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    Bank Trading Gains Take Spring Break

    MarketWatch – 10:00 PM ET 05/25/2015

    Trading is once again in the doldrums. That is likely to be one of the messages arising from a Bernstein Research conference to be held this week in which the chiefs of Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C) and J.P. Morgan Chase all are scheduled to speak.

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    U.S. Fed balance sheet details for latest week

    Reuters – 4:30 PM ET 05/21/2015

    For details of the Federal Reserve's balance sheet, see: http://www.federalreserve.gov/releases/h41/Current/h41.pdf.

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    Foreign central banks' U.S. debt holdings -Fed

    Reuters – 4:30 PM ET 05/21/2015

    For details of foreign central banks' holdings of U.S. marketable securities held at the Federal Reserve, see: http://www.federalreserve.gov/releases/h41/Current/h41.pdf.

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    Fannie Mae ups estimate of mortgage originations

    MarketWatch – 12:44 PM ET 05/21/2015

    WASHINGTON-- Used-home sales in April may have disappointed Wall Street, but a prominent economist on Thursday upped hit outlook for the mortgage market. Doug Duncan, chief economist of Fannie Mae (FNMA), the massive federally controlled mortgage-finance giant, said he now thinks there were will be $759 billion worth of loan originations for borrowers to buy single-family homes in 2015, up 8% from his forecast at the start of the year. "Purchase mortgage applications have moved up...

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    BULLET: US: FHFA requests input on a method for assessing....

    Market News Intl Fixed Income Bullets – 11:03 AM ET 05/21/2015

    US: FHFA requests input on a method for assessing the national average single-family house price for use in setting the conforming loan limits of Fannie Mae (FNMA) and Freddie Mac (FMCC). See http://www.fhfa.gov/Media/PublicAffairs/Pages/Input-on-HPI-Measure-for-Conformin g-Loan-Limits-for-Fannie-and-Freddie.aspx

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    BULLET: US OUTLOOK/OPINION: Fannie Mae's outlook says........

    Market News Intl Fixed Income Bullets – 9:10 AM ET 05/21/2015

    US OUTLOOK/OPINION: Fannie Mae's (FNMA) outlook says "Incoming data point to some strengthening of consumption for the second quarter. We also are seeing positive developments in the housing space, supporting our forecast of moderate but broad-based improvement in 2015 compared to last year. Purchase mortgage applications have moved up consistently for a couple of months, and while refinance applications have recently pulled back, the actual volume of both purchase and refinance originations earlier in the year came in stronger than we had projected. As a result, we have raised our mortgage origination forecast to $1.46 trillion for the year."

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    2015 Economic Growth Forecast Downgraded, but Housing on a Better Path

    PR Newswire – 9:00 AM ET 05/21/2015

    WASHINGTON, May 21, 2015 Economic growth is expected to pick up in the second quarter and through the second half of 2015, but continued financial conservatism among consumers suggests modest growth for the year, according to Fannie Mae's Economic & Strategic Research Group. "Last year we saw a strong second quarter rebound from a weak first quarter.

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    Mortgage servicers get new rules on capital, liquidity

    MarketWatch – 5:24 PM ET 05/20/2015

    WASHINGTON-- Looking to cut risk for the U.S. mortgage market, federal officials finalized rules Wednesday for loan servicers, creating minimums for net worth, capital and liquidity. The rules from federally controlled mortgage-finance giants Fannie Mae (FNMA) and Freddie Mac (FMCC) are aimed at specialty, non- bank servicers, such as Nationstar Mortgage Holdings (NSM), which collect borrowers' mortgage payments. The new requirements will "help ensure the safe and sound operation" of Fannie and...

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    U.S. housing finance firms set non-bank lender liquidity rules

    Reuters – 4:05 PM ET 05/20/2015

    U.S. non-bank mortgage lenders will need minimum liquidity levels to do business with the government-controlled firms that dominate housing finance, according to rules announced on Wednesday that aim to shield taxpayers from risks in the home loan industry. Banks already must follow liquidity standards.

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    Singling Out Fannie and Freddie

    MarketWatch – 10:09 PM ET 05/18/2015

    A road map for the future of housing finance shows there won't be a return trip for Fannie Mae (FNMA) and Freddie Mac (FMCC). That is good news for taxpayers and home buyers; not so much for those hoping the companies might be released from government control. The Federal Housing Finance Agency, which regulates the mortgage giants, released critical details Friday about the so-called single security that would replace separate mortgage-backed debt issued by Fannie and Freddie.

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    Closed SLGS Window Adds Challenge to Refundings

    SourceMedia Bond Buyer – 7:08 PM ET 05/18/2015

    The closure of the Treasury SLGS window has added a degree of difficulty to some refunding deals.

