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June 24, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

S&P Claimed Top Billing in Rating Non-Mortgage ABS In 1Q16, Fitch Was Most Active in Non-Agency MBS

Standard & Poor’s lost a little market share in the business of rating non-mortgage ABS during the first quarter of 2016, but the firm still was the most active player in the market, according to a new ranking by Inside MBS & ABS. S&P rated 58.4 percent of the $41.42 billion of non-mortgage ABS issued in early 2016, down from its 61.5 percent share for all of last year and its 64.1 percent share back in 2014. The company’s strong suit was in vehicle-finance ABS, where it rated 64.7 percent of the market, by dollar volume. While S&P’s share was up slightly in a few categories, its stake in the credit card ABS segment fell...[Includes two data tables]


June 24, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

SFIG Publishes Standards to Help Non-Agency MBS Market Address TRID Issues, But CFPB Guidance Seen as Critical

The Structured Finance Industry Group late last week published a final draft of the standards for due diligence firms to use when testing loans for compliance with the Truth in Lending Act/Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act disclosure rule. “The underlying premise of this documentation is to establish a best practices approach to pre-securitization testing logic that will drive the due diligence conducted by third-party review firms,” SFIG said. The RMBS 3.0 TRID Compliance Review Scope documentation addresses...


June 17, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

USDA Securitization Down in 1Q16, Agency to Lower Premium, Fees

Ginnie Mae securitization of rural home loans got off to a wobbly start in the first quarter of 2016 as securitization volume fell 13.8 percent from the prior quarter, according to an Inside FHA/VA Lending analysis of Ginnie data. Approximately $3.9 billion in loans with a USDA guarantee were securitized during the first three months, with the top five issuers accounting for $2.1 billion of mortgage-backed securities produced by the segment during the period. USDA securitization volume dropped 9.2 percent year over year. Top USDA issuer Chase Home Finance accounted for $1.2 billion of securitized rural housing loans, while PennyMac, in distant second place, finished the quarter with $378.5 million. Wells Fargo ($294.0 million), Pacific Union Financial ($122.8 million) and Amerihome Mortgage ($102.2 million), in sequential order, comprised the rest of the top five issuers. Pacific Union climbed over ...


June 17, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Banks Have Many Incentives to Hold Mortgages in Portfolio Instead of Following Chase’s Non-Agency MBS Blueprint

A $1.98 billion non-agency MBS issued by JPMorgan Chase Bank in April prompted interest from a wide variety of industry participants, but other big banks appear unlikely to issue similar deals, according to analysts at Moody’s Investors Service. Moody’s was one of the firms to place AAA ratings on Chase Mortgage Trust 2016-1. The deal was unique in that 74.0 percent of the 5,353 mortgages in the MBS were eligible for sale to the government-sponsored enterprises. And it was...


June 10, 2016 - Inside The GSEs

DBRS Analysis Shows GSE Credit-Risk Transfers Performed Well

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac credit-risk transfer transactions have evolved since they were introduced in late 2012, according to a recent report by DBRS. The rating service analyzed Fannie’s Connecticut Avenue Securities and Freddie’s Structured Agency Credit Risk transactions and concluded that they have performed well with low delinquencies. DBRS attributed the strong performance to “prudent underwriting, the GSEs’ solid seller and servicer approval process and ...


June 10, 2016 - Inside The GSEs

Fannie Releases Re-performing Loan Data Ahead of Securitization

In anticipation of plans to securitize loans that had been previously delinquent, this week Fannie Mae announced that it will release historical data on some 700,000 re-performing loans. The release, scheduled for July, will include updated credit scores and loan-to-value ratios at issuance. This coincides with Fannie’s efforts to become more transparent and give the market the ability to analyze how these re-performing loans, or RPLs, have performed over ...


June 10, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

CMBS Loss Severities Dip in First Quarter, But Are Still Higher Than Historical Average, Moody’s Finds

The weighted average loan loss severity for U.S. commercial MBS was 49.3 percent for the 139 loans liquidated in the first three months of 2016, versus 58.2 percent for 240 loans liquidated in the last three months of 2015, which was the highest quarterly loss severity since 2010, Moody’s Investors Service said in a new quarterly report. However, “In both quarters, severities topped the weighted average of 42.8 percent for loans liquidated between Jan. 1, 2000, and March 31, 2016,” the ratings service added. The Moody’s report tracks...


