NY Fed Says Reform Should Follow Danish Mortgage Finance System
May 25, 2018
Housing-finance reform may want to take some cues from the mortgage-finance system in Denmark, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York in a new report comparing and contrasting the two systems. In fact, the creditor-friendliness of the Danish system means that relatively more price risk is borne by the homeowner. One of the bases for NY Fed’s recommendation is that, unlike in the U.S., the Danish system remained stable and solvent during the 2007-2009 financial crisis. And, despite falling home prices, the Danish system didn’t require government intervention or funding. The authors chose that system because they said it’s most similar to the model in the U.S.