February 8, 2019 | Issue 270
SFIG Hosts Roundtable with Rep. Bill Huizenga (R, MI-2)

On Monday, February 4, SFIG hosted a Roundtable lunch in New York City with Congressman Bill Huizenga (R, MI-2), his Chief of Staff, SFIG members, and SFIG staff. Rep. Huizenga serves on the Financial Services Committee and is Ranking Member on the Investor Protection, Entrepreneurship, and Capital Markets Subcommittee. He also serves on the Housing, Community Development, and Insurance Subcommittee. Mr. Huizenga shared his outlook for the Committee’s work in the 116 th Congress, and SFIG members discussed “Valid When Made” and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) v. National Student Loan Trusts case. SFIG Staff will continue to remain engaged with Members of Congress and staff on these and other matters of interest to SFIG membership. Please contact Leslie Sack , SFIG's Head of Government Relations, with any questions.
SFIG Comments on ARRC's LIBOR Consultation for Securitizations

On Tuesday, February 5, SFIG delivered comments to the Alternative Reference Rates Committee (ARRC) on its consultation regarding fallback language for new securitization issuances. Our response to the consultation was developed principally by members of the SFIG LIBOR Task Force, and the views shared with the ARRC are rooted in the recommendations laid out in SFIG’s LIBOR Task Force Green Paper (published December 14, 2018) which sets forth industry-recommended best practices for LIBOR benchmark transition. SFIG, with CREFC, also serves as co-chair of the ARRC Securitization Working Group.

If you would like to participate on SFIG’s LIBOR Task Force, please contact Jennifer.Wolfe@sfindustry.org .
SFIG Forms Valid-When-Made Task Force

We are launching a new task force which will focus on advancing policy solutions on the “valid-when-made” doctrine that has been called into question by the Madden v. Midland decision in the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Participation on the task force will be open to any SFIG member with interest in advancing policy (regulatory and legislative) solutions that will benefit the securitization industry as a whole. If you would like to join the Valid-When-Made Task Force , please contact Jennifer.Wolfe@sfindustry.org .
What We're Watching
LIBOR Replacement Trading Limited Since Launch

According to Risk.net , trading of SOFR-linked derivatives has been limited since the new rate was launched in April as the U.S. LIBOR replacement. Open interest in SOFR futures had been growing prior to the end of last year, but stands at less than one percent of the notional for LIBOR-referencing eurodollar contracts. As a result, according to the article, dealers worry illiquidity could curb the adoption of the new benchmark as the fallback rate in legacy swaps contracts. “Dealers are concerned about the uptake of fallbacks if there isn’t liquidity in SOFR transactions, because customers would have to agree to fall back to a rate that isn’t widely traded,” says a member of the Alternative Reference Rates Committee. However, the article states that trading in SOFR derivatives could take off once SOFR discounting becomes mandatory and the industry creates a term SOFR.
Powell and Trump Discuss Outlook for Economy

Federal Reserve (Fed) Chairman Jerome Powell met with President Trump on Monday, February 4, to discuss the economy’s performance and outlook, but the Fed chief did not share the President's expectations for monetary policy, according to Bloomberg . According to the Fed, Powell did relay to the President that monetary policy was aimed at supporting the Fed’s mandate of maximum employment and stable prices and that decisions were “based solely on careful, objective, and non-political analysis.”
Chairman Crapo Outlines Housing Finance Reform Legislation

Last week, Senate Banking Committee Chairman Mike Crapo (R-ID) released an outline for housing finance reform legislation. Among the primary tenets of the proposal was an increased role for private capital, a level playing field for originators of all sizes, the privatization of all guarantors, and role for Ginnie Mae as the administrator of the government guarantee on eligible mortgage-backed securities. Immediately following the announcement, SFIG expressed its support for the initial step towards a legislative solution to our nation’s housing finance system via a written statement from Michael Bright, SFIG's President and CEO. If you are interested in participating in SFIG’s GSE Reform Task Force, please contact William.Innes@sfindustry.org .  
QM-Patch Resolution Required for Successful GSE Reform

According to a piece in American Banker , the Qualified Mortgage patch sunset could introduce legal liability for up to one third of the kind of newly-originated mortgages that currently flow through to the GSEs when it expires in 2021. The patch allows all loans guaranteed by the GSEs to automatically gain “QM” status, however if the patch expires, many of these loans would not meet the underwriting requirements defined under Appendix Q of the rule. With this in mind, the CFPB, in conjunction with legislators and regulators attempting to enact housing finance reform, must pay proper attention to a transparent and well-telegraphed conclusion to the QM Patch.  
SFIG Look Ahead
RMBS Enforcement Workstream Call
Wednesday, February 13
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. EDT
LIBOR Task Force Call
Wednesday, February 13
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. EDT
SFIG Update on MISMO Private Label MBS Initiative
Thursday, February 14
3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. EDT
SFIG Events
SFIG Vegas Updates
Announcing Arianna Huffington as WiS Keynote
Don’t miss Arianna Huffington's keynote address at 1:00 p.m. PDT on Monday, February 25.

Arianna is the founder of The Huffington Post , the founder and CEO of Thrive Global, and the author of 15 books, including, most recently, Thrive and The Sleep Revolution . Click here to read her full biography.

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Speaker Nominations are Open for SFIG Canada 2019
Speaker nominations are now open for SFIG Canada 2019. The event will take place May 22-23 at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto, Canada.   Click here  to view panel topics and to nominate.

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Nominations close on March 8 at 5:00 p.m. EDT.