June 10, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Jumbo MBS Issuance Resumes Even as Industry Waits for Formal Guidance on TRID from CFPB

The so-called TRID-lock seen in the jumbo MBS market since October appears to be easing as both Redwood Trust and JPMorgan Chase have come to market with deals that include some loans with compliance problems. Before this week, only one jumbo MBS included mortgages subject to TRID, a deal from Two Harbors Investment in March. Many industry participants blamed...


June 10, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Fannie Details Types of Loans that Will be Included In New MBS Backed by Re-Performing Mortgages

Fannie Mae plans to start issuing MBS backed by single-family, fixed-rate re-performing mortgages later this year. This week, the government-sponsored enterprise detailed some of the types of loans that will be included in the planned issuance. Both loans that cured on their own and mortgages that received a modification will be eligible for the new RPL securitization program. Among other factors, the mortgages must have been performing for at least six months. Loans modified via the Home Affordable Modification Program will be eligible for the MBS along with loans modified through the GSE’s proprietary mod programs. A number of different loan types will be excluded...


June 10, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Fitch Says Thin Track Record Caps Rating For New Nonprime MBS Issued by Lone Star

A $161.71 million MBS planned by Lone Star Funds backed by newly originated nonprime mortgages received an A rating this week from DBRS and Fitch Ratings. The deal is the first post-crisis nonprime MBS to receive a credit rating and it will be the largest post-crisis nonprime MBS issued to date. The rating services stressed that while the mortgages originated by Lone Star’s Caliber Home Loans are generally nonprime, the underwriting on the loans is relatively strong. However, Fitch said it capped the rating at A due to the limited nonprime performance of Caliber and Hudson Americas, the asset manager for the MBS. “As more post-crisis non-prime performance is established while upholding appropriate controls, Fitch will consider...


June 3, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Firm Allegedly Scammed GNMA, Executives to Pay $12.7 M to SEC

A California-based mortgage lender and six senior executives have agreed to pay $12.7 million to the Securities and Exchange Commission to resolve allegations they schemed to defraud investors in the sale of residential mortgage-backed securities with a Ginnie Mae guarantee. The SEC complaint alleged that, from March 2011 to March 2015, Ginnie Mae issuer First Mortgage Corp. and its top executives pulled current performing loans out of Ginnie Mae MBS. The issuer falsely claimed that the loans were delinquent so that it could recycle them as newly issued MBS and sell them at a profit. FMC allegedly issued Ginnie Mae MBS prospectuses with false and misleading information by using a Ginnie Mae rule that allowed issuers to repurchase seriously delinquent loans. In addition, the SEC complaint alleged that FMC deliberately delayed depositing checks from borrowers who had been behind on ...


June 3, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

FHA Securitization Spikes in 1Q16, VA Activity Drops Year-over-Year

FHA originations rose significantly in the first quarter of 2016 from the same period last year even as VA loan production decreased slightly, according to an analysis of Ginnie Mae data. Lenders delivered $54.4 billion of FHA-insured loans to Ginnie Mae for securitization during the first three months, up 36.2 percent from the previous year. In contrast, the volume of VA loans securitized over the same period, $35.0 billion, fell 1.5 percent compared to the same period a year ago. A strong purchase-mortgage market drove FHA activity from January to March. The reduction in FHA’s annual insurance premium in January 2015 continued to have an impact on FHA’s purchase-loan market share. In 2015, FHA purchase originations accounted for $151.0 billion of the estimated $881.0 billion in total purchase originations (conventional and government single-family forward originations), according to ... [ 2 charts ]


June 3, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Redwood Prepares to End Drought of New Jumbo MBS in Deal Backed by TRID Loans

Redwood Trust is preparing to issue a $344.89 million jumbo mortgage-backed security next week, according to a presale report from Kroll Bond Rating Agency. Most of the mortgages in the planned deal are subject to the TRID mortgage disclosure rule. The combined Truth in Lending Act/Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act rule from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau took effect in early October. Since then, only one jumbo MBS has included TRID loans ...


