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Volume 2014 - Number 14

April 10, 2014

Change to Rating Criteria for Servicer Advance ABS And Potential Downgrades Could Disrupt Issuance

Standard & Poor’s announced late last week that it placed 96 ratings from 20 servicer-advance ABS on watch for a potential downgrade and the rating service plans changes to its rating criteria for servicer-advance ABS. Industry analysts suggest that the actions could disrupt the market for servicer-advance ABS, as S&P has been the dominant rating service in the sector. S&P said downgrades on servicer-advance ABS are possible because the analysis that accompanied ratings on certain deals didn’t consider subordinated interest amounts as part of the ratable promise. “The CreditWatch placements reflect...

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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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