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July 24, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

FHLB Chicago’s MPF Program Announces First Ginnie Mae MB

The Federal Home Loan Bank Mortgage Partnership Finance program has announced its first security issuance with a Ginnie Mae guarantee. The $5 million security is backed by home loans originated by community banks and credit unions through the MPF Government MBS product. The Mortgage Bankers Association welcomed the new MBS, seeing it as another opportunity for all lenders to access the capital markets directly, reducing costs and increasing originations. “Many community banks use the FHLB MPF program to sell conventional mortgages into the secondary market,” observed Ron Haynie, senior vice president at the Independent Community Bankers of America. “This expansion in aggregating and securitizing government loans provides community banks with the opportunity to reach more borrowers, especially in rural and small-town markets, and to safely sell those loans to ...

July 24, 2015 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Hatteras Plans to Issue Jumbo MBS by Year-End

Hatteras Financial has ramped up its efforts to acquire jumbo mortgages and plans to issue a jumbo mortgage-backed security before the end of the year, according to officials at the real estate investment trust. “Our portfolio plus commitments of jumbo [adjustable-rate mortgages] today is estimated to be about $258 million, so we’re making progress and nearing scale where we can consider securitization,” Benjamin Hough, Hatteras’ president and COO, said this week ...

July 24, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

JPM Pays Big to Settle

JPMorgan Chase last week ended six years of litigation by agreeing to a $388 million settlement to resolve allegations that the bank misled investors about the quality of pre-crisis MBS they had purchased. Still requiring court approval, the settlement would conclude one of the last remaining MBS purchaser class actions arising out of the financial crisis, according to plaintiff attorneys. The suit was filed...

July 24, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

An Investment to Avoid: Mortgage REITs. But Is it Really That Bad? Some Believe the Sector May Be Oversold

With bond prices expected to fall further and interest rates headed north, analysts who cover mortgage-investing real estate investment trusts are sharpening their knives on the sector. The general consensus is that share prices are going nowhere fast and returns are no longer attractive. A new report on mortgage REITs from Keefe, Bruyette & Woods doesn’t mince words: “Sentiment on the mREIT sector remains pretty poor, and we don’t anticipate 2Q15 results to do much to improve that. We’re not expecting a horrible quarter, but we anticipate slight disappointment along more or less all relevant dimensions.” Although many mortgage REITs have yet to report second-quarter earnings, the early expectations are...

July 24, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Large Banks Add to Holdings of Residential MBS, ‘Demand Has Legs’ Due to Capital Requirements

Bank holdings of MBS have increased significantly this year, with the growth concentrated among large banks. Industry analysts suggest that large banks have increased their MBS holdings due to capital requirements, and demand is expected to persist for months to come, pushing up MBS prices. The 25 largest banks held a combined $1.15 trillion in MBS as of the end of June, according to an Inside MBS & ABS analysis of data from the Federal Reserve. The holdings increased by $63.90 billion compared with the end of 2014 and coincide with an increase in deposits at banks. “MBS performance so far this year owes...

July 23, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Finance

AIG to Issue $300 Million in Mortgage Bonds Backed by Policies Written by United Guaranty

American International Group is reportedly bringing to market $300 million in securitized notes backed by mortgage insurance written by its private MI subsidiary United Guaranty Corp., but the global insurance company is playing it close to the vest. AIG and United Guaranty are keeping details of the risk-transfer transaction under wraps and a spokesperson for UG declined to comment. Credit Suisse is the seller of the notes. Citing company marketing documents, Bloomberg reported...

July 23, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Finance

A Sign of Looser Credit: Nonbanks Make Mortgages To Foreclosed Borrowers, Sell the Loans to Banks

A handful of nonbank lenders are stepping up to the plate, offering mortgages to borrowers who are just one day removed from a foreclosure or short sale. But there’s a catch: many of the lenders willing to extend such credit want at least 20 percent down. Also, as it turns out, the trend is being funded by commercial banks that are serving as the end investors in the product. Two banks – one in California and one in New York – were identified...

