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Community groups, lenders call for Fannie, Freddie to stop paying dividend to Treasury

Will Trump administration have a different answer?
Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are scheduled to send their latest dividend payment to the Department of the Treasury later this month, but if a consortium of community groups and lenders has their way, that money will stay with the government-sponsored enterprises to help rebuild their dwindling capital base.
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Where does housing finance reform stand right now?

And here's what's stopping reform
Attendees at Goldman Sachs’ housing and consumer finance conference took a break from talks of regulatory change, alternative asset classes and raising capital funds for a low-key lunch served in the same room. As attendees unwound from the back-to-back panel sessions, they sat and listened to five experts try to unwrap the mess that is housing finance reform.
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[WATCH] Treasury Secretary Mnuchin says expect GSE reform during Trump administration

Not number one priority, but on the agenda
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin sat down with CNBC for his first television interview since being confirmed to lay out some of the administration’s economic priorities. Among the items discussed, Mnuchin mentioned GSE reform, confirming that a change in Fannie and Freddie’s current status is still high on the administration’s list of priorities.
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Fannie, Freddie stock plummets after court decision dents shareholders' prospects

But still trading above pre-election totals
Shares of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac went into free fall on Tuesday after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled that Fannie and Freddie shareholders cannot pursue many of their claims related to the so-called “Third Amendment sweep.” But despite the drop, both Fannie and Freddie are still trading above where they were prior to the election of President Donald Trump.
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It's official: Steven Mnuchin sworn in as Treasury Secretary

Senate approves former OneWest exec for cabinet post in largely partisan vote
Despite all the bluster, attempted parliamentary maneuvering, and name-calling from the Democratic party, the Senate voted Monday evening to approve Steven Mnuchin to serve as the next Secretary of the Department of the Treasury. As expected, the Senate approved Mnuchin in a partisan vote of 53-47, with one Democrat, Sen. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, splitting from his party and voting with the Republican majority.
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Mark Calabria to serve as chief economist for Vice President Mike Pence

Long-time housing reform advocate joins Pence's staff
Mark Calabria, a long-time housing reform advocate, will serve as the chief economist to Vice President Mike Pence. In his role within Pence’s office, Calabria could play a big role and be a sizable voice for housing finance reform, which he has spoken about frequently in his career.
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Fed's Bullard says GSE reform could lead Fed to dump Fannie, Freddie holdings

Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis president on future of housing
While it's clear the Trump administration plans to move on GSE reform, what isn’t known yet is just what those plans will look like. Further, what impact will those plans put on the country’s financial system? One area where the Trump administration’s GSE plans could reverberate is on the Federal Reserve and its mortgage bond holdings.
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Fitch: Trump tax cuts could force another Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac bailout

Corporate tax rate cut could lead to additional Treasury draw
Speaking before a meeting with airline executives, President Donald Trump said Thursday that his administration plans to unveil a tax reform plan in the coming weeks, with changes to corporate and personal taxes likely on the agenda. While those changes would likely be well received by corporate America, a new report from Fitch Ratings suggests that cutting corporate tax rates by as much as the president suggested could lead to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac needing another bailout from the government.
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Mortgage-backed security market to make a comeback in 2017

Higher interest rates facilitate return of securitization economics
While the housing market slowly recovered after the recession, the residential mortgage-backed security market did not. There were several reasons for the stagnation, including the market dominance from the GSEs. However, the RMBS market is preparing to make a comeback in 2017.
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