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  • Fun fact: Guess where the current IRS commissioner used to work

    06/24/2014 8:37:26 AM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 6/24/14 | T. Becket Adams
    Current IRS Commissioner John Koskinen testified Friday on the scandal involving the targeting of conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status. And although the hearing was filled with many memorable and tense moments, particularly between the commissioner and Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., one detail that went unmentioned Friday is Koskinen's former employer. In case you didn't know, the man who currently heads the IRS was at one point with the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp., known more commonly as Freddie Mac.
  • Massachusetts Sues Fannie and Freddie Over Foreclosure

    06/08/2014 1:21:46 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 3 replies
    New York Times ^ | 02 June 2014 | Shaila Dewan
    Martha Coakley, the attorney general of Massachusetts, filed suit on Monday against Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in an effort to force the federally owned mortgage finance giants to comply with a state antiforeclosure law passed in 2012. The law seeks to ease the way for so-called buyback programs, which are aimed at reducing the debt of the homeowner while saving the lender the cost of foreclosure and eviction. Fannie and Freddie have refused to allow homes with mortgages they back to enter buyback programs, the suit contends, even though it costs them money not to. “For too long, Fannie...
  • The Financial Crisis: Why Have No High-Level Executives Been Prosecuted?

    01/09/2014 8:35:15 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 61 replies
    New York Review of Books ^ | January 9, 2013 | By Jed S. Rakoff
    Five years have passed since the onset of what is sometimes called the Great Recession. While the economy has slowly improved, there are still millions of Americans leading lives of quiet desperation: without jobs, without resources, without hope. Who was to blame? Was it simply a result of negligence, of the kind of inordinate risk-taking commonly called a “bubble,” of an imprudent but innocent failure to maintain adequate reserves for a rainy day? Or was it the result, at least in part, of fraudulent practices, of dubious mortgages portrayed as sound risks and packaged into ever more esoteric financial instruments,...
  • Transformation: Freddie Mac Does Another Risk-sharing Deal, Citi Sells Servicing Rights

    10/25/2013 7:30:21 AM PDT · by whitedog57 · 1 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 10/25/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    The mortgage market is undergoing a transformation. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are doing more credit risk-sharing deals (a sign of things to come) while Citi decides to sells its mortgage servicing portfolio. Oct. 25 (Bloomberg) By Jody Shenn — Freddie Mac “expects to complete another” sale of risk-sharing securities “shortly,” FHFA acting director Ed DeMarco said in speech yesterday afternoon. • NOTE: Freddie spokeswoman said last month it hopes to complete another deal this year; Fannie Mae execs said this month no more deals in 2013, working on one for early next year • FHFA plans for “scope and...
  • Levitan's Crony Capitalism Plea to Senate On Housing Reform (Wants Public-Private Hybrid Model)

    10/02/2013 11:01:44 AM PDT · by whitedog57 · 3 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 10/02/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    Georgetown law professor, Adam Levitan, testified in the US Senate yesterday on “Fundamentals of a Functioning Private Label Mortgage Backed Securities Market.” 172476171-Levitin-Senate-Banking-Testimony-10-1-13 Levitan was a student of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau architect and former Harvard law school professor Elizabeth Warren (now a US Senator). Levitan is a believer in BIG government and everything is the private sector’s fault. “Relying on PLS (Private Label Securities) to serve as the main financing source for the housing market would be a high-risk gamble with the US economy. Instead, a hybrid public-private system with first-loss private capital backstopped by an explicit and priced...
  • Are We Nearing the End of Fannie and Freddie? Both Parties seem to be on the same page

    09/03/2013 7:43:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 09/02/2013 | RODRIGO SERMEŃO
    WASHINGTON – Talk of housing-finance market reform seems close to action as various proposals promise to move forward the national debate about the future of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.Four decades ago, Congress set up Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac as government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs) – privately owned financial institutions established by the government to fulfill a public mission. The two GSEs were created to provide a stable source of funding for residential mortgages, including loans on housing for low- and middle-income families. Fannie and Freddie fulfill that mission through their operations in the secondary mortgage market. The two companies...
  • Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Hide Billions In Losses - Time To End Fannie and Freddie!

