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Volume 2014 - Number 8

April 11, 2014

Jumbo MBS Treatment of Expenses a Concern

Variations on the treatment of extraordinary expenses in jumbo mortgage-backed securities have prompted the rating services to alert investors. A warning on this issue last week by Fitch Ratings follows similar concerns raised by other rating services. Extraordinary expenses in non-agency MBS can be caused by legal claims against the trust, costs associated with a third-party reviews to identify representation-and-warranty breaches, and costs related arbitration, among other issues ...

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