Federal Home Loan Banks

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May 25, 2018 - Inside The GSEs

GSE Roundup

Treasury Official Sees Major Impact from Single Security. A key Treasury Department official suggested that issuers of non-agency MBS may someday participate in the common securitization platform being developed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Craig Phillips, counselor to the Treasury, said the industry has made a lot of progress toward the launch of the single security that is scheduled for June 2019. “Industry preparedness is about an eight or nine on a scale of 10,” he said during remarks at this week's secondary market conference sponsored by the Mortgage Bankers Association in New York. Phillips characterized the...

April 27, 2018 - Inside The GSEs

FHFA Provides Guidance to FHLBs For Using Own Asset Risk Models

The Federal Home Loan Banks will be able to use their own models and methodologies for internal assessments of mortgage asset credit risk next year, according to a bulletin issued by the Federal Housing Finance Agency late this week. The FHFA provided guidance on the models, which would apply to acquired member asset (AMA) mortgage pools, mortgage-backed securities, and collateralized mortgage obligations. “A bank should select a credit-risk model that is capable of producing loan-level estimates of potential credit loss, and that can accept as an input user-defined macroeconomic stress scenarios disaggregated to at least the state level,” said the FHFA.

April 13, 2018 - Inside The GSEs

FHFA Proposes to Amend Regulations, Seeks Input

The Federal Housing Finance Agency is proposing to amend its regulations on the responsibility of the board, directors, corporate practices, and corporate governances for the GSEs and Federal Home Loan Banks. It also would apply the FHLB strategic business plans to Fannie and Freddie. This means that the GSEs’ boards would have a strategic business plan in effect at all times, which describes how the regulated entity will achieve its statutory purposes. Moreover, there’d be a provision that requires each GSE board to review the strategic plans annually, re-adopt it once every three years, at minimum, and...

April 13, 2018 - Inside The GSEs

FHFA OIG Issues Heavily Redacted Report on GSE Cybersecurity

The Federal Housing Finance Agency Office of Inspector General said the FHFA did not make sure that Freddie Mac’s plans to address cybersecurity deficiencies were sufficient. Instead, the agency questionably closed the matter requiring attention (MRA) after deciding on its own that the GSE had completed its planned remedial actions.This raised a red flag with the OIG, which said when an MRA is issued, the FHFA requires the GSE to provide a remedial plan that includes specific milestones that take into consideration the complexity of the issue and the urgency regarding the correction.


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