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October 12, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Finance

FHFA Wants Fannie, Freddie and FHLBanks To Beef Up Their Cybersecurity Programs

The Federal Housing Finance Agency wants the government-sponsored enterprises and the Federal Home Loan Banks to hire chief information security officers to head their cybersecurity programs. The new directive was released just after the FHFA Office of Inspector General issued an audit faulting the regulator’s oversight of cybersecurity issues, and in the wake of further revelations about data breaches at Equifax and other large enterprises. The FHFA said Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the ...


October 6, 2017 - Inside The GSEs

GSE Briefs

Freddie Simplifies Creation of Giant PCs. Late this week, Freddie Mac announced that it is adding new features to Dealer Direct, its online securitization portal, which will make it easier and faster for dealers to create customized Giant participation certificates. The new Dealer Direct Giant bulk upload feature allows dealers to upload proposed collateral for multiple Giants in a single collateral submission. A unique identifier is used to designate collateral for each Giant. Dealers also now have the option to upload a list of fixed-rate and/or adjustable-rate mortgage collateral without designating securities to specific Giants. Dealer Direct will analyze the individual securities and sort them into the largest possible Giant-eligible groups.


October 6, 2017 - Inside The GSEs

Federal Home Loan Bank Affordable Housing Activity Grows

The Federal Home Loan Banks increased their support for affordable housing in 2016 by 15 percent, according to a new report released this month by the Federal Housing Finance Agency. The report highlights FHLBank low-income housing and community development activities from last year. In all, the FHLBanks helped close to 40,000 low or moderate-income households, including approximately 22,000 very low-income households, become homeowners. Under the program, FHLBank members apply to their bank for Affordable Housing Program funds. Those funds can then be utilized to buy, construct, or rehabilitate affordable housing. The funds can come in the form of either a grant or a subsidized interest rate advance from an FHLBank to its member.


September 22, 2017 - Inside The GSEs

Federal Home Loan Bank Advances Up in Second Quarter

Bank and thrift members of the Federal Home Loan Bank system had outstanding advances of $565.7 billion at June 30, a quarterly increase of 8 percent, according to an analysis by Inside The GSEs. Year-over-year numbers are also up, with the second quarter of 2017 now 4 percent higher than the $545.6 billion reported in the first quarter of 2016. In fact, the number reported in the second quarter represented the largest volume of advances for the past 12 months. However, the top three advance users were all down for the quarter. Although JPMorgan Chase continues to lead among borrowers with $68.5 billion in advances, it was down some from the $74.3 billion...


September 14, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Redwood Sourcing ‘Expanded Prime’ Jumbo Mortgages From Hundreds of Correspondents

Redwood Trust has seen strong demand from borrowers and correspondent lenders for its “expanded prime” program that the aggregator introduced last year. The real estate investment trust’s Choice products allow for somewhat looser underwriting than the super-prime mortgages that have dominated the jumbo market after the financial crisis. The Choice program was introduced in April 2016. Volume has increased relatively quickly and could top $1.0 billion this year. Officials say...


September 8, 2017 - Inside The GSEs

GSE Roundup

GSE Conservatorship Hits Nine Year Mark. It’s been nine years since the government placed Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in conservatorship on Sept. 6, 2008. No one knew it would last this long. Industry groups, along with some lawmakers, are working hard to put the wheels in motion to come up with a more sustainable solution for the mortgage giants. GSE shareholders group Investors Unite suggested, “If Fannie and Freddie could start retaining their profits and rebuild adequate reserves, the Trump administration could lock in reforms already in place and implement others, creating a federal role in housing finance that protects taxpayers.” GSE Hearing Postponed


September 8, 2017 - Inside The GSEs

Justice Department Indicts Former Dallas FHLBank CEO for Fraud

The U.S. Attorney for the District of Texas indicted the former CEO of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas, along with two other former bank employees, for fraud. They were accused of creating fake travel reimbursement requests for lavish trips and embezzlement schemes that began back in 2008. Terrence Smith, at the helm of the bank from 2000 to 2013, and Nancy Parker, chief information officer around the same time, were charged with six counts of making false statements, according to the Department of Justice. And Michael Sims, chief financial officer from 2005 to 2014, was charged with three counts of making false statements.


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