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March 7, 2014

A Sign of the Times: Agency MBS Production Hits 9-Year Low in February

By John Bancroft

The first two months of 2014 generated just $132.85 billion of new agency MBS, down 57.6 percent from the same period last year. A harsh winter in many parts of the country hasn’t helped.

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