Treasury

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September 15, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Treasury Discussing GSE Issues with Trade Groups; Multiple Guarantors, Capital Are on the Table

Over the past several weeks, the Treasury Department has been meeting with several industry trade groups about the future of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, discussing – among other things – what to do about the impending “zero capital” problem as well as the topic of multiple guarantors. Treasury’s goal, these officials said, is to come up with a workable blueprint on the future of the government-sponsored enterprises and the nation’s housing finance system – changes that might touch Ginnie Mae as well. Late this week there was...


September 8, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Once Banks Got LCR Compliant, They Opted For More GSE MBS, Fed Researchers Find

Partly to comply with liquidity cover ratio requirements imposed in the wake of the financial crisis, U.S. banks ramped up their holdings of high-quality liquid assets. But once they got compliant, many of them shifted their asset allocations more to agency MBS and U.S. Treasuries, according to researchers at the Federal Reserve. This could have implications for the U.S. central bank’s massive balance sheet over the long haul, they added. As of Jan. 1, 2015, large banks in the U.S. have needed...


August 25, 2017 - Inside The GSEs

GSE Shareholders Tired of Govt. Document Waiting Game

Investors in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac continue to grow weary of the drawn out discovery process in shareholder lawsuits and recently filed another motion in hopes of expediting things. Fairholme Funds attorneys filed a motion last week asking to view about 1,500 government documents in a lawsuit challenging the government’s net-worth sweep of profits at Fannie and Freddie. In the new motion, the Fairholme attorneys asked the Federal Claims Court to use the “quick peek” procedure for some documents dating back to May 2012. These are among the many documents the plaintiffs say the government is still hoping to keep secret under the deliberative process and bank examination privileges.


August 25, 2017 - Inside The GSEs

Industry Execs Have GSE Subordinate Debt Debate

The Treasury Department should not bail out the GSEs’ subordinated debt again, according to Alex Pollock, senior fellow at the R Street Institute. He criticized the Treasury’s decision to pay off $13.5 billion in subordinate debt at the start of the conservatorship nine years ago and said that it created a lack of market discipline. “Instead of experiencing losses to which subordinated lenders can be exposed when the borrower fails, they got every penny of scheduled payments on time,” he said, calling the structural reason for bailing out the subordinated debt an “unusual occurrence.” The former head of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago noted that the role of subordinated debt is...


August 18, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

GSE Shareholders Grow Weary of Drawn Out Discovery Process in Fairholme Case

Attorneys for Fairholme Funds filed another motion this week requesting to view about 1,500 government documents in a lawsuit challenging the government’s net-worth sweep of profits at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. And late last week, the government produced three more documents that were originally classified as “privileged.” In the new motion, the Fairholme attorneys asked the Federal Claims Court to use the “quick peek” procedure for more than 1,000 documents dating back to May 2012. These are among the many documents the plaintiffs say the government is still withholding under the deliberative process and bank examination privileges. It’s...


August 18, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

MBS Trading Volume Weak in July, Hitting a New Low For the Year. A Growing Concern: Turmoil in Washington

The average daily trading volume in agency MBS fell to just $200.5 billion in July, the weakest reading of the year, according to the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association. Compared to the prior month, MBS trading fell by 4.5 percent. The strongest month of the year came in January at $229.8 billion. In general, a lower reading on average daily trading volume means...


August 17, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Watt Hints That He May Not Alter the Dividend Payment. A Complication: the GSE Lawsuits?

The issue of whether the Federal Housing Finance Agency will alter the dividend payments Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac pay the Treasury Department became a bit more complicated this month when agency Director Mel Watt hinted in correspondence he’s unlikely to make a change. But despite such a sentiment being expressed in a letter to the National Association of Realtors, there continues to be a school of thought among certain lobbyists and trade group officials that a change is coming. “I still think...


August 11, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

LIBOR is Being Phased Out, Leading to Adjustments In the Mortgage Market. A Big Deal or Ho-Hum?

The clock is ticking on the phrase-out of the London Interbank Offered Rate, or LIBOR, a benchmark the mortgage market has relied on for the past few decades. Now comes the debate: is it something to worry about or no big deal? A new report from Bank of America Merrill Lynch suggests that when it comes to MBS at least, the changes will be felt, depending on the sector. “Certain agency MBS cash flows will be impacted directly,” BAML notes. “For example, underlying cash flows on LIBOR-indexed hybrid ARMs may change if an alternate index is chosen.” The researchers noted...


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