Our annual big-picture take on the housing market will include a look at current conditions and forecasts for housing prices, foreclosures and sales trends. But we'll also step back and take the long view. How do we really fix the housing market so it's sustainable? We'll examine other countries whose markets are more stable (such as Canada and Australia), and consider what they're doing right. What makes one housing finance model less susceptible to volatile cycles than another? Should the U.S. move toward a securitization model that favors covered bonds? What do other countries do (if anything) to promote homeownership as opposed to renting? Should the U.S. eliminate non-recourse loans or the mortgage tax deduction? What should be the role of GSEs such as Fannie and Freddie?
Chief Business Correspondent, U.S. News & World Report
Chairman, Ranieri Partners LLC; Founder, Hyperion Private Equity Funds
Chief Investment Officer, Fixed Income, Trust Company of the West
Managing Director and Chief Market Strategist, Jefferies & Co. Inc.