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HouseCanary raises $33 million in funding

Partly thanks to NBA legend Kobe Bryant
HouseCanary, a provider of software and analytics for the real estate industry, announced it raised $33 million in a funding round. Even more interesting is the list of investors eyeing HouseCanary, which includes participants like NBA legend Kobe Bryant.
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Sources: Trump plans repeal of FHA mortgage insurance premium cut

Will it be a delay or an indefinite delay?
With President-elect Trump’s inauguration mere hours away, it appears that the Trump administration will do more than just “examine” the FHA premium cut once Trump is sworn on. According to multiple sources, the FHA premium cut, which is currently scheduled to go into effect on January 27, will be delayed, if not done away with entirely, by the incoming Trump administration.
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Credit Suisse reaches $5.28 billion mortgage bond settlement

Required to provide $2.8 billion in consumer relief
For the second time in as many days, the Department of Justice announced that it reached a multi-billion dollar settlement with a foreign-based bank over its mortgage securitization practices leading up to the housing crisis. On Tuesday, the DOJ announced that it reached a $7.2 billion settlement with Deutsche Bank. Now, it’s Credit Suisse’s turn.
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U.S. Bancorp net earnings set new record in 2016

Net interest income grows in fourth quarter
U.S. Bancorp produced mixed results in their fourth quarter, but that did not prevent the company from setting a record year in 2016. The company’s net interest income also showed growth not just for the year, but also in the fourth quarter.
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Goldman Sachs investing and lending takes a hit in 2016

Decreases by 25% annually
Goldman Sachs reported its earnings early Wednesday morning, showing that while revenues are still up from last year, it is struggling in several areas. One of those areas includes its investing and lending sector, which decreased 25% in 2016 compared to the previous year. But that isn’t the only sector in the company that saw significant losses.
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Here's one Fannie Mae bull's take on how the GSEs can exit conservatorship

And what happens to the stock after that
In the weeks since Steve Mnuchin sent shockwaves through the housing industry by stating that the Trump administration planned to end the conservatorship of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, reactions varied on whether that can actually be done and how expensive it might be. Here's an interesting take from an interested party on how the GSEs might actually exit conservatorship and what that would mean to the GSE stockholders who've waited quite a few years for a resolution.
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It's official: Deutsche Bank reaches $7.2 billion RMBS settlement

Largest RMBS settlement ever
Late last year, Deutsche Bank announced that it reached a $7.2 billion settlement with the Department of Justice in connection with the bank’s issuance and underwriting of residential mortgage-backed securities between 2005 and 2007. Although the bank made the announcement in late December, the settlement was not official, but it is now.
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KBW: What Wells Fargo, Chase 4th quarter results mean for the rest of the industry

A deeper dive at the big banks' mortgage banking earnings
While the fourth-quarter results for Wells Fargo and JPMorgan Chase were decidedly mixed, with JPMorgan significantly exceeding and Wells Fargo missing market expectations, there was one common denominator among the big banks’ earnings – lower earnings from mortgage banking. But what should the market make of those results?
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Moody’s reaches $864 million settlement over RMBS credit ratings

Settlement dates back to financial crisis
Moody’s Corp. agreed to pay nearly $864 million to settle claims for its role providing credit ratings for Residential Mortgage-Backed Securities and Collateralized Debt Obligations that contributed to the financial crisis. "Moody’s failed to adhere to its own credit rating standards and fell short on its pledge of transparency in the run-up to the Great Recession," said Principal Deputy Associate Attorney General Bill Baer. 
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