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May 29, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Morningstar Rates Its First Re-REMIC, Firm Ready to Rate Non-Agency MBS

Morningstar Credit Ratings may increase its presence in the residential MBS market after rating its first re-securitization last week and revising its rating criteria for new non-agency MBS. The push follows Morningstar’s initial effort to rate non-agency MBS in 2012, which didn’t generate any business. The company has rated commercial MBS and single-family rental securities. Last week, the rating service published...


May 8, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Strong Support from AAA Investors for New Stop- Advance Feature in Redwood’s Latest Jumbo MBS

A unique stop-advance feature included in the jumbo MBS issued by Redwood Trust late last week was viewed favorably by investors, according to officials at the real estate investment trust. “We are pleased not only with the pricing execution on this transaction, but also with the level and depth of AAA investor interest,” Marty Hughes, Redwood’s CEO, said this week. The $356.45 million Sequoia Mortgage Trust 2015-2 included...


May 1, 2015 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Two Largest Issuers Deliver Latest Jumbo MBS

Credit Suisse and Redwood Trust, the two dominant jumbo mortgage-backed securities issuers since 2010, continue to differ in terms of jumbo MBS offerings. While their latest deals include a number of similarities involving credit characteristics, the Redwood deal includes a relatively high share of non-qualified mortgages. The $356.45 million Sequoia Mortgage Trust 2015-2 received AAA ratings with credit enhancement of 5.00 percent on the senior tranche. That’s the lowest ...


May 1, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Structure of Some AAA-Rated Jumbo MBS Seen as Exposing Investors to Outsized Risk

While jumbo MBS issued in recent years have performed exceptionally well, some senior-support bonds on new jumbo MBS have credit risks similar to what was experienced during the financial crisis, according to analysts at Andrew Davidson & Co. In a recent analysis, Richard Ellson and Allison Ying raised concerns about the super-senior structures that have become common on jumbo MBS in recent years. They noted that when Redwood Trust started working to revive jumbo MBS issuance in 2010, the issuer used a much simpler structure. However, in the past few years, Redwood and many other issuers have increasingly used...


May 1, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Analysts Expect New PMIERs Rules to Have No Material Impact on GSE Issuance, Prepayments

New capital requirements for private mortgage insurers are a positive for the industry and should not cause a big change in MI premiums, high loan-to-value prepayments or net issuance of conventional MBS, according to a new analysis from Barclays Research. The reason for analysts’ optimism is that the effective rate for conventional conforming mortgages with private MI has been more attractive than on an FHA loan for borrowers with FICO scores above 700 and original LTVs of 80-95 percent. The opposite has been true for borrowers with low FICO scores. Consequently, issuance of conventional loans over the past year has largely favored...


April 24, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Multi-Borrower Single-Family Rental Securitization Poised for Growth, Blackstone First to Market

Funds managed by Blackstone Tactical Opportunities issued the first multi-borrower single family rental security this week and the market appears to be set to grow throughout the year, according to industry analysts. The $229.53 million B2R Mortgage Trust 2015-1 was issued this week with AAA ratings from Fitch Ratings. “We think...


April 24, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

GE Capital’s Wind Down Could Hurt ABS Market; It’s Not Clear How Existing Deals Will Be Serviced

General Electric’s announcement that it will exit most of its financial services businesses is just over two weeks old, but already there are signs that one casualty could be the ABS market. According to reports from Barclays and others, GE’s decision to unload its commercial lending and leasing operation could result in lower issuance volume because GE Capital traditionally has funded these portfolios – estimated to be $74 billion in size – through ABS shelves. “As such, GE’s decision to sell the portfolio is...


April 24, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Credit Enhancement Levels on New Jumbo MBS Vary Based on Factors Beyond Loan Quality

Issuers continue to include super prime mortgages in jumbo MBS but credit enhancement levels on the latest batch of deals vary widely, with rating services raising concerns about participants with limited track records, among other issues. Presale reports have been issued for four jumbo MBS in April thus far: a $241.06 million deal from Two Harbors Investment, a $267.19 million MBS from Five Oaks Investment, a $356.45 million deal from Redwood Trust and a $273.62 million Credit Suisse securitization. The underwriting for mortgages backing these deals is...


April 24, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Changes to GSE Guaranty Fees and LLPAs Yield A Big Fat Zero for the Jumbo MBS Market

Firms hoping that new guaranty fee and loan-level price adjustments promulgated by the Federal Housing Finance Agency might boost the jumbo MBS market were sorely disappointed when the final details were released by the agency late last week. One executive who works for a real estate investment trust that issues jumbos said it’s clear to him that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are continuing to “misprice” their g-fees. He would love...


April 23, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Modest Changes to GSE MBS Guaranty Pricing Likely To Have Little Impact on FHA, Jumbo Originations

The Federal Housing Finance Agency late last week directed Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to stop charging the 25 basis point “adverse market” fee assessed on all loans since the financial crises, but most lower-risk loans won’t get any reduction in loan-level pricing adjustments. As expected, the FHFA did not make any changes to the “base” guaranty fees charged by the two government-sponsored enterprises. Current fees, on average, are at an “appropriate” level. “We are going to monitor this on an ongoing or quarterly basis and we’ll adjust based on market conditions,” said Sandra Thompson, FHFA’s deputy director. The regulator instructed...


April 17, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Mixed Impact on Agency MBS Market as Prepayment Rates Increase with Help from Nonbank Servicers

The market impact of high prepayment speeds in recent months has been muted due to the Federal Reserve’s large holdings of agency MBS serviced by nonbanks, according to industry analysts. However, the increased presence of nonbank servicers in agency MBS has prompted adjustments by investors. Loans in agency MBS serviced by Quicken Loans and Provident Financial, among other nonbank servicers, have recently been prepaying at ...


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