The Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago, which operates the Mortgage Partnership Finance Direct Program for nine FHLBanks, began issuing Ginnie Mae securities last week. Its first issuance was a $5 million security backed by mortgages originated by community lenders through the MPF Government MBS product. With the MPF Government MBS product, the MPF program buys fixed-rate mortgage loans originated by FHLBank members that are insured or guaranteed by government agencies. Matt Feldman, president of the Chicago FHLBank, called it “an important milestone for the MPF Program,” adding that Ginnie Mae securities are among the most liquid financial instruments in the world. He said the new product will allow FHLBank members to offer competitive FHA, VA and government guaranteed Native American and rural housing mortgages.