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February 18, 2016

FHFA Chief Watt Beginning to Sweat 2018 When the GSEs Run Out of Capital

By Paul Muolo

In particular, Watt expressed his concerns about January 1, 2018 when Fannie and Freddie – as promulgated by the U.S. Treasury – are forced to have a capital “buffer” of zero dollars.

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