Fannie Mae: Even Dave Stevens Is Talking About Capital!

Fannie Mae: Even Dave Stevens Is Talking About Capital!

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Fannie Mae: Even Dave Stevens Is Talking About Capital! by Investors Unite

Recently, we’ve noted that more people are talking about capital reserves – or more precisely the lack thereof – at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

Now we can add Mortgage Bankers Association President Dave Stevens to that chorus. In an interview on CNBC today, he acknowledged that the state of limbo for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac is a problem. Referring to the conservatorship and the lack of action for a successor framework for Fannie and Freddie, he said:

“Under the existing agreements, they will wind down their capital to zero. So we have trillions of dollars of exposure, no capital on the balance sheet and two entities that really, literally finance the vast majority of America’s housing.”

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Stevens acknowledged that Fannie’s and Freddie’s epic profits of recent quarters were one-time events and characterized the GSEs as returning to “more normalized” earnings.

“But that’s certainly not sustainable for two companies that have virtually no capital and are dependent, ultimately, on these lines of credit that Treasury holds,” he said.

As we’ve been saying for months, the Third Amendment sweep exposes the taxpayer to another bailout, shortchanges investors and undermines the rule of law.  It is good to see the message getting through.

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  1. Let houses (and the interest rate on mortgages used to buy them) trade in a market without government price supports. Then we’ll find out how much they’re really worth.

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