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Volume 18 - Number 15

July 20, 2018

UI Panel Draws Attention to Need for Better Data In Cross Subsidies

There was some discussion as to whether credit scores serve as a good mechanism to achieve cross subsidization as well as a need for better data to manage risks, during an Urban Institute panel discussion last week focused on subsidies and GSE pricing. Credit scores aren’t a good tool to achieve cross-subsidization, according to Andrew Rippert, CEO of Global Mortgage Group at Arch Capital. He said the goal should be to serve low- and moderate-income borrowers, not necessarily to subsidize people who make a lot of money but have bad credit scores and don’t manage their credit. “Our belief is that we can do a lot better if we were very explicit about the risk in the system with regards to FICO scores,” Rippert said.

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