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Nomura: Don't make too much out of Nationstar CFO's departure

Appears there's nothing "behind the curtain"
Earlier this week, Nationstar Mortgage surprised the market a bit when it announced that its chief financial officer, Robert Stiles, is departing the company. But according to a report from Nomura, not only does there not appear to be a hidden story behind Stiles' departure, the company likely won’t suffer at all with Amar Patel serving as interim CFO.
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FHFA: Fannie, Freddie single security needs another year to finish

Phase 2 of common security implementation pushed from 2018
Citing the need for additional time for testing and development to ensure a "smooth transition," the Federal Housing Finance Agency announced Thursday that the implementation of the single security, the joint initiative from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to develop a single mortgage-backed security that will be issued by the government-sponsored enterprises, is being delayed until the second quarter of 2019.
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Nationstar names interim CFO after Robert Stiles departs company

Amar Patel will serve as interim CFO
One month ago, Nationstar Mortgage celebrated the fact that its revenue grew significantly in the fourth quarter, climbing nearly 46% year-over-year. Now, Nationstar will have a new person in charge of that money as the nonbank announced Wednesday that it named Amar Patel, who previously spent 10 years with the company, as its interim chief financial officer.
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PHH laying off more employees in New York

Cuts will leave company with 30 employees in region
Given the headlines of late, it may be easy to forget that PHH Mortgage Corp’s landmark battle with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau isn’t the only issue the company is facing. The company is also in the middle of a significant shift in its business, necessitated by substantial changes in its mortgage servicing operations.
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Ocwen adds Robert Lipstein as independent member of board of directors

Ronald Korn stepping down
Ocwen Financial announced Monday that it is increasing the size of its board of directors from eight members to nine members – for a few months. According to a SEC filing, Ocwen’s board is adding Robert Lipstein to serve as an independent member. Lipstein will be the ninth member of Ocwen’s board, until May 22, 2017, when Ronald Korn steps down from the board.
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Former HUD senior advisor Richard Green: Here are the issues with Trump's budget

Ginnie Mae staffing levels and FHA infrastructure will both suffer

Late last week, Julián Castro, who served as secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development from 2014 to 2017 under former President Barack Obama, told HousingWire that he has several issues with President Donald Trump’s budget proposal, which calls for a $6.2 billion cut to HUD’s budget. But Castro isn’t the only former HUD official to express concerns with Trump’s budget.


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Monday Morning Cup of Coffee: Trump tapping familiar face to lead DOJ's civil division?

What will become of False Claims Act charges under new leader?
It looks like President Donald Trump is about to install a familiar face as the leader of the Department of Justice’s civil division. If that happens, what happens to the DOJ's recently preferred tactic of using the False Claims Act to extract settlements from lenders for supposedly misrepresenting the quality of loans to the Federal Housing Administration? The answer, and more, in your Monday Morning Cup of Coffee.
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In major reversal, U.S. sides with PHH, calls CFPB structure unconstitutional

DOJ asks court to give president authority to fire CFPB director at will
Recently, the U.S. government began to give off indications that it might be switching sides in the landmark battle between the CFPB and PHH, signaling that the Trump administration would not be as supportive of the CFPB as the Obama administration had been. And Friday, that's exactly what happened. Click the headline for the full story.
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