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The Continuing Saga of Fannie and Freddie

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The Continuing Saga of Fannie and Freddie
The Continuing Saga of Fannie and Freddie

Mark Calabria, director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, in 2019.


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In Washington, “least bad” solutions are generally the greatest that the political method can deliver (“The Fannie and Freddie Conundrum,” Evaluate & Outlook, Dec. 9). But releasing government-sponsored enterprises

Fannie Mae


Freddie Mac

from conservatorship with minor funds and no reforms is no answer at all. It would undermine investor self esteem, create volatility in the home loan market and impede obtain to credit for people. Why upend the house loan market at a time when it is just one of the several economic shiny places?


a short while ago wrote that an exit from conservatorship without having a governing administration guarantee could result in a downgrade in the GSEs’ personal debt ratings.

The Mortgage Bankers Affiliation doesn’t aid an infinite conservatorship we consider the Treasury Department need to function with the Federal Housing Finance Agency to employ reforms so that Fannie and Freddie can inevitably function exterior of federal government regulate. These reforms involve equal secondary current market obtain for all loan providers no matter of dimensions, company model, or quantity of loans shipped to the GSEs stringent restrictions on the sizing and use of the GSEs’ mortgage loan financial commitment portfolios and the promotion of credit rating-risk transfers to safeguard taxpayers.

Bob Broeksmit

President & CEO

House loan Bankers Affiliation


Without ideal oversight these companies could very easily repeat the mistakes that place them in conservatorship in the very first put. Today’s GSEs are much safer entities as a final result of the conservatorship. A release devoid of congressional action would eradicate our potential to constrain them at all—preventing protections for loan providers and taxpayers.

For true reform, we must body explicit ensures on home loan-backed securities. Further more, GSEs shouldn’t be authorized to lower sweetheart offers in exchange for industry share with the largest financial institutions. And somewhat than depend on unelected bureaucrats like FHFA Director

Mark Calabria

to assure equitable access to creditors, Congress should acquire the lead in these reforms.

David H. Stevens

Moneta, Va.

Mr. Stevens is a former assistant secretary for housing (2009-11) and FHA commissioner.

The federal government procured $191.5 billion of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac desired stock in the aftermath of the 2007-08 financial disaster. Uncle Sam has therefore far collected additional than $301 billion in “dividends.” Do the math. The govt under no circumstances actually set up a penny of its own revenue. The hard cash came from the place the rest of our chronic deficit spending arrives from: the bond market place. The governing administration borrowed the money (at likely less than 3%), and then reloaned it to Fannie and Freddie at 10%. With no the taxpayer putting up a dime, the governing administration has been earning at minimum a 700-foundation-level distribute on just about $200 billion of “other people’s money” for a dozen a long time. Good!

“Hasn’t appear shut to remaining repaid”? To the opposite, it has been the finest deal for the taxpayer since the Louisiana Obtain.

Gary Hindes

New York

The huge query is whether the federal government should be associated in 70% of house mortgages.

Jim Smedra

Grand Prairie, Texas

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Appeared in the December 21, 2020, print version.

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