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3 Things Every Fannie Mae Investor Should Hear

Fannie Mae (NASDAQOTCBB: FNMA  ) recently announced the results of its monthly summary from November, and there are three things investors should take away after the latest release.

1. Delinquencies continue to plummet
For the 34th month in a row, Fannie Mae reported that its serious delinquency rate, which is the percentage of mortgages it anticipates will default, fell. Over the last year, it has fallen from 3.3% to 2.4% and is well below the peak of 5.6% seen in February of 2010. In fact, the reading of 2.4% is the lowest reading since December 2008, when it also stood at 2.4%.

Source: Fannie Mae Monthly Summary.

As you can see in the chart above, while the delinquency rate is nowhere near its peak, the reading is still above the levels seen in 2007 and 2008. However, this serves as an encouraging reminder that the housing market is on the road to recovery after a prolonged downturn.

Things aren't where they have been, or even could be, but the fact that the number of people unable to make their mortgage payment each month continues to decline is undoubtedly a good sign both for Fannie Mae and the American public.

2. Fannie Mae investment portfolio shrinks once more
Fannie Mae began the year with over $633 billion in its gross mortgage portfolio (what it holds for investment purposes), but that number now stands at $496 billion. Although the rate at which it fell declined, from an annualized rate of 23.6% in October -- and as high as 32.4% in July -- to 19.8% in November.

This was driven in large part by an increased number of mortgage sales (up over $60 billion through the first 11 months of 2013 relative to the same period in 2012. Its year-to-date purchases of mortgages and its liquidations (the mortgages that are paid off early or foreclosed upon) are relatively flat when compared to 2012.

Fannie Mae is required to reduce its mortgage assets all the way down to $250 billion as a result of its conservatorship agreement. This affects shareholders because it is no longer able generate as much income on those loans. For example, through the first nine months of the year, its capital markets group (which manages the gross mortgage portfolio) saw its net interest income and investment gains fall from $14.9 billion to $11.6 billion, a decrease of $3.3 billion, or 22% through the first nine months of 2013 relative to 2012. As the portfolio continues to shrink, so will this group's business-related income. 

3. The mortgage market has undoubtedly cooled
Fannie Mae's issuances of mortgage-back securities fell all the way to $39.3 billion in November, down $68.5 billion, or 63.5%, from November of last year. This was the fourth straight month in a row in which issuances fell by more than 9% relative to the prior month, as interest rates have risen, leading mortgage refinancing volumes to plummet:

Source: Fannie Mae Monthly Summary.

Although 2013 year to date has seen $726 billion in mortgages versus the $798 billion over the same time last year, Fannie Mae is still well above where it was in 2011, when it only issued $522 billion in MBSes through the first 11 months of the year.

The latest data from Fannie Mae certainly showed some encouraging signs about the recovery of the U.S. economy, but it underscored the reality that the mortgage market is cooling. In addition to its shrinking portfolio, size, and debt (down from $793 billion in 2010 to $544 billion today), Fannie Mae is likely to continue undergoing major shifts as the FHFA reigns as conservator.

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  • Report this Comment On January 06, 2014, at 11:34 AM, mweston81 wrote:

    Oh, i thought one of the three was going to be done worry, your money is backed by the government's fed stimulas so its a win win.

  • Report this Comment On January 06, 2014, at 4:33 PM, anash91 wrote:

    I'm glad I jumped ship off FNMA. It doesn't look good for share holders if the assets are shrinking. I doubt the price per share could appreciate much at all

  • Report this Comment On January 06, 2014, at 9:00 PM, pawncracker wrote:

    even if they do shrink Fannie and Freddie to the conservatorship requirements, shares are worth way more than they are currently trading for.

  • Report this Comment On January 07, 2014, at 12:46 AM, gneshvdev wrote:

    I agree with pawncracker, the current value of FNMA should be around $12 to $14 but these Agency needs to get out of "GRID LOCK" of Politics. There is plenty of money in it.

  • Report this Comment On January 12, 2014, at 5:12 PM, Mega wrote:

    Nothing in this article is relevant to the value of FNMA. The value depends entirely on Congress and the court system.

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