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Back to Basics: 4 Ways to Transform the GSEs

Andrew Davidson, President of Andrew Davidson & Co., Inc., says that the GSEs should be striped down to the functions that promote standardization, liquidity, and access to credit, and adopt the best governance structures for those functions using these four methods.

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The Long, Hard Road to GSE Reform

Many, including FHFA Director Mel Watt, have expressed concern over Fannie Mae's and Freddie Mac's lack of a capital buffer. But at this point, how likely is it that they will be recapitalized and released from the conservatorships?

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Did Advocates to Eliminate GSEs Engage in a Conflict of Interest?

Stakeholders in the mortgage industry question whether or not a takeover by Wall Street banks would help the industry. Some say not only would it not help the industry, but it would be harmful. Did three top housing policy officials advocate for their private sector clients after leaving their government positions?

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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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Activists Urge White House Not to Abandon GSE Reform

Obama Administration officials such as Treasury Secretary Jack Lew have warned in the last month that such a “recap and release” program for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac would put the GSEs at risk of another bailout; however, the GSEs’ Q3 earnings reports showed a $475 million net loss for Freddie Mac and a decline of more than 50 percent in Fannie Mae’s quarterly net income (from $4.6 billion in Q2 down to $2 billion in Q3), prompting their boss, FHFA Director Mel Watt, to declare that they may need a bailout anyway.

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