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February 24, 2017 - Inside The GSEs

GSE Roundup

Freddie’s First NPL Sale of 2017. Freddie Mac announced its first nonperforming loan sale of the year last week, a $759 million auction of seasoned non-performing residential whole loans. The NPLs are currently serviced by Nationstar Mortgage LLC and Specialized Loan Servicing LLC. This is also Freddie Mac’s second multi-servicer NPL transaction. The NPLs are being marketed via five pools: four Standard Pool Offerings and one Extended Timeline Pool Offering, which targets participation by smaller investors, including non-profits and minority and women-owned businesses. HARP Refi Volume Slow in 4Q. The Federal Housing Finance Agency reported that 13,220 borrowers refinanced their mortgages through the Home Affordable Refinance Program...


February 24, 2017 - Inside The GSEs

New Govt. Documents Released, Talks of Treasury Sweep Plans

Several more documents were released in relation to an ongoing GSE shareholder case out to prove that the government knew Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were on the path to profitability at the time the Treasury sweep was put in place.The release came after a judge rejected the government’s appeal of an earlier ruling requiring it to turn over a slew of documents for which it had asserted various forms of privilege in Fairholme Funds vs. United States, et al. All of the latest documents are from 2012. They include a July 20, 2012, memo stating “thoughts on how to signal a plan to amend the preferred stock purchase agreements,” from Treasury...


February 24, 2017 - Inside The GSEs

GAO Report Stresses Need for Reform, Leadership Commitment

A prolonged conservatorship coupled with a change in leadership at the Federal Housing Finance Agency could shift priorities for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, according to the Government Accountability Office. The GAO said a potential priority change for Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac would only send mixed messages, creating uncertainties for market participants and hindering the development of the broader secondary mortgage market. In its 2017 biennial report released this month, the GAO discussed actions that need to be taken in order to resolve the federal role in housing finance. The need for leadership commitment by Congress and the administration to reform the system was one of the primary themes.


February 24, 2017 - Inside The GSEs

Opposition to Fannie Single-Family Rental Finance Deal Grows

Skepticism over Fannie Mae’s foray into the single-family rental market has been growing and some lawmakers are voicing their concern. Since announcing the $1 billion deal with Invitation Homes in January, trade groups have expressed anger over Fannie’s pilot program with the Blackstone Group subsidiary, even as Freddie Mac may be next to test the SFR waters. On Feb. 17, 10 Democratic Congressmen sent a letter to Federal Housing Finance Agency Director Mel Watt, asking him to reconsider the deal since it hasn’t been finalized yet. The pilot program is the first time that Fannie backed a large institutional investor. Invitation is the largest single-family rental operator in the U.S. and has a portfolio of about 50,000 homes that it acquires from foreclosures.


February 24, 2017 - Inside The GSEs

Sen. Crapo Speaks on Potential GSE Reform, Analysts Weigh in

Sen. Mike Crapo, R-ID, newly elected chair of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, said reforming Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac would likely happen in 2018, but he’s concerned about the divisiveness on Capitol Hill. During remarks at the Mid-Size Bank Coalition of America meeting last week, the senator echoed Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin’s comments and said that a housing reform bill would be a “high priority” and he doesn’t expect the administration to take unilateral action. Crapo said the atmosphere on Capitol Hill is more toxic than he’s ever seen, with constant pushback over President Trump’s election win. Analysts noted that this is the ultimate risk to housing finance reform, as bipartisan support is needed.


February 24, 2017 - Inside The GSEs

Appeals Court Ruling Voids Treasury Sweep Claims

Despite a Feb. 21 ruling barring GSE shareholders from making illegal Treasury sweep claims, plaintiffs and speculators are keeping hope alive. In Perry Capital LLC vs. Treasury, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia put a stop to shareholders who have been arguing that the government is illegally confiscating GSE profits, citing language in the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008. The Appeals Court notes: “We hold that the stockholders’ statutory claims are barred by the Recovery Act’s strict limitation on judicial review … We also reject most of the stockholders’ common-law claims. Insofar as we have subject matter jurisdiction over the stockholders’ common-law claims against...


