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News stories about GSE reform

Jan 18, 2018  14:20 ET
Federal regulator calls for turning GSEs into utilities
For the first time, the conservator of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac has revealed its preferred blueprint for housing finance reform. In a position document and letter sent to the U.S. Senat...
Dec 21, 2017  10:50 ET
Treasury allows GSEs to build capital buffers
The U.S. Treasury Department has agreed to allow Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to retain small capital buffers, reversing a plan to wind down the government-sponsored enterprises’ (GSEs) reserves to ze...
Nov 9, 2017  13:50 ET
ICBA: GSE reform will be a heavy lift
Most industry groups believe Congress and the Trump administration will make a push next year to reform the government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs) Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which could lead to a re...
Nov 8, 2017  11:30 ET
Blog: GSE debate inches forward
A subcommittee of the House Financial Services Committee held a hearing a week ago on reform of the government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs) Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The event didn’t garner much a...
Nov 2, 2017  9:35 ET
Fannie posts $3 billion profit despite hurricanes
Fannie Mae reported on Thursday $3 billion in net and comprehensive income in the third quarter, despite accounting for anticipated losses from a string of recent hurricanes. Fannie’s pr...
Oct 31, 2017  16:40 ET
Freddie Mac posts a solid quarterly profit
Freddie Mac turned another solid profit in the third quarter and also got the benefit of a billion-dollar private-label securities settlement, the government-sponsored enterprise reported on Tuesday...
Oct 27, 2017  13:55 ET
MBA president: GSE reform is within reach
At the end of the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) national convention held in Denver this week, President David Stevens made a surprise announcement that he would retire effective Sept. 30, 2018...
Oct 23, 2017  20:20 ET
Mel Watt renews call for housing-finance reform
In a speech before mortgage bankers Monday, Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) Director Mel Watt strongly urged Congress to get housing-finance reform moving. “Fannie Mae and Freddie M...
Oct 11, 2017  14:20 ET
Opinion: Mortgage insurance is a vital backstop
By Lindsey Johnson The 2008 financial crisis dramatically impacted our housing-finance system. More than 1.2 million hard-working Americans lost their homes between 2005 and 2008, accordi...
Oct 3, 2017  17:20 ET
GSEs' latest payout to taxpayers could be the last
Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac paid billions to the U.S. Treasury last week as scheduled, but their conservator hinted on Tuesday that the most recent payout could be the last one. In testim...
Sep 22, 2017  13:45 ET
Trade groups fret over fate of GSE reform
Large mortgage-banking groups and other trade associations urged the Trump Administration this week to stay the course on allowing Congress to reform Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, saying that they are...
Aug 7, 2017  9:30 ET
Blog: Doubts raised over GSE dividend payments
The government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs) Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac last week reported solid earnings for the second quarter. This usually would mean that the GSEs would cut a big che...
Aug 4, 2017  14:25 ET
Housing-finance system doesn't need big fix
Housing-finance reform is back on the Congressional agenda, and small lenders could hold considerable sway over what form the legislation takes. Glen Corso, executive director of the Community Mortg...
Aug 1, 2017  16:50 ET
Opinion: Small lenders want GSEs preserved
By William Giambrone Recently, I had the privilege of testifying before the U.S. Senate banking committee on behalf of the Community Home Lenders Association (CHLA) on reform of the gov...
Aug 1, 2017  13:30 ET
Freddie posts $2 billion in profits
Freddie Mac turned another solid profit in the second quarter. The government-sponsored enterprise (GSE) reported net income of $1.7 billion and comprehensive income of $2 billion. ...

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