Alex J. Pollock is distinguished senior fellow with the R Street Institute, providing thought and policy leadership on financial issues, broadly defined. These include understanding financial systems, cycles of booms and busts, financial crises, risk and uncertainty, central banking and the politics of finance.
Alex joined R Street in January 2016 from the American Enterprise Institute, where he was a resident fellow from 2004 to 2015. He previously was president and CEO of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago from 1991 to 2004.
He also serves as a director of the CME Group; a director of Great Lakes Higher Education Corp.; and a director and past-chairman of the Great Books Foundation. He is past president of the International Union for Housing Finance and a member of the advisory board of St. Xavier University of Chicago Business School.
He is the author of “Boom and Bust: Financial Cycles and Human Prosperity,” published in 2011 by AEI Press.
Alex received his bachelor’s from Williams College, has master’s in philosophy from the University of Chicago and a Master of Public Administration degree in international affairs from Princeton University.
He lives in Lake Forest, Illinois, with his wife. They have four grown children and seven grandchildren.
- A flawed process generated by a flawed structure
- George Kaufman: 57 years of banking changes and ideas
- Letter to Oversight Board of Puerto Rico
- Economic reform for Puerto Rico
- Testimony to House Financial Services Committee on the CHOICE Act
- Low-rate blues, Barron's
- U.S. banks’ real estate boom could be signaling next crisis, Inside Sources
- What is the actual collateral for a mortgage loan?, RealClearMarkets
- Letter to Financial Times: Borrowers and speculators benefit at savers’ expense, Financial Times
- The Federal Reserve is the bank most in need of a stress test, RealClearMarkets
- The Cincinnatian Doctrine revisited
- Homeownership Rates: It depends on whether you are married
- Seven steps to housing-finance reform
- Why can’t the US reform its housing-finance sector?
- Does the Federal Reserve know what it’s doing?