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September 12, 2014 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

G-Fees Seen as Poor Lever for Non-Agency Market

A wide range of mortgage industry participants cautioned the Federal Housing Finance Agency that increasing the guaranty fees charged by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac won’t necessarily prompt an increase in non-agency activity. In June, the FHFA solicited public input about what g-fee level would prompt investors in non-agency mortgage-backed securities to find it profitable to enter the market or prompt banks to hold conforming-balance mortgages in portfolio. “Policymakers should not assume that increases in g-fees alone will lead to a significant increase in private-label securities issuance,” said the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, which stressed that a number of factors beyond the pricing of agency mortgages are limiting non-agency activity.


September 12, 2014 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

FHFA Proposes Booting REITs From FHLBanks

The few real estate investment trusts that currently have access to advances from the Federal Home Loan Banks would lose their ability to tap the attractive funding source under a proposal last week from the Federal Housing Finance Agency. The FHFA said the proposed rule is necessary because REITs with captive insurance companies pose risks to the FHLBank system. “FHFA is taking these actions to address supervisory concerns about certain institutions that are ineligible for FHLBank membership, but that are using captive insurers as vehicles through which they can obtain FHLBank advances to fund their business operations,” the federal regulator said.


September 12, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

Experts Laud FHFA’s Plan for ‘Single Security,’ But Urge Agency to Arrive at the Goal Sooner

The Federal Housing Finance Agency’s “single security” proposal for generic Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac MBS is “well-thought out” and “worthy of serious consideration,” but the agency should pick up the pace in its implementation to avoid making the solution part of the problem, according to a paper by the Urban Institute. Laurie Goodman, director of the UI’s Housing Policy Center, and Lewis Ranieri, chairman of Ranieri Partners, expressed concern that the FHFA “may be contemplating a slower pace in the project than it warrants.” The FHFA last month issued...


September 11, 2014 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Nonbank Mortgage Company Capital Requirements Should Focus on Lending, Securitization, KBRA Says

Federal regulators should craft capital requirements for nonbank mortgage companies that emphasize areas of risk that demand adequate capital and profitability, such as lending and mortgage securitization, instead of areas that are more connected with operational efficiency and compliance, such as loan servicing, according to the Kroll Bond Rating Agency. The Federal Housing Finance Agency is trying to determine how much capital a nonbank mortgage company involved in lending, securitization and/or servicing needs in order to minimize the potential risk to the government-sponsored enterprises, while Ginnie Mae is researching the risk posed by nonbank issuers. “How much capital does a nonbank seller/servicer need...


September 11, 2014 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Trade Groups and Survivor MIs Call for Changes To PMIER Draft Rules, Warn of Adverse Effect

Concern about government-proposed capital rules for private mortgage insurers and their potentially negative effect on MI premiums has prompted loan guarantors and others to call for changes. The Mortgage Bankers Association, National Association of Realtors and several private MI companies have urged the Federal Housing Finance Agency to ease proposed capital requirements for private MIs. As written, the proposed rules could cause MI premiums to spike, making it more difficult for first-time homebuyers to purchase a home and for MIs to maintain market share, they warned. The draft Private Mortgage Insurer Eligibility Requirements (PMIERs) is...


September 11, 2014 - Inside Mortgage Finance

For Now, the FHFA Is All Alone in Its Stand Against Captive Insurers Gaining Access to the FHLB System

The Federal Housing Finance Agency appears to be all alone – for now – in its effort to prevent nonbanks from gaining access to the Federal Home Loan Bank system by using a captive insurance affiliate. The proposal would also change FHLBank membership rules for depository institutions. But already the proposed ban – issued for a 60-day comment period early last week – is coming under heavy fire from different factions of the mortgage industry, including the Council of Federal Home Loan Banks, real estate investment trusts and private-equity firms that own REIT stock. David Jeffers, executive vice president for the Council, said “widespread calls” for the comment period to be extended are...


September 11, 2014 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Industry Groups Agree FHFA Should Dump Planned GSE Guaranty Fee Increase, For Varying Reasons

The Federal Housing Finance Agency should abandon its proposed increase in guaranty fees charged by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, according to a number of industry groups. The Mortgage Bankers Association said in a comment letter that it opposes hikes in g-fees and loan-level price adjustments, noting that g-fees have become attractive to Congress as cash cow means for funding non-housing programs. “Clearly, the GSEs were undercapitalized...


