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Freddie Mac's rough first quarter will likely embolden calls for GSE reform

Vocal critics of GSE capital structure hold new card to play
If you listen closely, you can hear the noise surrounding the recapitalization and release of the government-sponsored enterprises from conservatorship getting louder thanks to Freddie Mac reporting a loss of $354 million in the first quarter. Now all those who want to see an end to the GSE conservatorship for whatever their particular motivation is have a new card to play. And they will play it.
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Former president of Ginnie Mae: Agency should split from HUD

It's time to reconsider Ginnie Mae's role within HUD
Ginnie Mae would be considered a blue-chip institution in the private sector but is unable to plot its own budgetary course, which is a major impediment to growth and stability. Today, Ginnie is a success story. It has outgrown its role as a specialist supporting HUD and, instead, has ballooned to become a core industry driver. Something needs to change.
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Freddie Mac reports $354M net loss in first quarter

But no draw needed from U.S. Treasury
Freddie Mac reported a $354 million net loss in the first quarter, significantly down from its $2.2 billion net income recorded in the fourth quarter of 2015. The news is a reminder of the GSE's net loss in the third quarter of 2015, which marked the first loss in four years. But despite the news, Freddie CEO Donald Layton remains positive on the results.
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Fannie Mae announces plans to securitize re-performing loans

Mortgage bonds built on previously delinquent loans coming later this year
Less than two weeks after the Federal Housing Finance Agency announced that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will be reducing the principal on as many as 33,000 delinquent or underwater borrowers, Fannie Mae announced it now plans to begin securitizing loans that were once delinquent.
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FHFA announces new rules for non-performing loan buyers

Buyers must evaluate certain borrowers for modification
According to the FHFA, analysts and advocates have raised concerns that investors may walk away from the most challenging loans in NPL pools, leaving vacant houses in neighborhoods and contributing to blight and decay.
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FHFA principal reduction plan garners mixed reaction from housing industry

Some love it, others not so much
It’s only been a short time since the Federal Housing Finance Agency shook up the housing industry by announcing that it plans to begin offering principal reductions to certain borrowers, but reactions from both sides are beginning to trickle in. Some in the housing industry love it, some believe that the FHFA's plan doesn't go far enough, while others are concerned that the program sets a "dangerous precedent."
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FHFA makes it official: Principal reduction is coming

Plan is 'final crisis-era' modification program
A day that many in the housing industry thought would never come is finally and actually here, as the FHFA is making it official – widespread principal reduction is coming. In what it is calling a "final crisis-era modification program," the FHFA announced Thursday that it will be launching a principal reduction program for some borrowers whose loans are owned or guaranteed by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac.
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New York Attorney General pushes FHFA for principal reduction

Schneiderman wants Fannie, Freddie to cut mortgage balances
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman joins the chorus calling for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to reduce the mortgage balances of struggling borrowers. Schneiderman sent a letter to FHFA Director Mel Watt this week, stating that principal reduction "should be deployed broadly and quickly to homeowners in desperate need of this relief from the continuing damage caused by the housing crisis."
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