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Fed officials state the worst is over
2009/04/20, 4:29 pm
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The worst of the economic crisis is over, according to U.S. officials speaking at a financial conference Friday at Vanderbilt University.

Frank Nothaft, the chief economist for Freddie Mac, said housing sales have just about hit bottom and a third of home sales are now foreclosed properties.

Dennis Lockhart, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, warned that the declining commercial real estate market still poses a risk to the economy.

New York Fed chief William Dudley complained that the programs the government has put in place are being undermined by public perception that they are unfair to average taxpayers and that has made some potential investors fearful that they would be the focus of public outrage if they profit from the programs.

“It is worth emphasizing (that) actions that lead investors to shun taking risk, especially in this environment, are ultimately detrimental to the ability of households and businesses to secure credit at reasonable borrowing rates,” Dudley said.

Source: Reuters News, Ros Krasny and Kristina Cooke (04/18/2009)

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