    08/25/2013 5:51:30 PM PDT · by whitedog57 · 5 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 08/25/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    The Inspector General for FHFA released a report that claims Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are masking billions of dollars in losses. The report, written by the inspector general for the Federal Housing Finance Agency and reviewed by Reuters, said the FHFA’s timeframe for mortgage finance companies Fannie and Freddie to have up to two years to recognize the cost of mortgages delinquent at least 180 days was “inordinately long.“ The change in the accounting treatment of these delinquent loans potentially could require Fannie and Freddie, which have rebounded to enormous profitability in the past two years as the housing...
  • The American Dream Turned Nightmare: Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Cost $42.5K For Each Household

    08/17/2013 11:52:59 AM PDT · by whitedog57 · 14 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 08/17/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    The liabilities for mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac amount to $4.9 trillion, according to economist James Hamilton<. That equals $42,494.15 per household. This is especially troubling since the US homeownership rate is 65% and 60% of home sales are made with all-cash. So, renters really end up subsidizing homeownership AND Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. While this is outrageous, the other costs of government spending and promises are even more outrageous. We know that the employment situation in the US is terrible with 70% of jobs created since January 2009 being low-paying, part-time jobs. And median household income...
  • Dueling Housing Reform Bills: The House’s PATH Bill Versus The Senate’s Corker-Warner Bill

    08/14/2013 11:29:06 AM PDT · by whitedog57
    Confounded Interest ^ | 08/14/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling spoke yesterday in Texas on housing reform. Hensarling pointed out that the Protecting American Taxpayers and Homeowners (PATH) Act specifically: * Ends the costly Fannie and Freddie bailout; * Protects and restores the FHA by defining its mission; * Increases mortgage competition, enhances transparency, and maximizes consumer choice; and * Breaks down barriers for private investment capital. Here is a markup of the PATH bill. The PATH bill is superior to the Senate’s Corker-Warner bill that proposes winding down Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, but creates yet another government insurance corporate (The Federal...
  • Obama Calls for Mortgage Overhaul, Closing Fannie and Freddie

    08/06/2013 4:53:54 PM PDT · by shove_it · 53 replies
    MoneyNews ^ | 6 Aug 2013
    Buoyed by an improving housing market, President Barack Obama on Tuesday proposed a broad overhaul of the nation's mortgage finance system, including winding down government-backed Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. He declared that taxpayers should never again be left "holding the bag" for the mortgage giants' bad bets. Obama outlined his proposals in Phoenix, the once foreclosure-riddled city at the epicenter of the nation's housing crisis. The housing market in Phoenix, as well as in many other parts of the country, has rebounded robustly, with prices in the southwestern city up 66 percent from the low point in 2011...
  • Votes for Mortgages: If you liked the subprime crisis, you'll love what the feds are cooking up now

    08/12/2013 7:50:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 08/12/2013 | Joe Dantone
    Fannie and Freddie have been in operation for decades without problems until recently. Fannie began in 1938 as a quasi-governmental agency making affordable homes available to people by making the financing easier and funds more readily available by establishing a secondary market for mortgages. Previously banks had held onto their mortgages in a system called portfolio mortgages and were made mostly to their own account holders. With the homes as collateral, the banks then lent out that same money again to other local borrowers. If you remember the scene from It's a Wonderful Life when there is a run on...
  • Housing Finance Reform In Context (Homeownership Rates 47.80% In 1930, 65% Today)

    08/07/2013 3:30:57 PM PDT · by whitedog57 · 4 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 08/07/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    After President Obama’s rousing speech on housing this week in Phoenix, I thought a review of homeownership would be in order. Homeowneship has been dropping since 2004 after hitting a high of just over 69%. Back in 1999, Fannie Mae CEO James A. Johnson said that the homeownership rate would reach 70& by 2010. The rate stands at 65%. nhown60s Starting with President Roosevelt in 1930s, the Federal government began creating institutions to support homeownership. 1932: Emergency Relief and Construction Act of 1932, creating the Reconstruction Finance Corporation (RFC) 1932: Federal Home Loan Bank Act (the Bank Act) 1933: Home...
  • Obama says it’s time to ‘turn the page’ on Fannie and Freddie

