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Monthly Agency Issuance Eases

Agency issuance of mortgage backed securities was lower last month but remains at a healthy pace. Freddie Mac was responsible for most of the monthly decline, though Ginnie Mae shouldered some of the responsibility. Fannie Mae activity, however, was 10 percent better.

MBS fixed-rate issuance for the Federal National Mortgage Association, the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. and the Government National Mortgage Association totaled $128.265 billion in July.

Volume slowed from $134.3 billion in June. But activity was more than double the $63.311 billion in agency issuance during July 2011.

The eMBS data indicate that during the first seven months of 2012, there were $853.824 billion in MBS issued on behalf of the trio of federal housing finance agencies.

Business tumbled at Freddie to $32.295 billion from June’s $41.912 billion. But the McLean, Va.-based firm was well ahead of $15.091 billion in the same month last year. Freddie’s year-to-date issuances add up to $229.178 billion.

Also faltering was Ginnie, where July’s activity totaled $28.051 billion versus $30.519 billion a month prior. The government-owned corporation had $22.077 billion in fixed-rate securities issued in July 2011.

Issuance of Washington, D.C.-based Ginnie’s MBS was $199.956 billion from Jan. 1 through July 31.

Fannie’s issuers put out $67.920 billion last month, more than $61.903 billion in June and better than the combined issuance at both of its agency counterparts. It was also more than $26.144 billion in July 2011.

Year-to-date issuances at Washington, D.C.-based Fannie total $424.691 billion.

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