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Volume 2014 - Number 32

August 15, 2014

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Agencies Propose ‘Single Security’ for Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac TBA Issuance and Resecuritizations

The notion of a common pass-through MBS issued by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac was formally put in play this week, as the Federal Housing Finance Agency solicited comment on a proposed “single security” for the two government-sponsored enterprises. The Mortgage Bankers Association has been pushing the concept for several years, and it made it onto the FHFA’s formal agenda for the GSEs in 2014. Proponents say it would improve liquidity in the market and level out Freddie’s pricing disadvantage. Under the FHFA proposal, the new common MBS would adopt...

Investors Want Overhaul of Non-Agency MBS Market, Issuers Willing to Make Some Changes

Potential investors in non-agency MBS are calling for significant changes to the market before they’re willing to resume investing in new non-agency MBS. Non-agency MBS issuers indicate that they are willing to make some changes to attract investors, while other adjustments will require action by federal regulators or Congress. In June, the Treasury Department requested comments on how to increase non-agency activity and decrease the agency MBS share of mortgage financing. The comment period closed late last week, with about 25 industry participants submitting feedback. John Gidman, president of the Association of Institutional Investors, said...

MBS Prices May Rise Further, Thanks to Concern About Economic Impact of the Ukraine ‘Situation’

MBS investors have been enjoying a nice little rally of late thanks to what analysts call “geopolitical” concerns, namely the conflicts in Ukraine and the Middle East. But how much further will bond prices rise and rates fall? It all depends on whom you ask. “We’ll see 2 percent on the long bond before 3 percent,” said Christopher Whalen, senior managing director of Kroll Bond Rating Agency. Over the past few weeks, MBS prices – based on the Fannie Mae 3.5 percent coupon – have neared...

Strong Demand in Secondary Market for Re-Performing Mortgages, Largely Without Ratings on MBS Deals

Investor demand for re-performing loans has been so strong in recent months that some firms are sitting on the sidelines as yields have become unattractive. Re-performing loans are being sold both as whole loans and in non-agency MBS, largely without ratings. William Gorin, director and CEO of MFA Financial, said the real estate investment trust has been investing in unrated non-agency MBS backed by re-performing loans that were originated between 2005 and 2007. “The average credit support is...

REITs Increased MBS Holdings During 2Q14 As Fed Leaves More Space for Other Investors

The gradual slowdown in agency MBS purchases by the Federal Reserve helped real estate investment trusts grow their MBS portfolios during the second quarter of 2014. A new Inside MBS & ABS analysis of REIT earnings reports found that the industry held $286.3 billion of MBS as of the end of June. That was up 9.7 percent from the previous quarter and marked the first increase in REIT MBS holdings since the third quarter of 2012, when the aggregate industry portfolio was $374.2 billion. At the top of the sector, Annaly Capital Management reported...

Trade Groups Raise Issues Related to GNMA’s Plan to Shift to Single MBS, Agree on Some, Differ on Others

Though mortgage securitizers, issuers, lenders and servicers support a proposal to consolidate Ginnie Mae’s two MBS program into a single security, certain specific issues appeared to divide them. In a recent joint letter to Ginnie Mae, the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association and the Mortgage Bankers Association said many of their members agree on a number of the issues raised by the proposal, but in some cases disagree on the solutions. “It is clear that further discussion is warranted, and direct engagement with key stakeholders should be beneficial,” the trade groups suggested. Both industry groups were responding...

SIFMA Bucks Industry Trend, Calls For Slow Increase of Fannie, Freddie MBS Guaranty Fees

The Federal Housing Finance Agency should act now to slowly increase Fannie Mae’s and Freddie Mac’s guaranty fees, according to the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association. SIFMA’s tempered support of a proposed government-sponsored enterprise g-fee increase runs contrary to the position held by much of the rest of the industry – that now is not the time. “We encourage...

DOJ Subpoenas Top Subprime Auto ABS Issuers GM Financial, Santander Consumer; Who’s Next?

The Department of Justice recently subpoenaed GM Financial and Santander Consumer USA, two of the largest subprime auto ABS issuers in the U.S., over concerns about their subprime auto lending and securitization operations, the two companies recently revealed. The developments suggest that such regulatory scrutiny of the sector in the wake of the financial crisis is intensifying, market participants and policy analysts say. Whether that will pose a substantial risk to other lenders remains to be seen. GM Financial announced...

GSE MBS Portfolios Continued Shrinking in 2Q14 Fueled by Bigger Declines in Non-Agency Holdings

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac continued their conservatorship march toward smaller retained mortgage portfolios during the second quarter of 2014, with most of the focus on non-agency collateral, according to a new analysis by Inside MBS & ABS. The two government-sponsored enterprises ended June with a combined $872.7 billion in mortgage-related holdings, down 3.3 percent from the previous quarter. Compared to a year ago, their combined portfolio was down 19.7 percent. It was down 45.2 percent from the $1.592 trillion they held in the fourth quarter of 2008 shortly after the two were put in conservatorship. The biggest decline has been...[Includes one data chart]

MBS & ABS Issuance at a Glance

One page of issuance data.

Poll

Home-equity lending is beginning to show new life. My company (pick one):

Plans to enter this market over the next 12 months.

25%

Is already making home equity loans and hopes to increase the offerings.

45%

Is in the market but don’t expect much growth.

15%

Is not making second liens and has no plans to do so.

15%

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