Federal Home Loan Banks

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April 21, 2017 - Inside The GSEs

FHFA Increased MWOB Biz in 2016, But Challenges Remain

The Federal Housing Finance Agency said it increased the number of minority and women-owned businesses it awarded contracts to in 2016. But several obstacles make expanding its business with MWOBs complicated. The agency recently released its annual report to Congress, which details initiatives and accomplishments during the year to increase diversity and inclusion. This year’s report also mentioned a diversity and inclusion program to examine the same practices within Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the Federal Home Loan Banks. In 2016, the FHFA expanded...


April 21, 2017 - Inside The GSEs

FHLBank of NY Settles in Lehman Lawsuit Over Swaps

The Federal Home Loan Bank of New York settled a lawsuit with Lehman Brothers last week stemming from claims the bank undervalued interest rate swaps in 2008. In Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. v. Federal Home Loan Bank of New York, documents show that the bank will pay $70 million to the Lehman bankruptcy estate. A recent FHLBank of NY filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission revealed...


April 7, 2017 - Inside The GSEs

GSE Roundup

Freddie Mac’s vice president of single-family business transformation is one of five industry innovators honored by the Mortgage Bankers Association with an MBA Insights Tech All-Star Award recognizing industry leaders who have made outstanding contributions in mortgage technology.


March 24, 2017 - Inside The GSEs

FHFA Amends Freedom of Information Act Regulation

The Federal Housing Finance Agency issued an interim rule last week that changed some of the components of its Freedom of Information Act regulation, including the fee categories. The interim rule gives notice about the circumstances in which the FHFA can extend its response time to the FOIA request and tells when it should notify the person requesting the information about their right to seek dispute resolution services. In the new FOIA rule, the agency is required to provide a minimum of 90 days for requestors to file an administrative appeal and must notify requesters about available dispute resolution services.


March 24, 2017 - Inside The GSEs

FHLBank 4Q Advances Up 4 Percent, Led By Chase

Member institutions of the Federal Home Loan Bank system had outstanding advances of $563.3 billion at Dec. 31, a quarterly increase of 4.0 percent, according to an analysis by Inside The GSEs. But, the year-over-year increase was greater with a 13.8 percent growth from the fourth quarter of 2015 when advances were at $495.0 billion. JP Morgan Chase continues to lead among borrowers with $79.5 billion worth in advances, the same as the previous quarter. Chase was followed by Wells Fargo, which reported $77.1 billion in advances, up 12.3 percent from the previous quarter. Wells had the largest quarterly advance increase among the top five borrowers.


March 24, 2017 - Inside The GSEs

Adverse Examination Findings Redefined for 2017 Exam Cycle

For the 2017 examination cycle, the Federal Housing Finance Agency recently issued an advisory bulletin for new classifications of adverse findings for the GSEs and the Federal Home Loan Banks. Three designated classifications were established to help examiners define the issues more effectively with hopes of a faster remediation plan. When communicating adverse examination finds to the regulated entities and Office of Finance, the FHFA said the examiners will classify them as either “matters requiring attention, recommendations or violations.” MRAs are broken down into two separate categories: critical supervisory matters and deficiencies. The difference boils down to the nature and severity of the issues requiring corrective action, according to the bulletin.


March 24, 2017 - Inside The GSEs

Moody’s Examines Impact of GSE Reform on Mortgage Market

Moody’s Investors Service said GSE reform proposals could have unintended consequences on different market segments. In a report released this week it noted that there’s no shortage of proposals on the table and some may have a larger impact than planned. The impact of many would seem straightforward at a high level, according to the ratings firm, but they could have unintended consequences in practice. Proposals range from winding down the GSEs without an explicit replacement to winding them down and providing other entities with access to the federal catastrophic risk insurance, to re-privatizing them but with tighter regulations. The report looks at possible impacts from the broad range of reforms being proposed and the...


March 24, 2017 - Inside The GSEs

Small Lender, Consumer Groups Push to Suspend Upcoming Sweep

Small lending organizations, including the Community Home Lenders Association and Community Mortgage Lenders of America, urged the Federal Housing Finance Agency to suspend the upcoming Treasury sweep of GSE profits. After fourth-quarter earnings, the GSEs plan to pay the Treasury $20 billion per the preferred stock purchase agreement. A March 23 letter from CHLA, CMLA and six consumer and civil rights groups pled with Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and specifically asked FHFA Director Mel Watt to “exercise its discretion under the preferred stock purchase agreement to suspend the dividend payment on their senior preferred stock this month.” The groups, like others in the industry, are concerned about the GSEs’ declining capital buffer that will plummet to zero on Jan. 1, 2018.


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