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April 18, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

Judge Denies S&P’s Motion to Split DOJ MBS Fraud Case, Allows Discovery; BofA Pays $950M to Settle With FGIC

Standard & Poor’s earned a split decision this week in its counter-offensive against the federal government’s civil fraud lawsuit filed last year, which the rating agency claims is payback for its August 2011 downgrade of the U.S.’ ‘AAA’ credit rating. The Justice Department in February 2013 filed a $5.0 billion lawsuit against S&P accusing it of knowingly inflating its ratings of residential MBS and collateralized debt obligations to boost its revenue and market share in the years leading up to the 2008 financial crisis. On Tuesday, a federal judge in the U.S. District Court in Santa Ana, CA, denied...

April 18, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

Market for US Dollar-Denominated Residential MBS From Foreign Countries Faltered in 2013, But Some Issuers Persist

Issuance of residential MBS from foreign countries aimed at investors in the U.S. dwindled in 2013 after a few years when it surpassed new issuance of domestic jumbo deals. Activity in the market for U.S. dollar-denominated foreign MBS has picked up somewhat this year due to issuance out of Australia. Some $1.63 billion in U.S. dollar-denominated foreign residential MBS was issued in 2013, according to the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, a significant decline from the $10.70 billion in such issuance in 2012. The market for foreign residential MBS aimed at U.S. investors has been strong since the end of 2009, with $21.10 billion in such issuance in 2010 and $32.68 billion in issuance in 2011. After the financial crisis, issuance of U.S. dollar-denominated foreign MBS outpaced...

April 18, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

Despite Modest Rebound in Jumbo Issuance, Non-Agency MBS Starts 2014 on Life Support

The sputtering non-agency MBS market generated just $2.59 billion in new issuance during the first three months of 2014, one of the lowest quarterly marks since the market imploded in late 2007. New issuance in the first quarter was down 44.1 percent from the already-weak level in the fourth quarter of 2013, and it was off 65.6 percent from the same period a year ago. There was...[Includes two data charts]

April 11, 2014 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Jumbo MBS Treatment of Expenses a Concern

Variations on the treatment of extraordinary expenses in jumbo mortgage-backed securities have prompted the rating services to alert investors. A warning on this issue last week by Fitch Ratings follows similar concerns raised by other rating services. Extraordinary expenses in non-agency MBS can be caused by legal claims against the trust, costs associated with a third-party reviews to identify representation-and-warranty breaches, and costs related arbitration, among other issues ...

April 10, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

Federal Reserve Survey Respondents Report Rising Interest in Residential Non-Agency MBS

Credit officers over the past three months reported an increased demand for non-agency MBS, suggesting that private capital could be flowing more freely through the U.S. housing market, according to a Federal Reserve survey released last week. The Fed’s Senior Credit Officer Opinion Survey on Dealer Financing Terms for March 2014 found little change in the credit terms among the 22 participating institutions, with the exception of securities financing, where nearly one-half of dealers reported a hike in demand for funding non-agency residential MBS. “Dealers assessed...

April 10, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

Change to Rating Criteria for Servicer Advance ABS And Potential Downgrades Could Disrupt Issuance

Standard & Poor’s announced late last week that it placed 96 ratings from 20 servicer-advance ABS on watch for a potential downgrade and the rating service plans changes to its rating criteria for servicer-advance ABS. Industry analysts suggest that the actions could disrupt the market for servicer-advance ABS, as S&P has been the dominant rating service in the sector. S&P said downgrades on servicer-advance ABS are possible because the analysis that accompanied ratings on certain deals didn’t consider subordinated interest amounts as part of the ratable promise. “The CreditWatch placements reflect...

April 10, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

Outlook for Equipment-Backed ABS Market Is Favorable, Strong Performance Expected in 2014

The equipment-backed ABS sector will likely have another good year this year, and investor interest remains strong, according to a senior analyst at the DBRS credit rating service. “For the equipment finance industry in 2014, we are moderately optimistic,” Chuck Weilamann, senior vice president at DBRS, said during a teleconference last week. “We’ve certainly seen delinquencies and charge-offs hit lows, with a five-year low achieved in 2013.” Not surprisingly, DBRS made...

March 28, 2014 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Rating Services to Increase Lender Scrutiny

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s ability-to-repay requirements and standards for qualified mortgages will prompt greater rating-service scrutiny of lenders that participate in the non-agency mortgage-backed security market. Fitch Ratings noted last week that its new criteria for non-agency MBS with mortgages that have loan applications that were received on or after Jan. 10 will require additional analysis, including an expanded review of underwriting processes ...

