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What: Shares of mortgage insurer MGIC Investment
So what: If Fannie and Freddie are reformed or eliminated, it would be logical to think private mortgage insurance will take a larger role. Details are still a little murky at this point, but the news is an incremental positive for the industry and is causing many companies in the sector to rise.
Now what: Mortgage insurers have had a tough time with the increasing government involvement in the mortgage market and a growing number of foreclosures. If Fannie and Freddie are scaled back, it would no doubt be a boost, but I would like to see some details before getting too excited today. I'll stay on the sidelines for now, waiting for clarity and the eventual debate that will rage in Washington, D.C.
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