Selling hope, delivering harm 

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This Issue’s Highlight
Spotlight on the FHA’s 2013 Actuarial Study

For the fifth year in a row, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) violated federal law by failing to meet its minimum capital standard of 2 percent—equal to about $22 billion on its $1.1 trillion book of insurance in force. The 2013 Actuarial Study found that the FHA had an economic net worth of −$8 billion, up from −$13.5 billion last year but still $30 billion short of the 2 percent statutory standard.

Under this rosy scenario, it is no surprise that each new book of business the FHA adds looks profitable. It is also no surprise it has had to revise the expected cumulative claim rates for the 2009–12 vintages substantially upward from last year’s estimates.

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