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Volume 2014 - Number 28

July 18, 2014

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Non-Agency MBS Market Sputters in 2Q14 As Jumbo and Servicing Advance Deals Slow

The modest rebound in non-agency MBS issuance during the first three months of 2014 fizzled during the second quarter of the year, according to a new analysis and ranking by Inside MBS & ABS. A total of just $1.60 billion of non-agency MBS were issued during the second quarter, a 62.7 percent decline from the previous period. It was the lowest quarterly volume in new issuance since the financial crisis of 2008. On a year-to-date basis, new issuance was...

Issuance of Re-REMICs on the Rise in 2014, Deals Are Offering Enhanced Returns Compared with Vintage Non-Agency MBS

Re-securitization activity is above levels seen last year because of compressed yields on vintage non-agency MBS, according to industry analysts. Re-securitizations – all of which are privately placed and typically without a rating – can offer investors more credit risk and leverage than vintage non-agency MBS. In the first half of 2014, 20 re-securitizations of real estate mortgage investment conduits totaling $5.90 billion were issued, according to Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Activity is picking up: June alone accounted for 28.3 percent of the issuance. “In an environment where yields have compressed in the vintage non-agency space, subordinate re-REMIC classes can offer...

Bayview, Impac, Five Oaks Lining Up to Fund Non-QM Mortgages. But Who Will be the First to Securitize?

The line of companies rolling out new loan menus for non-qualified mortgages is growing longer each week, but it remains to be seen which firm will be the first to issue a non-agency MBS. Citadel Servicing Corp., Irvine, CA, is working on a bond, but has been noncommittal about when it might come to market – and whether its first deal will be public or private. The privately-held nonbank is now funding more than $15 million a month in non-QM/nonprime products. Meanwhile, Impac Mortgage Holdings – an Alt A lender of yesteryear – has just entered...

Single, Numerical Scale Suggested as the Fix For Structured Finance Transaction Ratings

As the Securities and Exchange Commission continues to consider how to reform the rating process for structured finance transactions, including non-agency MBS, industry analysts affiliated with the Brookings Institution suggested that the fix doesn’t require altering the issuer-pay model that has been in place for more than 40 years. Instead, the SEC should help establish transparent, numerical benchmarks, according to two industry participants, shifting away from the current system of letter-based ratings that are also used for corporate debt and sovereign debt. Ann Rutledge, a founding principal at R&R Consulting, a credit rating service, and Robert Litan, a nonresident senior fellow at The Brookings Institution, detailed their proposal in an economic study recently published by Brookings. “Securities that are rated only in an ordinal fashion – in order of likelihood of default – can be...

FINRA Eases TBA Margin Requirement Proposal For Smaller Participants, Forgoes Other Suggestions

After hearing from some market participants about certain unintended consequences, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority decided to revise its earlier proposal to establish margin requirements for to-be-announced transactions to accommodate smaller players in the market. Last week, its board authorized FINRA to file with the Securities and Exchange Commission the revised amendments to FINRA Rule 4210 (Margin Requirements) to establish margin requirements for TBA transactions (including adjustable-rate mortgage transactions), specified pool transactions, and transactions in collateralized mortgage obligations, with forward settlement dates. The proposal is...

Citigroup’s Settlement a Gain for Government, But Observers Say It’s a Setback to Recovery

The Department of Justice this week announced a $7 billion settlement with Citigroup to resolve federal and state civil claims related to legacy residential MBS. Industry attorneys are warning that such gargantuan settlements might cause lenders to pull back further, making credit far less available to borrowers and causing economic recovery to falter further. The settlement includes...

House Democrat Bill Would Put Ginnie in Charge of All Government-Backed MBS. No Chance This Year

A significantly bigger Ginnie Mae would be placed in charge of all MBS issued with a government backing while Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac would be wound down and stripped of their government sponsorship under a bill filed last week by House Democrats. The legislation – the Partnership to Strengthen Homeownership Act, H.R. 5055, sponsored by House Democrats John Delaney (MD), John Carney (DE) and Jim Himes (CT) – has zero chance of gaining traction this year. It would create a new Ginnie Mae MBS backed by conventional mortgages that would have the full faith and credit of the federal government while tapping private capital to absorb some of the risk. The new structure under the Delaney-Carney-Himes bill would create...

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