Finally, a Bold New Proposal to Break the Impasse on GSE Reform

Monday, June 5, 2017

There has been no shortage of proposals to end the conservatorship of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and create a new mortgage finance system. Most have been misnamed “reform” proposals but a framework outlined last week could be a game changer. Moelis and Company, a banking and financial analysis firm, laid out a common-sense way […]

Trump Budget Perspectives on Fannie and Freddie Depart from Obama Era Approach

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The first budget proposal of the Trump Administration has just two lines on the government sponsored enterprises Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac but those two lines speak volumes. On page 213, under the heading, “The Future of the GSEs,” the discussion reads, “The Administration has publicly expressed its desire to work with members of Congress […]

Administration Can Act and Should on GSE Reform

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin today reiterated to Senate Banking Committee members that GSE reform was a priority, revealing little about his strategy, and stopping well short of telling Senators he needs them to get this done. Instead, he simply welcomed the continued partnership. “We will ensure that there is both ample credit for housing and […]

Watt Stands Up for Taxpayers and Stands Up to Bob Corker at Senate Banking Committee Hearing

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Federal Housing Finance Agency Director Mel Watt today told the Senate Finance Committee he thinks it would be better to use his authority as Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s conservator to suspend quarterly dividend payments to Treasury than to have the companies’ depleted capital buffers set the stage for a draw on taxpayer funds to […]

The Government Has Been Paid Back. Period.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Under the terms of the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008, which created the conservatorship of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the U.S. Treasury received preferred stock paying a quarterly dividend of 10% of the companies’ profits, and 79% of the common stock in the form of warrants.  Since being advanced the money at […]


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