Federal Home Loan Banks

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July 14, 2017 - Inside The GSEs

FHFA Proposes New Federal Home Loan Bank Capital Requirements

The Federal Housing Finance Agency, although late to the game, is proposing new capital requirements for the Federal Home Loan Banks to comply with the Dodd-Frank Act. Other regulators have already implemented the Dodd-Frank Act provisions that shift capital requirements away from ratings. This proposed rule would carry over most of the existing regulation without any major change, but it would revise the credit risk component of the risk-based capital requirement, along with limitations on extensions of unsecured credit. Currently banks calculate credit risk capital charges and unsecured credit limits based on ratings issued by a nationally recognized statistical rating organization. But the proposed rule would require the banks to use their own internal rating methodology.


June 30, 2017 - Inside The GSEs

New Bill Would Let Some Captive Insurers Remain in FHLBanks

Reps. Randy Hultgren, R-IL, and Gwen Moore, D-WI, introduced a bill in favor of captive insurers maintaining their Federal Home Loan Bank membership. Captive insurance lenders that joined the system prior to January 2016 currently have five years to terminate their FHLBank membership. Those that came into the system after that date have one year to exit the system. H.R. 289, the Housing Opportunity Mortgage Expansion (HOME) Act, would allow the five-year captives to maintain their membership, as long as they can demonstrate a commitment to residential mortgage activities. The bill’s sponsors explained that the legislation supports the notion that companies with a history and mission of supporting residential housing should be able to continue to serve their communities.


June 29, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Will the FHLBanks Get Caught Up in Housing-Finance Reform? Rumors Swirl About Further Consolidation

To date, the focus of housing-finance reform has been on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, but they aren’t the only government-sponsored enterprises in the current system. The Federal Home Loan Banks wobbled through the crisis without needing a bailout and have been profitable ever since. There’s increasing chatter in Washington circles that the FHLBanks should be addressed in reform too. One key question is the matter of consolidation. There are 11 FHLBanks, each operating with its own management team, highly paid directors and staffs that could be combined. According to former Chicago FHLBank President Alex Pollock, “Discussions of merging the FHLBs are...


June 22, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Finance

New House Legislation Would Allow REITs With Captive Insurers to Stay in the FHLBank System

Reps. Randy Hultgren, R-IL, and Gwen Moore, D-WI, want to restore Federal Home Loan Bank membership for captive insurance lenders that joined the system prior to the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s rulemaking that restricted membership of firms that would otherwise be ineligible. H.R. 289, the Housing Opportunity Mortgage Expansion (HOME) Act, would allow FHLBank members that were booted from the system to rejoin it, as well as the retention of those whose departure is pending, if they can demonstrate a commitment to residential mortgage activities. Most of the affected companies are real estate investment trusts. The sponsors explained...


June 16, 2017 - Inside The GSEs

Federal Home Loan Bank Advances Down 7 Percent in 1Q17

Bank and thrift members of the Federal Home Loan Bank system had outstanding advances of $522.5 billion at March 31, a quarterly decrease of 7.2 percent, according to an analysis by Inside The GSEs. But the year-over-year numbers are still up, with the first quarter of 2017 8.6 percent higher than the $481.2 billion reported in the first quarter of 2016. In fact, the $563.3 billion reported at the end of the fourth quarter represented the largest volume of advances for the whole year.JPMorgan Chase continues to lead among borrowers with $74.3 billion in advances, down 6.5 percent from the previous quarter.


June 16, 2017 - Inside The GSEs

FHFA Rule Lets Non-Federally Insured CUs into FHLB System

The Federal Housing Finance Agency adopted a final rule this week that lets non-federally insured credit unions become Federal Home Loan Bank members as of July 5, 2017. Until recently, state-chartered credit unions that weren’t federally insured by the National Credit Union Administration were ineligible for membership in the FHLBank system, unless they qualified as community development financial institutions. But in December 2015, Congress enacted the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, which included amending the FHLBank Act to permit non-federally insured credit unions (NFICUs) to become FHLBank members as long as certain requirements are met. NCUA provides the same insurance coverage on deposits as the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. that insures bank deposits.


June 9, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Jumbos Trading on MAXEX Loan Exchange

A loan exchange operated by MAXEX looks to be a new source of jumbo mortgages. The exchange was recently assessed by Fitch Ratings and loans sourced from the exchange have been included in jumbo mortgage-backed securities issued by JPMorgan Chase. MAXEX was founded in 2012 but didn’t launch its LoanExchange platform until June 2016. Mortgages with an unpaid principal balance of more than $500.0 million have traded on the platform, according to Fitch. “JPMorgan Chase is...


June 9, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Redwood Preps New Jumbo MBS

Redwood Trust is set to end a slight lull in its issuance of jumbo mortgage-backed securities with a new $349.46 million deal. The firm issued one jumbo MBS per month in the first three months of the year while planned Sequoia Mortgage Trust 2017-4 is set to close at the end of this month, according to presale reports by Kroll Bond Rating Agency and Moody’s Investors Service. At a recent investor conference, Marty Hughes, Redwood’s CEO, said...


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