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  • NEW YORK, Feb 3- A federal judge on Tuesday rejected Bank of America Corp's bid to throw out a jury verdict finding it liable for the sale of questionable loans to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac before the financial crisis, which led to a $1.27 billion civil penalty. He also rejected Bank of America's alternative request for a new trial. The U.S. Department of Justice had...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 27- The top U.S. housing regulator on Tuesday said his agency would make a decision by the end of this quarter on fees Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac charge lenders for guaranteeing mortgages. The mortgage industry has been awaiting a final decision by Federal Housing Finance Agency Director Mel Watt. Speaking before his former colleagues on the...

  • BOSTON, Jan 16- Eric Mindich's $8.5 billion hedge fund, Eton Park Capital Management, is now ready to pick through the debt of beaten-up energy companies, an area it avoided last year as the price of oil tumbled. Eton Park dropped mortgage companies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac with a big profit before a U.S. judge threw out a lawsuit filed by shareholders to prevent the...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 15- The Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco said on Thursday it reached a settlement worth $459 million with certain banks it sued after buying subprime mortgage-backed securities that soured following the housing bust. The banks sued included JP Morgan Chase, Credit Suisse, Morgan Stanley, Countrywide Securities, UBS Group AG, Deutsche Bank...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 14- Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac's regulator hinted on Wednesday that credit standards could be eased when it laid out the 2015 goals for U.S. mortgage companies. It also called on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to provide clarity on what is expected from mortgage loan servicers and to "enhance eligibility standards." Under Watt's leadership, the FHFA...

  • The part-nationalised bank, which had set aside 1.9 billion pounds to deal with the claims, could be asked by the Federal Housing Finance Agency to pay settlements of more than 5 billion pounds over the sale of about $32 billion of mortgage-backed debt in the United States, the report said. The federal court in Connecticut is handling a second case which...

  • Dec 23- Mortgage insurer Radian Group Inc said it would sell its bond guaranty business to Assured Guaranty Ltd for $810 million to focus on mortgages and real estate and comply with proposed changes to rules governing private mortgage insurers. The U.S. Federal Housing Finance Agency has proposed rules to tighten capital requirements for private insurers...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 16- America's government-controlled mortgage finance giants, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, will likely guarantee a shrinking share of new loans over the next decade, congressional analysts said on Tuesday. During the 2007-09 financial crisis, it was almost impossible for home buyers to get a loan without a government guarantee, and Fannie Mae and...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 11- Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac's regulator on Thursday directed the two government-controlled mortgage firms to begin setting aside money for an affordable-housing fund established in 2008, saying they were now financially fit enough to do so. The "allocation would not contribute to the financial instability" of the mortgage firms, Federal...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 8- The two top U.S. mortgage finance firms on Monday launched programs to allow more borrowers to make downpayments as low as 3 percent of a property's value, but with tighter lending standards aimed at keeping default rates low. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have been under U.S. government control since 2008, when a surge in U.S. mortgage defaults was...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 25- Americans who lost their homes to foreclosure will be able to buy them back at current market value if the properties are owned by housing finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the regulator of the two firms said on Tuesday. The FHFA said the new rule applies to about 121,000 properties currently owned by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 19- The top U.S. housing finance regulator said on Wednesday his agency would unveil a new framework in early 2015 for how government-controlled Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will set mortgage guarantee fees. Watt also said Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which guarantee most of the nation's mortgages, will release in early December details of the extra...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 17- Any changes the Federal Reserve makes to its vast portfolio of bonds in the coming years is likely to have a bigger impact on U.S. financial and housing markets than any interest rate hike the U.S. central bank may make in 2015, Fannie Mae chief economist Doug Duncan said on Monday. The Fed's balance sheet stands at $4.22 trillion, including $2.46...

  • Nov 6- Government-controlled mortgage finance firms Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac said on Thursday they will pay U.S. taxpayers $6.8 billion after reporting a third-quarter profits that modestly rose from the second quarter. Fannie Mae, the bigger of the two and the nation's largest source of mortgage funds, earned a net income of $3.9 billion in the third quarter,...

  • Nov 6- Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac said on Thursday that they would pay dividends totaling $6.8 billion to the U.S. Treasury next month, pushing taxpayers further into the black on their bailout of the mortgage financiers. After the payments, the companies will have sent a combined $225.5 billion in dividends to the Treasury in return for the $187.5 billion in...

  • Nov 6- Government-controlled mortgage finance firm Fannie Mae said on Thursday it will pay U.S. taxpayers $4.0 billion after reporting a quarterly profit that modestly rose from the second quarter. Fannie Mae does not lend money directly, nor does rival financing firm Freddie Mac. Fannie Mae's dividend to the U.S.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 24- Fannie Mae has reached a $170 million settlement of a lawsuit accusing it of misleading shareholders about its finances, risk management and mortgage exposure before it was seized by the U.S. government during the 2008 financial crisis. Fannie Mae and the smaller Freddie Mac were seized by the federal government on Sept. 7, 2008 and put into a...

  • NEW YORK, Oct 22- A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley that accused mortgage finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac of violating a state law meant to prevent financially troubled residents of the state from losing their homes. Filed in June, the lawsuit said Fannie and Freddie blocked a state...

  • Oct 17- Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, their regulator and lenders are close to an agreement that could expand mortgage credit while helping lenders protect themselves from charges of making bad loans, the Wall Street Journal reported. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have recouped tens of billions of dollars in penalties from lenders in recent years over claims that...

  • Oct 1- Shares of government-controlled Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac plummeted on Wednesday, the day after a judge upheld the U.S. The dismissal of the lawsuit dealt a blow to investors hoping to benefit now that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the two largest sources of U.S. housing finance, are profitable.