JAN 30, 2013 10:08am ET

Ginnie MBS Issuance Up 20%, Highest in 3 Years

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Government-approved lenders issued nearly $395 billion in Ginnie Mae MBS in calendar year 2012, up 20% from the prior year, according to new figures released by the Government National Mortgage Association.

That was a good year. But it didn’t top 2009, when GNMA guaranteed nearly $454 billion in MBS, including $130.6 billion in one quarter.

In 2012, Ginnie issuance peaked at $110.7 billion in the third quarter.

Outstanding Ginnie Mae MBS totaled $1.37 trillion at yearend, up 10% from 2011.

Ginnie Mae guarantees MBS backed by the Federal Housing Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs and Rural Housing Service loans.

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