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  • The beginning of another bank crisis?

    Patriot Ledger - 11/08/2014

    One definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. Late last month, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), which regulates Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, announced that the two institutions would start purchasing mortgages with down payments as low as 3 percent instead of the already absurdly low 5 percent minimum both institutions currently require. These FHFA-insured loans are for borrowers with weak credit.

    Also, the federal regulator announced loosened mortgage lending rules. It removed the 20 percent down payment requirement for high-quality mortgages that banks determine to have low risk of default and made it less likely that Fannie and Freddie will force lenders to buy back mortgages that go bad.

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