Chris Whalen: Fannie And Freddie Are Orwellian Institutions That Prey On The Poor
Oct. 25, 2010
Chris Whalen is famous lately for predicting a return of the subprime crisis in 2011. His thoughts on the greater mortgage system are also interesting, as discussed in an interview with King World News.
Whalen says GSEs don’t help homeowners. Rather they promote a system that locks marginal borrowers into costly interest payments, helping their own bottom line.
“If you’re a wealthy American you can [refinance], but if you’ve got a seven-something FICO score and you’re in a so-so neighborhood so the collateral doesn’t have a big score in the equation, you’re screwed,” Whalen says. “These are the people Fannie and Freddie doesn’t want to see prepay, so they can keep the income on their portfolio. It’s horrible! People don’t realize how predatory these government agencies are.