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Will New FHFA Head Follow his Instincts or Bow to Reality?
Posted on Thursday January 17, 2019

Posted To: MND NewsWire

"The most important question in housing policy heading into the new year has nothing to do with interest rates, housing supply, or home sales," Urban Institute (UI) non-resident fellow Jim Parrott says. "It's what kind of director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) Mark Calabria will be ." Calabria has been named to replace Melvin Watt as director of the agency that regulates the Federal home Loan Banks and the GSEs Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. FHFA has also been conservator of the GSEs since 2008. Parrott says the agency has "an enormous hand in who in this country can get a mortgage and on what terms ." He adds, "And in Mark Calabria, the Trump administration has nominated one of Fannie and Freddie's greatest skeptics, raising the prospect that they, and the market that depends on...(read more)

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MBS RECAP: Bonds Looking Reluctant to Make Bigger Moves Without Data
Posted on Wednesday January 16, 2019

Posted To: MBS Commentary

Today would have been Retail Sales day were it not for the government shutdown. This also prevented Business Inventories from reporting (not an insignificant piece of data even if not on par with Retail Sales). Tomorrow will see the New Residential Construction numbers (housing starts and building permits) stay silent due to the shutdown. This isn't an environment where bond traders are eager to make big bets. That much is evident in the general sideways grind of the past week and a half. Some of the only times that we see "big bets" are in response to trading levels being coaxed out of the prevailing range by other factors. That was the case today as 10yr Treasury yields approached their highest levels of the year. Before the ceiling could be challenged, a big trade came through...(read more)

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Reverse Mortgages Could Gain Attention as Hopkins Moves to Carson Group
Posted on Wednesday January 16, 2019

Financial planner, retirement income specialist and professor Jamie Hopkins has joined financial management company Carson Group as vice president of private client services and director of retirement research, as of January 1. Hopkins, a noted advocate for financial education in the retirement income space and prominent voice in the reverse mortgage community, will maintain his […]

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Nearly a Third of Retirees Would Prefer to Live Somewhere Else
Posted on Wednesday January 16, 2019

When asked directly if they would choose to live where they currently reside in retirement if given the option to choose again, nearly a third of respondents said “no” in a survey conducted primarily with people aged in their 70’s or above. The survey, created by Age Friendly Ventures, was conducted online in December 2018, […]

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