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More important than talking about the dire need for rental housing that’s affordable to households earning low or moderate incomes is doing something to help change the situation. Actions, as the saying goes, speak louder than words.

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Today Freddie Mac reported its fourth consecutive year of profitability, reporting net income of $6.4 billion and comprehensive income of $5.8 billion for the full-year 2015. Our solid performance last year was driven by our progress in building a better Freddie Mac, as evidenced by continued growth in purchase volumes in the guarantee businesses, including a multifamily record. We’re also building a better housing finance system by expanding credit risk transfer and efficiently disposing of legacy assets, thereby reducing taxpayer exposure to risk.

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Ask consumers who've gone through the mortgage closing process in recent years what they found most frustrating about it, and their answers probably wouldn't surprise you.

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A new asset class sprang to life in July 2013 when Freddie Mac introduced our Structured Agency Credit Risk (STACR®) security. This also marked the beginning of a new strategy to expand our efforts to sell credit risk on single-family mortgages we purchase and guarantee to private investors.

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After more than a year of false alarms, the Federal Reserve finally decided in December to begin tightening monetary policy by raising the federal funds rate. Economists are pondering the impact of this long-awaited Fed action on the U.S. economy generally and on the housing sector specifically.

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