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  • GSE Reform: Fannie and Freddie Revenue Distracting from Housing Finance Reform

    Despite what a growing number of voices are postulating, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have not returned to profitability. The two former government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs) are generating revenue, but it’s not because the U.S. housing finance system has been fixed. The three main reasons the GSEs are flooding the Treasury … More

    Federal Housing Administration Is Undermining Responsible Housing Policy

    The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) has discrepancies in its loan portfolio that are unlikely to be resolved anytime soon and will continue to pose a burden to the recovery of the housing market. With little more than $32 billion in reserves, the FHA has an estimated $70 billion in future … More

    FHA: The Next Round of Housing Bailouts?

    Despite some efforts this year to improve its financial position, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) will reportedly seek a bailout from the federal government to cover losses on mortgage loans it insures. The FHA will ask taxpayers for a $1.7 billion cash infusion (more than double estimates earlier in the … More

    New Fannie Bond Issue Elevates Need for Higher G-Fees

    As Congress contemplates legislation to end Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the government agency running their operations is trying to make that task easier. However, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) seems to have run into trouble with Dodd–Frank regulatory issues, thus making the task of winding down the companies … More

    Lowering Loan Limits: An Overdue Step to Bringing Private Capital Back to Housing

    As legislation moves through Congress to address the fate of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) has indicated it will decrease the limit on the size of the loans these institutions can purchase starting in 2014. The FHFA should decrease the loan limit independent of … More

    Obama: End Fannie and Freddie, but Keep Government in Housing Business

    President Obama lent his voice today to the growing consensus in Washington that federally sponsored housing giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac must go. While this is a welcome stance, he also called for new government guarantees for the housing finance market, which would only perpetuate the dangerous taxpayer subsidy … More

    U.S. Mortgage Market Reform: Corker–Warner Bill Misguided

    Draft legislation by Senators Bob Corker (R–TN) and Mark Warner (D–VA) would wind down federally sponsored housing finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, but it suffers from many of the same problems the system faced over the past two decades. The bill would replace the Federal Housing Finance Agency, … More

    Housing Finance Nominee: Expect Big Government Housing Policies Doomed to Fail

    President Obama nominated Representative Mel Watt (D–NC) as new chief regulator to the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), replacing the current acting director Edward DeMarco. Watt has strong support from liberals in both the House and the Senate as a longtime member of the House Financial Services Committee and advocate … More

    Senate Budget Tax Plan: Slowing Opportunity for Americans to Grow Income

    Senator Patty Murray’s (D–WA) budget tax plan directly calls for $975 billion in new tax increases over the next decade. Indeed, the Senate budget is only a framework document, but it clearly lays out who should pay the higher taxes. The Democratic majority wants higher taxes by “eliminating loopholes and … More

    Phil Mickelson and His Tax Bogey

    Professional golfer Phil Mickelson, one of California’s many but dwindling wealthy, apparently carded a bogey when he intimated over the weekend that the near 60 percent marginal tax rate on the state’s millionaires may be enough to make him flee to a lower tax burden state. In November, the state … More