September 11, 2014 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Growth in Subservicing Activity Begins to Ebb; Dovenmuehle and Cenlar Continue to Dominate

The volume of mortgages subserviced for others declined slightly in the second quarter, but still face bright prospects as many firms contemplate outsourcing the processing chore to specialists that can effectively handle an increasing array of compliance regulations. The nation’s three largest subservicers – Dovenmuehle, Cenlar and PHH Mortgage – had a combined subservicing market share of 55.8 percent at June 30, dominating the sector, according to exclusive survey figures compiled by Inside Mortgage Finance. On a sequential basis, Dovenmuehle grew...[Includes one data chart]


September 11, 2014 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Jumbo Originations Gain Ground in Second Quarter, But ‘Conforming-Jumbo’ Production Lags a Bit

Non-agency jumbo mortgage originations accounted for a historically high 19.4 percent of new lending during the first half of 2014, and the sector is steadily gaining ground, according to a new Inside Mortgage Finance analysis of big-ticket mortgage activity. During the second quarter of 2014, lenders originated an estimated $59.0 billion of mortgage loans that were too big to be financed through Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac or the FHA. That was up 34.1 percent from the first quarter, a noticeably bigger increase than the 25.5 percent jump in total mortgage originations for the period. Compared to last year, jumbo lending was...[Includes three data charts]


September 5, 2014 - Inside Mortgage Trends

FHFA IG Tells GSEs to Snitch on Bad Guys

The Inspector General of the Federal Housing Finance Agency has some sage advice for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac: the next time you suspect one of your seller/servicers is up to no good, tell their rival and their regulator. This type of wisdom – and more – is contained in a recent IG post-mortem report on one of the most spectacular mortgage failures of the past decade: Taylor, Bean & Whitaker, a large nonbank that collapsed in the late summer of 2009 after it was discovered ...


September 5, 2014 - Inside Mortgage Trends

GSE PMI Plan Would Increase Costs, Report Says

Some of the features of the Private Mortgage Insurance Eligibility Requirements recently put out by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the Federal Housing Finance Agency would probably increase costs and cyclicality in the mortgage and housing markets to an unnecessary degree, according to a new report by Moody’s Analytics and the Urban Institute. Study authors Mark Zandi and Cristian deRitis (Moody’s) and Jim Parrott (the Urban Institute) said the standards should succeed in ensuring that ...


September 5, 2014 - Inside The GSEs

Enterprise Endnotes

Fannie Announces Plans to Sell DC Headquarters, Office Consolidation. Fannie Mae told its employees last week that it plans to sell its iconic headquarters in Northwest Washington, DC, and consolidate its five area office locations into one over the next two to three years. Fannie, a ward of the government for six years, owns its headquarters at 3900 Wisconsin Ave., but leases other locations in the area. It also occupies 4000 Wisconsin Ave. The company has offices in Virginia, Texas and California. Employees outside of the Washington area will not be affected, a spokesman clarified.


September 5, 2014 - Inside The GSEs

FHFA Revises GSE Housing Goals Upward Through 2017

Fannie Mae’s and Freddie Mac’s regulator has proposed tougher GSE affordable housing goals for purchase mortgages in low-income areas. Issued last week by the Federal Housing Finance Agency, the proposal would increase some of the benchmark levels for Fannie’s and Freddie’s affordable housing goals through 2017, while also establishing new housing subgoals for low-income multifamily properties.


September 5, 2014 - Inside The GSEs

Goldman Settles FHFA MBS Suit, Remaining Banks Fail to Dismiss

HSBC Holdings is headed for trial later this month, absent a deal, after a New York federal judge rejected a last ditch effort by HSBC and Nomura Holdings to toss their mortgage-backed securities suit brought by the Federal Housing Finance Agency. U.S. District Judge Denise Cote’s ruling reaffirmed earlier rulings that the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 extended the time that the FHFA could file claims against a host of big banks.


