14 12, 2023


2023-12-14T15:28:18-05:00December 14th, 2023|4- GSE Activity Report|

Tackling Title

In a blog post today, Fannie quietly renews its quest for alternatives to traditional title insurance.  The post focuses in general on closing costs, noting for example how regressive these are by citing cost differences of 13% for low-income first-time homebuyers than for all homebuyers on median closing costs as a percent of the home purchase price and 19% for non-low-income repeat homebuyers.  Title insurance is discussed at length, with Fannie noting its efforts to allow homeowners to use lower-cost options as well as emphasizing the low risk of title claims due to real-estate data digitalization.  The post does not go on to suggest that Fannie might simply omit a title-insurance requirement for at least first-time or LMI borrowers, but this seems to be the point.


10 10, 2023


2023-10-10T16:46:21-04:00October 10th, 2023|2- Daily Briefing|

Barr Stands Firm on Capital Rewrite

In remarks yesterday, Vice Chair Barr made it clear that, no matter all the industry and Republican pressure, the Fed believes the pending capital rewrite has no material problematic consequences and is necessitated by recent events.

FSB Calls for Continued Improvements in Cross-Border Payments

Following its cross-border payments roadmap, the FSB today released two progress reports finding that further work is needed in ensuring payment system interoperability, establishing common data standards for payments messages, developing tools needed for APIs, and providing a vehicle for the investigation of legal, regulatory and supervisory frameworks.

FSB Presses for Better Smaller-Bank, GSIB Resolvability

Following Basel’s review late last week on the 2023 crash (see Client Report REFORM228), the FSB today released its assessment of implications for GSIB resolution.  Basel’s report acknowledged challenges in this area, but largely focused on what we call Basel V.

Fed Finalizes DIHC Insurance-Capital Construct

As promised in the bank-capital proposals (see FSM Report CAPITAL230), the FRB Friday voted 6-0 to finalize long-pending standards for insurance-focused depository institution holding companies.

GOP Hikes Pressure on Iran Payment, Sanctions

Presaging likely HFSC hearings and delays in regular committee action, Ranking Member Scott (R-SC) today called for Secretary Yellen to testify in front of Senate Banking to explain why $6 billion is being released to Iran and to identify any sanctions gaps.

Bowman Pursues Barr, Array of Recent Fed Actions

Continuing her opposition to much of what Vice Chair Barr is doing, …

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