    07/24/2013 12:38:21 PM PDT · by illiac · 30 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | 7/24/13 | MarketWatch
    President Barack Obama on Wednesday, in his speech on the U.S. economy, spelled out the beginning of the end for federally controlled mortgage buyers Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. “We’ll work with both parties to turn the page on Fannie and Freddie, and build a housing finance system that’s rock-solid for future generations,” Obama said, according to a copy of his prepared remarks. See more Obama speech coverage. That might take a while. True, both the House and the Senate are working on legislation to get rid of the giants, which were took under control by the federal government in...
  • Freddie Mac’s Risk-Sharing MBS Off To A Slow Start (Wide Spread For M2 Mezz Piece)

    07/19/2013 10:32:50 AM PDT · by whitedog57
    Confounded Interest ^ | 07/19/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    Freddie Mac’s risk-sharing MBS is off to a slow start. 1 month Libor +350bps for M1 mezz piece and 1 month LIBOR + 750bps for the M2 mezz piece. freedierisk Freddie Mac agency credit-risk bonds price talk widens to 1ML+350bps for M1, 1ML+750bps for M2s. • Guidance from earlier this week was +250bps, +725-750bps; was even wider before deal announcement • May price as soon as July 22 • Information from two people familiar with offering who declined to be identified because terms aren’t set If we look at the term sheet, fredtermsheet, the ‘first loss’ piece is not being...
  • Freddie Mac Introduces ‘Risk-sharing’ MBS (Credit Scores Between 601 and 839)

    07/18/2013 10:01:04 AM PDT · by whitedog57 · 1 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 07/18/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    Traditionally, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (along with Ginnie Mae) have focused on interest-rate risk in their mortgage-backed securities, not credit risk. But a question arose about the future of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac: would there be a demand for MBS without a government guarantee for credit risk? Freddie Mac has begun marketing a new product, dubbed Freddie Mac Structured Agency Credit Risk (STACR) securities, designed to offload the first-loss piece of certain government-guaranteed MBS into the private capital markets. Here is the Preliminary Term Sheet for $400,000,000 (approximate) offering. fredtermsheet Here is the loan tape. STACR 2013-DN1 Investor...
  • Do We Need a Government Guarantee For Mortgages?

    06/17/2013 6:20:49 PM PDT · by whitedog57 · 5 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 06/17/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    Earlier, I wrote about the various proposals circulating through Washington DC on the future of housing finance in the USA. Virtually every one had a government guarantee in their proposal, as if the mortgage market would collapse without Uncle Sam. As Nancy Pelosi once famously stated, we need to look at government guarantee “away from the fog of the controversy.” Several economists at The Federal Reserve produced a nice graphic on prime versus subprime borrowers. Essentially any loan with a down payment of less than 20% is considered subprime and credit scores of 660 are prime if the down payment...
  • Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac Shareholders Challenge Feds Over Gov’t Takeover

    06/14/2013 12:53:32 PM PDT · by whitedog57 · 1 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 06/14/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    According to Nick Timiraos of the Wall Street Journal, “Lawsuit Challenges Takeover of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac.” “Three shareholders of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac sued the federal government Monday, alleging that the U.S. had improperly taken over the mortgage-finance companies in 2008 and that the government’s latest revision of certain bailout terms constituted an illegal taking of the firms’ assets. The plaintiffs include the City of Austin Police Retirement System in Texas and Washington Federal, a Seattle-based bank. The shareholders, who filed suit in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims in Washington, D.C., said they are seeking $41 billion...
  • Corker-Warner GSE Bill: Includes Unconstitutional Taking of Property

    06/10/2013 6:14:00 PM PDT · by whitedog57 · 10 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | Anthony B. Sanders
    Senators Corker (R-TN) and Warner (D-VA) have a new bill on what to do with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Warner-Corker Draft Here are some of the key provisions of the draft bill: The draft bill would create the Federal Mortgage Insurance Company, an agency that would provide catastrophic reinsurance for mortgage-backed securities. The agency would be governed by a five-member board and replace the FHFA, the existing regulator and conservator of the GSEs. The FMIC would operate a mortgage insurance fund modeled on the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation’s insurance fund. Guaranty fees and other payments made to the agency...
  • Corker-Warner GSE Bill: The “New” Federal Savings and Loan Insurance Corporation (FSLIC)?

