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Volume 2014 - Number 8

February 28, 2014

GSEs Whittling Down Mortgage Portfolios, Get High Marks on Conservator Scorecard

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac continued to sell off their holdings of non-agency commercial MBS as the preferred strategy for meeting their regulator's demand that the two government-sponsored enterprises accelerate the reduction in their retained mortgage portfolios. The two GSEs reduced their CMBS holdings by 51.4 percent over the course of 2013, according to an Inside MBS & ABS analysis of year-end financial statements. The Federal Housing Finance Agency ordered the two GSEs to sell at least 5 percent of their "less-liquid" mortgage assets, meaning whole loans and non-agency securities. CMBS are...[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.


Not in my lifetime.


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