Clifford Rossi

Rossi to Congress: Make FHA a Better Risk Manager

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...

How to Bring Our Zombie Housing-Finance System Back to Life

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.

Big Bank Tax Would Pinch Homebuyers

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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