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FHFA Authorizes 2020 Disbursements to Housing Trust Fund, Capital Magnet Fund

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) recently authorized Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to disburse payments to HUD for the Housing Trust Fund (HTF) and to the Treasury Department for the Capital Magnet Fund (CMF). According to FHFA, HTF will receive $326.4 million for the year, while CMF will receive $175.8 million. Last year, HTF received $244.9 million, while CMF received $131.8 million.

CFPB Supreme Court Hearing with Implications for FHFA

The Supreme Court agreed to review a challenge to the constitutionality of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) authority. Plaintiff, Sheila Law LLC, is arguing that a legal provision stipulating that the director can only be removed by the President for cause violates the constitutional separation of powers. The CFPB director, like the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) director, serves in a five-year role and cannot be fired at will. The Supreme Court’s decision will have implications for both the CFPB and FHFA.

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FHFA Releases Report on Federal Home Loan Banks Activities

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) released 2018 Low-Income Housing and Community Development Activities of the Federal Home Loan Banks. The 11 Federal Home Loan Banks provided more than $450 million in Affordable Housing Program funds in 2018, about 15 percent more than in 2017. This funding assisted over 49,000 low- or moderate-income households, including about 25,900 very low-income households.

Federal Housing Finance Agency News

It’s been a busy week for the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA). During the American Credit Union Mortgage Association’s Annual Conference, Director Mark Calabria shared his concerns about volume-based pricing discounts on Guarantee Fees (G-Fees). FHFA issued a confidential administrative directive to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac restricting competition on G-Fees

FHFA sent a letter to the 11 Federal Home Loan Banks (FHLBanks) instructing them that, as of December 31, 2019, they should stop purchasing investments in assets tied to London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) with a contractual maturity beyond December 31, 2021.

FHFA announced modified Preferred Stock Purchase agreements with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac that allow the GSEs to retain capitals of up to $25 billion and $20 billion, respectively. The move ends the capital sweep on earnings above $3 billion that was put into place in 2008 when the GSEs entered conservatorship.

Finally, FHFA announced an agreement with Simone Grimes who accused former director Melvin Watt of sexual harassment.

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