Dec 7, 2012 12:26PM

Think Tank Recommends Reducing Mortgage Interest Deduction

The Brookings Institution has published two articles on tax reform, one of which should be of particular interest to MND readers. The two briefs are part of the progressive think tank's Remaking Federalism/Renewing the Economy series. One calls on Congress to make permanent and expand the critical research and experimentation (R&E) tax credit; the second recommends curtailing "the massive mortgage interest deduction." The time has come, Brookings says, to reform the mortgage interest deduction...

Dec 7, 2012 3:14PM

More Ideas for Rebuilding the Secondary Mortgage Market

The Center for American Progress has released a letter it, along with three other groups sent to the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) regarding its plan to create a new securitization platform for the secondary mortgage market . The letter, sent on December 3, was in response to FHFA's request for comments on the plan and was co-signed by the Consumer Federation of America, the National Council of LaRaza and the National Housing Conference collectively referred to as the Mortgage Finance Working...

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Relatively Contained Post-NFP Selling, Mid-Range Indecision

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Selling Trend Crosses The Line. Negative Reprice Risk Increasing

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