Federal Home Loan Banks

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September 7, 2018 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Revised GSE Reform Legislation Strengthens GNMA’s Market Role

House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling, R-TX, unveiled long-awaited legislation on government-sponsored enterprise reform that would enhance Ginnie Mae’s role in the secondary mortgage market. Hensarling referred to the bill – the Bipartisan Housing Reform Act of 2018 – as a “bipartisan compromise housing-reform plan” that preserves the government guarantee in the secondary mortgage market. The chairman collaborated with Rep. John Delaney, D-MD, in crafting the bill, which calls for the repeal of the federal charters of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The bill would shift the secondary market to a system that allows pooling of qualified conventional mortgages backed by government-approved private guarantors with regulated capital. These loans could be pooled in mortgage-backed securities with explicit government guarantees provided by Ginnie. The new MBS program would be ...

August 31, 2018 - Inside The GSEs

IG Takes Issue with FHFA’s Community Investment Reviews

The examinations of the Federal Home Loan Banks’ community investment programs were not up to par, according to a recent report by the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s Office of Inspector General, which faulted the program for having examiners review their own work. The report noted that the quality control reviews of community investment examinations didn’t meet FHFA’s standard for independence. In other words, the examination specialists who performed the quality control reviews for community investment examinations didn’t follow FHFA’s guidelines because the specialist was not independent of the examination process. In fact, the IG noted, “All 11 quality control reviews of community investment examinations conducted during the 2017...

August 31, 2018 - Inside The GSEs

Moody’s: FHLBanks Continue to Benefit from Interest Rate Uptick

Rising interest rates continue to benefit the Federal Home Loan Banks whose net income was up by more than 10 percent for the first half of the year, according to a report released this week by Moody’s Investors Service. FHLBank net income was $1.83 billion in the first six months of 2018, up from the $1.67 billion a year earlier. This reflected a 10.45 percent increase that was driven by growth in net interest income, partially offset by lower non-interest income. Moody’s noted that yields on both advances and liabilities increased because of higher interest rates. Overall, the net interest margin improved nine basis points to 0.47 percent from the same period in 2017.

August 17, 2018 - Inside The GSEs

FHFA Issues Guidance on Federal Home Loan Bank Advance Pricing

New guidance issued to the Federal Home Loan Banks focuses on making sure the banks are properly pricing the funding they offer. The Federal Housing Finance Agency said the banks have introduced a diverse array of advance products to meet the changing needs of their members over the years. In a recent advisory bulletin, the regulator directs the banks to be certain that the cost to issue debt, plus administrative and operating costs, does not surpass the minimum ...


Who "owns" the mortgage customer that’s brought to a wholesale lender through a loan broker?

The broker. It’s his/her client.
The wholesale/table funder. They’re taking the financial risk.
The broker, but only for the first year. After that, the borrower is fair game.
Hard to answer. It’s a complicated issue.

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