    06/10/2013 1:56:07 PM PDT · by whitedog57 · 2 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 06/10/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    Senators Corker (R-TN) and Warner (D-VA) have a new bill on what to do with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Warner-Corker Draft Here are some of the key provisions of the draft bill: The draft bill would create the Federal Mortgage Insurance Company, an agency that would provide catastrophic reinsurance for mortgage-backed securities. The agency would be governed by a five-member board and replace the FHFA, the existing regulator and conservator of the GSEs. The FMIC would operate a mortgage insurance fund modeled on the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation’s insurance fund. Guaranty fees and other payments made to the agency...
  • Growth in Non-fixed Rate Notes — Implications for Mortgage Markets? (ARMs vs FRMs)

    06/06/2013 5:50:02 PM PDT · by whitedog57 · 1 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 06/06/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    According to Bloomberg Briefs, there has been a jump in non-fixed rate notes. And this occurs whenever Treasury yields rise. But if we look at The Fed, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, they are currently invested primarily in fixed-rate products. The ARM (adjustable rate mortgage) share of mortgage applications has risen to 6.4% in recent months, but is well below historic highs. As we argued in a Mercatus research paper, “Do We Need the 30 Year Fixed-rate Mortgage?“, Mike Lea and I say no. In fact, ARMs have decided advantages over their fixed-rate cousin such as risk-sharing with the lender...
  • Sheila Bair- Barney Frank Editorial On Securitization Misleading (Fannie/Freddie Did The Same Thing)

    05/25/2013 4:20:42 PM PDT · by whitedog57 · 3 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 05/25/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    Sheila Bair, former FDIC Commission, and Barney Frank, former Congressman, penned a misleading op-ed in Fortune/CNN Money entitled “Watch out. The mortgage securities market is at it again“. Here is the misleading sentence: Big, ugly giants with names like Countrywide Financial and New Century packaged huge pools of mortgages, sliced them up into securities, and sold them to investors, who now bore the risk if the loans defaulted. It turns out that “big, ugly giants” with names like Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac did exactly the same thing. They packaged huge pools of mortgages, sliced them up into securities, and...
  • Regulation, The Demise Of The S&L Industry And The Rise Of Shadow Banking (Regulatory Surge)

    05/19/2013 10:07:57 AM PDT · by whitedog57
    Confounded Interest ^ | 05/19/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    When you watch “It’s a Wonderful Life” with James Stewart from 1946, you are given the impression that banks (as represented by Henry F. Potter) are stingy and evil. Savings and Loans (S&Ls) (as represented by George Bailey) are kind-hearted and good. A ridiculous stereotype, of course. Tell that to taxpayers who had to bail out the S&L industry to the tune of more than $124 billion. Bert Ely has a nice discussion of what happened to the S&L industry here. In short, S&L’s were regulated as to how much interest they could pay on deposits (Reg Q) and when...
  • Fannie Mae Reports Quarterly Net Income Of $58.7 Billion (Accounting Gimmick)

    05/09/2013 3:39:28 PM PDT · by whitedog57 · 2 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 05/09/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    Like the recent positive earnings report from Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae reported quarterly net income of $58.7 billion. This is not surprising given the general decline in seriously delinquent mortgages And rising house prices since March 2012. • Fannie Mae reported quarterly net income of $58.7 billion following release of a $50.6 billion valuation allowance on its deferred tax assets. • Beginning this year, pursuant to August 2012 amendments to the terms of Treasury’s bailout, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will pay quarterly dividends to Treasury equal to their net worth in excess of a gradually declining capital reserve. The...
  • More Bernanke Bubbles: Freddie Mac Posts Record Profits And Pays $7B To Treasury

    05/08/2013 8:04:44 AM PDT · by whitedog57 · 1 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 05/08/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    According to the Mortgage Bankers Association, the Refinance Index increased 8 percent from the previous week to the highest level since December 2012. The gain in the Refinance Index was due to increases in both the conventional and government refinance indices of 8.8 percent and 5.7 percent respectively. The seasonally adjusted Purchase Index increased 2 percent from one week earlier to the highest level since May 2010. Here are mortgage purchase applications over the past 12 months. On a longer view, you can see that this is the highest level since 2010. Mortgage refinancing applications continue to rise as well....
  • FHFA Limiting Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Loan Purchases to “Qualified Mortgages”

