Firms that securitize mortgages and other assets will have to take a 10% first loss position on any new issuances under draft legislation being discussed in Congress. 

House Financial Services Committee chairman Barney Frank, D-Mass., said requiring a first loss hit for securitizers would stop Wall Street firms from providing liquidity on mortgages that borrowers cannot repay.

Frank, a key player in any MBS related legislation, noted that assignee liability on MBS failed to stop bad underwriting practices during the subprime boom.

The committee chairman is working with the Senate Banking Committee and Treasury Department in drafting proposals that the Obama Administration will present at an international summit on systemic risk in April.

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