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Volume 16 - Number 23

November 11, 2016

Downloads Available: GSE 3Q Earnings


GSE Earnings Up Again in 3Q, Groups Renew Recap Calls

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac posted combined net income of $5.53 billion for the third quarter of 2016, representing their strongest cycle since the second quarter of 2015. Despite a mandated declining portfolio, the GSEs are beneficiaries of strong guarantee fees, which help drive income. Freddie more than doubled its net profit from the previous quarter to $2.33 billion. This was the company’s best performance since the $4.17 billion earned in the second quarter of 2015. Freddie attributed the gain to robust g-fee income and a steep reduction in hedging losses. Fannie’s net income was up for the quarter to $3.20 billion, also its strongest since earning $4.64 billion back in the second quarter of last year, and up from...

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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.

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Yes, by a lot.

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

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No and we may even tighten credit.

7%