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February 28, 2014

Fannie and Freddie Slashed Their CMBS Holdings by 51 Percent in 2013

By John Bancroft

The Federal Housing Finance Agency ordered the two GSEs to sell at least 5 percent of their “less-liquid” mortgage assets, meaning whole loans and non-agency securities. CMBS are arguably the most liquid of these.

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