    05/06/2013 1:41:13 PM PDT · by whitedog57 · 2 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 05/06/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announced today that it is directing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to limit their future mortgage acquisitions to loans that meet the requirements for a qualified mortgage, including those that meet the special or temporary qualified mortgage definition, and loans that are exempt from the “ability to repay” requirements under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank). In January, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued a final rule implementing the “ability to repay” provisions of Dodd-Frank, including certain protections from liability for loans that meet the criteria of a qualified...
  • Eight Steps to Eliminate Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac—Permanently

    04/17/2013 2:16:54 PM PDT · by Slyfox · 13 replies
    Heritage Foundation ^ | April 10, 2013 | David C. John
    It is time to close both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac—the government-sponsored mortgage giants. Both entities distort the country’s housing finance market by issuing mortgage-backed securities with subsidized government guarantees that the mortgages will be repaid. If guarantees are necessary, they should be priced and issued by the private sector, not by the state. Financial institutions expert David C. John details specific steps to achieve this shutdown carefully and methodically without further upsetting the delicate housing market—and without making the situation worse.
  • Bankers Club: TBTF Wells Fargo Biggest Partner Of Fannie, Freddie and FHA

    04/16/2013 10:46:18 AM PDT · by whitedog57
    Confounded Interest ^ | 04/16/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan said Congress and the Administration “should move forward this year with plans for overhauling the U.S. mortgage finance system,” including GSEs Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which were “seized by the government in 2008.” Donovan is quoted as saying, “Reform of the failed model of the GSEs, the private gains and socialized losses model, is a top priority and it’s critical that we make progress this year toward that goal.” There have been rumblings of GSE “reform” for the past several years. But the stock answer has been “But not now.” Fannie Mae’s record profits for...
  • Obama Administration Seeks To Replace FHFA Director With Moody’s Mark Zandi

    04/13/2013 1:55:21 PM PDT · by whitedog57
    Confounded Interest ^ | 04/13/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    The title of the WSJ’s Nick Timiraos article couldn’t be more ironic: “Economist Eyed for Fannie Watchdog.” It is ironic in a couple of ways. First, Zandi has no regulatory experience (as far as I know). Second, he is on record touting every government loan modification and principal reduction program. See, for example, his New York Times editorial with Joseph Stiglitz. The current FHFA Acting Director, Edward DeMarco, has been a champion of shrinking Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s footprint in the market and consolidating their operations. According to Timiraos: Without clear direction from the White House or Congress, Mr....
  • Obama Budget Ignores $187 Billion Cost to Taxpayers of Fannie and Freddie, But Not Future Profits!

    04/11/2013 3:03:21 PM PDT · by whitedog57
    Confounded Interest ^ | 04/11/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    Jon Prior at Politico reports that according to budget projections released Wednesday, taxpayers could see “a $51 billion profit on the $187 billion in federal funds that have been pumped into” Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac “since they were taken over by the government in 2008.” The catch? Fannie and Freddie would have to remain under government control for another 10 years. Wait a minute. If taxpayers spent $187 to bailout Fannie and Freddie, a $51 billion profit over ten years still leaves taxpayers in the hole for $136 billion. Politico is making it sound like a tremendous return on...
  • Fannie/Freddie Could See $51 Billion Profit … IF They Remain Under Gov’t Control For 10 Years

    04/11/2013 11:21:45 AM PDT · by whitedog57 · 5 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 04/11/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    Jon Prior at Politico reports that according to budget projections released Wednesday, taxpayers could see “a $51 billion profit on the $187 billion in federal funds that have been pumped into” Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac “since they were taken over by the government in 2008.” The catch? Fannie and Freddie would have to remain under government control for another 10 years. Wait a minute. If taxpayers spend $187 to bailout Fannie and Freddie, a $51 billion profit over ten years still leaves taxpayers in the hole for $136 billion. Politico is making it sound like a tremendous return on...
  • FHFA’s Report on HARP Refis: Vacation/Retirement States Lead HARP Refi Activities

