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Fed Cuts Bond-Buying, Hints at October End

Fed Cuts Bond-Buying, Hints at October End

In a statement released Wednesday following the end of the Federal Open Market Committee's latest meeting, the Fed announced that starting in October, it will dial back its monthly purchases of agency mortgage-backed securities and Treasury securities to a combined pace of $15 billion per month. Barring any significant setback in the economy in the next month, the committee announced it could end its asset purchases at its October meeting.

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Treasury Official Breaks Down Private-Label Challenges

Treasury Official Breaks Down Private-Label Challenges

Speaking at an event hosted by the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington, D.C., Michael Stegman, counselor to the Treasury secretary for housing finance policy, explained that lenders are currently reluctant to make non-agency loans without first knowing how they'll rate on the market. At the same time, credit rating agencies don't rate mortgage pools until they see the actual loan tape.

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HSBC, FHFA Reach $550M RMBS Settlement

HSBC, FHFA Reach $550M RMBS Settlement

HSBC Holdings is the latest institution to make good with the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) after the firm's North American arm agreed Friday to pay hundreds of millions to settle claims revolving around faulty mortgage-backed securities (MBS) sold to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in the years before the crash.

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Morgan Stanley Agrees to $95M MBS Settlement

Morgan Stanley Agrees to $95M MBS Settlement

Morgan Stanley has agreed to pay $95 million to settle a lawsuit alleging it misled investors in securities purchases prior to the financial crisis. The plaintiffs alleged in the suit had alleged that Morgan Stanley violated U.S. securities law in a total of 29 mortgage-backed securities it packaged and sold in 2006 and 2007.

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Regulators Optimistic on Finalizing Risk Retention Rule

Regulators Optimistic on Finalizing Risk Retention Rule

Financial regulators said Tuesday they hope to finish their work on a rule aimed at tightening mortgage standards and reducing risk by the end of this year. In a Senate Banking Committee hearing, FDIC chair Martin Gruenberg said his agency and others are "in the end game" of their work on a rule that would require mortgage-backed securities (MBS) issuers to hold a stake on packaged loans that don't meet certain exemption requirements.

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CBO: GSE Wind-Down Bill Could Cut Spending by $60B

CBO: GSE Wind-Down Bill Could Cut Spending by $60B

A bill proposed to dissolve the GSEs and replace them with a limited government backstop could cut direct spending by $60 billion over the next 10 years, according to an estimate from the Congressional Budget Office. Under S. 1217, the new system of guaranteeing mortgage-backed securities (MBS) would mean less risk for the government, therefore costing the government less money.

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Analyst: Mortgage Market on Track for Meltdown

Analyst: Mortgage Market on Track for Meltdown

In a note sent earlier this week, equity research analyst Richard Bove at Rafferty Capital Markets warned clients of a potential mortgage crisis in the making, according to a report from CNBC. With the Federal Reserve on track to end its monthly bond purchases, Bove cautions that the loss of one of the tools used to help lift housing out of its post-recession rut could hurt the market, especially as interest rates start to tick back up.

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New Business Up, Overall Book Down at Fannie

New Business Up, Overall Book Down at Fannie

A pickup in new business failed to provide positive growth for Fannie Mae's book of business in July, resulting in another month of contraction. The company reported -0.6 percent annualized growth in its book in July, marking the eighth straight month of declines. While still negative, July's negative growth rate was the lowest so far this year, bringing the year-to-date average to -2.0 percent.

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FHFA Shifts Goals to Support Low-Income Borrowers

FHFA Shifts Goals to Support Low-Income Borrowers

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) proposed last week a rule to establish new housing goals for 2015 through 2017 for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. For single-family housing goals for 2015 through 2017, FHFA requests comment on three alternative approaches regarding prospective benchmarks for low and very low-income families.

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