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

Yes, definitely. We’re planning a launch.
No. It’s still difficult compliance/regulatory-wise.
Maybe. It’s under consideration.
Not now. But things could change as 2018 progresses.

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