Bank Profitability

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August 28, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Trends

MBA Pushes Back on Basel Interest Rate Proposal

A proposal from the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision regarding banks’ interest rate risk includes provisions that would be “a step backward,” according to the Mortgage Bankers Association. In June, the BCBS issued a consultative document on the risk management, capital treatment and supervision of interest rate risk in its banking book. The committee of 28 regulatory bodies, including the United States, said the proposal aims to ...

August 28, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Banks Report Huge Increase in Mortgage-Banking Income During Second Quarter

Commercial banks and thrifts reported a hefty increase in profits from their mortgage-banking operations during the second quarter of 2015, according to a new Inside Mortgage Trends analysis of call reports. The industry generated $6.09 billion in mortgage-banking income during the second quarter, a 52.2 percent improvement over the first three months of the year. It was the highest income for the banking industry since the second quarter of 2013, when ... [Includes one data chart]

August 7, 2015 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Flagstar Sees Success in Addressing Vintage IOs

Flagstar Bancorp held a portfolio of $1.56 billion in interest-only mortgages at the end of 2011, with payments for many of the borrowers set to double in the coming years. A year ago, officials at the bank were touting its efforts to work with borrowers to limit the payment shock that kicks in when IOs reset and they have to start repaying principal. While those efforts continue, Flagstar has also sold more than half of its IO holdings, seeing strong demand from ...

August 7, 2015 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Jumbo Originations Surge, Fierce Competition on Pricing, Underwriting

Originations of jumbo mortgages continued to increase in the second quarter of 2015 and lenders are chasing volume by lowering interest rates and loosening underwriting standards. Some $93.0 billion in jumbos were originated in the second quarter, according to estimates by Inside Nonconforming Markets. Halfway through 2015, originations totaled an estimated $163.0 billion, up 58.3 percent compared with the mid-point of 2014. Banks continue to ... [Includes one data chart]

July 30, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Top Banks Continue Backpedaling From Mortgage Servicing in 2Q15, Nonbanks Mostly Fill the Void

There are plenty of mortgage servicers that are building their portfolios in a market that is merely treading water, but many of the biggest players in the business continued to ease back from the business during the second quarter of 2015. As a group, the top five servicers still accounted for an impressive 40.1 percent of the mortgage servicing market, but their combined portfolio – $3.943 trillion at the end of June – shrank by 3.3 percent during the second quarter. In March, the top five accounted for 41.4 percent of the market, and at the midway point in 2014 they held a combined 44.1 percent share. Four of the top five contracted...[Includes two data tables]

July 24, 2015 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Banks Continue to See Benefits of Holding Originations, Including Some Non-Jumbos

Banks with significant portfolio capacity continue to stock up on mortgages because they offer strong returns and can help efforts to cross-sell other products. While most of the mortgages being added to portfolios are jumbos, in some instances banks are retaining conventional mortgages. JPMorgan Chase reported that it added mortgages with a balance of $19.0 billion to its portfolio holdings during the second quarter of 2015. Marianne Lake, chief financial officer at the bank ...

July 23, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Finance

A Sign of Looser Credit: Nonbanks Make Mortgages To Foreclosed Borrowers, Sell the Loans to Banks

A handful of nonbank lenders are stepping up to the plate, offering mortgages to borrowers who are just one day removed from a foreclosure or short sale. But there’s a catch: many of the lenders willing to extend such credit want at least 20 percent down. Also, as it turns out, the trend is being funded by commercial banks that are serving as the end investors in the product. Two banks – one in California and one in New York – were identified...


During the first half of 2015 all residential lenders originated a better-than-expected $805 billion of home mortgages, according to Inside Mortgage Finance. What do you expect in the second half?

Just as good. We like what we’re seeing.
Better. Applications are strong.
Worse. We’re worried about rates, seasonality.
A lot worse. The fourth quarter could be a killer.

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