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Items Tagged with 'Fannie Mae'


Mortgage-bond price tumbles amid increased risks

Fannie, Freddie witness significant drops
July 31, 2014
Prices of a new type of U.S. Mortgage bond are tumbling as investors discover the risks in the market from Wall Street banks, with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac bonds witnessing some of the biggest drops.
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Judge orders BofA Countrywide to pay $1.3B for toxic mortgages

Settlement is just over half what feds wanted
July 30, 2014
A federal judge has ordered Bank of America’s Countrywide unit to pay $1.3 billion in penalties for junk mortgages sold to the government sponsored enterprises in the years prior to the 2008 financial crisis.
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3 Fannie policy changes help open credit box

Waiting periods adjusted
July 30, 2014
Fannie Mae updated a handful of its policies regarding significant derogatory credit events, allowing more borrowers to jump back into the housing market.
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Did Treasury plan to shortchange Fannie, Freddie investors?

As more layers peel away, a pattern forms
July 30, 2014
A report on Tuesday focusing on the potential for conflict of interest in Blackstone serving as an advisor to the U.S. Department of Treasury missed a much bigger story.
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The real reason Fannie and Freddie don't do principal modifications

Looking out for your retirement
July 29, 2014
Why is the government resisting principal mods? Because there is one big investor in MBS that the government is worried about – pension funds.
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FHFA considering plan to offer single Fannie, Freddie bonds

Report on Common Securitization Platform may be coming soon
July 28, 2014
During his May speech at the Brookings Institute, FHFA Director Mel Watt said that adjusting the way Fannie and Freddie securitize mortgages was one of his key goals. Now it appears that the FHFA may be one step closer to accomplishing that goal.
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Monday Morning Cup of Coffee: Goldman's $1B FHFA settlement?

America’s lost decade; FHA fees drag; Mortgage lending, RMBS slow to a crawl
July 28, 2014
Goldman is looking at a $1 billion settlement with the FHFA, Americans' household wealth has plunged 36% from 2003, and FHA fees may be a big drag on the housing economy.
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Mortgage insurer ratings safe despite potential FHFA rule changes

S&P: Transition period provides sufficient time
July 25, 2014
Despite the FHFA's decision to revise its private mortgage insurance requirements, Standard & Poor’s Rating Services forecasts that insurers will maintain strong ratings in the immediate term.
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Small mortgage lenders and large banks face off

Fannie Mae: Smaller lenders to contract credit standards
July 24, 2014
Lending standards are likely to tighten at smaller and midsize lenders over the next three months, but at the same time, the smaller guys are stealing larger banks' mortgage market share.
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Growth in rest of 2014 won't make up for record slump in 1Q

Fannie: Expect 1.5% GDP after slowest 1Q since recession
July 23, 2014
Economic growth during the second half of 2014 likely won’t be strong enough to offset the weak activity from the first two quarters of the year, according to Fannie Mae’s Economic & Strategic Research Group.
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