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Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac Exceed Risk-Sharing Goals

The GSEs began their risk-sharing initiatives in 2013 as a way to transfer risk from taxpayers to private investors while the Enterprises remain in conservatorship of the FHFA. Since then, the GSEs have transferred a substantial portion of the credit risk for mortgages totaling hundreds of billions of dollars in unpaid principal balance (UPB).

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Was Watt’s Speech the Beginning of the End for the Conservatorship?

Last week, FHFA Director Mel Watt gave a speech at the Bipartisan Center in which he declared the GSEs' lack of capital to be their biggest risk, and that he expects that risk to escalate as the conservatorships continue. Will that risk spur the government to end the conservatorships after almost eight years?

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Lawmakers Aggressively Push GSE Reform Act

The amendment to H.R. 2577, known as the Jumpstart GSE Reform Act, was introduced by Corker, Warner, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts), and Senator David Vitter (R-Louisiana) in September and offered on Thursday by Corker and Warner as an amendment to H.R. 2577. The Jumpstart GSE Reform Act prohibits the sale of Treasury-owned preferred shares in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac without approval from Congress, and also prohibits increases in guarantee fees charged by the GSEs from offsetting non-housing related government spending.

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