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May 29, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

GNMA Cautiously Embraces New Entrants Despite Lingering Doubts

New entrants in the Ginnie Mae issuer community expand access to credit at lower cost, deepen the market for Ginnie mortgage servicing rights and help address the agency’s “too-big-to-fail” issue, said the agency’s top executive. “Our top concern is that issuers have the operational and financial strength to meet issuer/servicer obligations,” Tozer said during the recent secondary market conference sponsored by the Mortgage Bankers Association. The flood of new nonbank issuers into the program has been well documented. While they have diluted the heavy concentration of business in the hands of a few megabanks, many have complex financial structures that are less tested in the marketplace, he said. The pipeline of issuer applicants has dropped dramatically, the Ginnie executive reported. To get approved, an applicant has to show where the cash will come from to ...


May 29, 2015 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Not Much Breathing Room for Non-Agency

Real estate investment trusts and new investors in the mortgage business could provide funding for nonconforming lending, but securitization remains challenged, according to various experts at the recent secondary market conference sponsored by the Mortgage Bankers Association. The non-agency mortgage-backed securities market is very subdued, said Laurie Goodman, director of the Housing Finance Policy Center at the Urban Institute. Issuance has been running at about ...


May 29, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Fed Economist Suggests Insurance for Structured Finance Investors as a Way to Prevent Another Collapse of Market

A new analysis by an economist at the Federal Reserve suggests that the Dodd-Frank Act’s risk-retention requirements won’t adequately address the issues that caused the structured finance market to essentially freeze in 2007. A paper by Alyssa Anderson suggests a deposit insurance-like agreement between investors and private market firms or the government would better protect investors from losses and reduce ambiguity. She stressed that increased uncertainty about securities, the potential length and depth of a downturn and possible government intervention contribute to investors shying away from securitization markets. “Given the presence of ambiguity, the market freeze can persist...


May 29, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Courts Order New HSBC Trial and Dismiss BofA, U.S. Bank Suits; Lehman Wants Claims Dismissed

A federal appeals court in Chicago has set aside a $2.46 billion judgment against HSBC’s Household International unit and three of its top executives and ordered a new trial. Investors won the judgment in 2009 based on charges that the bank and its top executives misled them about its mortgage lending practices. The price of the stocks subsequently collapsed as the subprime mortgage market unraveled, causing huge investor losses. The class-action lawsuit alleged...


May 29, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Bank ABS Holdings Declined in Early 2015, Continuing a Trend That Began During 2013

Banks and thrifts held $155.55 billion of non-mortgage ABS on their books as of the end of March, a 2.3 percent decline from the previous quarter, according to a new Inside MBS & ABS analysis of call-report data. The first-quarter figures mark the fifth straight quarterly decline in bank ABS holdings, which peaked at $173.80 billion at the end of 2013. Bank ABS holdings were down 9.9 percent from the first quarter of last year. Almost every ABS category was...[Includes two data tables]


May 29, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

GSE Risk-Share Deals Have Plenty of Road Ahead, Unclear If They’ll Get to Deeper MI

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have found deep investor appetite for credit-risk transfer transactions, but their exploration of new structures may not get to the front-end tradeoff of deeper mortgage insurance for reduced MBS guaranty fees. During a panel session at last week’s secondary market conference sponsored by the Mortgage Bankers Association, Kevin Palmer, a Freddie vice president, said the government-sponsored enterprises launched their credit-risk transfers to reduce taxpayer exposure and distribute risk more broadly in the mortgage finance system. Fannie and Freddie have...


May 28, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Buyers Continue to Hunt for Mortgage Firms, but Blackstone’s Pursuit of PMAC Ends in No Deal

Although no “large” mortgage companies have changed hands in quite some time, investor interest in small to medium-sized lenders remains strong as banks, private-equity funds and nonbanks continued to show their interest as buyers. Since last fall, at least 25 deals have been publicly disclosed, according to sales tracked by Inside Mortgage Finance, but none of the originators have been larger than $4 billion a year in production. According to interviews conducted over the past week with investment banking advisors, in the months ahead lenders that originate between $500 million to $2 billion a year are...


