GOVERNMENT NATIONAL MORTGAGE ASSOCIATION Definition

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GOVERNMENT NATIONAL MORTGAGE ASSOCIATION (GNMA) is a corporation owned by the U.S. Government within the Department of Housing and Urban Develop­ment with the authority to fully guarantee the timely payment of principal and interest on securities collateral­ized by FHA-insured or VA-guaranteed mortgages. GNMA is commonly called "Ginnie Mae:' GNMA I securities are single-issuer pools. GNMA II securities are collateralized by multiple-issuer pools or custom pools (one issuer but different interest rates that may vary within one percentage point). Multiple-issuer pools are known as "Jumbos:' Standard GNMAs have a stated maturity of 30 years.

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ENCRYPTION is the scrambling of data so that it is meaningless to anyone but the intended recipient, who has the key to unscramble the data to its original form.

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