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Fannie Mae Announces 10th Credit Insurance Risk Transfer Of 2022

David Krechevsky
Oct 21, 2022
Fannie Mae has announced that it will issue a request for proposals to hire an underwriting financial advisor who will assist in developing and implementing a plan for recapitalizing and ending its conservatorship

Transferred $265 million of mortgage credit risk to private insurers and reinsurers.

Fannie Mae said today it has executed its 10th Credit Insurance Risk Transfer (CIRT) transaction of 2022. 

As part of the government-sponsored enterprise’s effort to reduce taxpayer risk by increasing the role of private capital in the mortgage market, CIRT 2022-10 transferred $265 million of mortgage credit risk to private insurers and reinsurers. 

From its inception to this latest transaction, Fannie Mae has acquired approximately $22 billion of insurance coverage on $740 billion of single-family loans through the CIRT program, measured at the time of issuance for both post-acquisition (bulk) and front-end transactions.

“We appreciate our continued partnership with the 18 insurers and reinsurers that have committed to write coverage for this deal,” said Rob Schaefer, Fannie Mae vice president for capital markets.

The covered loan pool for CIRT 2022-10 consists of approximately 31,000 single-family mortgage loans with an outstanding unpaid principal balance (UPB) of approximately $9.6 billion. The covered pool includes collateral with loan-to-value (LTV) ratios of 80.01% to 97% acquired from September to December 2021. 

The loans included in this transaction are fixed-rate, generally 30-year term, fully amortizing mortgages and were underwritten using rigorous credit standards and enhanced risk controls, Fannie Mae said.

With CIRT 2022-10, which became effective on Sept. 1, Fannie Mae will retain risk for the first 75 basis points of loss on the $9.6 billion covered loan pool. If the $72 million retention layer is exhausted, 18 insurers and reinsurers will cover the next 275 basis points of loss on the pool, up to a maximum coverage of $265 million, it said.

Coverage for this deal is provided based upon actual losses for a term of 12.5 years. Depending on the paydown of the insured pool and the principal amount of insured loans that become seriously delinquent, the aggregate coverage amount may be reduced at the one-year anniversary, and each month thereafter. 

The coverage on this deal may be canceled by Fannie Mae at any time on or after the five-year anniversary of the effective date by paying a cancellation fee.

As of June 30, 2022, approximately $1.02 trillion in outstanding UPB of loans in our single-family conventional guaranty book of business were included in a reference pool for a credit risk transfer transaction.

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