Two House Bills Push to Expand GSE Credit-Risk Transfers
December 22, 2016
Two House bills introduced last week focus on making sure Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac broaden their scope of credit risk-sharing transactions through pilot programs and the use of deeper mortgage insurance coverage. The “Taxpayer Protections and Market Access for Mortgage Finance Act of 2016” would require the Federal Housing Finance Agency to push the GSEs to transfer at least 400 basis points of their total risk. Meanwhile, the “Moving Housing Forward Act” would set up a system for Fannie and Freddie to sell off some of the “catastrophic” risk retained by the GSEs on mortgage-backed securities issued in the to-be-announced market.