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December 1, 2017 - Inside The GSEs

Yearend May Have Industry, Trump Admin Scrambling for a Solution

As the end of the year nears, there’s been talk this week about negotiations underway between the Federal Housing Finance Agency and the Trump administration to address the capital situation at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Although no one is confirming the discussion, a Bloomberg report quoted an anonymous source as saying that FHFA officials want Fannie and Freddie each to keep a capital buffer of $2 billion to $3 billion on their books. In return, the report said, the administration wants to limit the GSEs’ activity in the market by tightening restrictions on the type of loans they buy. In late 2013, former FHFA Acting Director Ed DeMarco proposed implementing a loan size limit on...

November 3, 2017 - Inside The GSEs

Oral Arguments and Supreme Court Requests Are Latest in GSE Cases

There have been a number of moving parts in GSE shareholder cases recently, including oral arguments heard this week in one case and three separate lawsuits asking the Supreme Court of the United States to review the constitutionality of the structure of the Federal Housing Finance Agency. Attorney and managing partner David Thompson with Cooper & Kirk in Washington, D.C., who represents the shareholders in Christopher Roberts vs. FHFA, participated in this week’s oral arguments in the Seventh Circuit Court. He called the net-worth sweep unlawful because it imposed a “mandatory zero-capital regime and violated its own statutory commands to preserve and conserve assets and restore them to soundness.”

November 3, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Treasury’s ‘GSE Plan’ Still a ‘Work in Progress,’ May Leave Future MBS Guarantors With No Balance Sheet

Although it’s still unclear when the Treasury Department will release its blueprint for resolving the epic conservatorships of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and reforming the housing-finance system, industry officials are sifting through the Trump administration’s tea leaves. One source who claims to be familiar with Treasury’s thinking on the matter said a consensus is developing around a model where the government-sponsored enterprises re-emerge as “utilities” with little or ...

November 2, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Treasury Urges HUD to Weigh Its Use of ‘Disparate Impact’ in State-Regulated Insurance Markets

The Department of the Treasury, in the third of four reports related to an executive review of federal financial regulations, urged the Department of Housing and Urban Development to reconsider its use of disparate impact policy in the insurance industry. Released last week, the latest report focused on asset management and insurance and the regulatory structure of financial entities and products in each of these structures. Treasury called upon HUD to reevaluate its use of the ...


With originations expected to drop in 2018, will your shop turn to non-QM/non-prime mortgage products as a way to bolster volumes?

Yes, definitely. We’re planning a launch.
No. It’s still difficult compliance/regulatory-wise.
Maybe. It’s under consideration.
Not now. But things could change as 2018 progresses.

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