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May 20, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Banks Seen as Key for Non-QM MBS

For the issuance of mortgage-backed securities with non-qualified mortgages to take off, industry analysts suggest that banks need to play a larger role. To this point, nonbanks have been the only issuers of non-QM MBS. Ron D’Vari and Timothy Bernstein, analysts at New Oak, authored an overview of non-QM MBS issued in the latest issue of The Journal of Structured Finance, which was published this month. The analysts said real estate investment trusts and hedge funds ...


May 20, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Competition, Cooperation Between Redwood, Banks

One of the biggest factors limiting the issuance of jumbo mortgage-backed securities is the strong appetite banks have to hold jumbos in portfolio. Redwood Trust, which aims to issue jumbo MBS, had adapted by competing with banks and working with them. Redwood had a gross margin of 140 basis points on its jumbo business in the first quarter of 2016, much higher than the 59 basis points in gross margins on jumbos Redwood had in the full year of 2015 ...


May 20, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Portfolio Strategies Blend Funding, Product Targets

Portfolio lending remains a more viable option than securitization for lenders in the non-agency mortgage market in part because of the depth and variety of funding sources that allow them to offer a wide range of products. Depository institutions rely heavily on low-cost retail deposits to fund their retained mortgage portfolios, according to panelists speaking at the Mortgage Bankers Association secondary market conference in New York this week. A typical customer of ...


May 20, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Banks Ramp Up Holdings of Residential MBS Despite Retreat by Some Goliaths of the Industry

Commercial banks and thrifts boosted their combined holdings of residential MBS to a new record, $1.661 trillion, during the first quarter of 2016, according to a new Inside MBS & ABS analysis. The data include held-to-maturity and available-for-sale accounts, but not trading assets, which included another $45.99 billion of residential MBS as of the end of March. The banking industry’s MBS holdings in HTM/AFS portfolios rose 1.0 percent from the end of 2015, and they were up a substantial 5.2 percent from a year ago. It’s worth noting that total assets in the banking industry actually rose a bit faster, by 2.1 percent, dropping the MBS share of total assets down slightly to 10.2 percent. Unlike some quarters, when activity by one or two dominant banks accounts for most of the industry’s change, the first-quarter increase was...[Includes two data tables]


May 13, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Demand for Jumbo Mortgages in Secondary Market Seen as Strong, Just Not from MBS Investors

Issuance of jumbo MBS has fallen off since mortgage disclosure requirements set by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau took effect in October. While the slowdown in jumbo MBS issuance has been blamed on TRID, there still appears to be plenty of demand from secondary market investors for jumbo whole loans. Redwood Trust’s jumbo origination and sales volume has been humming along without much impact from the CFPB’s combined Truth in Lending Act and ...


April 22, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

BofA, Chase Differ on Loans Not Sold to GSEs

Bank of America and JPMorgan Chase are using somewhat different strategies for conforming mortgages eligible for sale to the government-sponsored enterprises. Both banks are originating significant amounts of conforming mortgages and retaining some of the loans in portfolio instead of delivering them to the GSEs. BofA said its mortgage-banking income has declined due to holding mortgages in portfolio while Chase sold some of the credit risk on its conforming mortgage ...


April 22, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Agency MBS Trading Hits Low for the Year; Is Liquidity an Issue or Is This the ‘New Normal’?

The average daily trading volume in agency MBS fell to $189.4 billion in March, the lowest reading of the year, and a sign that liquidity may still be an issue, depending on which seat you’re in. According to figures compiled by the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, the trading numbers for 2016, so far, haven’t exactly lit the world on fire. In January and February, the readings were $195.1 billion and $201.4 billion, respectively. Last year, the best reading was...


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