Earlier this month, the Financial Stability Oversight Council proposed rule changes that would make it more difficult to designate non-banks as systemically important financial institutions. It’s unclear what the new guidance would mean for the nation’s largest nonbanks, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
Surprising no one, the Federal Reserve’s Federal Open Market Committee Wednesday decided not to raise the target rate on federal funds above the current 2.25 percent. The vote, as usual, was unanimous.
A new regulation set by the European Union for MBS and ABS issuance took effect at the start of the year. Though the rules don’t directly apply to U.S.-based deals, issuers here might have to comply if they want European investors to buy into their bonds.