May 22, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Conduit Commercial MBS Issuance Lower than Expected Thus Far This Year, Investor Concerns Among Deterrents

Issuance of conduit commercial MBS has been significantly lower than expected this year, according to Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Some of the expected volume appears to have shifted to single-asset deals, while a number of investor-related factors have also likely limited issuance. BAML expected $85.0 billion in conduit commercial MBS to be issued this year, a nearly 50 percent increase compared with 2014. However, just $23.0 billion in conduit commercial MBS had been issued this year through mid-May, suggesting that volume might stay level compared with 2014. A number of factors have shifted...


May 22, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Changes to Servicing Among the Many Reforms Sought By Investors Before Returning to Non-Agency MBS

Industry participants, both on their own and with help from the Treasury Department, continue to work on reforms to attract investors to buy new non-agency MBS. Servicing standards will likely play a key role in the reforms, though progress has been slow. The Structured Finance Industry Group published its first RMBS 3.0 “green paper” in August 2014 with a follow-up in November. The Treasury Department has been working with industry participants toward the issuance of a benchmark non-agency MBS since at least September 2014. Analysts at Fitch Ratings stressed...


May 22, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

MBS Trading Volume Hit a Yearly Low in April Despite Strong Issuance. Should the Market Worry?

In April, the average daily trading volume in agency MBS fell to $187.8 billion, the worst reading of the year and a possible harbinger of problems to come. One market participant, speaking under the condition his name not be used, likened it to MBS buyers “going on strike.” He added: “Right now, you have an illiquid market, and that’s not a good thing.” In December of last year, the MBS trading volume was...


May 22, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

MBS Market Faces Liquidity, Demand Issues When the Fed Finally Decides on Exit Strategy

The mortgage market faces a big challenge when the Federal Reserve figures out how to unload its massive $1.7 trillion portfolio of agency MBS, but anticipated widening of spreads could at least improve market liquidity. The fixed-income market has seen a sharp decline in trading volume resulting in part from regulatory issues, said Mike Fratantoni, chief economist at the Mortgage Bankers Association, during the group’s annual secondary market conference in New York this week. “Banks have been hoarding liquidity instead of providing it to the market,” he said. Average daily trading volume of MBS has dropped...


May 21, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Analysts See Stronger Market in 2015, But Little Change In Fundamental Problems Facing the Mortgage Industry

Housing is showing some traction, but heavy regulation and enforcement continue to weigh on the mortgage market, according to analysts at this week’s secondary-market conference sponsored by the Mortgage Bankers Association in New York. Charles Gabriel, president of Capital Alpha Advisors, said there are some green shoots in the mortgage market, including signs of more home sales. But he characterized it as “a mature market that is suboptimized.” Lenders have paid massive penalties in lawsuits, he added, and there is no sign that they will expand the credit box. “U.S. Bank was asked...


May 15, 2015 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Ellington Set to Start Acquiring Non-QMs

Ellington Financial plans to start acquiring non-qualified mortgages by early summer, according to officials at the nonbank. While Ellington has always seen value in the non-agency market, to this point the company has largely focused its non-agency investments on mortgage-backed securities and other structured-finance products. Laurence Penn, Ellington’s president and CEO, said the nonbank signed its first flow agreement for non-QMs at the end of the first quarter. “Consistent with ...


May 15, 2015 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Shelby Bill Includes Support for Portfolio Loans

A draft of legislation unveiled this week by Sen. Richard Shelby, R-AL, includes provisions that would support portfolio lenders and real estate investments trusts, among a myriad of other issues. Support from Democrats for some of the provisions in the draft has been tepid, and it’s not clear that President Obama would sign a bill without changes. The Financial Regulatory Improvement Act of 2015 aims to “improve access to credit and reduce the level of risk in our financial system,” ...


May 15, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Mortgage Firms Turn to Debt Securities as IPO Market Stays (Mostly) Closed for Now

Privately held nonbank mortgage firms – and even some public ones – increasingly are contemplating issuing more debt securities as a way to fund growth. The reliance on debt is seen as a more attractive alternative than going public, which can leave too much of a young company in the hands of outside parties that are merely looking for a quick profit after a lender lists its stock. Then again, not too many mortgage companies are contemplating...