July 23, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Finance

M&A Roundup: More MSR Deals Hit the Market; Sale Of RoundPoint Mortgage Uncertain; Deal or No Deal?

Several large servicing portfolios of $1 billion or more hit the market in the past few weeks, but dealmakers and investors continue to wonder about the largest prize of them all: RoundPoint Mortgage, Charlotte, NC, which owns roughly $52.18 billion of receivables and ranks among the top 25. Investment banking officials who claim to have knowledge of the RoundPoint situation maintain that its owner, The Tavistock Group, is hell-bent on selling the nonbank, but as far as coming to final terms with a buyer, any buyer, that’s a different matter. It’s...

July 17, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Fed Chief Yellen Gives Qualified Signals About a Possible Rate Hike, Contrarians Dismiss Prospects

In the eyes of some Federal Reserve watchers, Fed chief Janet Yellen has become a master of making every public appearance a bit of a Rorschach test, giving fans and critics alike just enough of what they want to hear to reinforce their pre-existing viewpoints. Her semi-annual Humphrey-Hawkins testimony on Fed monetary policy before Congress this week was another prime example of this, with Wall Street types hopeful of a rise in interest rates sometime later this year, and contrarians increasingly unconvinced and dismissive. For instance, labor markets are showing...

July 17, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Prospects for Housing Finance Reform Depend On White House Involvement, Lawmakers Say

A bipartisan pair of lawmakers from the House of Representatives found fault with the Obama administration this week for not making housing finance and reform of the government-sponsored enterprises a priority. Failing that, they’re not certain there would be enough support from both sides of the aisle to get a comprehensive bill pushed through the pipeline and signed by the president. “I don’t think the White House has sent a positive signal about participating in this process,” said Rep. Randy Neugebauer, R-TX, during a housing finance reform discussion in Washington, DC, this week sponsored by the Bipartisan Policy Center. “It’s such a big lift. You need to make sure that if you’re going down that road, that you have the opportunity to accomplish something.” His colleague, Rep. John Delaney, D-MD, agreed...

July 17, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Strong Outlook for Issuance of Securities Backed By Nonperforming and Re-Performing Loans

Activity in the non-agency MBS market involving nonperforming loans and re-performing loans is expected to continue to flourish through at least the end of this year, according to industry analysts. Vintage mortgages in scratch-and-dent deals accounted for 42.0 percent of the non-agency MBS issued in the first half of 2015, according to the Inside Mortgage Finance MBS Database. The $15.60 billion in scratch-and-dent volume included a mix of nonperforming loans and re-performing loans. Issuance of non-agency MBS backed by NPLs and RPLs through two quarters this year equaled...

July 17, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Doesn’t Anyone Want to Trade MBS Anymore? Average Daily Trading Hit Yearly Low in June

The average daily trading volume in agency MBS fell to $183.7 billion in June, the lowest reading of the year and another sign that all is not well for anyone who makes their living off of actual trading as opposed to being involved in new issuance. “There are a lot of people out there buying on credit and keeping MBS,” said Christopher Whalen, a senior managing director in the Financial Institutions Ratings Group at Kroll Bond Rating Agency. Whalen added...

July 16, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Finance

The Mortgage IPO Market is Dead – for Now; Short Positions Ease Somewhat at Certain Mortgage Shops

For mortgage companies that were hoping to go public this year, they might as well forget about it. As one industry analyst put it: “The IPO market isn’t even on life support. It’s just plain dead.” Although many privately held mortgage firms are enjoying a strong year in both lending and profitability, the initial public offering market is dormant for three reasons: Nationstar Mortgage, Ocwen Financial and Walter Investment Management Corp. This year, the once “big three” nonbanks have paid...

