Federal Home Loan Banks

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November 9, 2018 - Inside The GSEs

FHLBank Earnings Dip 3 Percent, Advances Sag in Third Quarter

The Federal Home Loan Bank System’s combined net income dropped 3.0 percent in the third quarter of 2018 but year-to-date profits were still a comfortable 10.4 percent above the same period last year. Advances were down 1.9 percent year-over-year, having dropped 3.9 percent for the quarter. The FHLBank Office of Finance reported that third-quarter net income was $942 million, down slightly from $971 million in the second quarter. But cumulative ... [Includes one data chart]

November 9, 2018 - Inside The GSEs

FHFA Looks to Condense FHLBank Housing Goal Requirements

The Federal Housing Finance Agency wants to do away with some of the targeted housing goals for the Federal Home Loan Banks in favor of a more streamlined approach. The regulator issued a proposed rule last week that would remove separate home-purchase mortgage targets for low-income families, low-income areas, very low-income families, and a target for low-income family refinance mortgages. The FHFA recommends replacing those four goals with one succinct goal that doesn’t ...

November 2, 2018 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

QM Patch Expiration Could Shift More High-DTI Loans to FHA

Certain potential changes could materially affect origination volume and determine the government-sponsored enterprises’ direction going forward, according to analysts. One of those changes could have a significant impact on the FHA market. Wells Fargo Securities analysts recently looked at three potential developments in the Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac sphere and evaluated their effects on the broader mortgage market. Two of those potential changes – loan limits and guarantee fees – are controlled directly by the Federal Housing Finance Agency, while the third relates to the temporary GSE qualified-mortgage exemption, or “QM patch,” which could affect the FHA market. All three factors loom over the mortgage landscape as the FHFA expects a new director in January 2019, who is likely to be more right leaning and could shift the focus back to shrinking the ...

November 1, 2018 - Inside Mortgage Finance

FHFA’s Proposed Rule Consolidates FHLBank Housing Goals, Removes Volume Threshold

The Federal Home Loan Banks may be replacing housing goals that have been in effect since 2011 with a more streamlined single goal that doesn’t set specific targets for the various categories of household income.

October 12, 2018 - Inside The GSEs

FHFA Publishes 2019 Annual Performance Plan

The Federal Housing Finance Agency published its 2019 annual performance plan last week for overseeing the GSEs and Federal Home Loan Banks next year. The performance plan supports the FHFA’s long-range strategic plan, and includes goals, performance measures and targets, and strategies to accomplish those goals.

October 12, 2018 - Inside The GSEs

FHFA Guidance on Interest Rates, Third-Party Provider Relationships

The Federal Housing Finance Agency recently issued guidance to the GSEs and Federal Home Loan Banks on managing interest rate volatility and third-party provider relationships. The regulator wants firm policies in place to manage the risks posed by changing interest rates and cautioned that excessive interest rate risk can threaten liquidity, earnings, capital and solvency.


With loan volumes declining, does your shop have plans to enter the non-QM lending market in 2019?

Yes, definitely. A solid move forward.
Yes, but only incrementally.
We’re pondering a move into non-QM, but haven’t made up our mind.
No, definitely not. We view it has too risky.

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