracts and then swapped for more expensive loan products on the day of closing.
This created negative amortizationwhich the credit consumer might not notice until long after the loan transaction had been consummated. Countrywide, sued by California Attorney General Jerry Brown for "Unfair Business Practices" and "False Advertising" was making high cost mortgages "to homeowners with weak credit, adjustable rate mortgages ARMs that allowed homeowners to make interest-only payments.
This caused Countrywide's financial condition to deteriorate, ultimately resulting in a decision by the Office of Thrift Supervision to seize the lender. Countrywide, according to Republican Lawmakers, had involved itself in making low-cost loans to politicians, for purposes of gaining political favors.
Risk-taking behavior[ edit ] In a June speech, U. President Barack Obama argued that a "culture of irresponsibility"  was an important cause of the crisis.
He criticized executive compensation that "rewarded recklessness rather than responsibility" and Americans who bought homes "without accepting the responsibilities.
And a growing economy bred complacency. Formulas for calculating aggregate risk were based on the gaussian copula which wrongly assumed that individual components of mortgages were independent.
In fact the credit-worthiness of almost every new subprime mortgage was highly correlated with that of any other, due to linkages through consumer spending levels which fell sharply when property values began to fall during the initial wave of mortgage defaults.
Using technical terms, these firms were highly leveraged i. A key to a stable financial system is that firms have the financial capacity to support their commitments. This increased their vulnerability to the collapse of the housing bubble and worsened the ensuing economic downturn.Introduction.
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