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August 1, 2014 - Inside FHA Lending

GNMA’s Issuer Approval Process Goes Electronic

Ginnie Mae is taking its issuer approval process online effective Sept. 1, 2014. Entities seeking to become an approved issuer of Ginnie mortgage-backed securities must file their applications electronically through the new Application Connection (AC), which is on the agency’s website. Ginnie Mae will no longer accept paper applications after July 31 as it shifts from the old to the new system. The agency is strongly encouraging potential applicants to complete two required courses through the Ginnie Mae Online University before filling out an application to become a Ginnie Mae MBS issuer. The courses are “Ginnie Mae 101” and “Applying to Ginnie Mae.”The two mandatory courses and the Ginnie Mae Online University provide free training and how to apply for approval, as well as the role and responsibilities of a Ginnie Mae issuer in ...


August 1, 2014 - Inside FHA Lending

GNMA Data Show Wells, Chase Pulled Back

JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo have both paid major settlements regarding FHA lending, and both have curtailed their participation in the program, according to a new analysis of Ginnie Mae data by Inside FHA Lending. During the first six months of 2013, Chase accounted for 11.8 percent of the FHA mortgages in newly issued Ginnie mortgage-backed securities. During the first half of 2014, its volume of FHA loans in Ginnie pools was down 75.8 percent from the same period last year, and its share of the market sank more than half, to just 5.1 percent. Jamie Dimon, Chase’s president and CEO, recently questioned why the bank should stay in the FHA business when legal costs are so high. The Ginnie data show it ... [1 chart]


August 1, 2014 - IMFnews

What We’re Hearing: Look Out Below Ocwen? / Look Out Below Nationstar? / Regarding Fannie and Freddie: Did Treasury Know Three Years Ago They Were Turning the Corner? / What Constitutes Being ‘Under Investigation’? / A HUD Official Comes Clean

Next week, Nationstar Mortgage reports its second quarter results. If the company misses the targets set by investment bankers, it could be a blood bath…


August 1, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

Buybacks, Indemnifications Will Continue, But There Are Many Coping Strategies Available, Experts Say

Mortgage buybacks and indemnifications may be off their peak in terms of volume, but they are widely expected to continue for the foreseeable future, industry experts said this week. But the good news for the industry is that there are a variety of defenses and coping strategies available, depending on the particulars of a given situation. Amanda Raines, a partner in the Washington, DC, office of the BuckleySandler law firm, told participants of an Inside Mortgage Finance webinar this week that more buybacks are definitely on the way. “The Department of Justice is still making financial fraud a priority,” she said. Raines noted...


August 1, 2014 - IMFnews

FHFA May Allow Principal Reduction Only Under ‘Unique’ Circumstances

Has the Federal Housing Finance Agency finally caved on the issue of principal reductions for GSE loans? Not really, but...


August 1, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

Judge Cuts BofA ‘Hustle’ Penalty by Half to $1.27B as Bank Tries to Settle Other Charges; Issa Presses DOJ

A Manhattan federal judge on Wednesday ordered Bank of America to pay a $1.27 billion penalty over mortgage fraud related to Countrywide Financial’s “Hustle” program, a little more than half of what the government had said the bank should pay, while the bank and Department of Justice discuss a potential MBS fraud settlement. Last October, the DOJ and the Securities and Exchange Commission successfully proved in court that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac lost some $850 million from thousands of loans acquired through Countrywide’s “high-speed swim lane” program – known as HSSL or “Hustle.” The loan program ran...


August 1, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

Commercial Mortgage REITs Show Promise As Long as Originations Continue to Improve

The immediate future is looking mostly bright for publicly-traded real estate investment trusts that toil in the commercial real estate sector – that is, as long as origination volumes remain healthy. Several high-profile commercial REITs – including Starwood Property Trust, Colony Financial and Ladder Capital – do not report second quarter results until next week, but hopes are high that earnings will be mostly positive. One commercial REIT that did report this week was...


