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August 11, 2014

SIFMA: The Playing Field is Slanted Against Non-Agency MBS

By Brandon Ivey

SIFMA noted that in recent years both the FHFA and Congress have increased the GSEs’ guarantee fees in an effort to reduce their market share and make non-agency MBS issuance more competitive.

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With rates higher this year, there has been talk of lenders liberalizing their underwriting standards in an effort to increase volume and make up for lower refis.

Do you think your shop will loosen standards over the coming three months?

Yes, but not by much.

47%

Yes, by a lot.

5%

Yes and, heck, we may even do non-QM lending.

14%

No, not at all.

26%

No and we may even tighten credit.

7%