Freddie Mac

Fannie, Freddie Would Need $100BN Bailout In New Financial Crisis

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac would need as much as $100 billion in bailout funding in the form of a potential incremental Treasury draw, in the event of a new economic crisis which sends the S&P some 50% lower and results in a failoure of their largest counterparty.

RBS Pays $5.5 BIllion To Settle US Mortgage-Backed Securities Probe

Moments ago Royal Bank of Scotland announced it has agreed to pay $5.5 billion to the U.S. Federal Housing Finance Agency to settle a probe into its sale of toxic mortgage-backed securities ahead of the financial crisis, part of what it says was a “heavy price” paid for over-expansion before the financial crisis.

Time To Add Housing To The Bubble List?

Housing is hot again, but lately it’s been overshadowed by flashier bubbles in government debt, tech stocks and possibly cryptocurrencies. Still, the warning signs are spreading.

Mortgage Rates Tumble To 6-Month Lows

After a week of dismal housing data, a silver lining perhaps. The spike in U.S. mortgage rates since the November presidential election has been cut in half.

Are US Taxpayers Now On The Hook For Risky Wall Street Real-Estate-Backed Bonds?

This is not a joke... "The BPOs are key elements in securitizations, determining basic figures such as how much rent to charge tenants, how much leverage and risk is embedded in the deal and how much investors could recover if the bonds go sour. Many of the securities were assigned AAA grades and sold off to investors such as pension funds." Is this 2006 or 2017?

Peter Schiff: Damn The Deficits, Huge Tax Cuts Ahead!

For once, at least, this does not appear to be Trumpian braggadocio. It really may be the mother of all tax cuts. But if passed, what may this bunker buster do to the economy? While I have rarely met a tax cut I didn’t like, this one just may be more likely to send the economy into a downward spiral than it is to send up to orbit.