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Posted by: Michael Mandel on December 07
Nouriel Roubini likes the Bush plan:
I have already commented before on why an across-the-board (like in the Treasury/banks plan) rather than a case-by-case approach to sub-prime mortgage restructurings makes sense. Moreover, the attempt to distinguish between those who are insolvent and would default anyhow (even after a freeze of the reset rate), those who can pay and don’t need debt relief and those who are illiquid but solvent (i.e. can likely keep on servicing their mortgages if the teaser rate is frozen for a while) also makes sense. Of course, the Treasury plan may or may not provide enough relief to enough homeowners depending on how it is implemented. But its basic conceptual approach is sound.
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