June 3, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

MBS Backed By Dutch Mortgages First to Receive ‘Green Bond Assessment’ for Energy Efficient Houses

Moody’s Investors Service assigned its first “Green Bond Assessment” last week to an MBS backed by Dutch mortgages that were selected on the basis of the underlying properties’ energy efficiency. The rating service said it expects future “green transactions” from issuers such as financial institutions and governments. “Green bonds” are securities that raise capital for use in financing or refinancing projects and activities with specific climate or environmental sustainability purposes. Moody’s said green bonds include securitizations collateralized by projects or assets whose cash flows provide the first source of repayment, debt obligations with direct recourse to issuers and project finance or revenue bonds. Green Storm 2016 B.V. received...


May 20, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Clayton Receives First Rating as MBS Deal Agent

Clayton Holdings was rated as a deal agent for non-agency mortgage-backed securities last week. The rating by Morningstar Credit Ratings was the first formal assessment of a deal agent, a role aimed at improving protections for investors in new non-agency MBS. Morningstar also assessed Clayton as a representation-and-warranty reviewer, assigning ratings of MOR RV2 for both functions. The firm’s rating scale ranges from RV1 to RV4 and Morningstar said it is the only ...


May 20, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

SFIG’s TRID Effort Viewed Favorably

The proposed standards drafted by the Structured Finance Industry Group regarding mortgage disclosure rules will help address issues in the non-agency market, according to investors and rating services. Moody’s Investors Service hosted a meeting last week with a group of investors, issuers and others involved in non-agency MBS. Among other issues, the group discussed the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s combined Truth in Lending Act and the ...


May 20, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Payout from $8.5 Billion BofA Settlement Cleared, UBS Seeks MBS Suit Dismissal, Court Favors Trustee

After nearly five years of legal entanglements, investors will soon receive their share of the $8.5 billion Bank of America agreed to pay in June 2011 to resolve legacy mortgage-repurchase and servicing claims associated with Countrywide Financial Corp. The payouts were delayed by legal wrangling over whether trustee Bank of New York Mellon had the authority to settle. Last year, the New York Supreme Court ruled in the trustee’s favor, and a state court judge recently approved the severance order and partial final judgment, which cleared the way for BNYM to begin distributing the settlement proceeds from 512 of the 530 trusts in the case. Twenty-two investors that suffered significant losses for their failed investment in MBS sold by Countrywide prior to the collapse of the housing market are...


May 13, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Single-Family Rental Vacancies Down, Delinquencies Remain Low, But Expiring Leases May Change That

Single-family rental properties are still enjoying a downward trend in vacancies as well as low delinquencies, according to a new report from Morningstar Credit Ratings. However, with more leases set to expire in coming months, vacancy rates may begin to increase. “Vacancy rates have trended lower for the sixth consecutive month,” Morningstar analysts said in their new report. “However, we may see a reversal in this trend in the coming months, given ...


May 13, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Re-Performing Transactions Look Good, In Line With Expectations, Fitch Ratings Says

The track record of U.S. re-performing loan MBS transactions rated by Fitch Ratings is pretty much what the ratings service expected, and somewhat better than other deals that were not rated, analysts at Fitch said in a new report. “While still very early, the rated transactions issued since 2014 have performed within initial expectations, reflecting positive selection of the borrowers included in the mortgage pools, extensive up-front diligence and supportive transaction structures,” ...


May 13, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

SFIG’s Draft Standards Regarding TRID Seen as ‘Adequate’ to Address Risks to Non-Agency MBS

Draft standards proposed by the Structured Finance Industry Group to address TRID mortgage disclosure issues adequately address the risks posed to non-agency MBS, according to Moody’s Investors Service. The rating service published a detailed analysis of SFIG’s draft proposal this week. On March 18, SFIG proposed a draft standardized approach to the scope of review for exceptions to the combined Truth in Lending Act and Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act ...


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