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The Financial Stability Oversight Council cannot possibly fulfill its assignment from Congress.

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We’re joined this week by AEI Financial Policy Fellow Peter Wallison, who walks us through what led up to the 2008 financial crisis, who is to blame, and what needs to happen (or not happen) to prevent another crash.

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The causes of the 2008 market crash are examined. The policies that created risky mortgages in 2008 are still in effect which creates the opportunity for another market collapse today.

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With the latest edition of the National Mortgage Risk Index (NMRI) showing that bad practices are coming back, the Wealth Building Home Loan is a safer alternative to the traditional 30-year mortgage.

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In the name of “affordable” loans, the White House is creating the conditions for a replay of the housing disaster.

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What really caused the financial crisis? Peter Wallison argues it was housing finance policy and without changes, it could happen again.

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On Tuesday, President Obama will deliver his seventh State of the Union address. What major policy changes can we expect? How will the different parties respond, and what does this mean for America’s future prosperity and security? AEI experts weigh in.

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In Peter Wallison’s new book, Hidden in Plain Sight, the U.S. government is charged with principal responsibility for causing the financial crisis of 2007-09. What will the jury say?  “Guilty, Your Honor!”

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Because of the government’s extraordinary role in bringing on the crisis, it should not be treated as an inherent part of a capitalist or free market system, or used as a pretext for greater government control of the financial system. On the contrary, understanding the financial crisis for what it was will permit the debate we should have had about the Dodd-Frank Act.

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Covering a housing or banking story today? Here’s the latest from the experts on the AEI financial services team.

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