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    Closed SLGS Window Adds Challenge to Refundings

    SourceMedia Bond Buyer – 7:07 PM ET 05/18/2015

    The closure of the Treasury SLGS window has added a degree of difficulty to some refunding deals.

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    Privatized Fannie, Freddie would lead to mortgage-rate spike, experts say

    MarketWatch – 3:05 PM ET 05/18/2015

    Today's low mortgage rates could spike up almost a full percentage point if shareholders in finance-giants Fannie Mae (FNMA) and Freddie Mac (FMCC) get their way and the companies are released from federal control, according to new research from two prominent housing-market experts. If Fannie and Freddie were privatized, they would likely have to increase their capitalization, and that would lead to higher fees and costs that are passed along to borrowers, wrote Jim Parrott, a senior fellow...

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    Fannie Mae Prices $1.04 Billion Multifamily DUS REMIC (FNA 2015-M8) Under Its GeMS™ Program

    PR Newswire – 11:33 AM ET 05/18/2015

    WASHINGTON, May 18, 2015Fannie Mae (FNMA) priced its fifth Multifamily DUS® REMIC in 2015 totaling $1.04 billion under its Fannie Mae Guaranteed Multifamily Structures program on May 12, 2015. "Rate volatility and supply were the big themes this week. All classes of FNA 2015-M8 are guaranteed by Fannie Mae (FNMA) with respect to the full and timely payment of interest and principal.

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    Nomura, RBS must pay $806 million in mortgage bond case: U.S. judge

    Reuters – 6:39 PM ET 05/15/2015

    A U.S. judge on Friday ordered Nomura Holdings Inc (NMR) and Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc (RBS) to pay a collective $806 million for making false statements in selling mortgage-backed securities to Fannie Mae (FNMA) and Freddie Mac (FMCC) . U.S. District Judge Denise Cote in Manhattan entered the judgment after finding the banks liable on Monday following a non-jury bench trial in...

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    Nomura, RBS must pay $806 mln in mortgage bond case-U.S. judge

    Reuters – 5:54 PM ET 05/15/2015

    A U.S. judge on Friday ordered Nomura Holdings Inc (NMR) and Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc (RBS) to pay a collective $806 million for making false statements in selling mortgage-backed securities to Fannie Mae (FNMA) and Freddie Mac.

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    Federal plan to revamp mortgage market inches forward

    MarketWatch – 4:12 PM ET 05/15/2015

    Borrowers may pay less for mortgages if a proposal to transform the U.S. housing-finance marketplace is enacted, regulators said Friday. The Federal Housing Finance Agency, which oversees mortgage-finance giants Fannie Mae (FNMA) and Freddie Mac (FMCC), has been working on a plan to create a single mortgage-backed security that would revamp the current market that features separate products from Fannie and Freddie. A single offering is expected to "enhance liquidity," which would help keep...

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    Fannie, Freddie on Track to Issue Single Bond

    DJ Business News – 1:15 PM ET 05/15/2015

    Fannie Mae (FNMA) and Freddie Mac (FMCC) are a step closer to issuing a combined mortgage-backed security that would fundamentally overhaul one of the largest bond markets and, officials say, could reduce borrowing costs for homeowners. On Friday, the mortgage-finance companies and their regulator, the Federal Housing Finance Agency, gave an updated description of the attributes of the so-called single security, a new type of mortgage-backed security that would replace the separate MBS...

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    BULLET: US MBS: Fannie Mae awarded its initial sale of.......

    Market News Intl Fixed Income Bullets – 12:05 PM ET 05/15/2015

    US MBS: Fannie Mae (FNMA) awarded its initial sale of non-performing loans (3,000 loans totaling $762m). The winning bidder of Pool #1 was SW Sponsor, LLC and Pool #2 was Neuberger Berman Fixed Income Funds' affiliate PRMF Acquisition LLC.

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    BULLET: US: Fannie Mae on single security- "Fannie Mae.......

    Market News Intl Fixed Income Bullets – 11:03 AM ET 05/15/2015

    US: Fannie Mae (FNMA) on single security- "Fannie Mae (FNMA) continues to work closely with FHFA and Freddie Mac (FMCC) to develop the Single Security, with the goal of increasing liquidity in the housing finance market and creating a stronger system. Today's Single Security Update is an important milestone, providing additional details on the features of the Single Security and the strong progress made to date by Fannie Mae (FNMA), Freddie Mac (FMCC) and Common Securitization Solutions (CSS) on implementation planning. We will continue to work with FHFA, Freddie Mac (FMCC), and CSS to ensure we transition to the Single Security in a safe and sound manner."

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