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April business volume $73.8 billion, duration gap +3

May 18, 2004

By MortgageDaily.com staff

Increasing for the second consecutive month, Fannie Mae’s monthly business volume reportedly grew by a quarter. The company’s duration gap saw a three month swing.

The mortgage giant’s monthly summary showed April business volume grew to $73.8 billion from $59.1 billion the previous month. A year earlier, the total stood at $139.0 billion.

The latest results are in line with Fannie’s economists previous forecasts that production would increase during the second quarter.

Mortgage-backed securities (MBS) acquired by others of $46.3 billion and portfolio purchases of $27.4 billion made up April’s business volume, the Washington D.C.-based company said in the report.

Fannie reported the duration gap — a measure of the balance of cash flows on the company’s assets and liabilities — on the mortgage portfolio averaged positive three months, up from zero in March.

The conventional single-family delinquency rate — reported on a one month lag — edged down three basis points from the previous month to 0.58% in March. Meanwhile, the multifamily delinquency rate decreased by seven basis points to 0.17%.

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