Michael S. Canter

Michael S. Canter

Director—US Multi-Sector and Securitized Assets

11 Years at AB
24 Years of experience

Michael Canter is a Senior Vice President and Director of US Multi-Sector and Securitized Assets at AllianceBernstein (AB). He is also the Chief Investment Officer of AB’s Securitized Assets Fund and the former CIO of the Recovery Asset Fund (ABRA-S) and the Legacy Securities (PPIP) Fund. In addition, Canter is Head of the Securitized Assets Research Group, which is responsible for the firm’s investments in agency mortgage-backed securities (MBS), credit risk–transfer securities (CRT), non-agency residential mortgage-backed securities, commercial mortgage-backed securities and other asset-backed securities (ABS). He has particularly extensive expertise in residential mortgage credit. Canter has been called upon to give expert testimony to the US Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs in 2013 and the US House of Representatives Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance in 2017, on how US housing policy should be structured going forward. Prior to joining the firm, he was the president of ACE Principal Finance, a division of ACE Limited (now Chubb). There, Canter managed portfolios of credit default swaps, ABS, MBS and collateralized debt obligations. He is currently a board member of the Association of Mortgage Investors. Canter holds a BA in math and economics from Northwestern University and a PhD in finance from the Columbia University Graduate School of Business. Location: New York

US Housing Finance: Is Government Involvement Necessary?

by Douglas J. Peebles, Michael S. Canter

A debate is raging about whether the US government’s significant role in housing finance is sustainable. In future articles, I will explain in detail why we believe the private sector needs to play a greater role in the future of housing finance. But for now, let’s take a step back and ask a key question. Is government involvement in the US housing market necessary at all?

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