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March 16, 2014
17:51 EDTFNMA, FMCCSens. Johnson and Crapo release housing finance reform text
The Senate Banking Committee announced in a press release on its website that Senate Banking Committee Chairman Tim Johnson and Ranking Member Mike Crapo released the legislative text of the bipartisan housing finance reform agreement that they announced last Tuesday. The announcement said in part: "Senate Banking Committee Chairman Tim Johnson and Ranking Member Mike Crapo released the legislative text of the bipartisan housing finance reform agreement that they announced last Tuesday. That announcement sparked enthusiasm from the White House, Senators, Members of Congress and key stakeholders recognizing the agreement as a positive step forward in reforming our housing finance system. Chairman Johnson and Ranking Member Crapo plan to hold a committee markup in the coming weeks. They took rare action in releasing the text over the weekend in an effort to balance the Committee Members’ interests in having adequate time to review the legislation while advancing housing finance reform in a timely manner." “Chairman Johnson and I have produced a comprehensive, bipartisan plan that winds down these too-big-to-fail entities, protects taxpayers by putting strong capital in a first-loss position, and provides broad access to mortgages for eligible borrowers,” said Ranking Member Crapo. “There is broad support to fix our flawed housing system, and today’s actions are a strong step toward ending the status quo.” The press release continued: "The housing market accounts for nearly twenty percent of the American economy, so it is critical that we have a strong and stable system that is built to last. The status quo in which Fannie Mae (FNMA) and Freddie Mac (FMCC) remain in conservatorship is not a viable option for our nation’s housing finance system." Reference Link
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July 17, 2014
18:41 EDTFNMAFannie Mae increases yields on risk-sharing debt issue, WSJ reports
Fannie Mae increased yields on its biggest issue of debt that offsets its risks of guaranteeing mortgages, The Wall Stree Journal reports. Reference Link
07:13 EDTFMCC, FNMAWatchdog says Fannie, Freddie making riskier agreements, Reuters says
The Federal Housing Finance Agency Office of Inspector General said in a report that Fannie Mae (FNMA) and Freddie Mac (FMCC) are engaging in riskier agreements as they increasingly buy mortgages from smaller lenders, according to Reuters, citing comments from the watchdog. Reference Link
July 11, 2014
09:09 EDTFMCC, FNMAOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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July 10, 2014
18:44 EDTFMCC, FNMAGenworth responds to GSE-sponsored PMI eligibility requirements
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17:23 EDTFMCC, FNMAEssent Group comments on proposed PMI eligibility requirements
Essent Group (ESNT) reported that the Federal Housing Finance Agency released for public input the proposed Private Mortgage Insurer Eligibility Requirements. The PMIERs represent the standards by which private mortgage insurers are eligible to provide mortgage insurance on loans owned or guaranteed by Fannie Mae (FNMA) and Freddie Mac (FMCC). Assuming the PMIERs are enacted as proposed, Essent's mortgage insurance subsidiary, Essent Guaranty would be in compliance with the new capital adequacy requirements in the PMIERs based on financial information as of March 31. “We commend FHFA, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac for all of their work in revising the PMIERs,” said Mark Casale, Chairman and CEO. “Updating the PMIERs is important to the health of the housing finance system in general, and the mortgage insurance industry in particular. We believe that the proposed risk-based capital adequacy framework in the PMIERs is fundamentally sound. The PMIERs will serve as an important set of national standards that give industry counterparties added confidence in the claims paying capacity of private mortgage insurance companies, including Essent.” “Based in part on Essent’s strong capital levels and the exceptional credit quality of our portfolio,” Casale added, “we believe that Essent is well positioned under the PMIERs to continue to serve the growing demand for private mortgage insurance.”
17:08 EDTFNMA, FMCCMortgage insurers trading lower after FHFA proposes tighter capital rules
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