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Fannie-Freddie Regulator to Plan to Stay On Under Trump

Housing / News December 15, 2016

Watt has told employees and others close to him that he plans to stay at his post after Trump becomes president to serve out a term that doesn’t end until January 2019.

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This is the most serious risk facing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

Housing / News February 18, 2016

Watt’s speech identified risks to the long-term health of the country’s housing finance system because of the unsettled nature of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

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Watt sounds warning bell on GSEs

Housing / News February 18, 2016

After eight years of functioning under a government conservatorship, Watt said the situation was growing worse at the housing giants.

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GSE reform just isn’t going to happen soon

Housing / News October 6, 2015

Seven years after Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were placed into conservatorship, there is still a lack of consensus on how to reform the GSEs.

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BPC discussion: Fannie, Freddie reform can happen but one step at a time

Housing / News July 16, 2015

Reform of the GSEs and housing finance may come, but it’s more likely to come in small bites rather than the big prix fixe Johnson-Crapo or the PATH Act.

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DeMarco: No Mortgage Limit Declines Before Spring 2014

/ News October 24, 2013

The Federal Housing Finance Agency, which regulates Fannie and Freddie, had previously said it was considering plans to drop the limits as soon as Jan. 1, which triggered strong blowback from home builders, real-estate agents, and mortgage bankers. Edward DeMarco,…

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Trump Can Remake Most Financial Regulatory Agencies

Justin Schardin / Blog December 7, 2016

Amid the uncertainty of timing, Trump’s appointments will have a major impact on the future of the post-crisis financial regulatory structure.

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The Impact of the 2016 Elections on GSE Reform

Michael A. Stegman / Blog November 18, 2016

While the election has surely changed the dynamics of housing finance reform, it is too early in the transition to know in exactly what ways.

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FHFA’s Credit Risk Program and the Future of GSE Legislation

Michael A. Stegman / Blog September 8, 2016

If there is one feature of a reformed housing finance system that has broad buy-in, it is that private capital should take the majority of mortgage credit risk.

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Address by FHFA Director Mel Watt

Housing / February 18, 2016 5:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. ET

The speech featured an update on the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s work as regulator and conservator of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

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