Capital Winners – GSEs – and Losers – MI

We’ve much more to do to determine the strategic and policy impact of the new credit-, market-, and operational-risk capital rules singly and collectively – a complex task given the 1,089-page rulemaking made harder by some extremely-arcane language that may either mask what the agencies mean or differ from what they meant to mean.  Still, several conclusions about mortgage finance are clear:  the rules would be less demanding than those at present for many mid-LTV loans, the GSEs’ risk weighting continue to give them a considerable advantage over bank originators and securitizes, and MI lost the limited luster the banking agencies were forced to concede in 2013.