February 24, 2017 - Inside The GSEs

GSE Earnings Nearly $10B for the Fourth Quarter of 2016

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac ended 2016 with a bang when fourth quarter combined earnings totaled stellar results, nearly $9.9 billion, representing the best quarter of the year. Fourth-quarter earnings were largely driven by high gains in the fair market value of the GSEs’ hedges, which gained $10.2 billion on a combined basis. “Interest rates went up in the fourth quarter, therefore you saw an unusually large gain in the accounting,” Freddie CEO Donald Layton told Inside The GSEs. Both GSEs had quarterly earnings increases throughout the year. Fannie reported $5.0 billion in the fourth quarter, up from the $3.2 billion in the third quarter, and Freddie more than...


February 24, 2017 - IMFnews

What We’re Hearing: Okay, So Mnuchin is One of Them, But… / Where Were You When We Were Bailing Out Fannie and Freddie? / Remember Hank Greenberg? / Maybe Servicing Compensation is Too Low / The Next Bank to Quit Servicing…

Once the GSEs turned it around and showed a whiff of profit the speculators pounced and bought the shares on the cheap...


February 24, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Fannie/Freddie Retained Portfolios Continued Shrinking in 2016, Mostly by Shedding MBS

The retained mortgage investments of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac declined by 17.5 percent over the course of 2016, keeping the two government-sponsored enterprises on track to meet targets set as conditions of their conservatorships. The two GSEs reported a combined $570.78 billion in retained mortgage investments at yearend, down 7.3 percent from September. The biggest decline was in their holdings of MBS, which fell 23.8 percent for the year. Back in the early 2000s, Fannie and Freddie were...[Includes one data table]


February 24, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Mortgage REIT Holdings of Residential MBS Fall Slightly in 4Q16, Preliminary Estimates Show

Most real estate investment trusts that invest in MBS and other mortgage-related assets reported declines in their holdings of agency and non-agency securities during the fourth quarter, according to a new Inside MBS & ABS ranking and analysis. The top publicly traded REITs had a combined residential MBS portfolio valued at $228.28 billion as of the end of 2016. That was down 3.5 percent from the previous quarter and off 6.5 percent from the end of 2015. The figures are preliminary because several smaller REITs have not yet reported fourth-quarter results. Agency MBS continued...[Includes one data table]


February 24, 2017 - IMFnews

The Time is Right for a Boom in Servicing Sales. However…

Meanwhile, selling Ginnie Mae receivables is still a difficult task…


February 23, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Finance

GSEs’ Combined Earnings Total Almost $10 Billion In 4Q16, Gains Driven by Rising Rates, G-fee Income

The U.S. Treasury doesn’t get to invest in the booming stock market, but its stake in two guarantors of mortgage-backed securities is making a killing. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac posted $9.9 billion in combined profits for the fourth quarter of 2016, and $20.2 billion for the full year. It was up 16.1 percent from 2015 and the fourth best year ever for the two government-sponsored enterprises. Their all-time high was...


February 23, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Finance

PHH Shifts Gears to ‘Capital Light’ Focus On Subservicing, Dumping PLS Business

Nonbank mortgage giant PHH Corp. – which posted combined losses of $347 million the past two years – is betting its future on subservicing, a business it describes as being “capital light” and one that could lead to riches down the road. As outlined by senior management during a recent call with analysts, the company will focus on processing loans for other shops, splitting the underlying servicing fee – 25 basis points on Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac loans – with the owner of those receivables. PHH CEO Glen Messina described...


February 23, 2017 - IMFnews

Fairholme Chief Bruce Berkowitz on GSE Legal Setback: ‘This is far from over.’

At last check, Fairholme valued its stake in Fannie/Freddie at roughly $115.7 million.


February 22, 2017 - IMFnews

Short Takes: A Huge Rally for Fannie, Freddie Common (for Today At Least) / Will Investors Lose Patience with Pershing Square and Bill Ackman? / FIG Purchase by Japanese Bank Won’t Affect New Residential / Parkside Expands Jumbo Offerings

Market watchers must be wondering just how long investors will continue to believe in the GSE “bet” made by hedge fund manager Pershing Square Capital Management.


