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Volume 2014 - Number 23

June 12, 2014

SEC Reportedly Relents on Downpayment, QM Reciprocity in Risk-Retention Rule

It looks like the Securities and Exchange Commission has yielded to the majority view of the other federal regulators and agreed to a simplified qualified residential mortgage definition that could make it easier for issuers of non-agency MBS. The SEC dropped its insistence on a downpayment requirement, according to an account this week in the Wall Street Journal. In exchange, the other federal agencies involved in the rulemaking agreed to revisit the QRM issue two years after the final risk-retention rule goes into effect. Deals backed...

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