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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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