Volume 2013 - Number 19
May 17, 2013
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While non-agency MBS participants largely oppose a credit rating assignment system proposed by Sen. Al Franken, D-MN, some of the main players in the market endorse a model based on ratings rotation. At a roundtable hosted by the Securities and Exchange Commission this week, Martin Hughes, CEO of Redwood Trust, said issuer-paid rating conflicts could be reduced by requiring non-agency MBS issuers to alternate rating services so that one firm didnt rate more than two consecutive deals from the issuer. He noted that Redwood has established a self-imposed rotation between Moodys Investors Service and Standard & Poors on its non-agency MBS issuance. The requirement to frequently alternate among the nationally recognized...
Freddie Mac is offering $1.0 billion of its non-agency MBS holdings for sale, according to a spokesman for the government-sponsored enterprise, part of efforts to meet requirements set by the Federal Housing Finance Agency. Fannie Mae also plans asset sales of some sort, but wouldnt commit to selling its non-agency MBS holdings. Freddie held $70.28 billion in non-agency MBS at the end of the first quarter of 2013 and Fannie held $31.22 billion. The GSEs purchased the non-agency MBS before 2009 and have allowed the holdings to run off ever since. The FHFA recently required...
Rating services are putting considerable energy into assessing the companies that are originating loans for the new breed of jumbo non-agency MBS, in addition to thorough due diligence reviews of the collateral itself, industry experts say. The rating services dont even begin the rating process until the major loan originators in a transaction clear the gating process, said Kathryn Kelbaugh, a senior analyst at Moodys Investors Service, during a panel session at last weeks secondary market conference sponsored by the Mortgage Bankers Association. We want to know what originators are doing, have third-party reviews and look at reps and warranties. You have to pass those gates before we can do a rating. Margaret Sweeney, a director at Fitch Ratings, said...
Real estate investment trusts that specialize in the MBS market saw another decline in the industrys aggregate holdings during the first quarter, although the trends varied considerably among different institutions, according to a new Inside MBS & ABS analysis of REIT earnings reports. A group of 16 publicly traded mortgage REITs held a combined portfolio of $345.9 billion of MBS as of the end of March, down 3.8 percent from the previous quarter. That was still 16.3 percent higher than year-ago levels, but REIT MBS holdings peaked in the third quarter of last year, just as the Federal Reserve launched the third round of its quantitative easing program. The vast majority of REIT mortgage securities holdings, 95.4 percent, were...[Includes one data chart]
Shellpoint Acceptance Corp. hopes to come to market with its first non-agency MBS by summer, securitizing not only jumbo loans, but a host of mortgages that fall outside Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac underwriting guidelines for different reasons. According to a recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the company has committed $2 billion in capital to its shelf registration, though its first deal will be smaller than that. Shellpoint refers...
Risk-sharing transactions using credit-linked notes may be one path toward the goal of getting the government-sponsored enterprises out of conservatorship, experts told members of the Senate Banking Subcommittee on Securities, Insurance and Investment this week. The current GSE MBS market provides trillions of dollars of financing to the mortgage market while government guaranties and other structural features are required to maintain this market, according to Andrew Davidson, president of Andrew Davidson & Co. As any part of GSE reform, I believe...
The Federal Reserves MBS purchase party isnt over yet but it looks like the nations central bank is getting nearer to the last call. Late last week, the Wall Street Journal reported that officials at the nations central bank have developed a strategy for dialing back their unprecedented level of support of the housing market. The plan involves reducing the amount of bonds the Fed buys in careful and potentially halting steps, the WSJ said, with the purchases varying on the read officials have of the job market and of inflation. And although the timing of the Feds wind-down is...
ResCap Agrees to Settlement Deal with Parent Ally, Creditors; Judge Dismisses FCA Claims Against BofA
Exactly one year after it filed for bankruptcy, Residential Capital announced this week it has entered into a comprehensive plan support agreement with its parent, Ally Financial, and ResCaps creditors, who say they are owed some $25 billion in mortgage liabilities. The plan gets Ally out from under the threat of billions of dollars in lawsuits by settling all existing and potential claims between Ally and ResCap and all potential claims held by third parties related to ResCap that could be brought against Ally and subsidiaries that are not Chapter 11 debtors. The settlement, which is subject to approval by a federal bankruptcy court in Manhattan, fully releases...
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