February 22, 2017 - IMFnews

NAR Wants the GSEs to Reduce Fees, Complains to FHFA about Fannie Financing SFRs for Wall Street

Freddie Mac has yet to enter the SFR market in any significant way, but may soon, its CEO told IMFnews recently…


February 22, 2017 - IMFnews

New Rez: Large MSR Transfers from Banks to Nonbanks DoA; REIT in Talks with the FHFA…

Officials at New Rez are set to meet with the FHFA to discuss servicing issues, including MSR financing…


February 21, 2017 - IMFnews

U.S. Appeals Court Rules for Government in Key GSE Case; Price of Fannie, Freddie Common Clocked

Writing for the majority, the Appeals Court notes: “We hold that the stockholders’ statutory claims are barred by the Recovery Act’s strict limitation on judicial review …"


February 21, 2017 - IMFnews

Short Takes: CoreLogic Executive Departs. No Reason Given / Getting Excited About Ocwen? / What Does Bill Erbey Know? / MountainView Hits Market with Two New MSR Deals / Norcom Expands Into Tampa

No details were available on why Dave Hurt parted ways with CoreLogic...


February 21, 2017 - IMFnews

Banks Increase MBS Holdings – Went on a Buying Spree of Ginnie Mae Product in 4Q16

Bank holdings of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac pass-through securities were up a more modest 0.6 percent from the third quarter…


February 17, 2017 - IMFnews

What We’re Hearing: Huge GSE Profits, Don’t Get Used to It / The Perfect (Earnings) Storm / A Ginnie Solution for the GSEs? / PHH’s New Strategy / Aide to HUD Nominee Ben Carson Fired for Writings Critical of Trump

One former Fannie Mae official told us that stellar profits posted by the two are “just about done.”


February 17, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Key Players in GSE Reform: Treasury Secretary Mnuchin, Commerce Chief Wilbur Ross, Craig Phillips and Others

Now that investment banker Steven Mnuchin has been installed as the Treasury secretary, work can begin on finding a solution to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the giant government guarantors that serve as the linchpin to housing and mortgage markets. For the most part, senior mortgage officials who have been in the business for a decade or more applauded President Trump’s choice of Mnuchin, pointing to his days as the head of MBS trading at Goldman Sachs & Co. “At the very least, this is...


February 17, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Banks Up Their Holdings of Agency MBS During 4Q16 With Buying Spree in Ginnie Securities

Banks and savings institutions maintained their healthy appetite for agency single-family MBS during the fourth quarter of 2016, according to a new Inside MBS & ABS ranking and analysis. Banks and thrifts held a record $1.254 trillion of agency MBS, up 2.2 percent from the end of the third quarter and an increase of 12.4 percent from a year ago. The biggest gains were in holdings of Ginnie Mae MBS, which also happen to be the fastest-growing component of the agency securities market. Bank and thrift holdings of Ginnie pass-throughs jumped...[Includes two data tables]


February 17, 2017 - IMFnews

Fannie Mae Has a Blowout 4Q16: Net Profit Hits $5 Billion; A Perfectly Good Storm?

Fannie Mae CEO Timothy Mayopoulos is setting the table for challenging times ahead, issuing caution about the GSE’s dwindling capital position…


February 17, 2017 - IMFnews

Private MIs Expanded Market Share in 2016 Despite a Surge from the VA Guaranty Program

Most of the gain in private MI market share came at the expense of the FHA program…


February 16, 2017 - IMFnews

A Blowout 4Q16 Profit for Fannie Mae: $5 Billion; $3.9 Billion in Gains from Derivatives

In a conference call with reporters Friday morning, Fannie CEO Tim Mayopoulos noted: “While we expect to remain profitable on an annual basis for the foreseeable future, due to our declining and limited capital reserves and the potential for significant volatility in our financial results, we could experience a net worth deficit in a future quarter.”


