``The new study of the potential risks in recent F.H.A.-insured loans is illuminating because it provides a level of detail, including where government-backed loans are, that is usually missing from agency analyses. In addition, the report's loss estimates are somewhat surprising given that the loans it examined were made after the mortgage crisis became evident.

The loan analysis was conducted by Edward Pinto, a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative organization. But its findings were based entirely on foreclosure estimates made by the F.H.A.'s auditor as well as detailed individual loan data like ZIP codes and borrower credit scores. ''

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