September 5, 2014 - Inside The GSEs

MBA Opposes IG’s Proposed Accounting Solution to TBW Failure

The Mortgage Bankers Association is pushing back against proposed “costly and expensive” recommendations by the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s official watchdog that would likely not done much to prevent a multi-billion fraud scheme against the GSEs. The report by the FHFA’s Inspector General said regulators, counterparties and investigators missed the swindle perpetrated by the now-defunct Taylor, Bean & Whitaker Mortgage because they ignored various red flags.


September 5, 2014 - Inside The GSEs

Freddie Should Expand Reviews of Servicer Reimbursements, Says IG

Although Freddie Mac’s official watchdog found the GSE’s review process of servicer reimbursement claims to be “generally effective,” some tens of millions of dollars could be saved by scrutinizing servicer payments for costs incurred on loan defaults. According to an audit issued last week by the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s Inspector General, Freddie reimbursed 460 of its servicers $1.4 billion in 2013 but identified and denied $126 million in what the IG calls “erroneous” claims. The IG noted that Freddie’s top 10 servicers, relative to total reimbursements, accounted for 87 percent of all reimbursements made by Freddie in 2013.


September 5, 2014 - Inside The GSEs

FHFA-IG Help Wanted: Firearms-Proficient Criminal Investigator

The Inspector General of the Federal Housing Finance Agency is looking for a supervisory criminal investigator to work on what it calls “unique, complex and sensitive projects,” according to a recent employment ad posted on USAjobs.gov. The applicant, who must have a top secret security clearance, can earn anywhere from $134,000 to $227,000 per year. The in-house investigator would supervise the IG’s hotline team at least 25 percent of the time, and manage and maintain both the Computer Investigative Forensics Program and the National Firearms and Training Program of the department, among other duties.


September 5, 2014 - Inside The GSEs

Experts: FHFA’s Proposed MI Rules ‘Thoughtful’ But Need Work

The Federal Housing Finance Agency’s proposed tightening of rules for private mortgage insurers that do business with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac is a “thoughtful effort,” but “modest changes” are required, conclude a trio of economists in a paper issued last week. Moody’s Analytics’ Mark Zandi and Chris deRitis and the Urban Institute’s Jim Parrott said that the FHFA’s Private Mortgage Insurance Eligibility Requirements “should succeed” in ensuring that private MI are strong counterparties to the GSEs, while serving as “a much improved bulwark against excessive risk” in the system.


September 5, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

FHFA’s Goldman Sachs Deal Allows Firm to Recoup Losses; FDIC Too Late to Sue Deutsche, Credit Suisse

The legal settlement between Goldman Sachs and the Federal Housing Finance Agency over soured non-agency MBS sold to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac featured an unusual buyback of the securities by the investment bank. It leaves just three big defendants left to settle or go to trial, legal observers note. Under the terms of the settlement announced Aug. 22, Goldman is required to pay $3.15 billion to repurchase securities that were the subject of the claims in the FHFA’s lawsuit. The economic value of the settlement is estimated...


September 4, 2014 - Inside Mortgage Finance

FHFA Sets Fannie, Freddie Affordable Housing Goals Through 2017, Requests Public Comment

The Federal Housing Finance Agency last week proposed increasing some of the benchmark levels for Fannie Mae’s and Freddie Mac’s affordable housing goals through 2017, while also establishing new housing subgoals for low-income multifamily properties. The proposed rule – which requests public comment – presents three alternatives for determining whether a government-sponsored enterprise has met the congressionally mandated single-family housing goals for 2015-2017. The first option would keep...


September 4, 2014 - Inside Mortgage Finance

FHA Eliminates Post-Payment Interest Rate Charges, Revises ARM ‘Look-Back’ Period and Disclosures

The FHA will no longer allow lenders to charge interest payments previously owed beyond the date the FHA mortgage was paid in full – a policy change that could help borrowers save some money. Currently, lenders can charge interest on FHA loans through the end of the month when they are paid off. The new rule is effective for loans paid off on or after Jan. 21, 2015. The policy change responds...


