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It will never happen in my opinion.
The President of Ginnie Mae doesn’t want to reform Ginnie, Fannie, or Freddie? What is dramatic about that??? And he uses his position to scare the public into thinking that mortgage financing will be history without these bankrupt government sponsored entities? At this point, we should be extremely leery of anyone who ignores one side of the equation. When he says that the investors in debt instruments only want a fixed interest rate and no risk, he fails to mention that the risk remains. It is just transferred to the public who has to bail out Ginnie, Fannie, and Freddie. Investors who put their money into debt instruments, i.e. mortgages, should assume that risk themselves. When they are able to transfer the risk to the unwitting general public by having Freddie, etc guarantee the loans, there is no reason to account for risk. Therefore there is no disincentive to make bad loans. Markets become dysfunctional. The public gets stuck with the bill for the risky loans. This is exactly what caused the financial meltdown and why these companies are in bankruptcy. Eliminate Freddie, Fannie, and Ginnie. Eliminate “too big to fail.” Markets will demand to be paid for risk. Markets will be much more efficient. Those investors who do not properly account for risk will loose money as they should. But the public will not be forced to pay for their mistakes. Prior to the great meltdown, Fannie, etc failed to disclose the serious financial crisis they were in. To the contrary, they repeatedly told Congress that everything was A-OK. There is no reason to expect that anything has changed.
There is another reason to get rid of Fannie, etc. The money they siphon out of the mortgage markets is often used for political bullying, favors, and partisanship. Get rid of them and you get rid of the slush fund that buys political favors.
Very interesting article.. It is unfortunate that a 30 year mortgage is not an option anymore.
The odd thing about Fannie and Freddie, although they went into receivership and are overseen by the Federal Government due to the housing crisis brought on by unscrupulous lending practices, is that they both have returned such massive profits to pay the Federal coffers. Why would we want to get rid of a couple of entities that can do that? Instead, just continue the application of the very principles under which Fannie and Freddie are governed right now, and ease them back into a profit dividended player in the stock arena. The true spread of free and privat market will more easily be attainable by global business, not by breaking up the profit maker these two giants have become. We already broke up the phone company goliath before that has taken us from a twenty dollar a month habit of talking with black devices to four hundred dollar a month habits! That didn’t work either. Just put a couple of failsafes on the two, and let them run their courses.
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