|FEDERAL NATIONAL MORTGAGE ASSOCIATION FANNIE MAE filed this Form 10-Q on 11/02/2018|
The information in this section updates and supplements information regarding legislation and regulation affecting our business set forth in “Business—Legislation and Regulation” in our 2017 Form 10-K and in “MD&A—Legislation and Regulation” in our First Quarter 2018 Form 10-Q and Second Quarter 2018 Form 10-Q. Also see “Risk Factors” in this report and in our 2017 Form 10-K for discussions of risks relating to legislative and regulatory matters.
Housing Finance Reform
We expect Congress, the Administration and FHFA to continue considering housing finance reform that could result in significant changes in our structure and role in the future. As a result, there continues to be significant uncertainty regarding the future of our company. See “Risk Factors” in our 2017 Form 10-K for a discussion of the risks to our business relating to the uncertain future of our company.
2017 Housing Goals Performance
We are subject to housing goals, which establish specified requirements for our mortgage acquisitions relating to affordability or location. In October 2018, FHFA notified us that it had preliminarily determined that we met all of our single-family and multifamily housing goals for 2017. See “Business—Legislation and Regulation—GSE Act and Other Regulation of Our Business—Housing Goals” in our 2017 Form 10-K and “MD&A—Legislation and Regulation—Housing Goals” in our First Quarter 2018 Form 10-Q for more information regarding our housing goals.
Proposed Rule on MBS Prepayment Rates
On September 12, 2018, FHFA issued a proposed rule to require Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to align their programs, policies and practices that affect the prepayment rates of “To-Be-Announced” (“TBA”)-eligible MBS. The rule would apply to both Fannie Mae’s and Freddie Mac’s current offerings of TBA-eligible MBS and to the new Uniform Mortgage-Backed Security (“UMBS”) scheduled to be implemented in June 2019. The objective of the Single Security Initiative and the proposed rule is to enhance the overall liquidity of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac TBA-eligible MBS by supporting their fungibility without regard to which company is the issuer. The proposed rule notes that “[t]he industry has expressed concerns that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac UMBS may not be truly fungible because differences in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac policies could result in materially differing cash flows (as a result of, e.g., differing prepayment speeds).” FHFA, as conservator, has previously responded to industry input by imposing alignment mandates on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and publishing a Prepayment Monitoring Report. The proposed rule would codify FHFA’s previous mandates, and is intended to ensure that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac programs, policies and practices that individually have a material effect on cash flows (including policies that affect prepayment speeds) are aligned and will continue to be aligned. See “Risk Factors” for a discussion of the risks to our business associated with the new UMBS and the Single Security Initiative.
Amended FHFA Corporate Governance Regulation: New Strategic Business Plan Requirement
On October 19, 2018, FHFA published in the Federal Register a final rule amending its corporate governance regulation applicable to Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the Federal Home Loan Banks. The amended regulation requires our Board of Directors to adopt and have in effect at all times a strategic business plan that describes our strategy for achieving our mission and public purposes. Among other things, this plan must articulate measurable goals and objectives for each significant activity, describe any significant changes to business strategy or approach we are planning to undertake, and identify current and emerging risks associated with our significant activities. The amended regulation requires our Board of Directors to review the strategic business plan at least annually, to re-adopt the plan at least every three years, and to establish management reporting requirements and monitor the implementation of the plan. The final rule will become effective on December 18, 2018. Our Board of Directors has previously adopted a strategic business plan and we are currently assessing whether any changes to this plan may be required as a result of FHFA’s amended regulation.