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Volume 2016 - Number 40

October 21, 2016

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Vehicle Finance and Credit Card Securitizations Help Fuel Sturdy Increase in ABS Issuance During 3Q16

Issuance of non-mortgage ABS increased by 25.5 percent from the second quarter of 2016 to the third, thanks to significant increases in several asset categories, according to a new Inside MBS & ABS analysis and ranking. The market produced $54.05 billion of non-mortgage ABS during the third quarter, the highest output since the second quarter of last year. Despite the gain, year-to-date issuance remained 1.9 percent below the level notched in the first nine months of 2015. A lot of the increase came...[Includes two data tables]

GNMA Allays Investor Fears with a Revised Policy on Pooling Eligibility for Streamlined Refinance Loans

Ginnie Mae has announced a policy change to ease investor concern over recent streamlined refinancing trends involving a small number of mortgage loans in Ginnie pools. The policy change addresses the issue of premature streamline refinancing of certain loans in Ginnie Mae I single-issuer pools that threatens to deflate investors’ expectation of a full 100-percent return on their MBS investments. “Investor participation … depends...

Freddie Mac and Dealers Begin Testing Portal For Exchanging Legacy PCs for Single Securities

Freddie Mac has begun pilot testing its new Dealer Direct system for swapping legacy participation certificates for new single securities with a select group of dealers, the government-sponsored enterprise said in an update issued this week. In transitioning to the single security, Freddie will give all investors in its existing MBS that have a 45-day payment cycle the option to exchange them for the new 55-day securities. That process will be transacted through the Dealer Direct electronic platform. Holders of legacy MBS will work...

Industry Groups Say GSE Credit-Risk Sharing Needs to Develop Front-End Transactions, Improve Transparency

Trade groups representing a broad spectrum of mortgage and securitization businesses generally support an effort by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to develop more credit-risk transfer options, but some cautioned that the government-sponsored enterprises should maintain a level playing field. In response to a Federal Housing Finance Agency request for comments on the CRT program, the Mortgage Bankers Association and U.S. Mortgage Insurers repeated their calls for programs to allow loan sellers to buy deeper private MI in exchange for reduced GSE guaranty fees. To date, the vast majority of Fannie and Freddie CRT deals have been...

Industry Groups Urge CFPB to Adopt More Cure Provisions to Boost Secondary Market Activity

Mortgage industry representatives are calling upon the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to do more to facilitate the correction of errors made under the enhanced disclosure regime of the agency’s integrated disclosure rule, to reduce or eliminate disruptions in the secondary market as well as boost access to credit. The pleas were made in conjunction with the industry’s broader response to the CFPB’s proposed clarifying rulemaking related to its so-called TRID rule, issued under the authority of the Truth in Lending Act and the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act. In a comment letter sent this week to the bureau, the Consumer Mortgage Coalition urged...

MBS Trading Volume Hit a Yearly High in September. Prepays Ebb as Investors Ponder Next Fed Rate Hike

The average daily trading volume of agency MBS hit $223.2 billion in September, the strongest reading of the year and a sign that liquidity in the market has improved. According to figures compiled by the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, daily trading volume increased by 17.7 percent compared to the same month a year ago. But the year-to-date averages are much closer: $206.6 billion for 2016 compared to $199.9 billion last year. In the agency space there is...

11th Circuit Court First to Apply SCOTUS Ruling in Spokeo to Mortgage Lending Case

In a class-action ruling that could have implications for legacy MBS lawsuits, a federal appeals court confirmed a recent U.S. Supreme Court landmark decision on standing and statutory damages. Ruling in Nicklaw v. CitiMortgage earlier this month, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit held that to establish standing in order to bring a lawsuit alleging only a statutory violation, a plaintiff must allege a concrete harm or injury resulting from the violation. Relying on the alleged statutory violation alone would only result in a dismissal, the court warned. The 11th Circuit decision is...

MBS & ABS Issuance at a Glance

One page of issuance data.


After the November elections, how long will it take for a new Congress and White House to pass GSE reform legislation?

I’m confident a bill will be passed the first year.


2 to 3 years. GSE reform is complicated.


Sadly it won’t happen in a Clinton or Trump first term.


Not in my lifetime.


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