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Volume 2014 - Number 19

May 16, 2014

Federal Regulators Recommend that Agencies Finish Risk-Retention Rule Pending Since 2010

In a report released last week, the Financial Stability Oversight Council recommended that its members, federal regulators, should finish risk-retention requirements as part of an effort to facilitate “increased private mortgage market activity.” The rulemaking was mandated by the Dodd-Frank Act, which set an April 2011 deadline for issuance of a final risk-retention rule that would cover non-agency MBS, commercial MBS and non-mortgage ABS. The rule will require securitizers to retain a 5 percent interest, although this would be waived for transactions backed by “qualified” assets, including qualified residential mortgages. The Department of Housing and Urban Development, Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., Federal Housing Finance Agency, Federal Reserve, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and Securities and Exchange Commission issued...

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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.


Not in my lifetime.


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