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Volume 2017 - Number 44

November 16, 2017

FHFA Director Watt Not Expected to Act on Capital Buffer; A GSE Bill for 2018 that Might Actually Pass?

Industry stakeholders are increasingly dour on the prospect of Federal Housing Finance Agency Director Mel Watt acting to rectify the government-sponsored enterprises’ capital buffer issue before yearend, but there’s growing hope that bipartisan reform legislation might be enacted next year.

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