Alex Pollock joined AEI in 2004 after thirty-five years in banking. He was president and chief executive officer of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago from 1991 to 2004. He is the author of numerous articles on financial systems and the organizer of the “Deflating Bubble” series of AEI conferences. In 2007, he developed a one-page mortgage form to help borrowers understand their mortgage obligations. At AEI, he focuses on financial policy issues, including housing finance, government-sponsored enterprises, retirement finance, corporate governance, accounting standards, and the banking system. He is the lead director of CME Group, a director of Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation and the International Union for Housing Finance, and chairman of the board of the Great Books Foundation.
As wards of the government, Fannie and Freddie became even more dominant in the mortgage market than they had been before. Almost everybody agrees that they should neither stay in government conservatorship nor return to their former GSE status. But how do we get off the tiger?
How should the crisis in Cyprus have been handled differently, and what are its wider international repercussions going forward? This and other relevant questions will be addressed by our expert panel.
The Federal Reserve has become the world's greatest mortgage investor. Has a central-bank-financed bond bubble replaced the housing bubble? And what will be the aftermath of Europe’s sovereign debt bubble, including possible losses on deposits in Cyprus? These and related questions will be addressed by our expert panel.