May 4, 2010

Franklin Raines on how to prevent financial crises amongst large institutions

I think the American system and its focus on 30-year fixed-rate mortgages is a very, very powerful thing. Canada is a country of 20, 25 million people with adjustable-rate mortgages for banks, not a very consumer-friendly environment. Although, if you put the burden on the consumers, it's true you won't have as many crises amongst your large financial institutions.

~Franklin Raines, former chairman and CEO, Fannie Mae, CNBC, May 4th, 2010

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