August 1, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

Commercial Mortgage Securitization Rebounds In Second Quarter Despite Sluggish Agency Market

A solid increase in non-agency commercial MBS issuance during the second quarter of 2014 provided most of the lift in new income-property securitizations, according to a new Inside MBS & ABS market analysis. A total of $36.69 billion of commercial mortgages were securitized during the second quarter, up 16.1 percent from the first three months of the year. At the midway point in 2014, new CMBS issuance remained 24.7 percent behind the heady levels recorded over the same period last year, which ended up being the market’s highest point since the financial crisis. Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Ginnie Mae saw...[Includes two data charts]


August 1, 2014 - IMFnews

GSE Buyback Activity Continued to Decline in First Quarter

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac actually withdrew $881.5 million of buyback demands, more than lenders repurchased during the first quarter.


July 31, 2014 - Inside Mortgage Finance

FHFA May Allow Principal Reduction on Fannie, Freddie Loans Under ‘Unique’ Circumstances

Despite certain “unique” circumstances under which principal might be reduced on a Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac loan, the government-sponsored enterprises’ blanket prohibition on principal reduction remains in place, according to the GSEs’ regulator. The Federal Housing Finance Agency said it remains true to its long-standing policy despite a recent change in management and in the face of continued calls by progressive groups for the FHFA to embrace the use of principal reduction on GSE-backed loans in foreclosure mitigation. “As outlined in FHFA’s 2014 Strategic Plan for the Conservatorships of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, FHFA is...


July 31, 2014 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Larger Lenders Expect Some Loosening of Credit Standards, Others See Tightening Over Next Three Months, Survey Finds

Smaller and mid-size mortgage lenders were more likely than larger lenders to say their credit standards tightened over the past three months and will tighten more in the next quarter, while larger lenders were more likely to say their credit standards eased in the prior quarter and will continue in the next, according to results of a new lender survey announced by Fannie Mae. The divergent view of credit standards between larger lenders and others is among the key findings of the government-sponsored enterprise’s new Mortgage Lender Sentiment Survey. The quarterly survey focuses on the supply side of the mortgage business and dovetails with Fannie’s monthly national survey of consumers, which provides current information on the demand side of housing. Lender survey results collected during the first two quarters of 2014 showed...


July 31, 2014 - Inside Mortgage Finance

GSE Buyback Activity Continued to Decline in 1Q14; $3.2 Billion Still Unresolved in March

Mortgage lenders repurchased just $522.5 million of home loans from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac during the first quarter of 2014, according to disclosures filed by the two government-sponsored enterprises with the Securities and Exchange Commission. That was by far the lowest quarterly repurchase volume reported by the GSEs, according to an analysis by Inside Mortgage Trends, an affiliated newsletter. Because Fannie and Freddie this year stopped providing detailed repurchase activity data in their quarterly earnings, the SEC disclosures are the only comprehensive source of GSE buyback activity. First-quarter repurchase volume was...[Includes one data chart]


July 31, 2014 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Nonbanks Continue Assault on Mortgage Servicing Market, More Business Shifts to Smaller Institutions

Non-depository institutions aren’t letting a relatively stagnant mortgage servicing business stop them from continuing to build market share, according to a new Inside Mortgage Finance analysis and ranking of mortgage servicers at the midway point in 2014. Nonbanks that ranked among the top 30 servicers as of the end of the second quarter serviced an estimated $1.792 trillion of home mortgages, an increase of 12.4 percent over the past year. Depository institutions serviced considerably more – $5.142 trillion – but their aggregate portfolio was down 7.8 percent from the midway point in 2013. The shift to nonbank servicing from the first quarter was...[Includes two data charts]


July 31, 2014 - IMFnews

BofA Moving Closer to a Deal with DOJ?; Fined $1.27 B in 'Hustle' Case

The Countrywide purchase, completed in the summer of 2008, has cost BofA close to $60 billion in operating losses and legal settlements, depending on how the numbers are counted.


July 30, 2014 - IMFnews

Lenders Will Have More Time to Comment on G-Fees

By extending the comment period, it’s likely that lenders will have at least 120 days before any g-fee hikes are installed.


July 30, 2014 - IMFnews

California Once Again Dominates GSE Business with a 21 Percent Share

Texas was the second largest source of Fannie/Freddie business during the first half, accounting for 7.3 percent of the market.


July 29, 2014 - IMFnews

Will Bank of America Ever Mend Fences With Fannie Mae?

The Fannie-BofA squabble was tied to repurchase claims surrounding the bank’s legacy book of business, largely involving loans produced by Countrywide Financial and Merrill Lynch.


