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Fannie Mae July mortgage portfolio up 4.1% from year earlier, prices two-year deal

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Fannie Mae’s mortgage portfolio through July is up 4.1% from the year ago yet down somewhat from June, and the GSE issued nearly half the mortgage-backed securities during the month than in did last July. Fannie ended July with gross holdings of nearly $812 billion. That figure stood at $770.4 billion last year and $817.8 billion in June. The agency issued $42.7 billion of mortgage-backed securities during July, a nearly 48% decline from $79.7 billion a year earlier but up 6.4% from June. Fannie’s MBS issuances peaked in June 2009, when more than $130 billion was issued. The serious delinquency rate in Fannie Mae’s portfolio fell to 4.99% in June, which is the latest month data is available, from 5.15% in May. For the year-ago July, the agency’s delinquency rate was 4.17%. The rate peaked at 5.59% in February and was as low as 3.42% in April 2009. Earlier today, Fannie Mae sold $5 billion of two-year notes. The notes carry a coupon of 0.625% and yield 0.7%, maturing in Sept. 2012. The charts below provide details on the pricing: "Fannie Mae and FHLB are taking advantage of better funding from callables as bullet LOAS widens due to renewed corporate issuance and calmer short LIBOR levels," said Jim Vogel of FTN Financial. "The gain can be as much as 10bp.  The obvious result is that both need less funding from bullets and floaters.  The superior funding stems primarily from the constant demand for new callables to replace those redeemed at close to a $100 billion monthly pace." Barclays Capital, Goldman Sachs, and JPMorgan Chase lead the sale. The rest of the syndicate includes, Citigroup, Jefferies & Co., Loop Capital Markets, Mischler Financial Group, Morgan Stanley, and Vining Sparks. Write to Jason Philyaw.

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