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Community Bankers Plan Offers Sound Roadmap for GSE Reform

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Among the constructive recommendations in the Independent Community Bankers of America’s proposal for reforming Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac unveiled today was that the rights of the companies’ shareholders must be upheld.  Most blueprints on GSE reform offered to date either ignore or are hostile to shareholders so we welcome the ICBA’s consideration. Upholding the […]

Mortgage Bankers Plan is Too Complex, Too Reliant on Congress

Monday, April 24, 2017

Last week, the nation’s mortgage bankers unveiled a plan that is solely dependent on Congressional action despite the fact that there is no Congressional action in sight. The MBA plan introduces unnecessary complexity (without any supporting financial analysis) in its recommendations for a “transition phase” that would keep Fannie and Freddie as guarantors, while transitioning […]

More Questions About Corker’s Obsession with Fannie and Freddie

Friday, April 14, 2017

In the fall of 2015, Sen. Bob Corker, R-TN, shocked a lot of people when he urged investors to short Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac stock during an interview on CNBC. Corker’s motivations for this audacious pronouncement are again inviting scrutiny with a piece published on Infowars this week that probes his own investments in […]

DeMarco Makes His Work for Too Big to Fail Banks Official

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

For the better part of his career, Ed DeMarco, former acting Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), has been a reliable ally of the TBTF banks.  It was therefore not a surprise to learn today that DeMarco will head the policy council for the Financial Services Roundtable, the trade association for the TBTF […]

Another Quarter of Fannie and Freddie’s Profits Swept into a Government Slush Fund

Friday, March 31, 2017

This week’s announcement that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will again turn profits over to the Treasury highlights a missed opportunity for the Trump Administration and specifically for Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to protect taxpayers and preserve affordable housing. Whatever the reason for continuing the Obama Administration policy of looting Fannie and Freddie to pay […]

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