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Volume 16 - Number 4

February 19, 2016

FY17 Budget Contradicts a Fannie, Freddie Wind-Down

The Obama administration released its budget proposal for 2017 last week and it illustrates a key challenge to managing reform. How can you phase out the GSEs while at the same time planning to use profits from them? The budget emphasized that the housing finance system must be reformed, and the GSEs should be wound down in order to finish addressing the weaknesses exposed by the financial crisis. The administrationís fiscal 2017 budget proposal estimates that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will pay $151.5 billion in dividends to the government over the next 10 years, on top of the $241.2 billion in dividends they already paid as of the end of 2015.

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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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