Wednesday, March 21, 2007

More on Subprime

And this is what passes for analysis from Nouriel Roubini:
"This fairy tale spinned by free market supply side voodoo fundamentalism zealots will blame the otherwise appropriate current Congressional action on predatory lending for being one of the main causes of the credit crunch that will lead to a painful recession (as the WSJ editorial page recently claimed) while forgetting that predatory lending practices developed by free unregulated markets created the toxic waste that is subprime and near-prime mortgages.. This voodoo religion cabal will also incorrectly blame regulators"

I am not sure if this whole sentence qualifies as "analysis." I recognize that we as the blogging community are not all that filtered, but as an economist, we do like approach things from an objective manner. Roubini clearly does not, and lets his emotions color his analysis, which is very unfortunate. It may fire up his fans, but hardly leads to intelligent debate.

Dave Altig, over at macroblog covers this ground from a less excited perspective yesterday. The risk is two fold From a housing perspective, how long does the reduction in credit to the riskier borrowers last? And what effect does that have on housing demand? Secondly, does the default risk as Altig points out spread to commercial mortgages?

The answer remains... we shall see.

As a side note, apartments will likely benefit from the lack of liquidity in the subprime market. This will be very regional, but could spell good news for places like North Scottsdale, and other prime Class A buildings / Locations, who lost a lot of renters to conversions and for-sale housing.

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