Transcripts of the monetary policymaking body of the Federal Reserve from 2002–2008.

Ex post subprime mortgage-backed securities seem to have been overvalued in the sense that they underestimated default risk for some market segments. So the presumption would be that such information gets taken on board and reflected in the prices of new mortgage-backed securities and that it would translate into higher credit spreads at the retail level. In your remarks you seemed to suggest that there is a chance that this process of adjustment might cause markets not to work. I’m wondering what you meant by that.

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