Dear ladies and gentlemen,
The IUHF World Congress is, as always, a unique opportunity to learn about the different models and common challenges facing housing finance professionals around the world. It also provides exceptional networking opportunities with housing finance leaders from government, the industry, NGOs and other entities.
Mortgage debt, like any other type of debt, also serves as an investment vehicle. Although national institutional factors remain important and a variety of housing finance institutions prevails, the integration of housing finance markets into global financial markets is occurring throughout the world. However, the markets in some countries have shown more volatility than others.
The Congress sessions will discuss these differences as well as the opportunities and risks of investing in mortgage debt, including cross-border investments. Furthermore, funding alternatives to international finance capital will be explored.
The Congress offers a rich and stimulating programme of high-level sessions with eminent plenary speakers and an exciting program of social events. We look forward to welcoming you in Washington D.C.
Andreas J. Zehnder