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Settling the Debate: Payment Size Matters, Fed

The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston recently conducted a study to clarify the effect of mortgage payment size on likelihood of default, and the researchers concluded ""interest rate changes dramatically affect repayment behavior."" Researchers compared homeowner payment behavior both before and after payment reductions and compared them to similar loans that did not receive simultaneous reductions. According to the findings, a payment reduction of about 2 percentage points results in a 50 percent decline in default probability.

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About Author: Krista Franks Brock

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Krista Franks Brock is a regular contributor to and She previously served as managing editor of DS News magazine. Prior to joining DS News, she was managing editor of Southern Distinction, a regional lifestyle magazine based in Athens, Georgia. She is currently a freelance writer and editor for various online and print publications. She holds degrees in journalism and art from the University of Georgia, where she also earned a minor in Spanish.

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