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January 9, 2014

Securitization Market Shivers in Late 2013 as Production Drops Sharply

By John Bancroft

Monthly production of single-family MBS went into a steady, year-long decline at the beginning of 2013. In December, total single-family MBS issuance fell to just $77.1 billion, the lowest monthly production figure since July 2011.

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