MBA, Trade Groups Urge Caution on FHFA Proposed Changes to GSE UMBS Pooling Practices

The Mortgage Bankers Association, in a Jan. 21 letter to Federal Housing Finance Agency Director Mark Calabria, urged caution on a proposed “waterfall approach” to pooling practices used by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in the Uniform Mortgage-Backed Security market, saying in its current form the proposal could have a “negative effect” on market liquidity, raise borrowing costs and reduce access to credit.