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A Game of Musical Chairs for Potential House Financial Services Committee and Subcommittee Chairs

With every new Congress comes a game of musical chairs in Congressional Committees and Subcommittees as Member seniority, popularity, jockeying for specific assignments, and the number of seats given to the majority and minority come into play.

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The Effects of COVID-19 on College Enrollment and Student Loan Repayment

As colleges commence their fall semesters across the country, we take a look at how the pandemic is affecting college enrollment, student loan repayment, and the ultimate impact on student loan ABS.

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2020 Election: Eight Potential Outcomes

The Republican and Democratic National Conventions are now in the rear-view mirror. The upcoming 2020 elections are shaping up to be unprecedented in terms of the diversity of the candidates, the expectation of increased voting by mail, and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on voters’ personal and professional lives. SFA breaks down eight possible scenarios for the 2020 election that could result in divided or unified governments.

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A Look Back at Senator Kamala Harris’ Financial Services Policies and Legislation

On Tuesday, August 11, Joe Biden selected Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) as his running mate. In our latest blog, we outline some of Senator Harris’ views and recent work including tax, financial services, housing, corporate governance, and related legislation during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Data dissonance – Official unemployment rate improves in June as permanent job losses increase; Weekly initial jobless claims remain stubbornly elevated

The official unemployment rate declined to 11.1% in June from 13.3% in May while total unemployment rate dropped to 18% from 21.2%. Permanent job losses increased 7% on the month. The degree of misclassifications has “declined considerably” and would have contributed only 1% to the total rate. Initial jobless claims for the week ending June 27 shows another 1.4 million Americans filed for unemployment insurance for the first time. This metric has remained stubbornly high, averaging 1.5 million over the past 4 weeks.

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Helping Consumers Bridge Financial Hardship

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S., over 44 million Americans have filed for unemployment. To help consumers bridge this temporary period of financial hardship, lenders, with the support of federal and state regulators, have provided borrowers with a myriad of payment relief plans.

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Fasten Your Seatbelts: Congressional Oversight is on the Way

Given the size and scope of COVID-19 relief programs, combined with more powerful oversight authorities in the CARES Act, we expect congressional oversight of COVID-19 related issues to become a high priority for Congress for both the remainder of this year and beyond as the economy recovers from the effects of the pandemic.

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The LIBOR-SOFR Transition Continues Apace

While the fight against COVID-19 rightfully demands the attention of our industry, it is important we not lose sight of the transition away from LIBOR. At the Structured Finance Association, we are helping manage this transition and today launch a series of LIBOR pieces by our in-house industry experts.

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Phase 3.5 Completed, Lookahead to Phase 4

The president signed the Paycheck Protection Program and Healthcare Enhancement Act after the House passed the bill by a margin of 388-5 on April 23 and the Senate passed the bill by unanimous consent on April 21. The $484 billion package provided funding for the Small Business Association’s Paycheck Protection Program, as well as for hospitals and COVID-19 testing.

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PTAP/C19: Ginnie Mae’s “Last Resort” Financing Option for Mortgage Servicers

Ginnie Mae recently announced that it would create a liquidity facility of last resort, and on Monday provided further guidance to industry participants on how the Pass Through Assistance Program for COVID-19 (PTAP/C19) will operate. Ginnie Mae ‘s PTAP/C19 is the first—and to date, only—Federal liquidity facility for mortgage servicers.

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