September 4, 2014 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Banks Report Mixed Results from Mortgage Banking Activities Halfway Through 2014

Banks’ mortgage banking efforts through two quarters in 2014 pale in comparison to the first half of last year, though income and other metrics improved in the second quarter, according to an analysis of call report data by Inside Mortgage Trends, an affiliated newsletter. Banks had a total of $4.91 billion in mortgage banking income in the second quarter, up 45.5 percent from the first three months of the year. However, mortgage banking income was well below levels seen in the first half of 2013, before the most recent refinance boom ground to a halt. Banks had...


September 4, 2014 - Inside Mortgage Finance

IG: Freddie Could Save Millions by Expanding Reviews of Servicer Reimbursement Claims

Freddie Mac could save millions of dollars a year in faulty reimbursement payouts to its servicers by investing additional resources in a wider selection of reviews, according to an audit issued last week by the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s Office of Inspector General. In 2013, Freddie reimbursed 460 of its servicers $1.4 billion but identified and denied $126 million in what the IG calls “erroneous” claims. The IG noted that Freddie’s top 10 servicers, relative to total reimbursements, accounted for 87 percent of all reimbursements made by Freddie in 2013. Servicers of Freddie and Fannie Mae loans often maintain...


August 22, 2014 - Inside The GSEs

Report: Don’t Expect GSE Reform Until At Least 2016

There is little to no chance of legislative GSE reform occurring until at least 2016, so market participants should plan accordingly, predicted a report issued last week. Despite two separate bills awaiting a floor vote in both the House and Senate, Kroll Bond Rating Agency said there’s little chance housing reform legislation will garner enough support to pass until after the next presidential election.


August 22, 2014 - Inside The GSEs

FHFA Seeks Feedback on Proposed Strategic Plan for 2015-2019

Fannie Mae’s and Freddie Mac’s conservator and the regulator of the Federal Home Loan Bank system is requesting input on its strategic plan for the next four years. The Federal Housing Finance Agency is seeking feedback on its draft document “FHFA Strategic Plan: Fiscal Years 2015-2019.” The plan sets the agency’s priorities in its oversight of the two GSEs and the 12 FHLBanks. The plan lists three strategic goals: ensure safe and sound regulated entities; ensure liquidity, stability and access in housing finance; manage the enterprises' ongoing conservatorships.


August 22, 2014 - Inside The GSEs

IG Dings FHFA for Lax Oversight of Fannie Short Sales Closed at Loss

Delegated servicers hired by Fannie Mae failed on numerous occasions to close short sales at the authorized price, according to a new audit from the Inspector General of the Federal Housing Finance Agency. The IG also found that a Fannie Mae remediation plan does not hold servicers fully accountable for the resulting losses. Issued late last week, the IG audit focused on the effectiveness of the FHFA’s oversight and Fannie’s controls over delegated servicers to ensure that net proceeds for short sales met the authorized reserve established by Fannie. The IG found that both the GSE and its regulator came up short.


August 22, 2014 - Inside The GSEs

FHFA’s Proposed G-fee Increase Enjoys Little Industry Support

As the Federal Housing Finance Agency mulls over a proposed increase in fees charged by the GSEs to provide guarantees on mortgage-backed securities, so far those advocating for a g-fee hike remain in the minority. The Securities Industry and Financial Markets isn’t flatly opposed to an increase in g-fees under certain conditions but policy makers should “consider the broader context” in which the guaranty fee will be raised.


August 22, 2014 - Inside The GSEs

FHLBank of Atlanta Joins Mortgage Partnership Finance Program

Last week’s announcement by the Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta that it would participate in the Mortgage Partnership Finance program, which is managed by the FHLBank of Chicago, “closes the circle” by ensuring that all 12 FHLBanks now are part of a mortgage securitization program, according to an industry observer. …


August 22, 2014 - Inside The GSEs

New Suit By Common GSE Investors Seeks Injunction of Profit Sweep

Pershing Square Capital Management – reportedly the largest investor in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac common shares – filed two separate lawsuits last week demanding the federal government cease and desist its “net worth sweep” of GSE profits. The New York hedge fund contends that the government’s action not only illegally shortchanges investors of the GSEs’ common, it also amounts to a de facto liquidation of the two firms, according to its first complaint filed with the U.S. Court of Claims in Washington. The first complaint lists the U.S. as a defendant, as well as Fannie and Freddie as nominal defendants.


