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Credit Risk Transfer Transactions

Overview of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Credit Risk Transfer Transactions

Published: 8/21/2015

In 2012, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) initiated a strategic plan to develop a program of credit risk transfer intended to reduce Fannie Mae's and Freddie Mac's (the Enterprises') overall risk and, therefore, the risk they pose to taxpayers.  In just three years, the Enterprises have made significant progress in developing a market for credit risk transfer securities, evidenced by the fact that they have already transferred significant credit risk on loans with over $667 billion of unpaid principal balance (UPB). 

Credit risk transfer is now a regular part of the Enterprises' business.  The Enterprises are currently transferring a significant amount of the credit risk on almost 90% of the loans that account for the vast majority of their underlying credit risk.  These loans constitute about half of all Enterprise loan acquisitions.  Going forward, FHFA will continue to encourage the Enterprises to engage in large volumes of meaningful credit risk transfer through specific goals in the annual conservatorship scorecard and by working closely with Enterprise staff to develop and evaluate credit risk transfer structures.

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