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Author:Rosen, Richard J. 

What do U.S. life insurers invest in?

Researchers at the Chicago Fed Insurance Initiative are analyzing the role that the insurance industry plays in financial markets and the economy as a whole. This article presents an overview of life insurers? financial asset holdings, the industries they invest in, and how the value of their investments would change if there was a large negative shock to asset values.
Chicago Fed Letter , Issue Apr

Homeowners’ Financial Protection Against Natural Disasters

Over the past few years, many people in the U.S. have had to deal with damage to their homes from natural disasters, such as Hurricane Harvey. This article explains the different kinds of financial protection from natural catastrophes that homeowners can access from the private and public sectors.
Chicago Fed Letter

Working Paper
The role of lenders in the home price boom

This paper examines the relationship between real estate prices during the home price boom from the late 1990s into 2005 and competition among mortgage lenders. The mortgage lending business, especially with the rise of the originate-to-distribute model, had competitors with very different non- mortgage activities and regulation. I show that in local markets, when banks increased their share of mortgages relative to lenders such as mortgage brokers, home prices started increasing at a faster pace. Home prices also affected market shares, but primarily through changes at the national level. ...
Working Paper Series , Paper WP-08-16

The role of securitization in mortgage lending

Recent media coverage on the problems in the subprime mortgage market has featured an alphabet soup of abbreviations, such as MBS, CDO, and SIV. What do these terms stand for? And how do they fit into the mortgage financing process?
Chicago Fed Letter , Issue Nov

Working Paper
What goes up must come down? Asymmetries and persistence in bank deposit interest rates

Finance and Economics Discussion Series , Paper 93-36

Working Paper
Why do borrowers make mortgage refinancing mistakes?

Refinancing a mortgage is often one of the biggest and most important financial decisions that people make. Borrowers need to choose the interest rate differential at which to refinance and, when that differential is reached, they need to take the steps to refinance before rates change again. The optimal differential is where the interest saved by refinancing equals the sum of refinancing costs and the option value of refinancing. Using a unique panel data set, we find that approximately 59% of borrowers refinance sub-optimally ? with 52% of the sample making errors of commission (choosing ...
Working Paper Series , Paper WP-2013-02

Conference Paper
Risk and capitalization in banking

Proceedings , Paper 322

Working Paper
How the credit channel works: differentiating the bank lending channel and the balance sheet channel

The credit channel of monetary policy transmission operates through changes in lending. To examine this channel, we explore how movements in the real federal funds rate affect bank lending. Using data on individual loans from the Survey of Terms of Bank Lending, we are able to differentiate two ways the credit channel can work: by affecting overall bank lending (the bank lending channel) and by affecting the allocation of loans (the balance sheet channel). We find evidence consistent with the operation of both internal credit channels. During periods of tight monetary policy, banks adjust ...
Working Paper Series , Paper WP-07-13

Working Paper
Too much right can make a wrong: Setting the stage for the financial crisis

The financial crisis that started in 2007 exposed a number of flaws in the financial system. Many of these flaws were associated with financial instruments that were issued by the shadow banking system, especially securitized assets. The volume and complexity of securitized assets grew rapidly during runup to the financial crisis that began in 2007. The paper discusses how the financial crisis can be viewed as a possible but logical outcome of a system where investors are overconfident, busy, and investing other peoples? money and intermediaries are set up to take advantage of investors? ...
Working Paper Series , Paper WP-09-18

Conference Paper
The choice of regulators in banking

Proceedings , Paper 811



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