August 22, 2014 - Inside The GSEs

GSE Shareholder Group Calls on FHFA to End Conservatorship

The head of a group of disenfranchised Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac investors has called on Federal Housing Finance Agency Director Mel Watt to end conservatorship of the two GSEs and undo what stakeholders consider the illegal government “net worth sweep” of Fannie and Freddie profits. Tim Pagliara, executive director of Investors Unite, followed Watt to Atlanta to seek a meeting with and to put pressure on the director to acknowledge the concerns of GSE shareholders.


August 22, 2014 - Inside The GSEs

FHFA Proposed Single GSE Security First Step Toward ‘Fannie Mac’?

The Federal Housing Finance Agency’s request for public comments last week on the structure for a proposed GSE security has some industry insiders wondering if this is the prelude to the eventual consolidation of “Fannie Mac.” The implementation of the single security issued and guaranteed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac would be part of a “multi-year initiative” to build a common securitization platform.


August 15, 2014 - Inside FHA Lending

Private MIs, VA Overtake Faltering FHA Program

Weighed down by high premium costs and lender overlays, FHA lost more primary market share to private mortgage insurers and the Department of Veterans Affairs during the second quarter of 2014. Although June’s FHA endorsement numbers have not yet been released, the trend seen in April through May, along with Ginnie Mae securitization data, suggest that FHA business was up a modest 11.5 percent from the first quarter. But that increase provides no comfort to FHA, which saw its market share go down to 33.7 percent, a six-year low. From April to May, FHA forward endorsements rose by 2.4 percent to $10.61 billion. On a year-over-year basis, however, endorsements were down from $21.9 billion in May 2013, according to an Inside FHA Lending analysis of agency data. On the other hand, private MI companies reported a total of $44.19 billion of new insurance written (NIW) during the ... [2 charts]


August 15, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

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...


August 15, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

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...


August 8, 2014 - Inside The GSEs

GSE MBS Business Activity Rises Month-to-Month in July

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac issued $57.9 billion in single-family mortgage-backed securities during the month of July, a 12 percent increase from June, continuing an off-and-on monthly rebound that started in April, according to a new Inside The GSEs analysis.However, MBS issuance through the first seven months of 2014 was down 59.0 percent from the same period a year ago Top-ranked Wells Fargo’s Fannie and Freddie securitization, at $7.91 billion, rose by 8.5 percent on a monthly basis but dropped 71.6 percent year-to-date.


August 8, 2014 - Inside The GSEs

Fannie, Freddie Post ‘Normal’ 2Q Profit Minus One-Time Boosters

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac reported a combined $5.0 billion in net income during the second quarter of 2014, down 46.2 percent from the first three months of the year. Compared to the first half of 2013, GSE profits were down nearly 82 percent, though both companies posted strong earnings during the three-month period ending June 30, 2014. Both GSEs are coming off a banner 2013 when each company’s earnings were super-charged by several one-time items – including the capture of each company’s deferred tax allowance, and numerous non-agency lawsuit settlements.


August 8, 2014 - Inside The GSEs

Enterprise Endnotes

Freddie Announces 9th Multifamily Securities Offering of 2014, K-F04. Freddie Mac announced this week a new offering of Structured Pass-Through Certificates or K Certificates, backed exclusively by LIBOR-based, floating-rate multifamily mortgages with five- and seven-year terms. The GSE expects to offer approximately $1.2 billion in K Certificates, which priced on Aug. 6 and is expected to settle on or about August 25. This is Freddie’s ninth K Certificate offering this year. The GSE said it also reached an important milestone of securitizing more than $80 billion in multifamily mortgages through its K-Deal program.


August 8, 2014 - Inside The GSEs

FHFA, Goldman Talking Deal After Judge Rules in Part For Agency

It could cost Goldman Sachs between $800 million and $1.25 billion to resolve government claims that it sold faulty mortgage-backed securities to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac leading up to the financial crisis, according to recent reports. Goldman Sachs is currently negotiating with the Federal Housing Finance Agency, which has recovered approximately $16.1 billion in agreements with other banks with respect to legacy MBS sold to the GSEs.In September 2011, the FHFA filed 18 separate lawsuits against some of the nation’s biggest banks, accusing them of misrepresenting some $180 billion in toxic subprime MBS.


