Secondary Market: Q3 2019


In a challenging rate environment with contracting net interest margins, non-interest income — of which mortgage banking fees constitute a significant portion — is increasingly important. With more than 68% of our mortgage-originating members selling into the secondary market, providing secondary market solutions to our membership is an important goal of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago (FHLBank Chicago). Through the Mortgage Partnership Finance® (MPF®) Program, the FHLBank Chicago can help your institution earn additional fee income, attract new customers, and obtain the best execution on selling loans into the secondary market.

The Pricing Advantage

The MPF Traditional products offer attractive pricing for loans of good credit quality that would be penalized by loan-level price adjustments (LLPAs) in other secondary market programs. The MPF Traditional products charge no LLPAs, so you can reduce rates and fees for your borrowers. Additionally, in June 2018 the FHLBank Chicago introduced low loan balance pricing payups for loans at or below $200,000 that are sold into MPF Traditional products to reward members for superior prepayment performance on low loan balance loans. This option provides your institution with access to increased pricing on low-balance loans, which can help you attract new customers and result in increased profitability.

Reduce Income Volatility 

The MPF Original, MPF 125, and MPF 35 products allow your institution to share the credit risks associated with your mortgage loans with the FHLBank Chicago. For sharing in this risk, an institution earns credit enhancement (CE) fees of up to 6 to 12 basis points. By paying CE fee income over time, the MPF Program helps your institution smooth earnings volatility during mortgage origination downturns.

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Melissa Deven
Director, Member Strategy and Solutions

Ashish Tripathy
Managing Director, Member Strategy and Solutions


The scenarios in this paper were prepared without any consideration of your institution’s balance sheet composition, hedging strategies, or financial assumptions and plans, any of which may affect the relevance of these scenarios to your own analysis. The Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago makes no representations or warranties about the accuracy or suitability of any information in this paper. This paper is not intended to constitute legal, accounting, investment, or financial advice or the rendering of legal, accounting, consulting, or other professional services of any kind. You should consult with your accountants, counsel, financial representatives, consultants, and/or other advisors regarding the extent these scenarios may be useful to you and with respect to any legal, tax, business, and/or financial matters or questions.

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