The key factor for TBA investors is prepayment speeds. A quick scan of the FHFA data show that the conditional prepayment rates for UMBS issued by Fannie and those issued by Freddie have remained comparable since the launch of the single security in June.
The Fannie/Freddie JV in charge of the uniform MBS has a new CEO with a deep background in mortgage finance: Anthony Renzi. In early 2018, he was hired to run the day-to-day operations of Cenlar, the big kahuna of subservicing.
The Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association last week voted “by a substantial majority” to approve the uniform MBS for delivery into the crucial to-be-announced market. The announcement followed months of uncertainty about whether the influential trade group would endorse the single security.
The Federal Housing Finance Agency last week issued its final rule on the uniform MBS, the single security that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will package and sell. Its success, though, may depend on the much-contested definition of the rule: What are “covered programs, policies or practices”?