The GSEs’ loan performance data excludes various loan types, such as ARMs and low-documentation loans, that performed poorly in the financial crisis. Nearly half of the GSE loans originated in 2006 and 2007 are expurgated from the data provided to CRT investors.
The Supreme Court will not hear arguments in Collins v. Mnuchin in its current session, but the issue of the constitutionality of the single-director status of the FHFA is still alive. That’s because oral arguments in Seila Law v. CFPB, a case addressing similar issues, are scheduled for early March.
The bulk of Fannie Mae’s and Freddie Mac’s prevention actions were aimed at home retention, with 20,370 loans modified, repayment plans negotiated on 5,965 delinquent loans and 3,328 units receiving some sort of forbearance.
Because it controls the senior class of stock in Fannie and Freddie, the Treasury is in the driver’s seat on recap and release. Former Freddie CEO Layton weighs the government’s options, using AIG as a blueprint.
The proposed rule seeks to modify the minimum thresholds, frequency and number of scenarios required to bring the stress test rule for regulated entities in line with new rules that apply to other financial institutions.
Barclays, the largest underwriter of GSE debt bonds, reached a settlement worth $87 million. Separately, a group of 12 financial institutions collectively agreed to pay investors $250 million to settle their claims.