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Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Tanta for Mortgage Czar!

by Calculated Risk on 10/03/2007 08:45:00 PM

From Reuters: Congress calls for "mortgage czar"

Lawmakers called on Wednesday for a 'mortgage czar' to help cope with an expected wave of foreclosures from the U.S. housing slump but Alan Greenspan said the credit crunch was past the worst.

"We are beginning to see the frenzy calm down," the former chairman of the Federal Reserve told a conference in Lisbon. "Unless we get secondary effects the worst is over."
Whoa! Hold it right there. Whenever Greenspan says the 'worst is over', watch out! Here is a quote from October 9, 2006 (almost exactly one year ago) via Bloomberg: Greenspan Says `Worst' May Be Past in U.S. Housing
Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said the ``worst may well be over'' for the U.S. housing industry that's suffering its worst downturn in more than a decade.
Tanta for Mortgage Czar!