Fannie Mae

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.

Record Apartment Building-Boom Meets Reality: First CRE Decline Since The Great Recession

The Commercial Property Price Index (CPPI) by Green Street, which tracks the “prices at which commercial real estate transactions are currently being negotiated and contracted,” plateaued briefly in December through February and then started to decline. By June, it was below where it had been in June 2016 – the first year-over-year decline since the Great Recession.

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.

GDXJ's Epic Rebalance - It's Knife-Catching Time

"In all my years of trading indexes, I have never witnessed that sort of selling in front of a rebalance. These stocks have been pummeled. Devastating.... I am sympathetic to the idea of buying strength instead of extreme weakness. But I am, after all a knife catching addict, and the decline is too hard to resist"

Frontrunning: May 24

  • Trump Meets With Pope Francis After Policy Clashes (WSJ)
  • Fed Minutes to Offer Clues on Debate Over Path of Rate Increases (WSJ)
  • Manchester bomber had 'proven' links to Islamic State (Reuters)
  • U.K. Chides U.S. for Leaking Manchester Bombing Probe Details (BBG)
  • China Handed First Moody's Downgrade Since 1989 on Debt Risk (BBG)

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?

"It's Just Crazy" (Again): 2-Bedroom LA House Sells 40% Above Asking

“It can’t be sustained,” said David Berson, chief economist at Nationwide Insurance and a former chief economist at mortgage giant Fannie Mae, referring to the frenzied buying. “It can’t go on forever.” For now, however, the second housing bubble in a decade is back front and center, courtesy of the Federal Reserve once again.

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.