ICBA Plan for GSE Reform Looks to Recapitalize and Release
May 5, 2017
In the latest proposal for GSE reform, the Independent Community Bankers of America released a white paper last week that promotes letting the GSEs rebuild their capital buffers. The ICBA plan dovetails with the Community Home Lenders Association’s recent proposal that also recommends allowing the GSEs to build capital. The plan suggests ending the Treasury sweep, establishing capital-restoration plans, and delaying the launch of the uniform mortgage-backed security until the GSEs are recapitalized and released from conservatorship. Moreover, the ICBA wants Congress to create a catastrophic mortgage insurance fund for GSE securities and change Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to regulated and shareholder-owned financial utilities.