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Freddie Fattening Up

Freddie Mac’s belt is getting a little bit tighter as its portfolio increases yet again. But while it certainly rose over last month, the portfolio’s growth is nothing compared to a few months prior. So what does that mean for the long-term health of the GSE?

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Defaults: How Low Can They Go?

The overall rate of default in the U.S. has hit its lowest point in five months, but not every product is seeing a drop. Which ones are experiencing steep declines and which are on the rise? Read on to find out.

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OCC Head Has Ideas to Help Smaller Banks

When it comes to regulatory reform, smaller community banks should be a prime concern, according to Acting Comptroller of the Currency Keith A. Noreika. Noreika said as much in his address of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs on Thursday. He also laid out several steps lawmakers can take to lower barriers of entry and expand opportunities for community banks across the country.

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What Goes Up Must Come Down

A bill by Representative Tom Emmer (R-Min) that would increase the reporting threshold under the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act for open-end lines of credit and closed-end mortgages was introduced Tuesday. This isn’t the first legislation of its kind; several are urging CFPB to provide exemptions from its rules. Many of these requirements will be rolled out after the first of 2018. See what Representative Tom Emmer and Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer have in mind.

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How Many Home Shoppers Are Renters?

It seems renters may finally be setting their sights on homeownership, if a new analysis released on Thursday rings true. In the first quarter of this year, the share of home shoppers who were either non-homeowners or renters rose noticeably over recent years. But what could it mean for investors and lenders? And will the uptick continue?

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