We have been laying out since the post-crisis framework fell into place that much in it combines with mortgage-targeted reforms to make a historic cornerstone of U.S. banking a go-broke business.  With Capital One now exiting the sector, there can be little doubt that what some have called a temporary adjustment is a structural realignment.  By the time Congress gets around to the conservatorships, efforts to reduce the government’s role could be for naught because non-banks need GSEs and mortgage finance increasingly has to have non-banks if there are to be any originations.

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