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More than 220K Foreclosure Review Checks Scheduled for May 3

The checks for Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley borrowers covered under the foreclosure review settlement should be mailed out Friday, May 3, the Federal Reserve announced Monday. The next batch of payments will go out to more than 220,000 borrowers who had a mortgage in any stage of the foreclosure process in 2009 and 2010 that was serviced by one of the former subsidiaries, Litton Loan Servicing LP or Saxon Mortgage Services, Inc. The checks for the borrowers are valued at $247 million.

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Q1 GDP Shows Sharp Gain Over Previous Quarter

The nation's economy rose at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 2.5 percent in the first quarter, slightly slower than economists had expected but more than six times the growth rate in the fourth quarter, the Bureau of Economic Analysis reported Friday. Economists surveyed by Bloomberg had expected gross domestic product (GDP) to grow at a 3.1 percent pace. Residential fixed investment added $11.8 billion to GDP, down from the $15.3 billion contribution in the fourth quarter, and spending on non-residential structures actually subtracted from GDP, albeit a scant $200 million.

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OCC Announces Send Off for 2nd Batch of Foreclosure Review Checks

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) announced the second wave of payments resulting from the foreclosure settlement with federal regulators and 13 servicers was sent Friday. The most recent batch of relief payments includes 1.4 million checks totaling $1.2 billion. So far, 2.8 million checks totaling $2.4 billion have been sent.

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Beige Book Sees Moderate Growth Despite Sequester Threat

Despite threats from the federal budget sequester, the nation's economy expanded ""at a moderate pace"" from late February to early April, the Federal Reserve reported Wednesday in its periodic ""Beige Book. Activity in five Federal Reserve Districts--Cleveland, Richmond, St. Louis, Minneapolis, and Kansas City--was described as growing at a moderate pace, while in five other districts-- Boston, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Chicago, and San Francisco--growth was notched slightly slower as ""modest.""

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Hearing Raises Foreclosure Settlement Concerns

As more details of the foreclosure settlement emerge, additional concerns and questions continue to be raised. During a hearing before a Senate committee, Debby Goldberg of the National Fair Housing Alliance addressed a handful of those concerns. One issue dealt with how the 13 servicers part of the settlement would receive credit for the $5.7 billion in mortgage assistance they agreed to provide. Goldberg says that unlike the national mortgage settlement (NMS), the Independent Foreclosure Review settlement ""bases the amount of credit the servicer receives on the unpaid balance of the loan, rather than the amount of assistance provided to the borrower.""

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Fed: Problems with Cashing Foreclosure Settlement Checks Corrected

Although about 50,000 checks from the recent foreclosure settlement have been cashed or deposited as of Monday, according to the Federal Reserve and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), not all recipients were able to cash their checks due to insufficient funds. In a statement issued Wednesday, the Fed announced ""early problems with some checks have been corrected"" and ""funds are available to cash all checks."" The Fed stated early recipients of the checks called the Fed's consumer helpline on Tuesday after being told their checks could not be cashed.

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Commentary: Defining Compromise

A compromise, certainly in politics, is usually a result which both sides in a dispute find equally unsatisfactory. It usually comes after some protracted negotiations from extreme positions. In the budget unveiled this week, President Obama, as he has in so many policy initiatives, attempted to reshape the political lexicon and landscape by beginning a compromise, not from an extreme, but from the middle. There is a lot for both sides to dislike in the Obama budget plan and there will be more as the document is scoured by both sides. The devil is always in the details.

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First Wave of Payments from Foreclosure Settlement Set for April 12

The first wave of checks for eligible borrowers covered by the recent foreclosure agreement with 13 mortgage servicers will be sent April 12, the Federal Reserve and the OCC announced Tuesday. About 4.2 million borrowers should expect to receive checks ranging $300 to $125,000. The first phase of payments will include 1.4 million checks, with the final phase of payments scheduled to be sent in mid-July 2013.

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Commentary: A Vision for the Future of Fannie and Freddie

The Bipartisan Policy Center's Housing Commission painted an interesting picture of the future role of the federal government in housing finance in a recent report. The report helped to define the gap between a healthy private housing finance system and what we have now. The good news is that many of the elements of a healthy system seem to be just around the corner. However, there is one part of the secondary market that is far from recovered--monoline insurance companies.

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