July 28, 2014 - IMFnews

Short Takes: Lender Focusing on Four M&A Deals? / Mechanics Bank Inks Origination Deal with RPM / California, the Golden State of Mortgage Fraud? / Fannie Vendor Denies Discrimination Allegation / EverBank is Apparently a Jaguars’ Fan

RPM Mortgage, one of the largest privately held nonbanks in California, has signed a new origination deal with Mechanics Bank, Walnut Creek, CA.


July 28, 2014 - IMFnews

A Ton of New MSR Deals Hit the Market, but Not Legacy Product

"There are plenty of small deals out there," said one mortgage analyst, "but no big ones."


July 28, 2014 - IMFnews

Believe It or Not: White House Still Working on Advancing GSE Reform This Year

In mid-July senior White House staff, Treasury officials and the staffers from the Council of Economic Advisers met with representatives from a number of industry trade groups to discuss housing finance reform.


July 25, 2014 - Inside The GSEs

CA Dominates GSE Share, Fannie Leads by State in First Half 2014

California remains the top source of new single-family mortgages for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, even as Fannie remains the dominant GSE in terms of production through the first half of the year, according to an Inside The GSEs analysis. A total of $56.9 billion in home loans on Golden State properties were securitized by the two GSEs during the first six months of 2014, accounting for 21.0 percent of their total business for the half year.


July 25, 2014 - Inside The GSEs

Fannie, Freddie MBS Activity Posts Monthly Rebound in June

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in June rebounded from a decline the previous month with a big boost in the volume of single-family mortgages securitized by the two GSEs, according to a new Inside The GSEs analysis. Fannie and Freddie issued $51.6 billion in single-family mortgage-backed securities in June, a 15.2 percent jump from the previous month. Year-to-date MBS issuance was down 60.9 percent from the same period a year ago.


July 25, 2014 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Data: Agency MBS Activity By State: 6M2014

A ranking by state of agency mortgage-backed security activity in the first half of 2014 with columns for purchase mortgages, refinances, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Ginnie Mae.


July 25, 2014 - Inside The GSEs

Enterprise Endnotes

Critic: CFPB Regulations Ensure Fannie, Freddie Market Dominance. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, through its scores of regulations, has stifled and discouraged mortgage market growth away from the GSEs, a critic of the bureau noted during the CFPB’s third anniversary last week. “One of the important effects of the CFPB has been to ensure the continuing market dominance of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac by the way they have written their mortgage regulations, which give you a pass if you make a loan eligible for sale to Fannie or Freddie or give you very onerous legal risks if you don’t,” said Alex Pollock, a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.


July 25, 2014 - Inside The GSEs

FHFA’s Proposed Mortgage Insurance Rules Tilt Market

New mortgage insurance eligibility rules proposed earlier this month by the Federal Housing Finance Agency appear likely to cause some MIs to tweak their corporate structures and/or to raise additional capital, note industry observers. In its draft Private Mortgage Insurer Eligibility Requirements, the FHFA directed Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to revise, expand and align their risk management requirements for mortgage insurance counterparties.The updated financial requirements incorporate a new, risk-based framework that ensures that approved insurers have a sufficient level of liquid assets from which to pay claims.


July 25, 2014 - Inside The GSEs

Fannie Prices Its Fourth Risk-Sharing Deal, Largest To Date

Fannie Mae has priced its fourth and largest risk-sharing transaction to date, a more than $2 billion offering pegged to a pool of mortgages acquired last year, the GSE announced last week. The $2.05 billion note is the GSE’s third transaction under its Connecticut Avenue Securities series issued this year. Last year, the Federal Housing Finance Agency ordered both Fannie and Freddie Mac to shrink their role in the U.S. housing market. The latest offering – Series 2014-C03 – included reference loans with original loan-to-value ratios of up to 97 percent and “is consistent with prior transactions.”


July 25, 2014 - Inside The GSEs

Industry Groups Dismayed With IG Report on Nonbank Risk to GSEs

Industry trade groups are lining up to express their dismay at a recent audit issued by the Inspector General of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, which said both good and bad things about the risk nonbanks and small lenders pose to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The latest trade group missive was issued late this week by the Community Home Lenders Association: “By implication, the IG report seems to be pushing for more loans to be done at the big TBTF [too big to fail] banks by stating that small nonbank lenders are riskier for the enterprises and with little or no evidence to support the claim.”


