MBA Statement on FHFA’s Announcement to Lower the Fee for Commingled Securities

January 19, 2023 Advocacy Press Release Residential


Adam DeSanctis

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Bob Broeksmit, CMB, President and CEO of the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), issued the following statement regarding today’s Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announcement reducing the fee for commingled securities from 50 basis points to 9.375 basis points:

“FHFA’s move to lower the fee significantly for commingled securities is a sound decision and should remove much of the friction observed in the UMBS market since the fee was implemented last summer. The UMBS is intended to increase liquidity in the market, but the high fee was having the opposite effect.  

“While MBA continues to believe that there should not be any fee for commingled securities, we appreciate FHFA’s receptiveness to industry feedback and its willingness to make an adjustment that better reflects any perceived risk.

“We remain focused on ensuring a well-functioning UMBS market and will continue to work with FHFA, the GSEs, and industry stakeholders on this issue.”