Fannie/Freddie “Reform” Discussion Heats Up Again

By Jann Swanson

Posted To: MND NewsWire

The debate has opened again on the fate of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae (the GSEs). Ten plus years after the two were put in federal conservatorship at the start of the housing crisis the issue of what to do with them and when never seems to come any closer to resolution. With the expiration of Melvin Watt’s five-year term as director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) approaching and a nominee awaiting confirmation, the various sides are dragging out their arguments and their not insignificant biases. Solutions however are hazy at best. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told Bloomberg News on Tuesday that the Trump administration wants to see the conservatorship end but would like Congress to be involved in the resolution. He added that the executive branch would also be open to making…(read more)

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