Bank executives sometimes viewed Smith professor Cliff Rossi as a killjoy during the buildup to the 2008 global economic meltdown. As chief risk officer at several of the largest U.S. financial institutions, Rossi faced the task of raising unwelcome concerns when banks started setting aside traditional safeguards and packaging subprime loans.
Smith School Professor Cliff Rossi on Thursday outlined measures to a congressional subcommittee to make the Federal Housing Administration a better risk manager to rehabilitate its “extremely weak” Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund. Rossi, who’s held senior risk management positions at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, testified about FHA oversight before the U.S. House Committee on Financial Services. He suggested five reforms. Read more...
Smith Executive-in Residence and Professor of the Practice Cliff Rossi has raised concerns as mortgage underwriting giant Freddie Mac recruits traders from the likes of Citi, Bank of America and Credit Suisse to place new housing wagers. Bloomberg Business, in an article published today, says these "Wall Street refugees" are bundling mortgages into new Freddie-guaranteed securities. Read more...
Since 2008 the United States has had a zombie mortgage-financing system, former bank executive Cliff Rossi writes today in a guest column for The Hill. “That year, in the wake of the collapse of the housing market, the government placed Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which underwrite the mortgages of many Americans, into conservatorship — a form of nationalization,” writes Rossi, Executive-in-Residence and Professor of the Practice at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business.
President Obama’s proposed fee on big banks would hurt homebuyers and fail to control risk-taking by those firms with more than $50 billion in assets, says Clifford Rossi, professor of the practice at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. The proposal, slated for inclusion in tonight’s State of the Union address, would affect about 100 financial institutions. Read more...
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The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) can use existing powers to reverse the government's control of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac – without a gridlocked Congress, said Cliff Rossi, professor of the practice in finance at the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business and executive-in-residence at the school's Center for Financial Policy.
Cliff Rossi talks about reforms for the mortgage industry.
Research presented at the third annual Journal of Accounting and Public Policy Conference in College Park, Md., shows how the expectation of a safety net — which comes with strings attached — actually reins in shareholders and managers with limited liability.
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