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February 21, 2014

Bank and Thrift Holdings of Residential MBS Continued to Fade

By John Bancroft

Bank and thrift MBS holdings fell by 4.6 percent during 2013, and by the end of the year, they were down 7.8 percent from the all-time high of $1.634 trillion reached at the end of March 2012.

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