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Ginnie Mae: How Does it Work and What Does it Do?

The Government National Mortgage Association (or Ginnie Mae) is a government corporation within the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). It was established in 1968 when Fannie Mae was privatized. Its mission is to expand funding for mortgages that are insured or guaranteed by other federal agencies. When these mortgages are bundled into securities, Ginnie Mae provides a full-faith-and- credit guarantee on these securities, thus lessening the risk for investors and broadening the market for the securities.


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