    04/09/2013 6:18:44 PM PDT · by whitedog57 · 3 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 04/09/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) today released its January 2013 Refinance Report, which shows that refinance volume remained high through the first month of this year. There were nearly 470,000 refinances in January, with roughly 97,600 completed through the Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP). This brings total HARP refinances to more than 2.2 million since the program’s inception in April 2009. • Borrowers in January with loan-to-value ratios greater than 105 percent accounted for 47 percent of the HARP refinance volume. • The number of completed HARP refinances for deeply underwater borrowers continued to represent a significant portion of...
  • Obama Pushing For Banks To Make MORE Risky Loans At Taxpayer Expense

    04/03/2013 7:55:32 AM PDT · by whitedog57 · 8 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 04/03/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    Administration Encouraging Banks To Approve Riskier Mortgages Here we go again. This is reminiscent of Clinton/Cisneros/Cuomo’s National Homeownership Strategy that help almost destroy the banking system and left millions of households in foreclosure: nhsdream2 According to the Washington Post (4/2, Goldfarb, 489K),the Administration “is engaged in a broad push to make more home loans available to people with weaker credit, an effort that officials say will help power the economic recovery but that skeptics say could open the door to the risky lending that caused the housing crash in the first place.” The Post adds that “administration officials say they...
  • What to Cut: Calls to shed debt-burdened Fannie, Freddie

    03/28/2013 3:39:51 PM PDT · by NoLibZone
    Fox ^ | March 28 2013 | FNS
    "The biggest problem with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac is that they are financial institutions with a social mission," said Tom Schatz, president of Citizens Against Government Waste. That social mission, critics say, is to heavily subsidize mortgages for people who don't meet sound lending qualifications. "Lower income homes have a tougher time paying mortgages and when the housing market started to go under, that was the first to go," Schatz said.
  • Investor-fueled Housing Recovery: Home Prices Rise 0.1%% In January NSA

    03/26/2013 6:57:07 AM PDT · by whitedog57 · 9 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 03/26/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    The economy is improving (at long last). Durable goods order surprised to the upside with a print of 5.7% SA. But the YoY NSA durable goods orders seems to be in a decline. And the housing market continues to exhibit price increases. The S&P Case-Shiller house price index rose 1.02% in January on a seasonally adjusted basis (SA). On a non seasonally adjusted basis, house prices rose only 0.1%. When we remove the seasonal adjustment, house prices nationally seem to be flat since the end of 2008 with some undulations. The big winners in January? The sand states where investors...
  • Fannie and Freddie: A Phoenix Rising From The Ashes? Or Ashes?

    03/22/2013 3:46:22 PM PDT · by whitedog57
    Confounded Interest ^ | 03/22/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    The government sponsored enterprises in conservatorship, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, are generating attention in Congress. For example, here are recent headlines (courtesy of WilmerHale). * Corker and Warren Unite on GSE Reform. Here is their bill. • As described in the Bipartisan Policy Center’s executive summary, the BPC plan would replace Fannie and Freddie with a new government entity that would insure qualifying MBS with an explicit government guarantee that would kick in only if mandatory private credit enhancement, e.g., private mortgage insurance, failed to reimburse credit losses on the re-insured MBS. • FHFA Acting Director DeMarco previously announced...
  • JPMorgan’s Follies, for All to See

    03/17/2013 2:27:38 PM PDT · by neverdem · 19 replies
    NY Times ^ | March 16, 2013 | GRETCHEN MORGENSON
    BE afraid. That’s the takeaway for both investors and taxpayers in the 307-page Senate report detailing last year’s $6.2 billion trading fiasco at JPMorgan Chase. The financial system, thanks to dissembling traders and bumbling regulators, is at greater risk than you know. After bailing out the nation’s banking system in 2008, taxpayers and investors have been assured that such a crisis will not happen again. The Dodd-Frank legislation was supposed to make our system safe from the kinds of reckless banking activities... --SNIP-- But the true value in this Senate investigation is its spotlight on the ability of bank executives...
  • Limited Mortgage Finance Role for U.S. Government Gains Support (From 3 Retired Senators)

    02/25/2013 11:16:37 AM PST · by whitedog57 · 2 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 02/25/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    <p>Bloomberg/Businessweek has an interesting article on the upcoming “bipartisan” panel entitled “Limited Mortgage Finance Role for U.S. Government Gains Support”.</p>
  • Fannie and Freddie Use Their “Get Out Of Jail Free” Card for Some Borrowers

    01/28/2013 6:34:00 AM PST · by whitedog57 · 5 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 01/28/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the mortgage giants in conservatorship, played their “Get out of jail free” card and are letting some borrowers wipe out negative equity on their homes. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will let some borrowers who kept up payments as their homes lost value erase their debts by giving up the properties, helping Americans escape underwater loans while adding to losses at the mortgage giants bailed out with $190 billion of taxpayer money. Non-delinquent borrowers with illness, job changes or other reasons they need to move will become eligible in March to apply for a so-called...
  • Mortgage Spreads RISE After Federal Takeover of Mortgage Markets (thanks a heap!)

