Federal Reserve Bank of New York
Economic Policy Review
Credit risk transfer and de facto GSE reform
The Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac credit risk transfer (CRT) programs, now in their fifth year, shift a portion of credit risk on more than $1.8 trillion of mortgages to private-sector investors. This study summarizes and evaluates the CRT programs, finding that they have been successful in reducing the exposure of the government-sponsored enterprises and the federal government to mortgage credit risk without disrupting the liquidity or stability of mortgage secondary markets. The programs have also created a new financial market for pricing and trading mortgage credit risk, which has grown in size and liquidity over time. In doing so, the CRT programs provide a valuable step forward in the reform of the U.S. housing finance system.
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David Finkelstein & Andreas Strzodka & James Vickery, "Credit risk transfer and de facto GSE reform"
, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Economic Policy Review, issue 24-3, pages 88-116, 2018.
- G10 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - General (includes Measurement and Data)
- G18 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Government Policy and Regulation
- G21 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Banks; Other Depository Institutions; Micro Finance Institutions; Mortgages
- G23 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Non-bank Financial Institutions; Financial Instruments; Institutional Investors
- G28 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Government Policy and Regulation
Keywords: mortgage; credit risk transfer; securitization; Fannie Mae; Freddie Mac; GSE
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