Interview with Marlene Puffer in The Analyst, Toronto CFA Society, September 2014.
Dr. Puffer was part of a large team of consultants evaluating the Canada Mortgage Bond program which finances the majority of mortgage lending in the Canadian market. The focus of the study was on Canada’s residential mortgage market from 2001-2006, with an update following market developments since August, 2007. Twist Financial component reports included a report on Capital Markets, a report on Canadian Mortgage Markets (with KPMG), and a Literature Review, with Prof. Paul Halpern and Prof. Alexandra Mackay, from the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. Other consultants on the project included ALM Model Metrics, KPMG, Dr. Michael Lea of Cardiff Economic Consulting. The final summary report is here.
October 23, 2008, Marlene Puffer discusses the announcement by Jim Flaherty regarding the Canadian Lenders Assurance Facility on CTV.
KPMG LLP – CMHC Report, August 2008. This report analysed the effectiveness of Canada Mortgage Bonds (CMB) as financing vehicles for Canadian residential mortgages and assessed the impact of the funding program on the cost of mortgages for Canadians.
Twist Financial interviewed markets participants associated with the CMB program, wrote extensive studies on the structure of Canadian mortgage and funding markets and on the academic literature that contributed to this report. Dr. Puffer wrote the Addendum on Current Market Conditions (Annex C of the Report) that updated the report’s findings to reflect the events and market reaction associated with the financial crisis.Read the Article