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Freddie Mac Further Expands Credit Risk Sharing Initiatives

freddiemac [1]Freddie Mac [2]’s Structured Agency Credit Risk (STACR [3]) series has already started 2016 with a bang, with the first transaction of the year announced last month totaling nearly $1 billion.

Now it’s the Agency Credit Insurance Structure (ACIS [4]) program’s turn. On Monday, Freddie Mac announced the first ACIS credit risk transaction [5] of the year—and 15th overall since the program began in 2013—with a combined maximum limit of approximately $450 million of losses on single-family loans.

Freddie Mac began its credit risk transfer sharing initiatives as a way to transfer a portion of the risk on residential single-family mortgages to private investors and away from taxpayers.

The first ACIS transaction of 2016 transfers much of the remaining credit risk associated with the first STACR debt note issuance of the year. Freddie Mac obtains insurance policies that transfer a portion of the credit risk associated with STACR debt pools to insurance and reinsurance companies all over the world. The 15 ACIS transactions have resulted in almost $4 billion in insurance coverage, according to Freddie Mac.

“We continue to increase the diversity of private capital investors in our credit risk transfer offerings and have built strong relationships with a growing number of ACIS insurers and reinsurers,” said Kevin Palmer, SVP of single-family credit risk transfer for Freddie Mac. “This transaction is supported by the largest panel of insurers and reinsurers to date. ACIS continues to play an important role in our credit risk transfer strategy, and we expect to have these transactions on a regular basis.”

Freddie Mac has been a leader in risk-sharing initiatives since introducing its STACR series in mid-2013, followed by the Whole Loan Securities (WLS) series and ACIS. Through 18 STACR offerings, 15 ACIS transactions, and two WLS offerings, Freddie Mac has transferred a substantial portion of credit risk for more than $422 billion in UPB on single-family mortgages. Freddie Mac’s investor base has grown to more than 190 unique investors (including reinsurers).

Fellow GSE Fannie Mae followed Freddie Mac’s lead, introducing its own risk sharing initiative, the Connecticut Avenue Securities Series, in September 2013. Through the CAS Series, Fannie Mae has sold more than $12.4 billion in securities to private investors, which covers $438 billion worth of mortgage loans since the program’s inception.