    01/13/2013 10:41:36 AM PST · by whitedog57 · 3 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 01/13/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    What is your prediction on mortgage spreads after the private sector almost vanished by 2008? The red line denotes non-GSE market share and the green line denotes GSE market share (e.g., Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, etc.). The government essentially became a monopolist (although the government entities including the FHA compete with each other for market share). There are barriers to entry that would promote competition with Uncle Sam – it is called Dodd-Frank and the Consumer Financial Bureau. The vast majority of residential mortgages will continue to be purchase and/or insured by the Federal government. But after the effective nationalization...
  • Government Mortgage Enterprises Averaged 30% Risky Loan Purchases from 2001-2008

    01/08/2013 12:45:55 PM PST · by whitedog57 · 6 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 01/08/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    According to data gathered by the Federal Housing Finance Administration (FHFA), the government mortgage enterprises (mostly Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac) averaged 30% risky loan purchases from 2001-2008. My definition of risky loan is 1) FICO score 80%. This table is just for fixed-rate mortgages. Notice that Enterprise purchases peaked in 2003, but the percentage of risky purchases rose from 27.43% in 2005 to 36.79% in 2007. In terms of 90 day delinquencies, the risky loans fared worse than less risky loans. The yellow/orange cells are the worse, blue cells are the best. Of course, we know that government housing...
  • Obama Wants To Extend Gov’t Refi Programs to Non-government Held/Insured Mortgages (Kabuki Theater)

    12/26/2012 2:17:54 PM PST · by whitedog57 · 11 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 12/26/2012 | Anthony B. Sanders
    The radio show “Marketplace” wanted to chat this morning about the news that the Obama administration might extend its mortgage-refinancing programs to include borrowers whose mortgages aren’t backed by the government. It’s one thing for the Administration to pressure loan modifications (with Congress’ blessing) for the FHA insured mortgages. It is even a bigger stretch for the Administration to pressure Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and FHFA to perform loan modifications (specifically principal writedowns since Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are private corporations … in conservatorship. But it quite another thing for the Administration to pressure non-government entities to make principal...
  • Democrats Fully to Blame for Subprime Mortgage Crisis that Caused 2008 Financial Disaster

    12/22/2012 2:54:00 PM PST · by george76 · 46 replies
    Gateway ^ | December 22, 2012 | Jim Hoft
    In his early activist days, Barack Obama the community organizer sued banks to ease lending practices... During his time as a community organizer Barack Obama led several protests against banks to make loans to high risk individuals. ... A new study by the respected National Bureau of Economic Research found that Democrats are to blame for the subprime mortgage crisis. ... Republicans warned Democrats of the impending doom in 2004.
  • Terminated CBO Whistleblower Exposes Deep Conflicts At "Impartial" Budget Office

    03/15/2012 11:40:51 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 17 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 03/15/2012 | Tyler Durden
    I am making public the letter that I wrote to Senator Grassley (Feb. 23, 2011) regarding circumstances that led to my firing after 2.5 months by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), particularly my writing about mortgage fraud and its roots in mortgage securitization that CBO sought to deny was a problem. I was repeatedly pressured by the CBO Assistant Director, Deborah Lucas… to not write nor discuss issues in the banking sector and mortgage markets that might suggest weakness in these sectors and their consequences on the economy and households... …Issues at the heart of the foreclosure problems pertain to...
  • Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac spent $100 million on former executives’ legal bills