May 15, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Critics Slam Dodd-Frank and the Failure to Reform Housing Finance System, Predict More Failure

Republicans in the House of Representatives continued their efforts to chip away at the Dodd-Frank Act during a hearing this week by rolling out critics who said the act not only was a poor and ineffective response to the 2008 financial crisis, but also created a host of new problems and could be contributing to the next debacle. Rep. Sean Duffy, R-WI, chairman of the House Financial Services Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, said a major assumption underlying Dodd-Frank – that the primary cause of the financial crisis was misbehavior by securities market participants – was false. “Main Street lenders are being...


May 15, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Electronic Contracts for Loans Increasingly Common In ABS Market, Presenting Efficiencies and Some Risks

ABS issued in recent years have included a marked increase in the use of electronic contracts, particularly for prime auto deals. Industry analysts note that e-contracts can be treated similarly to physical contracts, though issuers must address concerns from investors, lenders and rating services. “The pace of e-contract adoption has increased, and some prime auto captives are believed by industry participants to be moving to 100 percent e-contract origination by the end of 2015,” DBRS said this week. “The adoption of e-contracts has also occurred across the ABS industry, with subprime auto and timeshare lenders beginning to use them for loan originations.” Use of e-contracts in the auto space has been boosted...


May 15, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

New Residential Controls Clean-Up Call Rights On One-Third of Outstanding Non-Agency MBS

With the April acquisition of Home Loan Servicing Solutions’ assets and liabilities, New Residential gained a significant portion of the clean-up call rights for outstanding non-agency MBS. Officials at the real estate investment trust said New Residential plans to execute the call rights and acquire more rights as the MBS feature presents strong profit potential. New Residential owns the clean-up call rights on more than 2,100 non-agency MBS with an outstanding balance of about $235 billion. That’s about 34 percent of the non-agency MBS market. “This should be...


May 15, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

REIT MBS Holdings Decline in Early 2015, Riding Out Volatility as Fed Adjusts Policy

Most real estate investment trusts that invest heavily in residential MBS reported modest declines in the fair value of their MBS holdings during the first quarter, according to an analysis and ranking by Inside MBS & ABS. A group of 16 publicly traded mortgage REITs held a combined $263.94 billion of agency and non-agency MBS as of the end of March. That was down 6.6 percent from the previous quarter, but represented a 1.1 percent increase over the first quarter of 2014. Some 92.6 percent of the group’s residential mortgage securities holdings were...[Includes one data chart]


May 8, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Despite Regulatory Concerns, PACE Programs Continue to be Regarded as Viable Funding Choice

Despite the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s misgivings about Property Assessed Clean Energy programs, ABS issuers are finding investors for deals backed by these loans. Since March 2014, three rated residential ABS transactions and one private unrated commercial deal backed by PACE assessments have been issued for a combined total of $503.65 million. All three residential ABS deals were rated “AA,” with average assessments totaling $59,628. The PACE program was launched in 2008 by the city of Berkeley, CA, as a pilot to promote energy efficiency in residential, commercial, agricultural and industrial properties...


May 8, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Mortgage Investing REITs Prepare for Slower Prepayments as Rates Rise, MBS Prices Fall

The stock market hasn’t been treating real estate investment trusts that buy MBS very well of late, but there could be better news on the horizon: prepayment rates on the securities they own are coming down. As Barclays noted in a recent report: “Prepays fell for most cohorts, led by recent vintage 3.5s and 4s.” The investment banking firm added: “Next month, we expect speeds to remain mostly stable as seasonal factors and a 12 basis point rally in driving rates (3.83 percent vs 3.95 percent) helps offset another one-day drop in day count (20 days vs 21 days).” Several mREITs tracked...


May 8, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Study Suggests Big Banks Targeted Refinancing Efforts on Loans in Agency MBS Sold to Fed

Big banks in recent years likely focused their refinance efforts on loans in agency MBS that had been purchased by the Federal Reserve, according to a working paper by economists at the Fed. John Kandrac and Bernd Schlusche noted that agency MBS held by the Fed exhibit faster prepayment rates than MBS held by the rest of the market. While some analysts have pinned the prepayments on refi activities by nonbanks, the Fed economists said they found that Bank of America, Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo played a large role in the high prepayment rates for agency MBS purchased by the Fed. The economists noted...


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

Five Oaks Issues Its First Jumbo MBS

Five Oaks Investment this week issued its first jumbo mortgage-backed security, although the real estate investment trust has contributed to jumbo MBS issued by others. The $267.19 million Oaks Mortgage Trust Series 2015-1 received largely favorable reviews from the rating services, though Five Oaks’ lack of a track record in the jumbo MBS market helped prompt credit enhancement of 8.45 percent on the senior tranche. Both Fitch Ratings and Moody’s Investors Service said they found that ...


