Articles & Op-eds
December 1, 2016
The outcome of the historic 2016 election means that one party will control all three branches of government starting in 2017, which presents a unique opportunity to examine the underpinnings of the housing finance system and establish a more comprehensive and coordinated approach to housing policy, rather than just tinkering around the edges of the mortgage finance industry.
October 20, 2016
Eight years after taxpayers provided them with $187 billion, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, two of the largest backers of mortgages, remain under government control. While these government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs) are healthier today thanks to new safeguards that have improved the stability of the mortgage finance system, the goal is to put the GSEs on a stable footing for the long term.
March 31, 2016
Private mortgage insurance companies, although few in number, play an important role in the housing finance system by creating sustainable homeownership for borrowers and taking on GSE credit risk. Lindsey Johnson, President and Executive Director of U.S. Mortgage Insurers (USMI) … Continued
February 16, 2016
(February 16, 2016) Last week saw more activity demonstrating the value of private Mortgage Insurance as a reliable way to enhance access to mortgage credit for consumers and protect taxpayers against housing losses, particularly through greater front end risk sharing by the GSEs
December 7, 2015
Last week, we saw several indications that momentum is growing to make the housing finance system more sustainable and reduce taxpayer exposure by further de-risking the Government Sponsored Enterprises (GSEs) Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac with increased front end risk sharing, in particular, by expanding private Mortgage Insurance (MI) coverage.