BY JANN SWANSON
Freddie Mac made two announcements this week. The first is a long expected administrative change to requirements for private mortgage insurance (PMI) which will go into effect on March 31, 2019. The company updated these requirements under a mandate from its regulator the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), incorporating changes related to its assessment of credit and counterparty risk. The new financial requirements include revisions to the risk-based asset requirements, enhancements to the treatment of approved risk transfer transactions, and adjustments to risk transfer credit arising from counterparty risk associated with reinsurance transactions. PMI is required for mortgages where the borrower is making less than a 20 percent down payment.