July 25, 2014 - Inside The GSEs

GSE Shareholders Score Limited Win as Judge Grants Discovery

A federal judge last week granted limited discovery to a hedge fund representing a group of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac shareholders as they challenge the government’s “net worth sweep” of their profits. However, the court will keep a tight lid on public access to the documents in a nod to the government’s claim that a leak could have dire economic consequences on the mortgage market. Fairholme Capital Management has been pushing hard for discovery and access to internal government documents since the shareholder filed suit last summer demanding that the Treasury Department void its August 2012 Third Amendment to its preferred stock purchase agreement with Fannie and Freddie.


July 25, 2014 - Inside The GSEs

House Democrat GSE Reform Bill Greeted With Praise, Suggestions

Reform legislation rolled out earlier this month by House Democrats that would phase Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac out of business while dramatically expanding Ginnie Mae’s role in the market has been positively received within the industry, but room for improvement remains. The Partnership to Strengthen Homeownership Act, H.R. 5055, sponsored by House Democrats John Delaney (MD), John Carney (DE) and Jim Himes (CT), has zero chance of gaining traction this year. However, the lawmakers said they are playing the long game with their bill, looking ahead to the GSE reform debate in the 114th Congress.


July 25, 2014 - Inside The GSEs

Fair Housing Group Accuses Fannie REO Contractor of Discrimination

A Fannie Mae real estate-owned contractor engaged in a “clear pattern” of neglecting Fannie-owned vacant foreclosed homes in black and latino neighborhoods compared to white neighborhoods in four different cities, according to a discrimination complaint filed with the Department of Housing and Urban Development this week. The National Fair Housing Alliance and two partners allege that Brandon, FL-based Cyprexx Services violated the federal Fair Housing Act by neglecting minority-owned Fannie REOs.


July 25, 2014 - Inside The GSEs

Sources: White House Still Working On Advancing GSE Reform This Year

The White House isn’t quite ready to pack it in on housing finance reform legislation this year, at least in the Senate, even as policymakers look ahead to take up the issue anew next year, say industry observers. The industry at large has all but written off the prospects of advancing a GSE reform bill in the 113th Congress following the bare minimum passage out of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee of S. 1217 by the committee’s chairman and ranking member Sens. Tim Johnson, D-SD, and Mike Crapo, R-ID.


July 25, 2014 - IMFnews

What We’re Hearing: Why Doesn’t JPM Just Get Out of Mortgages Entirely? / Down, Down, Down: JPM’s Ginnie Share / NAR’s Yun: CFPB Might Want to Investigate FHA / Do LOs Exaggerate Their Production Numbers? / Zillow and Trulia: A Match Made in Money-Losing Heaven

NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun: “The way they have raised premiums and fees – the way I view it and what I hear from Realtors – is essentially they are ripping off consumers. It’s almost as if HUD needs to be turned over to the CFPB to be investigated"...


July 25, 2014 - IMFnews

Buried in the FHFA IG Report: Fannie and Freddie Will Conduct More ‘Operational Reviews’

Nationstar Mortgage and Walter Investment are the only seller/servicers (counterparties) mentioned by name in the FHFA IG report on nonbank risk.


July 24, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

Fannie Prices Fourth, Largest Credit Risk-Share Transaction, More to Come

Fannie Mae late last week priced its third credit risk-sharing deal of 2014. The $2.05 billion note is the government-sponsored enterprise’s fourth and largest transaction under its Connecticut Avenue Securities series since the Federal Housing Finance Agency ordered both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to shrink the GSEs’ role in the U.S. housing market last year. In its latest offering – Series 2014-C03 – Fannie included reference loans with original loan-to-value ratios of up to 97 percent and “is consistent with prior transactions.” Previous C-deal offerings included reference loans with up to 80 percent LTV ratios. “We’ve continued...


July 24, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

Freddie’s H-Pools Backed By Modified Mortgages Seen as Good Investment to Avoid Prepayment Risk

MBS from Freddie Mac backed by modified mortgages offer investors protection from prepayment risk in an environment in which interest rates are expected to climb, according to analysts at Barclays Capital. The analysts said Freddie’s H-pools are particularly attractive, as the loans in the deals have been restructured under the Home Affordable Modification Program. Slightly more than $1.0 billion in H-pools have been issued, with the most recent activity in October. Barclays noted that Freddie could significantly increase its issuance of H-pools as the government-sponsored enterprise has accumulated a substantial amount of modified mortgages in its retained portfolio in recent years. Freddie had...


