Sources: Morris Schneider Wittstadt declaring bankruptcy, closing immediately

Sources: Morris Schneider Wittstadt declaring bankruptcy, closing immediately

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Trending Thursday: CFPB data collection worse than the NSA?

Slowly but surely GSE shareholders cutting into Treasury, FHFA secrecy
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New housing policy foundation breaks silence on housing crisis

Ladies and gentlemen, the J. Ronald Terwilliger Foundation for Housing America’s Families
Trey Garrison
Housing and mortgage finance reform either gets shuffled off to arguments in congressional subcommittees that go nowhere, or just plain ignored by policymakers. A new foundation with a power lineup plans to change all that, and they may have the capital to do it.
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Bipartisan group of senators to FHFA: Expand, clarify credit risk transfers

5 steps the FHFA should take to attract private sector investors
Brena Swanson
A bipartisan group of senators wrote a letter urging the Federal Housing Finance Agency to expand the development of the Credit Risk Transfer programs as another attempt to shield taxpayers from risk.
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Mr. Lew and Holder: Tear down this wall of secrecy on Fannie, Freddie profit sweep

Support or oppose ‘3rd amendment sweep’
Trey Garrison
You can oppose or support the third amendment sweep. You can be for or against the recapitalization of the GSEs. But no one, in good conscience, can support keeping the American people in the dark as to why.
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House passes bipartisan regulatory reform bill

Would require more cost-benefit analysis, transparency in regs
Trey Garrison
A bipartisan bill that would shed light on how federal policies affect both businesses and state and local governments passed the House Wednesday. It’s got a clear shot through the Senate but there’s turbulence waiting in the White House. Here’s why.
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Sen. Warren accuses FHFA’s Watt: “You haven’t helped a single family”

Senator charges FHFA with dereliction on principal reduction
Trey Garrison
What started as a dry, lame-duck session hearing on the Federal Housing Finance Agency in the Senate Banking Committee on Wednesday, got heated when U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., went guns blazing after the FHFA director.
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GOP Congress likely to reform CFPB in 2015

Street: Fannie, Freddie reform unlikely in 114th Congress
Trey Garrison
There won’t be any real movement on GSE reform, but there may be a serious heeling of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, according to one mortgage finance expert. That's a very different line than the one being published by HUD secretary, Julian Castro.
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Castro: Broad support for ending Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

Will it be a priority in the administration’s final two years?
Brena Swanson
While the complete overhaul of the government-sponsored enterprises has continuously been an issue in Washington, it has not always been a top priority. Well, it may now be back at the top of the pile for priorities.
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The top 10 critical issues facing GSE reform

Urban Institute: Reform in limbo
Brena Swanson
Almost six years into conservatorship and barely any progress has been made to reform Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac or create a new housing system. But before reform can even happen, the Urban Institute said these 10 design issues need to be addressed.
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KBRA's Whalen extinguishes any hope of housing reform

"What happens if nothing happens?"
Brena Swanson
Five years past the financial crisis, and Congress has continuously gone back and forth on what to do about the housing market, with strong emphasis on reworking Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. But what if all this talk in Washington over housing reform is just that—talk.
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FHFA Inspector General counters: Here's why nonbanks need prudent regulation

Nonbanks hold $1.4 trillion of $10 trillion market
Brena Swanson
The Federal Housing Finance Agency Office of the Inspector General suggests the FHFA establish a risk management process unique to nonbank special servicers. This is to better oversee how the GSEs control inherent risks in transferring mortgage servicing rights and performing large scale servicing operations.
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