March 28, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

S&P Tops in Ranking Non-Agency MBS In 2013, Fitch First in Non-Mortgage ABS

Standard & Poor’s rated $11.72 billion of non-agency MBS issued in 2013, making it the most active rating service in the market by dollar volume, although DBRS rated considerably more deals, according to a new ranking and analysis by Inside MBS & ABS. In its heyday, S&P used to rate more than 90 percent of new issuance of non-agency MBS, but in 2013 it accounted for just 40.0 percent of the market by dollar volume. DBRS wasn’t too far behind with a 36.0 percent share, followed by Kroll Ratings and Fitch Ratings. Moody’s Investors Service rated...[Includes two data charts]

March 28, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

Another SFR MBS Hits the Market, But Investors Grow Leary of the Sector; Concerns Surface on Vacancies

Colony American Homes has come to market with a $513.6 million security backed by single-family rental homes, but some players in the space are starting to wonder if the returns on the bond will be anything special. Moody’s Investors Service and Kroll Bond Rating Agency rated the deal, which marks the second SFR securitization in four months. The other was a $479 million deal from Deutsche Bank and the Blackstone Group, which turned out to be oversubscribed. KBRA’s ratings on the Colony bond range...

March 28, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

Looking for Higher Yield, Investors Expect To Increase Their Holdings of Esoteric ABS

Investors plan to increase their holdings in what are known as esoteric ABS – such as container, timeshare, whole business and franchise loans, structured settlements and solar and renewables – more so than consumer or commercial ABS, according to a new survey from the DBRS credit rating agency. Higher-yield opportunities are likely a key reason investors will look toward esoteric assets in a period of exceptionally low interest rates, the survey found. “Over the next 12 months, market participants are...[Includes two data charts]

March 27, 2014 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Carrington Tests Low-FICO Market, But Skeptics Suggest It’s More Marketing Than Substance

Carrington Mortgage made a big splash this week, unveiling a plan to offer to fund FHA loans for borrowers with credit scores as low as 550, but already some skeptics are openly questioning just how many such loans Carrington – or any company – can produce. Carrington Executive Vice President Ray Brousseau declined to estimate production. The company’s minimum FICO score for FHA loans had been 580. The expanded FHA program will be...[Includes one data chart]

March 21, 2014 - Inside The GSEs

Fannie, Freddie Refi Deliveries Continue to Decline in February

A continued decline in GSE refinances, in concert with faltering purchase activity midway through the first quarter, helped contribute to an overall drop in the volume of single-family mortgages securitized by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in February. Fannie and Freddie issued $44.6 billion in single-family mortgage-backed securities in February, a 5.1 percent decline from January and a steeper 62.0 percent drop for the first two months of 2014 compared to the same period in the previous year.

March 21, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

Rating Services Requiring Higher Credit Enhancement for Non-QMs, Pushing Non-Agency MBS Issuers Toward QMs

The securitized mortgage market appears to be destined to be dominated by mortgages that meet the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s qualified-mortgage standards. Criteria from the rating services gives favorable treatment to QMs, while Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are avoiding non-QMs altogether. Fitch Ratings released criteria this week for how it will rate non-agency mortgages in light of the CFPB’s ability-to-repay rule and QM standards, rounding out a number of updates from the rating services about how they will handle the issue. The ATR rule took effect for loans with an application date of Jan. 10 or later. So far, no loans subject to the ATR rule have appeared in a jumbo MBS. Issuers have...

March 14, 2014 - Inside FHA Lending

Ginnie Mae to Begin Probe of Dormant Issuers

Ginnie Mae will begin scrutinizing issuers which, for reasons unknown, have not issued a single Ginnie Mae mortgage-backed security since obtaining their approval. Ginnie Mae President Ted Tozer said he is assigning staff to investigate the underlying cause of issuer inactivity. “We’re starting that process now to find out what their plans and objectives are to try to get a better handle on what’s going on,” he explained. With the growth in new issuers, agency staff has focused on making sure that newcomers are transitioning smoothly and are up to speed on what is happening in the mortgage securities market. But there are those that have remained inexplicably dormant. Tozer admits that agency staff is spread quite thin and the agency has been hiring more account executives lately to monitor all program participants to ensure there are not more early failures. New issuers typically go through a ...

March 14, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

House Lawmakers Look at Federal Reserve’s Role in Credit Allocation, Seek to Ensure Its ‘Independence’

Favorable shifts in macroeconomic conditions have contributed to a rise in single-family rentals and an increase in the investment in these properties by institutional buyers, prompting Moody’s Investors Service to release its criteria for rating the emerging single-family rental securitization market. The criteria come four months after Moody’s rated Invitation Homes 2013-SFR. The rating agency awarded $278.7 million in triple-A ratings for the largest tranche of the deal. “A slowly improving economy will boost...


What do you think is the biggest hurdle to meeting the new QM standards in the CFPB’s ability-to-repay rule?

A debt-to-income (DTI) cap of 43%.


A 3% cap on points and fees.


An interest rate cap of the average prime offered rate (APOR) plus 1.5%.


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