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HSBC Agrees to Pay $550M in RMBS Settlement

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In a settlement announced Friday, HSBC agreed to pay $550 million to FHFA to resolve allegations it violated state and federal securities laws in its selling of private-label securities to the GSEs between 2005 and 2007. HSBC stopped issuing and distributing MBS in 2007.

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OCC: Financial Industry Supervisors Need to ‘Remain Vigilant’

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In speaking before the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs earlier in the week, Comptroller of the Currency Thomas J. Curry said the overall financial condition of banks has improved since the passage of the Dodd-Frank Reform Act four years ago – but he believes that supervisors need to "remain vigilant."

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Risk Retention Rule Nearing Completion

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Federal Reserve governor Daniel Tarullo echoed Gruenberg's statement, though he was less concrete on a timeline: "I don't know whether I'd say by the end of the year, but I think we're definitely in the home stretch." As it was proposed in 2011, the rule originally called for securities issuers to hold on to 5 percent of a mortgage's risk after selling it unless the borrower made a 20 percent down payment.

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Investors Skeptical of Fed Rate Increase Forecast

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In their latest economic projections from June, the members of the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) projected a median federal funds rate of 1 percent at year-end 2015 and 2.5 percent at the end of 2016. Based on their own modeling, the analysts say investors put the probability of the federal funds rate hitting the FOMC's target next year at 31 percent, with 2016's projected rate having a 27 percent probability.

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