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Economic Stimulus Through Refinancing

Last Update: January 2013

Now Is the Time to Consider Widespread Refinancing

By Alan Boyce, R. Glenn Hubbard, Christopher Mayer, and James Witkin


With the 10-year Treasury rate near its lowest point since the Great Depression, there is a new opportunity for the federal government to implement a new economic stimulus program . . . helping over 12 million borrowers with government guaranteed mortgages at today's record-low rates. Under our plan, homeowners could save more than $25 billion per year in interest payments at no cost to the US Treasury. More than one-half of the savings would go to middle-class households whose mortgages started at less than $200,000.