Among the mortgage market risks Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. (FDIC) chair Sheila Bair has her eye on are recent foreclosure concerns, interest rates, mortgage underwriting and government reallocation away from housing—the last being something she sees advantages to but also acknowledges some potential problems with.

Bair has some concerns about recent foreclosure process problems and reviews due to some loss-sharing arrangements the FDIC is in, even though the agency is not the primary regulator in the matter.

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