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Volume 14 - Number 10

May 16, 2014

Watt Questions FHLB’s Captive Insurers, Affordable Housing

The Federal Housing Finance Agency, under recently installed Director Mel Watt, will continue to ensure that the 12 Federal Home Loan Banks play their “important role” in providing reliable funding and secondary mortgage market access to member institutions, as well as maintain the Banks’ statutory affordable housing requirements, so said the man himself. Last week, in his first public speech before a financial services group, Watt cautioned FHLBank directors to keep a close watch on captive insurers that are seeking membership in the FHLB system.

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