Monday, August 18, 2003

I'm not quite sure how to describe this article or excerpt it without making some readers' eyes glaze over, but Gretchen Mortenson, a New York Times business writer, thinks we're in serious trouble because the mortgage-based securities market buys and sells an awful lot of Treasury bills and bonds, and thus has the potential to create huge spikes in interest rates. I'm not sure I've even described the process with pinpoint accuracy, but read the article -- it has the rather unambiguous headline "Mortgage Markets Are Out of Control."

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