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January 20, 2017

What We’re Hearing: Time for Steve to Talk to Mel / Going to Bed, Disappointed / The GSE Stock Bet: Buy Low, Sell High / Is Pershing Square Losing Money on the GSEs? / NAR Chief Stays Hopeful on MIP Cut

By Paul Muolo

As one former GSE stock analyst told us: ďThereís no way they can be privatized. To maintain an AAA rating they would need 25 percent (Iím guessing) capital to assets. Even at 5 percent there is not enough spread to earn a market return on capital.Ē

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With originations expected to drop in 2018, will your shop turn to non-QM/non-prime mortgage products as a way to bolster volumes?

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