Freddie Mac

New affordable housing goals go easy on Fannie and Freddie

06/29/17

The Federal Housing Finance Agency made just incremental changes to two of the seven affordable housing benchmarks.

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Housing finance system needs updates, not overhaul

06/29/17

With lawmakers bracing for a major policy undertaking to reform the government-sponsored enterprises, they can take comfort that they don’t need to start from scratch.

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The tricky calculus of housing finance reform

06/27/17

The Senate is set to begin teeing up housing finance reform discussions at a Banking Committee hearing on Thursday, but many are skeptical that Congress will be able to succeed where it has failed in the past.

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New GSE proposal seeks to fill capital void

06/09/17

As long as Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac exist, they must have adequate capital so taxpayers will never again be compelled to help them meet their financial obligations.

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Bankers at odds over GSE recapitalization proposal

06/06/17

The ICBA backs a plan to recapitalize Fannie and Freddie through retained earnings and public offerings, but other groups see it as a self-interested proposal to help GSE stockholders.

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Drilling down on Mnuchin’s first Senate Banking appearance

05/18/17

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin was pressed for his views on housing finance reform, what a “modernized” version of the Glass-Steagall Act would look like and a two-tiered regulatory system.

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FHFA, Treasury should cooperate on GSE capital buffer, housing groups say

05/17/17

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac should be able to rebuild a capital buffer to avoid any potential crisis in the mortgage market, according to a coalition of affordable housing advocates, homebuilders and small mortgage lender groups.

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Four things to watch during Mnuchin’s first Banking Committee hearing

05/16/17

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is expected to face tough questions on the OCC, Glass-Steagall and housing finance reform when he testifies on Thursday.

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FHFA on collision course with Congress over Fannie, Freddie

05/11/17

FHFA Director Mel Watt warned Thursday that to prevent a potential draw on the Treasury Department by the government-sponsored enterprises, he is willing to act unilaterally to rebuild capital at Fannie and Freddie.

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Fannie, Freddie detail plans to help mobile home market

05/08/17

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac issued proposals Monday to create pilot programs for loans on mobile homes, part of an ambitious plan for underserved and rural housing markets.

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