Financial Regulatory Forum

U.S. consumer bureau’s mortgage servicing rules are in the right direction despite shortcomings

By Bora Yagiz

NEW YORK, Aug. 31 (Thomson Reuters Accelus) - The Consumer Finance Protection Bureau’s proposed rules earlier this month on mortgage servicing are a step in the right direction in its efforts to uproot the malpractices that were once prevalent in the subprime mortgage market. The proposals suffer from a few shortcomings, however, not the least because the Bureau, with its “one-size-fits-all” approach, seems to have ignored the nuances between the different players within the servicing industry. (more…)

US to focus on housing stability in reform of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac – Barr

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By Al Yoon

WASHINGTON, Feb 1 (Reuters) – The Obama administration must ensure U.S. housing market stability is retained as it reforms the nation’s two largest providers of home mortgage credit, a top Treasury Department official said on Monday.

The administration will further outline principles that will guide the reforms of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, two government-sponsored enterprises, said Michael Barr, the Treasury’s assistant secretary for financial institutions.

“We want to be sure, that as we move to reform the GSEs, we are focused on retaining strong market stability in our housing sector,” Barr told a conference of the American Securitization Forum, a group that promotes interest in the public and private bond markets.

US Rep Frank sees ending Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac in current form

WASHINGTON, Jan 22 (Reuters) – Mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are likely to be abolished in their current form, a key lawmaker in the U.S. House of Representatives said on Friday.

“I believe this committee will be recommending abolishing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in its current form and coming up with a whole new system of housing finance. That is the approach rather than the piecemeal one,” said Representative Barney Frank, chairman of the powerful House Financial Services Committee and a Massachusetts Democrat.

Frank made the comments at hearing on executive compensation.    He later told reporters he will hold hearings on the housing finance market and then move to a restructuring of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. He said he would look at Federal home loan banks and the structure of the Federal Housing Administration and Ginnie Mae.

US pay czar: Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac unique when it comes to pay

WASHINGTON, Dec 30 (Reuters) – Mortgage finance firms Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac face a unique set of problems that distinguish them from other companies receiving government aid when it comes to setting executive pay, the Obama administration’s pay czar said on Wednesday.

The two government-controlled companies, which have tapped Treasury credit lines to the tune of a combined $111 billion, said last week they would pay their CEOs up to $6 million in cash for this year.

Kenneth Feinberg, the Treasury Department official charged with overseeing executive pay at firms receiving aid from the government’s $700 billion bailout fund, told CNBC the uncertainty over the future of the mortgage finance companies was one factor that made their situation unique.

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