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Greg Bauer
Managing Director - Americas Banking

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  • 15 Apr 2019
    • Reduced housing affordability in the US has growing and varied credit implications
      The era of unusually affordable home purchases has ended, and some segments are particularly stretched. The challenges are bigger in certain high-cost markets, including many western states, and in lower price tiers. Rental affordability is also often poor. Some issuers are mostly exposed to the broad effects of reduced home affordability. Other issuers face more discrete challenges and opportunities that reflect specific pockets of weakness. Full Report
  • 10 Apr 2019
    • Italian banks' high domestic sovereign exposure increases their capital volatility
      Italian banks’ domestic government bond holdings grew 14% to €396 billion in the year to 28 February 2019. These bonds are longer-dated than domestic government bonds held by European Union (EU) peer banks and are more heavily skewed towards an accounting classification that maximizes the capital impact of bond price changes. Taken together, these factors make Italian lenders' capital more sensitive than EU counterparts to changes in domestic sovereign yields, linking their creditworthiness more closely with that of the Italian sovereign.   Full Report
  • 3 Apr 2019
    • Changes to Fannie and Freddie mandate will have credit implications across housing and mortgage sectors
      Resolving the conservatorships of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac is the biggest piece of unfinished business from the US financial crisis. Given the lack of consensus in Washington and the complexity and uncertain economic impact of GSE reform, the likelihood of legislation over the next few years is low. However, both the recent Presidential Memorandum on Federal Housing Finance Reform and new leadership at the Federal Housing Finance Agency have brought attention to measures that can be implemented through administrative actions without legislation.  Full Report​​​​
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