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A Challenge to the New Congress: Pass Housing Finance Reform

Over six years ago, when the federal government placed Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac into conservatorship, experts from public, private, and academic worlds concurred: housing finance in the United States was mortally flawed....more

The 2014 Election: A Critical Juncture in Financial Services Legislation, Regulation, and Oversight

As November draws closer, the financial services industry is staking out a front row seat in tracking the outcomes of the 2014 midterm elections. The 114th Congress’ legislative agenda in this area will be shaped in large...more

FHFA Director Outlines Plan To Refine Representation and Warranty Framework

On October 20, FHFA Director Melvin Watt delivered remarks at the Mortgage Bankers Association Annual Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. Watt addressed the Agency’s progress in ensuring safety and soundness and liquidity in the...more

Are we seeing the return of Single-Family Tax-Exempt Bond Financing?

Prior to 2009, housing finance agencies (HFAs) financed nearly all of their single-family mortgage loans with tax-exempt bond financings. Over the past five years as rates on conventional mortgage loans fell and remained at...more

Capital Thinking: Financial Services

LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY - Senate to vote on TRIA reauthorization bill, Federal Reserve Membership - This week, the Senate is expected to consider a bill (S. 2244) that would reauthorize the Terrorism Risk Insurance...more

Housing Finance Reform

Efforts to address housing finance reform are starting to heat up, although the finish line is still probably a long way off. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac remain in conservatorship, even though they are making money, and the...more

Recently Unveiled “HOME Forward” Housing Act May Signal the End of Fannie and Freddie

Momentum in housing-finance reformation picked up speed last month as the House Financial Services Committee unveiled the proposed Housing Opportunities Move the Economy (HOME) Forward Act of 2014. The proposed HOME Forward...more

House Financial Services Ranking Member Unveils Housing Finance Reform Alternative

On March 27, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Ranking Member of the House Financial Services Committee, released draft legislation to reform the housing finance market. Congresswoman Waters also released a summary of the...more

Dechert OnPoint: The Housing Finance Reform and Taxpayer Protection Act of 2014

Following on the heels of last year’s bi-partisan “Housing Finance Reform and Taxpayer Protection Act of 2013”, which was introduced into the Senate by Senators Corker and Warner, a similar bill was recently introduced in the...more

The Housing Finance Reform and Taxpayer Protection Act of 2014

This article provides a brief summary of the key provisions of a new bi-partisan Senate bill, based on the Housing Finance Reform and Taxpayer Protection Act of 2013, as well as a brief discussion of a new House of...more

Johnson and Crapo Release Housing Finance Reform Proposal

Senate Banking Committee Chairman Tim Johnson (D-SD) and Ranking Member Mike Crapo (R-ID) recently released the highly anticipated text from their housing finance reform proposal. As expected, the 442-page proposal—officially...more

Financial Services Legislative and Regulatory Update -- December 16, 2013

In This Issue: Leading the Past Week; Legislative Branch; Executive Branch; International; Miscellaneous; and Upcoming Hearings. Excerpt from Leading the Past Week - Before leaving for the Christmas...more

Capital Thinking: Financial Services

SENATE VOTE ON FED CHAIR EXPECTED THIS WEEK - The Senate is expected to hold a vote on the confirmation of Ms. Janet Yellen to be Chair of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors this week. In addition to pushing for a...more

Legislative Proposals to Reform the GSEs

Two bills have emerged as dueling proposals to reform the GSEs: the Housing Finance Reform and Taxpayer Reform Act (the “Corker-Warner Bill”) in the Senate, and the Protecting American Taxpayers and Homeowners Act of 2013...more

Financial Services Legislative and Regulatory Update -- November 11, 2013

In This Issue: Leading the Past Week; Legislative Branch; Executive Branch; and Upcoming Hearings. Excerpt from Leading the Past Week - Last week ended with a stronger than expected jobs report at plus...more

Housing Finance Reform Efforts Heat Up in Summer Session

This summer has brought a wave of housing finance reform efforts in both chambers of Congress. Legislators are finally proposing ways to downsize and eliminate two housing finance giants – Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the...more

President Obama Outlines Housing Finance Reform Principles

On August 6, President Obama delivered remarks on federal housing policy, which included the President’s four core principles for single-family housing finance reform...more

Congress Passes Reverse Mortgage Legislation; Senate Banking Committee Approves Broader FHA Reform Legislation

On July 30, the U.S. Senate passed by unanimous consent the Reverse Mortgage Stabilization Act, H.R. 2167. ...more

Obama Supports Legislation to Replace Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac

President Obama officially threw his support behind a bipartisan push to replace beleaguered housing giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac during a speech to an Arizona crowd on Tuesday....more

Housing Finance Reform Bills Advance In Congress

On July 24, the House Financial Services Committee approved a comprehensive housing finance reform bill, outlined recently by Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX). ...more

Infobytes - A Weekly In-depth review of news & developments in the financial services industry - July 26, 2013

In This Issue: - FEDERAL ISSUES - STATE ISSUES - COURTS - MISCELLANY - FIRM NEWS - MORTGAGES - BANKING - CONSUMER FINANCE - SECURITIES - E-COMMERCE - PRIVACY/DATA SECURITY - Excerpt...more

Proposed Legislation Would Replace Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac

The Future of Housing Reform - A bipartisan group of U.S. Senators recently proposed a bill that would replace Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac over the next 5 years....more

Fannie Mae Updates Hardest Hit Fund Requirements

On July 1, Fannie Mae issued Servicing Guide Announcement SVC-2013-14 to notify servicers that they must accept modification assistance received from a state housing finance agency for a mortgage loan in connection with any...more

Infobytes - A Weekly In-depth review of news & developments in the financial services industry - July 12, 2013

In This Issue: - FEDERAL ISSUES - STATE ISSUES - COURTS - FIRM NEWS - FIRM PUBLICATIONS - MORTGAGES - BANKING - CONSUMER FINANCE - SECURITIES - PRIVACY/DATA SECURITY - CRIMINAL...more

Dechert OnPoint: Residential Mortgage Securitization Update: GSE Reform Bill

A bill was recently introduced in the Senate that could result in the wind-down of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Under the bi-partisan “Housing Finance Reform and Taxpayer Protection Act of 2013”, recently introduced by...more

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