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March 15, 2019 - Inside MBS & ABS

Mortgage Grapevine

GSE Reform Hearings, Already?; The UMBS is Coming; NAR Pushes ‘Utility’ Plan…


March 8, 2019 - Inside The GSEs

Watchdogs Ask IGs to Probe FHFA for Insider Trading

Last month, a pair of watchdog organizations asked the inspectors general of the Federal Housing Finance Agency and the Department of the Treasury to investigate whether media leaks by officials at FHFA or the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency were part of an insider trading scheme.


March 8, 2019 - Inside The GSEs

Calabria Vote May Take Longer Than Expected

The general consensus was that Mark Calabria would be easily confirmed as FHFA director. So it came as somewhat of a surprise when his nomination passed out of the committee last week on a 13- to-12, straight party-line vote.


March 8, 2019 - Inside MBS & ABS

Will the UMBS Final Rule Pass Muster with SIFMA?

The Federal Housing Finance Agency last week issued its final rule on the uniform MBS, the single security that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will package and sell. Its success, though, may depend on the much-contested definition of the rule: What are “covered programs, policies or practices”?


March 1, 2019 - Inside MBS & ABS

Calabria to Get an April Hearing on the Senate Floor?

Even though Mark Calabria backtracked on a decade of controversial comments about Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac at his confirmation hearing last week, his nomination to run the Federal Housing Finance Agency came out of the Senate Banking Committee with a 13 to 12, strictly party-line vote.


March 1, 2019 - Inside MBS & ABS

Final Rule on UMBS Issued; June Launch Date Remains

The Federal Housing Finance Agency late this week issued a final rule aimed at improving liquidity of the to-be-announced MBS as well as the new uniform MBS, which makes its debut in early June.


February 28, 2019 - Inside Mortgage Finance

How Soon Can the Calabria Vote Reach the Senate Floor?

This week, Mark Calabria moved a step closer to heading the Federal Housing Finance Agency. His nomination as the agency’s director was approved by the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs on a party-line vote of 13-12.


February 22, 2019 - Inside The GSEs

IG Says Former FHFA Head Watt Violated Ethics Rules

Mel Watt violated ethics rules as director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency by attempting to “coerce” a senior manager into a relationship by suggesting he could help her in getting an executive post, according to a just-released report from the agency’s inspector general.


February 22, 2019 - Inside The GSEs

Calabria Touts ‘Recap,’ Downplays ‘Release’

In his testimony before the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs last week, Mark Calabria, President Trump’s nominee to head the Federal Housing Finance Agency, reinforced expectations that, as director, he would begin the long-awaited recapitalization of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.


February 15, 2019 - Inside MBS & ABS

HARP Is Gone but High LTV Refis Are Here to Stay

“HARP is dead, long live High LTV Refinance programs!” That’s the title of a recent report by structured finance analysts at Bank of America Merrill Lynch on the impact HARP’s replacements will have on the government-sponsored enterprises’ credit-risk transfer programs.


February 15, 2019 - Inside MBS & ABS

Trade Groups Pro Calabria, Shrug off His Past Comments

Some of the most influential trade groups in housing finance and related industries late this week went on record supporting libertarian economist Mark Calabria to be the next permanent director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency.


February 15, 2019 - Inside MBS & ABS

Calabria Defends Past Views At Confirmation Hearing

At his confirmation hearing before the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Thursday morning, Mark Calabria, President Trump’s nominee to take over the Federal Housing Finance Agency, said the rumors were true: He did, in fact, discuss plans to recapitalize the government-sponsored enterprises with administration officials.


February 14, 2019 - Inside Mortgage Finance

FHFA Nominee Calabria to Carry Out Intent of Congress

In a remarkable political balancing act during his confirmation hearing Thursday morning, Mark Calabria, President Trump’s nominee to head the Federal Housing Finance Agency, told Senate Banking Committee members they need not worry about his history of controversial and inflammatory remarks on FHFA and the government-sponsored enterprises.


February 8, 2019 - Inside The GSEs

Is Otting’s Appointment at FHFA Illegal?

In a joint letter sent late last month, Maxine Waters, D-CA, chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, and Sherrod Brown, D-OH, ranking member of the Senate Banking Committee, raised serious questions about the legitimacy of Joseph Otting’s recent designation as acting director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency.


February 8, 2019 - Inside The GSEs

Calabria FHFA Nomination Hearing Set for Feb. 14

Mark Calabria, the White House nominee to be the next permanent director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, will get a hearing before the Senate Banking Committee on Thursday, Feb. 14. The SBC released the hearing schedule for Calabria and other nominees late Thursday.


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