July 16, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Finance

As REITs Ramp Up FHLB Borrowings, They Wait for the FHFA to Issue Its Decree on ‘Captive’ FHLB Membership

While the Federal Housing Finance Agency takes its time deciding whether nonbanks should be allowed to use captive insurance units to become members of a Federal Home Loan Bank, real estate investment trusts appear to be ramping up their borrowings from the system’s advance window. At least that’s what Inside Mortgage Finance found when it recently conducted a spot check of mortgage REITs that have gained access to the FHLBank system via a captive insurance subsidiary. Redwood Trust, for example, had...

July 10, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Issuance of Government-Backed Ginnie MBS Increases in 2Q15

Ginnie Mae issuance of government-insured mortgage-backed securities rose a whopping 47.3 percent in the second quarter of 2015 from the previous quarter, powered by a robust FHA refinancing volume, according to an Inside FHA/VA Lending analysis of agency data. Government-backed Ginnie MBS production in the second quarter totaled $117.5 billion, up from $79.8 billion in the prior quarter. Volume year-to-date also increased by 57.7 percent from the first six months of last year. From May to June, government-backed securitization increased a modest 2.9 percent. FHA loans comprised 62.6 percent of Ginnie MBS issuance in the second quarter while VA accounted for 33.7 percent. Securitized loans with a Rural Housing Service guaranty represented 3.6 percent of total Ginnie MBS issuance during the period. FHA loan securitization was robust in the second quarter, as volume ... [ Charts ]

July 10, 2015 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Servicers Make Progress on Settlements

Servicers involved in national settlements are largely in compliance and making progress toward completing their loss-mitigation requirements, according to reports released in the past two weeks. Joseph Smith, the monitor of a settlement involving non-agency mortgage-backed securities that requires JPMorgan Chase to complete $4.0 billion in credited loss mitigation, said that as of the end of 2014, Chase was credited with $3.32 billion in relief ...

July 10, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Hedge-Fund Adviser Agrees to Pay $5 Million to SEC To Resolve Fraudulent Fund-Valuation Allegations

No matter how cleverly hidden, the Securities and Exchange Commission can eventually ferret out bad business practices – a costly lesson learned by AlphaBridge Capital Management. The SEC ordered AlphaBridge, a registered hedge-fund adviser, and two of its principals to pay a $5 million penalty for allegedly inflating the prices of illiquid MBS held in hedge-fund portfolios managed by the firm. The SEC charged...

July 10, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Mortgage-Related Interest Rate Risk at Banks a Concern For Regulators, with an Emphasis on MBS Holdings

With interest rates expected to increase at some point in the future, federal regulators continue to raise concerns about mortgage-related interest rate risk for banks. The risk perspective report issued last week by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency was the sixth-consecutive semi-annual report from the federal regulator to warn about the risks posed to small banks by holdings of agency mortgage-backed securities. “Material concentrations in MBS could make...

July 10, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Greek Debt Crisis Causes MBS Volatility, but the Big Fear is China; A Rate Plunge in the Cards?

Estimating where MBS prices might be headed has never been an easy game – and thanks to the debt crisis in Greece and a stock meltdown in China, it’s become a whole lot more difficult of late. But for now, analysts and market watchers are certain of one thing: MBS prices have been volatile the past two weeks thanks to a flight to quality, forcing investors everywhere to buy U.S. Treasuries. And because mortgages track Treasuries, yields have fallen and prices have increased. “The Greek crisis already has taken...

July 3, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Mayors Call on HUD, GSEs to Stop NPL Sales to Wall Street

The U.S. Conference of Mayors has joined a growing number of entities urging the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and certain major banks to stop selling distressed and nonperforming mortgages to Wall Street investors. Rather than sell pools of NPLs to private-equity firms, hedge funds and other speculators, sell them to qualified nonprofits for the purpose of saving homes from foreclosure and creating affordable housing, the group stated in a resolution co-sponsored by 17 mayors. The mayors point to a joint study issued recently by the Center for Popular Democracy and the ACCE Institute. The study said most NPL pools are auctioned off at steep discounts to hedge funds and private-equity firms. “Although Fannie and Freddie have been unwilling to offer principal reduction to struggling homeowners, they often offer steep discounts when they ...

