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Volume 2014 - Number 4

January 31, 2014

Investors See Strong Opportunities in Products Other Than Residential MBS; Solar ABS Shows Potential

A number of structured-finance products outside of new non-agency MBS rebounded from the financial crisis, offering stronger returns than new non-agency MBS, and often with less risk. Among the myriad of products investors at the ABS Vegas conference last week said they prefer to new non-agency MBS were collateralized-debt obligations backed by trust-preferred securities, collateralized-loan obligations, commercial MBS, rail car ABS and container ABS. “There’s...

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HUD has announced a 25 basis point cut in FHA premiums, which is slated to take effect in late January. Is your lending shop for or against a cut in FHA premiums?

For. It should help lending volumes.
Against. The private MI sector should take on this risk, not the government.
Too early to say.
I believe the new White House may scuttle the idea so it doesn’t matter.

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