Federal Home Loan Banks

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March 23, 2018 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Ginnie-MPF Partnership Bears Fruit as Issuance Exceeds $1 B

Ginnie Mae has passed the $1 billion mark for mortgage-backed securities issued through the Federal Home Loan Banks’ Mortgage Partnership Finance program. The MPF government MBS product was available initially to eligible participating members of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago. The Chicago FHLB launched the MPF program in 1997 to give approved participating members access to the secondary mortgage market. Specifically, the program provided an outlet other than Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac for member institutions to sell fixed-rate mortgage loans (conventional, government, or jumbo). Most of the institutions participating in the MPF are small banks, thrifts and credit unions with assets of less than $400 million. The MPF government MBS product arose from a 2015 partnership between Ginnie Mae and the Chicago FHLB to issue Ginnie MBS backed by ...

March 16, 2018 - Inside The GSEs

Federal Home Loan Bank Advances Up Again in Fourth Quarter 2017

Banks and thrifts reported holding $582.5 billion of Federal Home Loan Bank advances at the end of December, a quarterly increase of 1.2 percent and the largest volume of advances in the past 12 months, according to an Inside The GSEs analysis. On a year-over-year basis, that number is also up 3.4 percent from the $563.3 billion in advances held in the fourth quarter of 2016. While JPMorgan Chase remains in the number one spot with $60.6 billion in advances, the bank’s borrowing continued to spiral downward from the previous quarters. Fourth quarter numbers show a 4.9 percent decline for Chase from the third quarter and a 23.8 percent drop from the year before.

March 16, 2018 - Inside The GSEs

Proposed Rule Gives FHLBank AH Programs More Leeway

The Federal Home Loan Banks would have more flexibility in allocating their affordable housing funds under a proposed rule issued last week from the Federal Housing Finance Agency. The FHFA estimates that the number of competitive AH program competitive applications the banks receive may increase by 10 percent with this change. In addition to giving the FHLBanks additional authority over their funds, the rule would authorize them to set up special competitive funds targeting affordable housing needs in their districts. It would also give the banks authority to design and implement their own project selection scoring criteria, subject to meeting certain FHFA requirements.

March 9, 2018 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Ginnie Mae Explores Risk Sharing Between FHA, Private Capital

Ginnie Mae is considering a risk-sharing pilot that would have private capital absorb some of the potential losses on FHA loans securitized through the agency. In remarks at the Structured Finance Industry Group conference in Las Vegas recently, Michael Bright, executive vice president and chief operating officer with Ginnie, said no decision has been made on any credit-enhancement structure, as consultations with stakeholders are still ongoing. “We are actively looking at structures we can put in place where we bring in private capital to provide a [partial] guarantee,” explained Bright, Ginnie’s acting president. “The FHA is going be involved in a lot of them.” A risk-share partnership between FHA and private credit enhancers not only would protect the Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund but reduce taxpayer risk as well, observers said. The risk-sharing concept would have private mortgage insurers assuming ...

March 2, 2018 - Inside The GSEs

Federal Home Loan Bank Earnings Up 1.4 Percent in 4th Quarter

The Federal Home Loan Bank System’s net income was up 1.4 percent in the fourth quarter and was off 0.6 percent for the full year. Earnings dropped some in the last three months of the year to $866 million, from $854 million in the third quarter, rounding out the year with a net income total of $3.376 billion. The FHLBank Office of Finance noted that the quarterly decrease was primarily due to lower gains on derivatives and hedging activities. Meanwhile, lower gains on litigation settlements contributed to the yearly decrease. Total assets for the FHLBanks were nearly steady going to $1.10 trillion from $1.09 trillion, and total liabilities were $1.03 billion, both representing greater than 4 percent year-over-year increases for 2017.

February 16, 2018 - Inside The GSEs

Senate Bill Looks to Reverse FHLB Captive Insurers Rule

Legislation was recently introduced to allow captive insurance companies, most commonly real estate investment trusts, to restore their memberships with the Federal Home Loan Banks. Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-IL, introduced the bipartisan bill along with Sens. Ron Johnson, R-WI, and Tim Scott, R-SC. Any captive insurer that was a member before Jan. 19, 2016, could continue or restore its membership in the system under S. 2361, the Housing Opportunity Mortgage Expansion Act. This would reverse a 2016 final rule that banned captive insurance companies from access to the FHLBanks and said any members that joined the system by way of their captive insurers before the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s proposed rule issued in September 2014 had five years to relinquish their membership.

February 9, 2018 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Bill Would Restore REIT Access to FHLBanks

A bill introduced in the Senate last week with some bipartisan support would allow real estate investment trusts to regain access to funding from Federal Home Loan Banks. The bill would overturn a 2016 rule from the Federal Housing Finance Agency that restricted captive insurance companies from being FHLBank members. Before the FHFA rule took effect, a number of REITs established captive insurers to gain access to FHLBank advances, which come with better terms than ...

February 9, 2018 - Inside MBS & ABS

Sen. Corker’s Secondary Mortgage Market Reform Legislation Could Make FHLBanks MBS Guarantors

The Federal Home Loan Banks may be required to jointly establish at least one entity to aggregate conventional mortgages and use a new government program to issue guaranteed MBS under draft legislation from Sen. Bob Corker, R-TN.


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