Watt Weighs In as Lawmakers Seek Elusive Balancing Act on GSE Reform

Monday, January 22, 2018

There seems to be a little more common ground on GSE reform but the terrain is rocky and has deep chasms so it could be slow going before Congress and the Administration can finally resolve the issue at the heart of the financial crisis of ten years ago. Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) Director Mel […]

Capital Buffer Deal May Buy Enough Time to Get Down to Business on GSE Reform

Thursday, December 21, 2017

The announcement today that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will begin maintaining a $3-billion capital baseline is the first tangible demonstration in five years that officials in Washington actually want to protect taxpayers and end the stalemate on reforming the government sponsored enterprises. Beginning next year, Fannie and Freddie were to have had their capital […]

Are Fannie and Freddie’s Foes Driving GSE Reform?

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The House Financial Services Committee is considering a slew of bills today, including one offered by the panel’s chairman, Jeb Hensarling, R-TX, which would ensure Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac function with no reserve capital, using a housing trust fund that helps struggling workers as the enforcement mechanism. The bill, a reauthorization of the flawed […]

Hensarling’s Nasty and Counterproductive Twist on Jumpstart

Friday, December 8, 2017

Congress has always been prone to slip items into catch-all spending measures as legislative sessions draw to a close. On the GSE front, outgoing House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling, R-TX, seems to be looking at taking a parting shot at the Trump Administration, American taxpayers, and people struggling to afford housing. This week, […]

Mnuchin Adopts Good Starting Points on GSE Reform

Monday, November 27, 2017

From the Wall Street Journal’s CEO Council annual forum, a two day event where the world’s most ambitious leaders connect, came a tweet from the WSJ Capital Journal account which amplified remarks from Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin:- “We do want to preserve the 30-year mortgage.. and we don’t want to put taxpayers at risk. Those […]


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