    02/22/2012 8:22:05 AM PST · by Theoria · 4 replies · 1+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 22 Feb 2012 | Brady Dennis
    Government-backed mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have spent nearly $100 million since 2004 to defend three former executives from lawsuits and other investigations, part of a mounting set of legal bills for the troubled companies, according to a newly released report from the inspector general of the Federal Housing Finance Agency. The payments, which were included as part of compensation and benefits packages provided to officers and directors at Fannie and Freddie, underscore the uncomfortable and conflicting role the government faces as conservator for the firms, whose bad bets on risky home loans before the financial crisis have...
  • Newt- 2008 on Consulting Fannie and Freddie

    02/19/2012 2:16:19 PM PST · by georgiagirl_pam · 18 replies
    You Tube ^ | January 27, 2012 | You Tube
    This was in 2008, BEFORE HE WAS RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT!
  • Mortgage Spreads Highest Since 2008, Even Before Payroll Tax On Mortgages Go Into Effect

    01/31/2012 12:03:38 PM PST · by whitedog57 · 2 replies · 1+ views
    Confounded Interest ^ | 01/31/2012 | Anthony B. Sanders
    On December 29th, 2011, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) acting director Edward Demarco released a statement detailing the increase to the guarantee fee charged by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, as part of the Temporary Payroll Tax Cut Continuation Act of 2011. As part of the legislation, FHFA is increasing the guarantee fee by no less than 10 basis points (bp), effective April 1st, 2012. This increase affects all single-family residential mortgages, and the additional 10 bp in fees will be remitted to the U.S. Treasury instead of being retained by the GSEs. Additionally, the minimum initial increase shall...
  • Governor Romney's Housing Crisis (FR Exclusive)

    01/27/2012 1:41:24 PM PST · by BuckeyeTexan · 88 replies
    FreeRepublic | 01/27/2012 | BuckeyeTexan and Danae
    <p>At the CNN Florida Republican Presidential debate in Jacksonville on January 26th, Governor Romney attempted to link Speaker Newt Gingrich to the 2007 Housing Crisis by questioning the Speaker’s role as a consultant at the troubled mortgage giant Freddie Mac. He made the same connection in the NBC debate on January 23rd. Governor Romney claimed in the debates that Speaker Gingrich peddled his influence in Washington D.C. to promote Freddie Mac when he should have been blowing the whistle on the government-sponsored entities' practices.</p>
  • Newt Gingrich Wants Freddie Mac Records Released Before Florida Primary (Take That Willard!)

    01/23/2012 8:12:37 AM PST · by C19fan · 119 replies
    ABC News ^ | January 23, 2012 | George Stephanopoulos
    In response to lobbying accusations from his opponents Newt Gingrich told me it would be "very helpful" if his former company, Center for Health Transformation, released the consulting contract he had with mortgage giant Freddie Mac before the Florida primary on January 31. "I think it would be very helpful and our attorneys are talking with the company. You know I left the company so, it's their decision and Nancy Desmond, the president of the company, has to make the decision. But I'd be very comfortable releasing them," he said.
  • Insight: Top Justice officials connected to mortgage banks (More DC "Incestuous" Relations)

    01/20/2012 7:48:52 AM PST · by C19fan · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 20, 2012 | Scot J. Paltrow
    .S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Lanny Breuer, head of the Justice Department's criminal division, were partners for years at a Washington law firm that represented a Who's Who of big banks and other companies at the center of alleged foreclosure fraud, a Reuters inquiry shows. The firm, Covington & Burling, is one of Washington's biggest white shoe law firms. Law professors and other federal ethics experts said that federal conflict of interest rules required Holder and Breuer to recuse themselves from any Justice Department decisions relating to law firm clients they personally had done work for.
  • Fannie and Freddie Helped Spawn the Mortgage Crisis, and So Did Affordable Housing Mandates

    01/10/2012 10:01:40 AM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 19 replies
    open market ^ | 1-9-12 | Hans Bader
    Former Fannie Mae executive Ed Pinto, who worked at the mortgage giant before it began buying up risky mortgages, has also described Fannie Mae’s key role in buying up and promoting risky sub-prime mortgages, which Fannie Mae did on a large scale, despite having a capital cushion that was tiny compared to private banks, resulting in its later insolvency and massive taxpayer bailout. A recent book about the causes of the crisis by New York Times business reporter Gretchen Morgenson and financial analyst Josh Rosner, “Reckless Endangerment,” chronicles how “it was Fannie Mae and the government housing policies it supported,...