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News stories about GSEs

Jul 12, 2016  17:00 ET
GSE front-end risk sharing worries small lenders
Alternative methods being eyed for the government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs) Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to transfer loan-default risk — including expanding the role of private mortgage insurers — a...
Jul 11, 2016  11:00 ET
Senators: Regulator should lay off moves to free GSEs
A bipartisan group of U.S. Senators is urging the regulator of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to continue the wind down of the government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs) and avoid steps that might ease the...
Jul 7, 2016  14:00 ET
GSE common security to come in 2018
In what could become a major piece of infrastructure for a reformed housing finance system, the government-sponsored enterprises Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are on a schedule to begin issuing common s...
Jun 22, 2016  13:50 ET
Fannie and Freddie's risk-based fee draws fire
The nation’s biggest banking and housing trade associations say it is time for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to reduce or end a recession-era fee charged to riskier borrowers. In a letter W...
Jun 17, 2016  13:05 ET
Fannie Mae's oversight of building project gets panned
The inspector general for the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) has sharply criticized the agency’s oversight of Fannie Mae’s future headquarters that is under construction in Washington, D.C.  ...
Jun 16, 2016  17:10 ET
GSEs' risk sharing could spark market volatility
Risk sharing is the new norm for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which have been offloading much of the default risk of the loans backing their securities through deals with private investors. ...
Jun 14, 2016  15:10 ET
MBA's Stevens calls out hedge funds in GSE reform debate
Mortgage Bankers Association President David Stevens said this week that Wall Street hedge funds have cynically manipulated a battery of community groups that have been calling for regulators to rec...
Jun 10, 2016  13:50 ET
Banking groups urge FHFA to nix proposed language-preference question
Several major banking groups have come out against a proposed change that would require lenders to ask borrowers their language preference when applying for the nation’s most popular home loans. ...
Jun 8, 2016  14:45 ET
Banking groups oppose piecemeal GSE reform
Five powerful trade associations urged Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s regulator on Wednesday not to make piecemeal changes to the government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs) prior to Congress undertaking ...
Jun 3, 2016  14:50 ET
Banking groups distance themselves from investor-led lobbying effort to recapitalize the GSEs
Two mortgage banking trade groups that support the so-called "recap and release" of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac say they have not taken money from Wall Street hedge funds that have reportedly bankrol...
Jun 1, 2016  12:15 ET
Advocacy groups renew pitch to recapitalize GSEs
A coalition of progressive activist associations and small-lender trade groups made another pitch this week to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s regulator to recapitalize the government-sponsored enterpr...
May 9, 2016  14:40 ET
Ginnie Mae should be separated from HUD, former Ginnie president says
The former head of Ginnie Mae says it is time to put some distance between the housing-securities insurer and its current parent, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). ...
Apr 25, 2016  15:10 ET
GSEs dwindling reserves drawing Congressional scrutiny
A  regulator’s warning has sparked interest in allowing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to rebuild their capital reserves to avoid potential taxpayer bailouts. Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Alabama,...
Apr 14, 2016  15:50 ET
FHFA rolls out principal-reduction program
The federal agency that oversees government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs) Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac rolled out a program on Thursday that will allow some struggling homeowners to seek a reduction on ...
Apr 11, 2016  15:00 ET
Policy experts' GSE reform plan would benefit big banks, community lenders say
A trade group that represents small lenders says a proposal to turn Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac into a single government corporation would cede control of the mortgage markets to the big banks. ...

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