February 16, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Finance

PE Investors Making Bets on ‘Disruptors’ That Use Tech to Build a Better Lending Mousetrap

A dozen or so private equity firms are taking a close look at investing in mortgage lending start-ups that claim they can originate and underwrite more cheaply than traditional players because of their cutting-edge technology. A handful of PE firms have already taken out their checkbooks, investing millions of dollars in lenders such as Better Mortgage and Nexera Holding LLC, which operates consumer-direct lender Newfi and a wholesaler called Bluestream. Roughly six months ago, Better received...


February 16, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Finance

If President Trump Wants to Fire CFPB’s Cordray, He’s Going About it All Wrong, Law Professor Says

Whether President Trump is serious about replacing the head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau remains to be seen. But his enthusiasm over the prospect may have gotten the better of his legal judgement and in fact perhaps laid the foundation for such a replacement to be reversed, one noted legal scholar suggested recently. “If Trump is planning on attempting to remove CFPB Director Richard Cordray ‘for cause,’ he’s hardly going about it in a smart way,” Adam Levitin, a law professor at Georgetown University, said in a recent online blog posting. “The Trump administration keeps generating more and more evidence that any for-cause removal would be purely pretextual, which strengthens Cordray’s hand were he to litigate the removal order (as he surely would).” To begin with, the reasons that are offered as justification for sacking Cordray – such as claims of employee discrimination at the bureau or the agency’s settlements with auto finance companies – refer...


February 16, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Finance

The Time is Right for a Boom in Servicing Sales. Another Month or Two of Slow Prepayments Could Spur Market

The secondary market for bulk agency mortgage servicing rights is beginning to pick up a decent head of steam, but one factor is holding it back from a full-throttle: worries about prepayment speeds. “We’ve had one month of low prepayment numbers,” said Mark Garland, president of MountainView Servicing Group, Denver. “A couple of more months would be better.” According to investment bankers who work the market, although rates have been on a steady climb since the November election – the yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury is...


February 16, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Private MIs Expanded Market Share in 2016 Despite Fourth-Quarter Surge by VA Guaranty Program

Private mortgage insurers grew their share of the primary mortgage insurance market during 2016 even though they lost some ground during the second half of the year, according to a new Inside Mortgage Finance ranking and analysis. Private MIs wrote an estimated $270.30 billion of new mortgage insurance last year, a robust 23.1 percent increase from 2015. The main engine was a 24.2 percent increase in traditional, or flow, MI business, coupled with a jump in bulk primary coverage – though such activity totaled just $860.0 million in 2016. Private MIs covered...[Includes three data tables]


February 16, 2017 - IMFnews

Short Takes: What Does Bruce Berkowitz Think? / Freddie Exploring SFR Market / BB&T Building New Servicing Center / CoreLogic CEO on Medical Leave / loanDepot Executive Jumps Ship for Wisconsin Lender

While most banks are running away from the business of servicing home mortgages, BB&T appears to like the space...


February 16, 2017 - IMFnews

Freddie Mac Hits an Earnings Grand Slam in 4Q16: $4.8 Billion in Net Income; Gains from Derivatives Top $6.3 Billion

In a few weeks, almost all of that profit will be swept into the coffers of the U.S. Treasury, which supported the GSE during its money losing years...


February 15, 2017 - IMFnews

Freddie Mac Hits an Earnings Grand Slam in 4Q16: $4.8 Billion in Net Income; Gains from Derivatives Top $6.3 Billion

When Freddie makes that next “dividend” payment, its “account surplus” with Treasury will total $34.6 billion: federal assistance of $71.3 billion since September 2008 versus dividend payments of $105.9 billion.


February 15, 2017 - IMFnews

MBS and ABS Sectors Adjusting to Risk-Retention Requirements

Sponsors can generally meet the requirements by retaining the most subordinate tranches of the securitization equaling at least 5.0 percent of the deal…


February 15, 2017 - IMFnews

Sen. Crapo, Fed Chair Yellen Agree Housing Finance Reform is Urgent

Fed Chairman Janet Yellen on the future of Fannie and Freddie: “…I would hope that Congress would decide explicitly on what the government’s role is and if there are guarantees, that they would be recognized and priced appropriately.”


