Category: MBS


The Subprime Mortgage Crisis

Alright, before I begin, I’d like to make the following observations: Some of the concepts/instruments I am going to mention have been explained more fully in a number of previous posts: Mortgages (see here) Mortgage-Backed Securities (MBS) (see here) Collateralised Debt Obligations (CDO) (see here) Ratings Agencies (see here) The content is based on a […]

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Books: Liar’s Poker

After yesterday’s post on Mortgage-Backed Securities (click here), I felt that I should write something on the book that talks about the origination of the MBS (which, for the record, is a pun: Origination refers to the collection of mortgages and repackaging them as an MBS). Michael Lewis, before he became famous for writing books, was a […]

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What is: A Mortgage-Backed Security

My last post was on mortgages, and focused on the home-owner (see here). If you’ll recall: The Home-Owner has a mortgage liability, which is the obligation to pay back the instalments over the mortgage term; and The Bank has a mortgage asset, which is the right to receive instalments over the mortgage term. Now this […]

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