Featured Product

    GAO Report on FHA Capital Requirements and Stress Testing Practices

    December 11, 2017

    The U.S. GAO published a report on the Federal Housing Administration's (FHA) budgetary reviews of the Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund (MMI Fund). The report assesses whether MMI Fund needs more budget authority to cover expected future costs and whether independent actuarial reviews provide complementary information on the fund’s finances. The report finds that capital requirements and stress testing practices need strengthening.

    Capital requirements and stress testing practices—tools for managing financial risks—for the MMI Fund are not consistent with all elements of the framework GAO developed to help assess these tools in the context of the FHA single-family mortgage insurance programs. FHA uses the actuarial reviews to assess whether the capital ratio of MMI Fund meets the 2% requirement and how fund components would perform under alternative economic scenarios. While the actuarial assessment does not directly determine the need for additional budget authority, it evaluates the fund’s ability to absorb unexpected losses and may prompt changes in FHA policies and insurance premiums. In accordance with the framework, capital assessments and stress tests of FHA are transparent and incorporate a number of relevant risk factors. However, areas of inconsistency include scenario-based requirement; accountability mechanisms; fund-wide stress tests; and stress test objectives.

    The report highlights that strengthening the capital requirement and stress testing practices of FHA could help ensure that the MMI Fund is able to withstand economic downturns and that stress test results are as relevant and useful as possible for risk management. Including reverse mortgages in the fund’s capital assessment has advantages and disadvantages. Unlike for stress tests, FHA jointly assesses forward and reverse mortgages to calculate a combined capital ratio. Subjecting the reverse mortgage portfolio to capital assessment has made its financial condition more transparent. However, the portfolio’s sensitivity to changes in economic assumptions makes the combined ratio more unpredictable. Alternative approaches also pose trade-offs. For example, a separate reverse mortgage capital requirement may help ensure the financial transparency of both portfolios; requiring FHA to hold more capital to account for the volatility of the reverse mortgage portfolio could compel FHA to raise insurance premiums or lower borrowing limits.

     

    Related Link: Press Release

    Keywords: Americas, US, Insurance, Banking, MMI Fund, Capital Requirements, Stress Testing, FHA, GAO

    Featured Experts
    Related Articles
    News

    APRA Decides to Keep Countercyclical Capital Buffer for Banks at 0%

    APRA announced its decision to keep the countercyclical capital buffer (CCyB) for authorized deposit-taking institutions on hold at zero percent.

    December 11, 2019 WebPage Regulatory News
    News

    APRA Issues Operational Risk Rules, Consults on Reporting Requirements

    APRA published an updated prudential standard APS 115 that sets out operational risk requirements for authorized deposit-taking institutions in Australia.

    December 11, 2019 WebPage Regulatory News
    News

    EBA Issues Revised List of Validation Rules for Reporting by Banks

    EBA published a revised list of validation rules in its implementing technical standards on supervisory reporting.

    December 10, 2019 WebPage Regulatory News
    News

    SRB Holds Annual Conference, Reflects on Turning Policy into Action

    SRB published a report on its fourth annual conference that was held on October 10, 2019 in Brussels.

    December 10, 2019 WebPage Regulatory News
    News

    OSFI Sets Domestic Stability Buffer Level at 2.25%

    OSFI has set the Domestic Stability Buffer, or DSB, at 2.25% of total risk-weighted assets, with effect from April 30, 2020.

    December 10, 2019 WebPage Regulatory News
    News

    FED Extends Consultation Period for Capital Requirements for Insurers

    FED is extending comment period for the proposed rule establishing risk-based capital requirements for depository institution holding companies that are significantly engaged in insurance activities.

    December 10, 2019 WebPage Regulatory News
    News

    FSB Examines Financial Stability Aspects of Bigtech and Cloud Services

    FSB published two reports that consider the financial stability implications from the offering of financial services by bigtech firms and the adoption of cloud computing and data services across a range of functions at financial institutions.

    December 09, 2019 WebPage Regulatory News
    News

    HKMA Proposes Changes to Module on Supervision of Concentration Risk

    HKMA issued a circular proposing revisions to the Supervisory Policy Manual module CR-L-1 on consolidated supervision of concentration risks under the Banking (Exposure Limits) Rules (BELR) Rule 6.

    December 09, 2019 WebPage Regulatory News
    News

    BoE Updates XBRL Filing Manual for Reporting Under Solvency II

    BoE has updated the XBRL filing manual (to Version 5.0) to help firms and software vendors create XBRL instance documents for Solvency II Pillar 3 and BoE Insurance reporting.

    December 09, 2019 WebPage Regulatory News
    News

    APRA Specifies Capital Treatment of Equity Investments in ABGF

    APRA published a letter to the authorized deposit-taking institutions outlining the regulatory capital treatment of their equity investments in the Australian Business Growth Fund (ABGF).

    December 09, 2019 WebPage Regulatory News
    RESULTS 1 - 10 OF 4301