February 14, 2017 - IMFnews

As Rates Rise, MBS Liquidity Improves. The Wild Card: the Fed’s Plan to ‘Lighten’ Its Balance Sheet

Agency MBS trading volumes peaked back in 2008 – the height of the financial crisis – at $344.9 billion daily.


February 14, 2017 - IMFnews

Inching Up Ever So Slightly: The Percentage of GSE Loans With Lower Credit Scores

The apparent easing of credit terms in the Fannie/Freddie market has been moving at a glacial pace…


February 13, 2017 - IMFnews

Short Takes: Mark Calabria, a Player in GSE Reform? / Don’t Worry, Commercial Banks Will Fill the Void / What’s an ‘Excess Reserve’ To Do? / Fed Governor Tarullo Calls it Quits

The Cato Institute is a conservative think tank and a quick read of Calabria’s blog makes it sound like he favors getting the government out of the MBS guaranty business...


February 13, 2017 - IMFnews

Are GSE Loan Sellers Finally Easing up on Credit Standards?

In the purchase market, GSE sellers appeared to reach to qualify more borrowers…


February 10, 2017 - Inside The GSEs

Judge Rejects Government Efforts To Keep Docs Privileged

After the government stalled on a September ruling to turn over close to 60 documents regarding the GSEs’ net worth sweep, a judge rejected its appeal. The court ordered the government to disclose the bulk of the documents to the plaintiff’s attorneys in Fairholme Funds Inc. v. United States. The U.S. Court of Appeals ruled in favor of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac investors, upholding Judge Margaret Sweeney’s earlier decision. The government is to release all…


February 10, 2017 - Inside The GSEs

GSE Roundup

FHFA PLS Actions Update. The Federal Housing Finance Agency published an update on litigation it initiated against 18 financial institutions for securities law violations and fraud regarding private-label securities sales. Seventeen cases were settled in 2013 and 2014. JP Morgan Chase settled for $4 billion, Deutsche Bank settled for $1.9 billion and Goldman Sachs for $1.2 billion. A case against the Royal Bank of Scotland remains. The settlement money ultimately goes to the Treasury through the dividend sweeps. Fannie Exec Tapped for CFPB? Brian Books, Fannie Mae’s general counsel, is being considered by the White House to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, according to a...


February 10, 2017 - Inside The GSEs

Fannie SFR Pilot Stirs Reaction From Trade, Consumer Groups

Fannie Mae’s recent dip into testing the single-family rental market in an agreement to fund up to $1 billion of collateral owned by Invitation Homes has caught the industry’s attention, and not necessarily in a good way. This is the first time the GSE has financed a large institutional single-family rental home investor. The Dallas-based company is a subsidiary of The Blackstone Group and has about 50,000 homes in its portfolio that it acquired from foreclosure auctions. However, some are now accusing Fannie of mission creep. The National Community Stabilization Trust President Robert Grossinger said, “I am perplexed to see Fannie Mae place a taxpayer guarantee behind the same private interests whose risky practices led to...


February 10, 2017 - Inside The GSEs

MH RFI Extended, Industry Said DTS Shouldn’t be Optional

The Federal Housing Finance Agency this week extended the deadline for public input on a potential chattel-loan pilot to support manufactured housing. The reactions so far to the manufactured home portion of the final duty-to-serve rule, which included a request for input on chattel lending, have been mixed. In December, the FHFA gave the green light for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to begin pilot programs for the loans. Since then, the agency issued the RFI and extended the original deadline of Feb. 17 to March 21, 2017. The FHFA also hosted several listening sessions on the topic to get input. During the first session in Chicago, one organization called the FHFA’s DTS rule on manufactured home lending “intolerable.”


February 10, 2017 - Inside The GSEs

Senator Criticizes Fannie’s Dallas Regional Headquarters Cost

Fannie Mae’s new regional headquarters under construction in the Dallas metro area is the target of criticism from Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-IA.He questions the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s management of the project in which the GSE is combining three locations into the one leased building. This comes on the heels of the FHFA Office of the Inspector General issuing a management alert late last year raising concerns about the cost of the consolidation and relocation of Fannie’s high-rise offices in Plano, TX. Grassley wants answers as to how the agency plans to address the issues identified in the IG management alert.


