Paolo Pellegrini Proposes Mortgage Solution ~ market folly

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Paolo Pellegrini Proposes Mortgage Solution

Over on Dealbook, there is a fascinating piece up by Paolo Pellegrini. "Who's that?" And, "why should I care?" you ask. Well, Pellegrini was previously a co-portfolio manager at John Paulson's hedge fund Paulson & Co. Pellegrini has since started his own fund, PSQR Management. Needless to say, he is very familiar with the housing and mortgage crisis, as he has been playing it from the investment side with precision. We thought that today would be the perfect day to post up Pellegrini's thoughts, as we've just covered Paulson & Co in our quarterly hedge fund portfolio tracking series.

Pelligrini proposes a market solution complete with bidding and aid from government financing, wherein homeowners and institutions alike can benefit. He writes,

"With more than a fifth of United States homes worth less than their mortgages, restructuring residential debt is the most important step to restore our country to prosperity and economic growth ... The government can assist struggling homeowners, remove bad loans from bank balance sheets and free up credit while utilizing a transparent, competitive process to minimize the taxpayer subside required."

His proposal is lucid and almost a no-brainer. However, such a simple system would ultimately require some complexities in its infancy. While the government searches for solutions, many close to the heart of the matter are voicing their opinion. Hopefully the government is listening. After all, if they should be listening to anyone regarding this matter, it's Pellegrini and Paulson. Those two have played the market pretty much perfectly thus far. And, suggesting an alternative mortgage solution in market form plays directly into their fortes.

Make sure you check out his entire proposal over at Dealbook.

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