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July 11, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

Fitch Consolidates Key MBS Ratings Criteria in Master Criteria, Tweaks Grading, Tiering Systems

Fitch Ratings has consolidated a number of key rating drivers into updated master rating criteria for residential MBS backed by newly originated and seasoned residential mortgages. The latest report replaces the July 2013 RMBS criteria, and while no material changes have been made to the overarching process, a few tweaks have been made. The important rating drivers that were incorporated include...

July 11, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

Redwood’s Includes Non-QMs in Its Latest Jumbo Deal, Does Less than 100 Percent Due Diligence

Redwood Trust took three months off from issuing jumbo MBS but came back with something of a doozy this week: a $306.05 million deal that will include some loans that don’t meet standards for qualified mortgages and some loans that weren’t subject to third-party due diligence reviews. Sequoia Mortgage Trust 2014-2 is set to receive AAA ratings with credit enhancement of 7.57 percent on the top-rated tranche. While the credit enhancement requirements are somewhat high, a jumbo MBS from Redwood in November had even higher credit enhancement levels, suggesting that the non-QMs and lack of full due diligence aren’t a major concern. Only three of the 438 mortgages to be included in the deal are...

July 3, 2014 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Concerns About New Jumbo MBS Lenders

The new lenders contributing to jumbo mortgage-backed securities could pose risks to investors in the deals, according to Standard & Poor’s. The rating service said that due diligence and strong underwriting standards currently mitigate the risks, but there are concerns that the lenders with limited track records won’t be able to fulfill representation-and-warranty repurchase obligations. Jumbo MBS have seen contributions from a mix of lenders. The main contributors ...

June 27, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

SEC Moves Its Structured Finance Emphasis Beyond Financial Crisis, Focusing on Commercial MBS, CLOs

The Securities and Exchange Commission has largely wrapped up its enforcement on structured finance issues related to the financial crisis, according to current and former officials at the federal regulator. The SEC’s Complex Financial Instruments Unit is now focusing on more recent issues in the structured finance sector. “The unit has now shifted its attention to the next frontier, and I expect it to zero in on the structuring, rating, valuation, sale, and use of other types of complex financial products, such as commercial MBS, structured notes and credit default swaps,” Andrew Ceresney, the director of the SEC’s division of enforcement, said in May. Stephen Crimmins, a partner at the law firm of K&L Gates who previously worked at the SEC for 14 years, said...

June 20, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

Morningstar Announces Revised MBS Rating Criteria in Bid to Break Into Non-Agency MBS

Morningstar Credit Ratings late last week published new rating criteria for non-agency MBS. While the firm has been active in the commercial MBS sector, the non-agency MBS rating criteria Morningstar released in 2012 never caught on with issuers. “We have taken a fresh, holistic approach to the residential MBS rating process to help investors gauge the relative default risk of a security against its peers,” said Vickie Tillman, president of Morningstar. Tillman joined the rating service in August after more than 30 years at Standard & Poor’s. Morningstar said...

June 12, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

Commercial MBS Market Strong, Though Concerns Persist About Looser Underwriting

The volume of outstanding commercial MBS continues to hit record highs and the number of active lenders is near levels seen before the financial crisis. While issuers suggest that the industry is much different than in 2007, there are concerns about looser underwriting. Some $86.48 billion in commercial MBS was issued in 2013, according to the Inside Mortgage Finance MBS Database. And while issuance in the first quarter of 2014 was lower than three of the four quarters in 2013, Standard & Poor’s projected this week that issuance of commercial MBS could hit $90.0 billion this year. The issuance has been prompted...

June 12, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

Regulatory Organization Urges Investors To Reduce Their Reliance on Credit Ratings

The International Organization of Securities Commissions is working on a set of “good practices” to provide to the vast majority of the world’s securities regulators as part of an effort to prompt securities investors to reduce their reliance on credit ratings. While participants in the U.S. structured finance industry suggest that reliance on credit ratings diminished after the financial crisis, many funds continue to have guidelines that reference credit ratings. Some investors, for example, couldn’t buy into risk-sharing transactions from the government-sponsored enterprises unless the deals received investment-grade ratings. IOSCO recently issued...

June 6, 2014 - Inside FHA Lending

Ginnie Cuts New-Issuer Approval Time to Six Months

Ginnie Mae is now approving applications to issue agency mortgage-backed securities in as little time as six months, a far cry from two years ago when it took as long as 24 months, according to figures provided to Inside FHA Lending. In fiscal year 2013, which ended September 30, the agency approved 77 out of 122 new issuer applications. Since the beginning of the current fiscal year through April, the agency has processed 47 new applications resulting in 20 approvals. A spokesman for Ginnie noted that the number of applications processed in fiscal 2014 was impacted “by the government shutdown” but also by the development of a new online application tool that will be rolled out this year. “The time it takes to get a Ginnie Mae approval has been getting better – as in faster,” said David Lykken, managing partner of Mortgage Banking Solutions, a consulting and advisory firm. “It’s true that the number of ...

June 6, 2014 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

News Briefs

The Independent Community Bankers of America announced this week that its ICBA Mortgage Solutions added jumbo products to its correspondent offerings. ICBA Mortgage supports community banks’ access to the secondary market for servicing-released programs; the correspondent offerings are provided by LenderLive. The new program includes loan balances of up to $2.0 million. ICBA said the program allows for in-house underwriting and has a no-cross-sell guarantee. “We are pleased to offer a product that will meet jumbo customers’ needs while protecting these valuable relationships,” said Robert Kallio, senior vice president of ICBA Mortgage Solutions. He stressed...[Includes two data charts]

June 6, 2014 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

ATR Litigation Expected to Be Limited

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s ability-to-repay rule is unlikely to prompt a significant increase in litigation, according to DBRS. The rating service last week released its criteria for non-agency MBS with loans subject to the ATR rule and standards for qualified mortgages. “Although there are no historical ATR claim data to help forecast the rate of borrower challenges, DBRS anticipates that any action against lenders within a securitization trust will be minimal due to the uncertainty of borrower success and significant legal costs that potentially can be incurred.” In addition, third-party due-diligence reviews that confirm ATR compliance and representations-and-warranties obligations that motivate lenders to adhere to underwriting guidelines make litigation less likely, the rating service said. DBRS added...

June 6, 2014 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Non-QMs Currently a Niche Portfolio Product

Lenders that dabble in loans that don’t pass the qualified-mortgage test are going to be very selective about which borrowers they accept, and the loans are most likely to be held in portfolio, according to speakers at a recent industry conference in New York City. “We have used our balance sheet to retain non-QM loans in certain situations,” said Russell Brady, an assistant vice president at Elevations Credit Union. “This can make sense, but you have to do it in a controlled way with all the controls in place,” he said during a panel at the Secondary Market Conference sponsored by the Mortgage Bankers Association. The QM limit of 43 percent on debt-to-income ratio is...

June 6, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

Performance of Outstanding Non-Agency MBS Expected Strong Due to Positive Economic Trends

Economic trends point to continued strong performance for outstanding non-agency MBS, according to Standard & Poor’s. “S&P expects the sector to demonstrate stable characteristics and stable rating trends,” said Jeremy Schneider, a primary credit analyst at the rating service. “Our outlook for collateral performance is strong, and our assessment of the overall sector is stable.” In a report released late last week, S&P said...


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