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Research & Insights

About our Economic & Strategic Research Group

Led by senior vice president and chief economist, Doug Duncan, our Economic & Strategic Research (ESR) Group studies current data, analyzes historical and emerging trends, and conducts surveys of consumer and mortgage lender groups to provide forecasts and analyses on the economy, housing, and mortgage markets.

You can read or download the group's publications, commentaries, data presentations, and special projects in the "Research & Insights" section of You can also subscribe for e-mail updates to stay current on the group's latest research.

To request a speaker from the ESR Group, please complete and submit the request form, and provide as much information as possible about the event. When you press "submit," the completed form will be sent to the ESR speaking engagement coordinator who will follow up with you once the request has been reviewed.

Fannie Mae Receives Top Honors for Most Accurate Forecast

In 2016, Fannie Mae’s Economic & Strategic Research Group won the NABE Outlook Award presented annually for the most accurate GDP and Treasury note yield forecasts. The ESR Group also won the award in 2015, marking the first back-to-back win in the history of the award. In addition, the Group was awarded Pulsenomics’ best home price forecast, and the Zillow® Home Price Expectations Survey™ ranked the Fannie Mae team number one among more than 100 distinguished economists, investment strategists, and housing market analysts.