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Volume 2014 - Number 18

May 9, 2014

Downloads Available: GSE Mortgage Securities Holdings 2004-1Q14

GSE Portfolios Continue to Shrink in 2014; Falling Capital Leaves No Room for Error, Says CEO

The retained mortgage portfolios of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac continued to decline through attrition during the first quarter of 2014 as the two government-sponsored enterprises reported some $9.3 billion in profit, due largely to non-agency MBS legal settlements. The two GSEs held a combined mortgage-investment portfolio of $902.1 billion at the end of March, down 5.2 percent from the previous quarter. The biggest decline was in MBS holdings, down 7.3 percent, including an 8.3 percent drop in Fannie’s and Freddie’s holdings of their own MBS. Wall Street investment bankers and non-agency MBS issuers paid...[Includes one data chart]

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After the November elections, how long will it take for a new Congress and White House to pass GSE reform legislation?

I’m confident a bill will be passed the first year.


2 to 3 years. GSE reform is complicated.


Sadly it won’t happen in a Clinton or Trump first term.


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