Perspectives on the Future of Multifamily Housing

Housing November 24, 2014

Although the single-family housing recovery has been slow, the multifamily sector continues to be red hot. Single-family construction has yet to pass the halfway mark back to normal but by mid-2014 multifamily building had surpassed the long term trend of 340,000 units a year established in the 1990s and the first half of the 2000s.

10 Policy Proposals to Improve the Renewable Fuel Standard

Scott McKee, Stuart Iler November 21, 2014

In the time since the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) was first passed into law in 2005 (and later expanded in 2007), domestic biofuels production has risen and renewable fuels have increased as a percentage of the total U.S. transportation fuels supply.

Update on Iran’s Nuclear Program

Blaise Misztal November 20, 2014

Summary

  • Iran has enriched uranium in a next generation IR-5 centrifuge that, under the interim Joint Plan of Action, should likely have remained inactive.
  • Iran has also failed to convert roughly 1,000 kilogram of 3.5 percent enriched uranium into uranium oxide, as also required by the Joint Plan of Action.

Moving the Homeownership Needle

Mel Martinez November 20, 2014

As someone who has long believed in the power of homeownership both as a wealth-building tool for families and as a way to strengthen our nation’s communities, the latest homeownership figures from the U.S. Census Bureau were a bit of a jolt.

Meeting the Cyber Threat: The National Counterterrorism Center Model

Jessica Michek November 18, 2014

Thirteen years ago, the 9/11 attacks spurred the most significant reorganization of the U.S. intelligence community since 1947. This seismic shift saw the creation of: an entire Cabinet department, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS); a new coordinating agency for the U.S.

Recent Treasury/IRS Regs Encourage Use of Annuities by DC Account Holders

Alex Gold November 17, 2014

One of the challenges that defined contribution (DC) plan participants face is how to turn their savings into income that will last through the end of their lives. Annuities can be good tools to help retirees manage the risk of outliving their savings – but DC plan participants usually do not annuitize their savings.

Private-sector Defined Benefit Plans and the PBGC

Shai Akabas, Brian Collins, Alex Gold November 10, 2014

Harry Baumgarten contributed to this post.

In 2014, the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) launched the Commission on Retirement Security and Personal Savings, led by former Senator Kent Conrad and WL Ross & Co. Vice Chairman Jim Lockhart. The commission will consider and make recommendations regarding Social Security, pensions, defined contribution (DC) savings vehicles, strategies to generate lifetime income and other factors that affect retirement security.

Voter Turnout: Comparing Apples to Oranges

Matthew Weil November 10, 2014

Coming down from an exciting campaign, all that’s left to discuss is how poorly Americans participated. It has become an almost expected epilogue to our elections; turnout is bad relative to how good we used to be at it, as well as how unfavorably we compare to other democracies in the world.

The G20 Brisbane Summit and Putting an End to Too-Big-To-Fail

Aaron Klein, Peter Ryan November 10, 2014

The Group of Twenty (G20) Leaders’ summit in Brisbane, Australia will meet from November 15-16 to consider a variety of issues, including a proposal released today by the Financial Stability Board (FSB)1 to put in place a new international failure resolution regime designed to address the too-big-to-fail challenge posed by the largest global banks.

Perspectives on LIHTC: Ali Solis

Housing November 10, 2014

Are there ways to make the Housing Credit even more effective? What are the three things you would change?

The recent Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies “State of the Nation’s Housing” report underscored how desperately we need more affordable housing options.