May 1, 2015 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Hatteras Builds Holdings of Jumbo ARMs

Hatteras Financial has started to acquire jumbo adjustable-rate mortgages that offer more attractive returns than agency mortgages. Officials at the real estate investment trust note that while Hatteras started operations in 2007, the REIT did not start investing in individual loans until December. “I’m not sure that we know 100 percent what the extent of the opportunity is going to be,” Michael Hough, Hatteras’ chairman and CEO, said during a recent call with investors. “It is something ...


May 1, 2015 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Treasury Making Progress Convincing Investors to Buy New Non-Agency MBS

The Treasury Department is making progress corralling various participants in the non-agency mortgage-backed security market, slowly prompting changes aimed at attracting large investors. The effort started nearly a year ago, when Michael Stegman, counselor to the Treasury on housing finance policy, first proposed the issuance of a benchmark transaction in November. “The benchmark transaction process has reset relationships among transaction parties and is ...


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

More Lenders Prepare to Launch Non-QM Products. But Will Any of Them Securitize?

New lenders that specialize in loans that don’t meet the government’s qualified-mortgage standards continue to draw up blueprints and raise capital – or at least try to – but very few of them are banking on securitization as a take-out strategy. However, all that may change with the launch of LendSure Financial Services, a San Diego startup headed by a handful of veterans from the subprime industry of yesteryear, including Jim Konrath, Stu Marvin and Joe Lydon. According to one non-agency investor briefed on LendSure’s plans, securitization is...


May 1, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Treasury Sees Deal Agent Position for New Non-Agency MBS as Having a Duty of Care and Loyalty for Investors

To attract large investors, the Treasury Department suggests that non-agency MBS include a deal agent with a fiduciary duty. “Under corporate law, directors must discharge two primary fiduciary duties: duty of care and duty of loyalty,” said Michael Stegman, counselor to the Treasury on housing finance policy, in a speech late last week. “In the context of private-label securitizations, these duties seemed sensible and logical to us.” He used...


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

BofA’s $8.5 Billion Non-Agency MBS Settlement Moves Closer to Payout; Morgan Stanley Under Scrutiny

The judicial process for Bank of America’s long-pending $8.5 billion settlement involving non-agency MBS issued by Countrywide Financial is near its conclusion and investors could see payouts as soon as August, according to analysts at Barclays Capital. The settlement was announced in 2011, and after years of legal maneuvering, approved by the Appellate Division of the New York Supreme Court in March. Bank of New York Mellon is the trustee on the 530 non-agency MBS covered by the settlement. “The trustee’s approval application to the New York Supreme Court suggests...


April 23, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Seasoned Investors in the ‘Mini-Corr’ Channel Suggest CFPB Take a Different Tack on Guidance

An anonymous group of veteran players in the mini-correspondent channel is pushing the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to update the guidance it issued for the sector last year. The investor group, which purchased more than $8 billion in loans from mini-correspondents in 2014, offered alternative criteria it recommends the CFPB use instead when trying to determine if an entity has in fact made the transition from mortgage broker to correspondent lender. The CFPB issued...


April 17, 2015 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Deal Agent for Jumbo MBS Gaining Traction, But Plenty of Other Hurdles

Use of a deal agent in new non-agency mortgage-backed securities will help convince large investors to return to the market, according to industry participants. The benchmark non-agency MBS in the works with help from the Treasury Department will include a deal agent, according to Michael Stegman, counselor to the Treasury on housing finance policy. At a talk this week hosted by the Financial Services Roundtable and CoreLogic, Stegman noted that Treasury continues to ...


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 ...


April 17, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Deal Agent Seen as ‘Centerpiece’ of the Benchmark Non-Agency MBS Transaction Treasury Is Helping to Facilitate

In an effort to convince large investors to buy AAA tranches of non-agency MBS, the benchmark transaction under development with help from the Treasury Department will include a deal agent or transaction manager. “Part of the centerpiece [of the non-agency MBS benchmark transaction] is around the role of a new player in these transactions, an independent deal agent that represents the interests of the investors,” said Michael Stegman, counselor to the Treasury ...


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