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Statement from FHFA Director Mark Calabria on Letter Agreement with Treasury to Increase Fannie, Freddie Capital Retention

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
9/30/2019

​​​​​​Washington, D.C. –​ “The Enterprises are leveraged nearly 1,000-to-one, ensuring they would fail during an economic downturn – exposing taxpayers once again. This letter agreement between Treasury and FHFA, which allows the Enterprises to retain capital of up to $45 billion combined, is an important milestone on the path to reform,” said FHFA Director Mark Calabria. “FHFA commits to working with Treasury in the coming months to amend the share agreements and further advance broader housing finance reform. These reform goals include limiting the government’s role in housing finance, increasing marketplace competition, focusing on affordable housing, and sustainable homeownership. The status quo is not an option. Now is the time to act.”

Fannie Mae Capital Agreement

Freddie Mac Capital Agreement

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