July 24, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

Two-Plus Years Have Passed and Fannie Still Isn’t Doing Much Business with BofA; As for Jumbo MBS…

More than two years have passed since Bank of America parted ways with Fannie Mae on selling new purchase-money loans to the government-sponsored enterprise and no remedy seems in sight regarding a resolution to the matter. “There’s no change that I’m aware of related to the Fannie Mae situation,” said a spokesman for the bank. “We’re able to handle our loan origination business just fine with Freddie Mac.” According to figures compiled by Inside MBS & ABS, BofA did sell...


July 24, 2014 - Inside Mortgage Finance

FHFA IG Report on Nonbanks Ticks Off Industry; But More ‘Operational Reviews’ Are on the Way

As a way to keep a tight grip on counterparty risk, Freddie Mac will start conducting bimonthly “operational reviews of certain specialty servicers” later this year. Not to be outdone, Fannie Mae will also perform such reviews, but only when a seller/servicer reaches a “certain mortgage loan delivery threshold.” The news – contained in a recent report from the Inspector General of the Federal Housing Finance Agency – isn’t likely to warm the hearts of fast growing nonbanks. Both Nationstar Mortgage and Walter Investment Management are mentioned by name in the report, which voices concerns thatsome nonbanks pose a risk to the government-sponsored enterprises because they have “limited financial capacity” to make good on representation and warranty contracts. Nationstar and Walter are...


July 24, 2014 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Federal Judge Grants Limited Discovery in GSE ‘Taking’ Case Against Government, But Public Access Limited

A federal judge last week granted limited discovery to a hedge fund representing a group of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac shareholders as they challenge the government’s “net worth sweep” of their profits. But the court will keep a tight lid on public access to the documents in a nod to the government’s claim that a leak could have dire economic consequences on the mortgage market. Fairholme Capital Management has been pushing hard for discovery and access to internal government documents since the shareholder filed suit last summer demanding that the Treasury Department void its August 2012 Third Amendment to its preferred stock purchase agreement with Fannie and Freddie. In her ruling, Judge Margaret Sweeney of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims was...


July 24, 2014 - IMFnews

Fannie Mae Survey: More Lenders May Keep Their MSRs

Regarding portfolio retention, the GSE found that over the next three months, 56 percent of nonbanks hope to grow their loan portfolios.


July 24, 2014 - Inside Mortgage Finance

First-Time Homebuyer Share of Purchase Market At High Levels, GSEs Account for Growing Share

The first-time homebuyer share of home purchases has increased for four consecutive months, according to the latest Campbell/Inside Mortgage Finance HousingPulse Tracking Survey. First-time homebuyer activity tends to increase through the spring homebuying season, but the first-time homebuyer share is at particularly high levels this year. First-time homebuyers accounted for 37.2 percent of home purchases in June, based on a three-month moving average. That was up from a 34.2 percent share in March, and the last time the first-time homebuyer share of home purchases was at 37.2 percent was September 2010. According to real estate agents, first-time buyers appear...


July 24, 2014 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Most Lenders Rode Surge in Mortgage Production In 2Q14, But Pace Was Well Below Recent Past

A healthy housing recovery boosted mortgage origination volume during the second quarter of 2014, but production remains at relatively sluggish levels, according to a new market analysis and ranking by Inside Mortgage Finance. Single-family mortgage originations totaled an estimated $295 billion during the second quarter, up 25.5 percent from the first three months of the year. The first quarter of 2014 was the worst production environment for the mortgage industry since the end of 2000, even falling below the mark set at the depth of the financial crises in the fourth quarter of 2008. In fact, the most recent April-to-June cycle brought...[Includes three data charts]


July 24, 2014 - IMFnews

10 Trade and Consumer Groups Tell FHFA: Please, No Increases in G-Fees or LLPAs

The 10 groups question “whether it is appropriate for the GSEs to target private sector returns while in conservatorship.”


July 23, 2014 - IMFnews

Short Takes: More Gripes About the FHFA IG Report on Nonbanks / Will the MI Biz Shift back to FHA? / GSE REO Contractor Accused of Discrimination / Ellie Mae Signs Fat Lease / A Rise in Mortgage Applications but Can it Last?

