Freddie Mac

Freddie CEO joins Harvard center focusing on housing finance reform


Freddie Mac CEO Donald Layton has joined the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies as a senior industry fellow focused on reform of the government-sponsored enterprises.


Lawmakers spar over whether Fannie, Freddie are SIFIs


There is bipartisan agreement in the Senate that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are "too big to fail" but some lawmakers are skeptical that a SIFI designation is appropriate.


Will FHFA’s fair-lending office fill enforcement void?


The little-known unit was launched in the wake of efforts by the CFPB and HUD to cut back on fair-lending activities, but the reach of the 10-month-old office is still unclear.


GSE overhaul needs FHFA and Congress to succeed: Calabria


The Federal Housing Finance Agency has appeared willing to take its own steps to reform Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, but legislation would be necessary to create an explicit guarantee of the mortgage system.


FHFA asks Congress for power to charter Fannie, Freddie competitors


Director Mark Calabria urged lawmakers to grant the agency chartering authority similar to that of bank regulators to boost competition in the mortgage market.


Mnuchin says no to 'recap and release' plan for Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac


Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin was adamant that the Trump administration won’t just let Fannie and Freddie build up their capital buffers and then release the companies. He also said he backed an explicit government guarantee, something only Congress can do.


Can Fannie, Freddie be overhauled without Congress?


The Federal Housing Finance Agency has far more authority to upend the status quo than most realize, according to a new report.


Government launches unified MBS platform for Fannie, Freddie


The consolidation of the two companies' securitization platforms into a single bond market became official on Monday.


FHFA's Calabria urges reg relief for homebuilders


The head of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s regulator blamed “burdensome” local regulations for a lack of housing supply, and also provided an update on the administration’s plan for GSE reform.


One important piece of GSEs' transformation ready for launch


The launch of a combined securitization platform for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac is meant to ease the transition to a new housing finance system. But questions remain about how the mortgage sphere will adapt to the single security.