February 10, 2017 - Inside The GSEs

Fannie Mae Updates Requirements For Appraisal Review and Comps

Fannie Mae recently made changes to its appraisal process and financial eligibility requirements for seller/servicers. In order to be able to use its discretion to enforce breaches of financial eligibility requirements that apply to seller/servicers, the GSE said it had to change certain polices. This allows Fannie, when warranted, to determine whether a breach of the lender contract should be called. “The changes include how lenders can comply with our requirements for maintaining minimum acceptable levels on capital,” said Jude Landis, Fannie’s vice president of credit policy. Prior to the change, explicit criteria in its selling guide limited Fannie’s ability to apply enforcement discretion.


February 10, 2017 - Inside The GSEs

MBA Proposal Raises Competition, Government Guarantee Questions

Uneconomic price competition coupled with Congressional discord are some of the concerns analysts have expressed about the Mortgage Bankers Association’s newly released plan for GSE reform. The MBA’s proposal recommends multiple privately owned guarantors, preferably more than two, to increase competition in the market. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac would be the first two and the MBA suggests that new guarantors receive a charter to enhance competition. “The more market participants that compete, the better for consumers, the economy and the system,” said Rodrigo Lopez, MBA chairman. GSE Reform Principles and Guardrails also suggests that Congress sanction an “explicit government guarantee for eligible securities in order to entice domestic and foreign investors to keep buying...


February 10, 2017 - Inside The GSEs

Fairholme Defends ‘Recap and Release’ Concept for GSEs

Fairholme Capital Management, in a new letter to clients, once again lays out its argument for investing in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac stock, but also takes a subtle, but polite, swipe at those opposed to a “recap-and-release” plan for the GSEs. “Only the disingenuous would assert that recapitalization of these companies would take decades and come at taxpayers’ expense, as if retaining earnings precluded the ability of each company to raise equity from private investors,” the mutual fund manager writes. Fairholme also notes that it owns GSE junior preferred shares – as opposed to common – because “…the provisions of the preferred stock contracts that...


February 10, 2017 - Inside The GSEs

Reform Still a Treasury Priority, Weighing Administrative Options

Treasury secretary nominee Steve Mnuchin still has GSE reform high on his list, according to one of President Trump’s top economic advisors. Meanwhile, speculation abounds as to whether there’s an administrative solution to GSE reform absent any legislative action. After some back and forth on the topic since the announcement of Mnuchin’s nomination his subsequent comments on the GSEs, economic advisor Gary Cohen said in national media outlets late last week that GSE reform is definitely a priority for Mnuchin. In fact, he said that it’s something Mnuchin’s spent a lot of time working on. “Once he gets approved and confirmed, Steve will be taking that on as one of this early priorities. So we definitely have some plans...


February 10, 2017 - Inside The GSEs

Are GSE Sellers Finally Easing Up On Credit Standards?

One month does not a trend make, but early indicators hint that mortgage lenders may be stretching the credit box to boost volume. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac issued $91.71 billion of single-family mortgage-backed securities in January, a stiff 18.3 percent drop from the previous month. Some of the decline was the result of Fannie’s heavy volume in December, when its business flow was catching up from an unusually slow November. But mortgage interest rates have edged up, and there is widespread expectation in the industry that refinance volume in 2017 will drop sharply from last year. Higher rates could also tarnish a housing market that’s bumping up against affordability and supply issues.


February 10, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

MBA Reform Plan Seeks to Preserve TBA Market, But Analyst Says Explicit Guarantee Questionable

The need to preserve liquidity and transparency in the existing to-be-announced market was an important component of the Mortgage Bankers Association’s newly-released plan for housing finance reform, according to Deutsche Bank Securities. Jeana Curro, research analyst with Deutsche, said a handful of provisions in the MBA’s latest proposal stand out as improvements from the industry group’s previous ideas on how to reform Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. She agreed...


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