Credit Products and Innovations
Freddie Mac is leading the market with initiatives to reduce taxpayer exposure and offer private investors new and innovative ways to invest in the post-crisis creditworthiness of the U.S. residential housing market. Currently Freddie Mac offers two distinct single-family risk sharing initiatives that appeal to a wide variety of investors such as hedge funds, mutual funds, REITS, banks, credit unions, and insurance and reinsurance companies.
Freddie Mac Structured Agency Credit Risk (STACR®)
Freddie Mac has a new type of credit security called Structured Agency Credit Risk (STACR) securities. With STACR securities, Freddie Mac intends to reduce its exposure to single-family mortgage credit risk for recently-purchased loans and open the doors for risk transfer to private investors. Through STACR, Freddie Mac is working to minimize potential credit losses and add a layer of protection against taxpayers’ exposure. More
Credit Risk Insurance
Freddie Mac will periodically purchase insurance against some of the credit risk associated with its new Single-Family book of business. This type of insurance coverage is intended to attract new sources of private capital from non-mortgage guaranty insurers and reinsurers interested in assuming a portion of the credit risk on specified portions of Freddie Mac’s high-quality Single-Family mortgage loan portfolio. More
Benefits of Risk Sharing Credit Products & Innovations
- Provide multiple avenues for sharing mortgage credit risk with a diverse spectrum of private investors.
- Reduces taxpayer’s credit risk exposure to the mortgage industry.
- Furthers Freddie Mac’s strategic goal to develop multiple forms of risk-sharing structures.
- Aligns with the FHFA 2013 conservatorship goals.