COVID-19’s Impact on Mortgage-Backed Securities

Fitch Ratings is raising concern that the government-sponsored enterprises’ (GSEs) response to the COVID-19 pandemic is having a problematic impact on their mortgage-backed securities (MBS) issuances. Fitch noted that its rating actions prior to the pandemic’s onset were mostly positive for the GSEs’ risk transfer deals. But on May 19, Fitch placed seven initial exchangeable …

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