Christopher Whalen

Christopher Whalen

R. Christopher Whalen is an investment banker and author who lives in New York City. He is Chairman of Whalen Global Advisors LLC and works as a consultant and analyst focused on the financial services, mortgage finance and related technology companies. Christopher edits The Institutional Risk Analyst and the Financial Technology Investor newsletter published by Agora Financial. From 2014 through 2017, Christopher was Senior Managing Director and Head of Research at Kroll Bond Rating Agency, where he was responsible for the firm’s Financial Institutions Group.

ARTICLES

  • What is causing considerable operational headaches in the mortgage sector? 

    My panel at the CMBA conference next month will help explain
    [Commentary] I will be moderating a CMBA servicer panel promisingly entitled “Utilization of Technology in Mortgage Servicing” that will allow some of the experts in the industry to talk about the current industry environment and how technology helps them manage their business. Here's what we're going to cover and who will be on stage with me.
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  • Interest rates, falling production and policy weigh on mortgage industry

    Downbeat mood at MBA Secondary
    Depending on who you ask, talk of GSE reform is either all the rage or totally absent from the discussion at the MBA Secondary conference taking place right now in New York City. Here, in a HousingWire exclusive, Christopher Whalen discusses his view of the GSE reform discussion (or lack thereof) and other observations from the conference.
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  • From HW Magazine

    Secondary market forecast

    2017 promises growing risk and sparse returns
    About a week before the November 2016 election, the U.S. Treasury market started to move lower. The cause of this increase in yield on the benchmark 10-year bond was not fear of an interest rate hike by the Federal Open Market Committee or the specter of higher inflation. No, the outlier event that shook the financial world out of years of torpor was a commercial real estate developer named Donald John Trump.
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  • The missing question in Yellen’s Congress discussion

    What is next for national economic policy?
    Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen achieved the primary goal of any new Fed chief and avoided any obvious land mines. But what was lacking in the dialogue, both from Yellen and the media, was a serious discussion of what’s next for national economic policy.
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  • The missing question in Yellen’s Congress discussion

    What is next for national economic policy?
    Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen achieved the primary goal of any new Fed chief and avoided any obvious land mines. But what was lacking in the dialogue, both from Yellen and the media, was a serious discussion of what’s next for national economic policy.
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  • From HW Magazine

    True sale

    The bank retreat from mortgage lending is just beginning
    Recent data from the Mortgage Bankers Association shows the extent of the collapse of new applications for mortgages. The numbers are down 60% annually and reached a 13-year low. However, higher interest rates are not the chief reason for poor mortgage market performance by a long shot.
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