One critic of the report on nonbank risk had this to say: “It’s just ridiculous what they [the IG] get away with. There’s risk in every business. Don’t they get it?”


July 22, 2014 - IMFnews

Prospect Mortgage Still Scouring for Lenders to Buy?

“Prospect has a target list and they have an audience,” said one advisor. “But so far, in the mortgage M&A market there has been a lot of talk – with not too many deals getting done.”


July 18, 2014 - Inside FHA Lending

House Democrats’ Bill Features Amped-Up GNMA

Ginnie Mae would play a greater role in a private-market partnership model envisioned in proposed housing finance reform legislation introduced recently by House Democrats. However, many in the industry doubt whether a Democrat-sponsored reform bill will pass in this Congress. Sponsored by Reps. John Delaney (MD), John Carney (DE) and Jim Himes (CT), the Partnership to Strengthen Homeownership Act would put Ginnie Mae in charge of all single- and multifamily mortgage-backed securities with government backing. Among other things, H.R. 5055 would create a new Ginnie Mae MBS for conventional mortgages backed by the full faith and credit of the federal government with minimum support from the private sector. Under the proposed model, private entities would assume up to 5 percent of the first-loss capital on the MBS. The remaining 95 percent would be shared between ...


July 18, 2014 - Inside FHA Lending

Ginnie Mae Servicing Remains Flat in 2Q14

Ginnie Mae servicing remained flat in the second quarter of 2014, continuing a trend that began in the third quarter of last year as FHA refinancing fell and purchase activity slowed, according to Inside FHA Lending’s analysis of Ginnie Mae data. Servicing volume rose by only 0.7 percent from the first quarter, slightly lower from the 0.9 percent increase reported by Ginnie Mae servicers for the first three months of 2014. On the other hand, volume was up modestly by 5.9 percent year-over-year, data showed. Ginnie Mae servicers ended the second quarter with a total of $1.46 trillion in unpaid principal balance, up from $1.45 trillion in the prior quarter. Four out of the top five Ginnie Mae servicers were banks. Wells Fargo closed out the second quarter with $425.9 billion in servicing volume, a 0.2 percent decrease from the previous quarter but up 2.1 percent from a year ago. Its 29.2 percent market share put it ... [1 chart]


July 18, 2014 - IMFnews

What We’re Hearing: Is the FHFA IG All Wet Regarding Nonbank Risk? / Hurting the GSEs’ Reputations? / Time to Probe GSE Specialty Servicers? / Prospect Mortgage Continues to Hunt for Acquisitions / Raj Date Doesn’t Recognize ‘His’ CFPB

Industry reaction to the FHFA IG report on nonbank and small lender risk was swift. Maybe Fannie Mae is better off having Countrywide as its biggest customer again?


July 18, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

House Democrat Bill Would Put Ginnie in Charge of All Government-Backed MBS. No Chance This Year

A significantly bigger Ginnie Mae would be placed in charge of all MBS issued with a government backing while Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac would be wound down and stripped of their government sponsorship under a bill filed last week by House Democrats. The legislation – the Partnership to Strengthen Homeownership Act, H.R. 5055, sponsored by House Democrats John Delaney (MD), John Carney (DE) and Jim Himes (CT) – has zero chance of gaining traction this year. It would create a new Ginnie Mae MBS backed by conventional mortgages that would have the full faith and credit of the federal government while tapping private capital to absorb some of the risk. The new structure under the Delaney-Carney-Himes bill would create...


July 18, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

FINRA Eases TBA Margin Requirement Proposal For Smaller Participants, Forgoes Other Suggestions

After hearing from some market participants about certain unintended consequences, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority decided to revise its earlier proposal to establish margin requirements for to-be-announced transactions to accommodate smaller players in the market. Last week, its board authorized FINRA to file with the Securities and Exchange Commission the revised amendments to FINRA Rule 4210 (Margin Requirements) to establish margin requirements for TBA transactions (including adjustable-rate mortgage transactions), specified pool transactions, and transactions in collateralized mortgage obligations, with forward settlement dates. The proposal is...


July 18, 2014 - IMFnews

Put Ginnie Mae in Charge of All Government MBS?

Over five years, Fannie and Freddie would be wound down, but would be allowed to be sold and recapitalized as private entities with different business plans.


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