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Volume 17 - Number 16

August 11, 2017

FHFA Stress Test Shows GSEs Would Need $100B in Bad Times

In the event of a severe global recession, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac could need a bailout of up to $99.6 billion, according to the Federal Housing Finance Agencyís annual stress test report released this week. The test of severely-adverse scenarios, required by the Dodd-Frank Act for companies with consolidated assets of more than $10 billion, is based on Fannie and Freddie portfolios as of Dec. 31, 2016. The bailout would be needed on an incremental basis and would also depend on the treatment of the GSEsí tax-deferred assets. Under this hypothetical economic scenario, elevated stress in corporate financial and commercial real estate markets include situations where...

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