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FHFA: Fannie & Freddie Credit Risk Transfers “untested”

A Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) report highlighted the perils of low-rates for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s single-family Credit Risk Transfers.

Despite heightened investor uncertainty during the onset of the pandemic, GSE-backed mortgages have outperformed expectations, the report notes. Although markets experienced a significant liquidity disruption in March 2020, questions remain about the strength of CRTs under stress.

The CRT structure remains “untested by a widespread serious loss event,” the report notes. More credit risk coverage may be needed, it argued.

The FHFA report also raised concerns about how a period of fast prepayments details ⇒

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