It's fitting that the ASF conference is being held in Washington, D.C. Uncle Sam, after all, has been playing a crucial role as securitization's savior as well as working double time to alleviate the problems plaguing the mortgage market.

The Treasury Department has led the way, as Nora Colomer reports in this month's cover story, by increasing the capital available to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Giving the GSEs more leeway to increase their mortgage holdings enables them to buyout more delinquent loans without selling MBS, thus alleviating supply pressure in the mortgage market.

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