GSE Performance

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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 17, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Freddie Reports $4.9 Billion in Net Income for 4Q16 Thanks in Part to Assist from Rising Interest Rates

Freddie Mac reported a net income of $4.85 billion in the fourth quarter, more than double its earnings from the previous quarter and lifting its full-year income to $7.82 billion. The government-sponsored enterprise released its earnings this week, posting one of its best profits ever in the fourth quarter. Net income for the quarter was fueled in part by gains on derivatives which amounted to $6.38 billion. “Interest rates went up an unusually large amount in the fourth quarter, therefore you saw an unusually large gain in the accounting,” Freddie CEO Donald Layton told Inside MBS & ABS. Freddie also reported...

January 26, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Mnuchin Softens His Stance on GSE Privatization, Seeks Bipartisan Solution

Prospects for a relatively speedy administrative solution to the eight-year-old conservatorship of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac appeared to dim after Treasury Secretary-nominee Steve Mnuchin backtracked from earlier comments on swiftly addressing the plight of the two government-sponsored enterprises. During a Jan. 19 Senate confirmation hearing, Sen. Mark Warner, D-VA, asked Mnuchin if he supports a recapitalization-and-release plan for the GSEs, as several industry groups have proposed. “First, let’s be clear,” Mnuchin said. “My comments were...

January 26, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Investors Who Bet Big on Fannie/Freddie Common Face the ‘Roach Motel’ Syndrome: Too Big to Sell?

Hedge fund manager Pershing Square Capital Management is facing a bit of a dilemma in regard to its huge investment in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac common stock: take profits off the table now – while it still can – or go for broke, hoping for a huge payout later on. At last check, Pershing – the brainchild of veteran investor Bill Ackman – owned roughly 9.98 percent of Fannie and 9.77 percent of Freddie. It accumulated the shares earlier in the decade at an average price of $2.30 for Fannie and $2.14 for Freddie. Today, Fannie’s common trades...

January 19, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Fannie and Freddie are About to Provide a Revenue Gift to the Trump Administration

Thanks to stellar fourth quarter MBS issuance – coupled with higher interest rates at Dec. 31 – Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are likely to report their best quarterly earnings of 2016, money that will go directly into the U.S. Treasury. According to interviews conducted by Inside Mortgage Finance this week, the general consensus among observers is that the two government-sponsored enterprises will post a combined profit north of $5.5 billion. In 2016, the two guaranteed...


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