Alan Greenspan, previously Chairman of the Federal Reserve and now best-selling writer, is out shilling his book to anyone who will listen.

This week, he’s in Japan talking to Japanese businessmen.

What’s he think about the state of the world economy?

Former U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan told Tokyo businessmen that the most important global financial issue is reducing the excess home inventory in the United States.

“The critical issue on the whole subprime, and by extension, the international financial system, rests very narrowly on getting rid of probably 200,000-300,000 excess units in inventory,” he said, speaking via video conference.

Thanks for identifying the problem, Greenspan, you old man, now who’s going to suggest a way to fix it?

“[The] Fed cannot afford to let homes go down by 10 to 15 percent like we saw in Japan,” Bill Gross, chief investment officer of Pacific Investment Management Co., said on CNBC Television. “We’ve only begun to see the pain from the standpoint of the home owner in terms of those monthly payments. Defaults and delinquencies will increase as we extend throughout 2007 and then into 2008.”

Gross expects the Fed to cut the federal funds short-term rate to 3.5 percent, which implies that the 30-year mortgage rates will come down to 5 percent to 5.5 percent.

Oh, okay. Thanks for that.

Mr Bernanke, the ball is in your court.

More: Greenspan: High U.S. Housing Inventory Key Global Issue – Dow Jones, by way of

Also: Could Mortgage Rates Drop to 5 Percent? – Reuters News, by way of

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John Ford
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Over the course of 20 years in the Boston downtown real estate market, John represented and sold numerous, condominiums, investment and development properties in Greater Boston and in the surrounding suburbs

In addition to representing Boston condo buyers and sellers, John is currently one of the most recognized Boston condo blog writers regarding Boston condominiums and residential real estate markets. John's insights and observations about the Boston condo market have been seen in a wide variety of the most established local & national media outlets including; Banker and Tradesman, Boston Magazine The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald and NewsWeek and Fortune magazine, among others.


For over 24 years, John Ford, of Ford Realty Inc., has been actively involved in the real estate industry. He started his career in commercial real estate with a national firm Spaulding & Slye and quickly realized that he had a passion for residential properties. In 1999, John entered the residential real estate market, and in 2000 John Started his own firm Ford Realty Inc. As a broker, his clients have come to love his fun, vivacious, and friendly attitude. He prides himself on bringing honesty and integrity to the entire home buying and selling process. In addition to helping buyers and sellers, he also works with rental clients. Whether you’re looking to purchase a new Boston condo or rent an apartment, you’ll quickly learn why John has a 97% closing rate.


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