FCIC Report Puts Blame Where It Belongs: On Wall Street & Regulators
Going Forward, Two Big Lessons Learned: Don’t Put the Fox in the Henhouse, and Regulation Matters
Washington, DC — John Taylor, President and CEO of the National Community Reinvestment Coalition, released this statement today about the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission report and proposals to return the government-sponsored entities to the private sector without affordable housing goals:
This report puts the blame where it belongs on Wall Street and the federal regulators who looked the other way. It also puts to rest the myth that making capital available to low or moderate-income borrowers was a cause of the crisis.
While the report may be a day late and a dollar short, the lessons going forward are that regulators need the authority and the resources to stay on top of financial innovations and make sure risk taking does not become reckless. The other very important lesson is that regulation matters when it comes to protecting consumers. There is an appropriate and necessary federal role in ensuring access to capital and markets for nontraditional borrowers, which is why the affordable housing goals must remain a part of the mission of the government-sponsored entities.