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Volume 2015 - Number 14

April 17, 2015

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Jumbo MBS Issuance Reached Post-Crisis High In Early 2015, Overall Non-Agency Market Firm

Overall non-agency MBS issuance dipped slightly in the first quarter of 2015, but the jumbo mortgage sector hit its biggest production volume since the financial crisis in late 2008, according to a new Inside MBS & ABS analysis and ranking. A total of $21.94 billion of non-agency MBS were issued during the first three months of this year, down 0.2 percent from the fourth quarter. The lion’s share of these deals were backed by seasoned loans, either ... [Includes two data charts]

Deal Agent Seen as ‘Centerpiece’ of the Benchmark Non-Agency MBS Transaction Treasury Is Helping to Facilitate

In an effort to convince large investors to buy AAA tranches of non-agency MBS, the benchmark transaction under development with help from the Treasury Department will include a deal agent or transaction manager. “Part of the centerpiece [of the non-agency MBS benchmark transaction] is around the role of a new player in these transactions, an independent deal agent that represents the interests of the investors,” said Michael Stegman, counselor to the Treasury ...

Mixed Impact on Agency MBS Market as Prepayment Rates Increase with Help from Nonbank Servicers

The market impact of high prepayment speeds in recent months has been muted due to the Federal Reserve’s large holdings of agency MBS serviced by nonbanks, according to industry analysts. However, the increased presence of nonbank servicers in agency MBS has prompted adjustments by investors. Loans in agency MBS serviced by Quicken Loans and Provident Financial, among other nonbank servicers, have recently been prepaying at ...

The Blackstone Group Buys a Mortgage Lender and Eyes Another as It Ponders Move Into Residential MBS

The Blackstone Group, an investment banking powerhouse, has purchased Gateway Funding Services, Horsham, PA, and plans to use the nonbank as its platform to ramp up originations, servicing investments and MBS issuance, according to industry officials familiar with the situation. As Inside MBS & ABS went to press this week, the Blackstone Group had not responded to a media inquiry on the matter. Gateway also could not be reached, but according to ...

High G-Fees and LLPAs, Ability-to-Repay Rule Are Hindering Access to Credit, Market Recovery

High guarantee fees and loan-level pricing adjustments charged by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are not enough to counteract lingering MBS investor mistrust and draw private players back into the housing finance market, according to a top industry official. “The Federal Housing Finance Agency seems to believe that by raising costs for loans purchased or guaranteed by the government-sponsored enterprises, they can lure private sector capital back to the mortgage market ...

CHLA Recommends Part of GSE Profits Be Diverted From Treasury Into a Reserve for Smaller Lenders

The Community Home Lenders Association wants a portion of the quarterly profits that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac give to the Treasury Department put in a reserve account to help smaller mortgage lenders, according to a recent letter the trade group wrote to Treasury Secretary Jack Lew. The group contends that the Preferred Stock Purchase Agreement funds should be set aside in a reserve account to capitalize a cash window for smaller mortgage lenders that would ...

Prime ARMs Went Delinquent 30 Percent More Often When Privately Securitized, Fed Economist Finds

Vintage prime adjustable-rate mortgages went delinquent at a rate 30 percent higher when they were securitized privately, according to an economist with the Federal Reserve System. The study was based on mortgages originated in 2005 and 2006, at the height of the aggressive underwriting in the non-agency mortgage market. “We find that private-securitized loans perform worse than observably similar, non-securitized loans, which provides evidence for adverse selection ...

MBS & ABS Issuance at a Glance

One page of issuance data.

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