August 8, 2014 - Inside The GSEs

Experts: Buybacks Will Continue As GSE Regulators ‘Emboldened’

Mortgage buybacks and indemnifications may be off their peak in terms of volume, but they are widely expected to continue for the foreseeable future, especially for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac loans, according to experts during a webinar sponsored by Inside Mortgage Finance Publications last week. Amanda Raines, a partner in the Washington, DC, office of the BuckleySandler law firm, told webinar participants that more buybacks are definitely on the way. On the Fannie /Freddie front, the attorney pointed out that despite recent settlements, the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s Office of Inspector General encouraged the continued pursuit of buyback claims and repurchase rights.


August 8, 2014 - Inside The GSEs

FHFA Extends GSE Guaranty Fee Input Deadline Until Sept. 8

Less than a week before its deadline, the Federal Housing Finance Agency announced last week that it is extending the comment period for guaranty fees charged by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. In June, the FHFA issued a call for public comment on how the GSEs should calculate g-fees and whether the Finance Agency should proceed with a 10 basis point g-fee hike announced last year. In one of his first acts as FHFA Director in January, Mel Watt ordered the g-fee hike postponed pending further study.


August 8, 2014 - Inside The GSEs

Pressure Mounting on FHFA to Lift GSE Principal Reduction Ban

Federal Housing Finance Agency Director Mel Watt so far is holding the line on Fannie Mae’s and Freddie Mac’s blanket prohibition on principal reduction, but mounting pressure from progressives in and out of Congress have industry observers predicting a policy shift soon. Since taking office as the FHFA’s head in January, former Rep. Mel Watt, D-NC, has so far been a disappointment to his former Democrat colleagues and advocates who believed he would reverse the agency’s principal reduction stance set by former Acting Director Edward DeMarco.


August 8, 2014 - Inside The GSEs

Judge Orders BofA to Pay $1.27B For ‘Hustle’ of Fannie, Freddie

A federal judge in Manhattan last week ordered Bank of America to pay a $1.27 billion penalty for losses suffered by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac from Countrywide Financial’s “Hustle” program for pumping dubious Alt A loans to the GSEs. The bank also is reportedly nearing a settlement with the Justice Department over other charges. Last October, the DOJ and the Securities and Exchange Commission successfully proved in court that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac lost some $850 million from thousands of loans acquired through Countrywide’s “high-speed swim lane” program – known as HSSL or “Hustle.”


August 8, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

Trustees Ask Court to Clear $4.5 Billion Settlement With Chase, Goldman Sachs Faces $1.2 Billion Hit

Mortgage trustees are still awaiting state court approval of a $4.5 billion settlement with JPMorgan Chase in relation to faulty residential MBS issued by the bank and the now-defunct Bear Stearns between 2005 and 2008. If approved by the New York State Supreme Court, the agreement would resolve representation and warranty claims as well as servicing claims related to loans in 330 mortgage securitization trusts, as well as claims over document delivery. In addition, the bank agreed to change its servicing procedures with respect to mortgage loans in the trusts. The proposed settlement does not resolve...


August 8, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

Freddie Sells $659M of ‘Deeply’ Delinquent Loans; First Transaction From Nonperforming Portfolio

Freddie Mac late last week revealed that it sold a $659 million package of what it calls “deeply” delinquent loans from its investment portfolio – a first for the government-sponsored enterprise. Co-advisers on the competitive bid auction include Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Credit Suisse Securities. Freddie noted that the sale was conducted at the end of July “and executed indirectly through Bank of America affiliates.” However, the GSE declined to identify the buyer or provide any pricing information. “The transaction was...


August 7, 2014 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Des Moines, Seattle FHLBanks Talking Merger, Combo Bank Would Be Largest Within System

Two of the 12 Federal Home Loan Banks announced last week they are deep into merger talks that, if consummated, would create the largest single entity within the FHLBank system. The proposed merger of the FHLBank of Des Moines and the smaller, troubled FHLBank of Seattle would create an institution with more than 1,500 member financial institutions in 13 states and three U.S. territories in the Pacific Ocean. “A detailed due diligence process is...


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