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Rep. Garrett Lays Out Plan for Fast-Tracking Housing Finance Reform

Rep. Scott Garrett, chairman of the House subcommittee responsible for matters related to the nation's two largest mortgage financiers, says Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are not only systemically dangerous to economic security, but their government-sanctioned structure is ""un-American."" Garrett has unveiled his plan for putting housing finance reform on the fast track by ensuring private investors are ready to take up the slack from the GSEs. The sheer dominance of the two companies, however, leads some in the industry to err on the side of caution.

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Clayton Holdings Forms New Securitization Group

Clayton Holdings announced the formation of a new securitization group dedicated to helping the private market prepare for the return of non-agency residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS). Clayton Holdings provides customized risk analysis, loss mitigation, operational solutions, and staffing services to the mortgage and fixed income industries. The firm's new securitization group will offer consultative services, as well as loan reviews and due diligence services in readying the secondary market for greater private sector involvement.

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Bank of America’s $8.5B Proposal to Investors Slated for Federal Review

Investors opposed to the $8.5 billion settlement reached between Bank of America and securities trustee Bank of New York Mellon will get their day in federal court. The settlement was originally filed in New York state court. A band of dissenting investors going by the name of Walnut Place moved the action to federal court, and BNY Mellon has been pushing for the case to revert back to the state. U.S. District Judge William Pauley denied BNY Mellon's motion this week.

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CoreLogic and Amherst Announce Prepayment Analyzer

CoreLogic and Amherst Holdings, LLC, have partnered to release the Agency Prepayment Analyzer, an online investment analysis tool. The analyzer intertwines CoreLogic's data with Amherst's analytics and forecasting to deliver prepayment risk trends for agency mortgage-backed securities. Designed for fixed-income investors, Agency Prepayment Analyzer tracks the rates at which residential mortgage loans prepay, either voluntarily or involuntarily due to refinancing, defaults, or sales - instances in which the GSEs require buybacks.

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Officials Mull Plan for Risk-Sharing Between GSEs and Private Investors

The administration is looking into ways to support greater private sector involvement in the secondary market for home mortgages. Officials are weighing a proposal that would allow Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to sell off portions of their mortgage-backed securities (MBS) to private investors. These MBS carve-outs would not carry a federal guarantee but would pay a higher interest rate. A pilot program could be rolled out as early as next year to test private investors' willingness to share some of the risk carried by the GSEs.

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Rekon Enables Top Lender to Ensure Clean Titles for Foreclosures

Rekon Technologies has installed the latest edition of its namesake software for one of the top three mortgage lenders in the nation. The company provides software solutions to loan servicers and lenders that prepare, record, manage, and track loan documents, such as assignments, lien releases, and UCC terminations. The latest version of the Rekon software is designed to reduce assignment backlogs and ensure clean titles for foreclosure proceedings.

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FHFA Suspends Loan Repurchase Deals

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) has signed off on several headline-grabbing arrangements between major lenders and the GSEs to reconcile loan repurchase claims. The results of an investigation released this week, however, indicate approval was made in haste. In response, FHFA has put the brakes on any future repurchase settlements pending further examination of the process in place to assess the true cost of such deals for taxpayer-funded Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

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Two Harbors Investment Promotes Controller to CFO and Treasurer

Residential mortgage-backed securities investor Two Harbors Investment Corp. has announced the appointment of its controller Brad Farrell to the position of CFO and treasurer, effective January 1, 2012. After that time, Two Harbors' current CFO, Jeffrey Stolt, will continue to serve as partner and CFO of Pine River Capital Management L.P., the parent of PRCM Advisers LLC, Two Harbors' external manager.

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SEC Considering Legal Action Against S&P for Rating of Mortgage Debt

The nation's foremost securities regulator is considering a civil injunction against Standard & Poor's (S&P) for its rating of a collateralized debt obligation (CDO) linked to high-risk mortgages. S&P's parent company told investors Monday it received notice that the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) may proceed with enforcement actions and monetary penalties. At the center of the investigation is a $1.6 billion CDO from 2007, which has been cited as an example of why the financial crisis ran so deep.

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New Fed Stimulus: Mortgage Bonds and Treasuries on the Shopping List

Driving home its rationale for new stimulus measures, the Federal Reserve on Wednesday reiterated the pains many Americans are living with every day - economic growth remains slow, unemployment remains elevated, and housing remains depressed. With these and other downside risks holding back recovery, the Federal Reserve says it will begin reinvesting its money into mortgage-backed securities issued by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and it will purchase another $400 billion in Treasury bonds.

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