July 3, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Single-Family Rental Securitizations Stable and Performing Well

Single-family rental securitizations appear to be performing well, according to analysts at Morningstar Credit Ratings, with few signs of trouble on the horizon. “Vacancy rates generally remain low, cash flows remain sufficient to cover bond obligations, and … the recently released May property-level data for the single-borrower, single-family rental asset class shows performance in line with its recent history,” the rating service said in a new report. Overall, monthly retention rates remain in the mid-70s to low-80s. Also, “delinquency rates are slightly higher from their April levels but remain mostly low.” Lease expirations are generally rising across SFR securitizations, Morningstar said, but vacancy rates have remained relatively flat month-over-month. “Although delinquency rates rose slightly across most transactions, the number of tenants past due on their payments remains low,” the analysts said. Elsewhere, so far, ...

July 3, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Risk to Investors in Agency MBS Seen as Limited

Clean-up calls executed by U.S. Bank on Ginnie Mae real estate mortgage investment conduits in recent years have caused problems for some investors, but industry analysts suggest that overall, the risk agency MBS investors face from clean-up calls is limited. Analysts at Performance Trust Capital Partners, an investing firm, warned recently that U.S. Bank has made about $53 million in profit the past three years by completing clean-up calls on Ginnie REMICs where the bank was the trustee. On Ginnie REMICs, trustees are allowed to complete clean-up calls when the outstanding balance on the security falls to less than 1.0 percent of the aggregate of the original class principal balance for the security. When executing a clean-up call, the trustee pays off the investors in the MBS at par. On Ginnie deals where U.S. Bank has completed clean-up calls, the REMICs have generally been trading at ...

July 3, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Former Goldman Sachs and Credit Suisse Execs Ready Launch of New Non-Agency Conduit

A handful of former top executives in the mortgage departments of Goldman Sachs and Credit Suisse have launched Shelter Growth Capital Partners and hope to eventually purchase and then securitize mostly residential loans that don’t meet parameters of the qualified mortgage test. According to marketing materials provided to select originators and then passed on to Inside MBS & ABS, the Shelter Growth (or SG Capital) conduit will focus mostly on A-minus quality loans. A preliminary loan menu distributed this spring states that SG will purchase 30-year mortgages with FICO scores as low as 620. Loan amounts will range from $150,000 to $1 million. It also will finance consumers who went through a foreclosure as recently as two years ago. The coupons on the offering grid range from 5.75 percent to 9.00 percent. According to the marketing materials, SG Capital requires that all the mortgages be ...

July 3, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

MBS & ABS Issuance Jumped Higher in 2Q15 As Agency Single-Family Market Heated Up

Residential MBS production continued to gain speed in the second quarter of 2015 while non-mortgage securitization remained strong, according to a new Inside MBS & ABS analysis. A total of $419.42 billion of single-family MBS and non-mortgage ABS were issued during the second quarter, an increase of 21.2 percent from the first three months of the year. It was the strongest new issuance total since the third quarter of 2013 and marked the fifth straight quarterly increase since the market hit a cyclical low at the beginning of last year. Most of the gain came from the agency MBS sector, which totaled $352.73 billion in new issuance, a gain of 29.7 percent from the first quarter. All three agencies posted hefty gains, with the biggest coming at Ginnie Mae, where new issuance jumped 46.7 percent to hit $120.36 billion. A lot of Ginnie’s growth is coming from an unusual surge of refinance activity, which accounted for ... [ charts]

June 26, 2015 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Bank Holdings of Non-Agency MBS Dwindle

With issuance of non-agency mortgage-backed securities unable to keep pace with disappearing volume from vintage deals, bank and thrift holdings of non-agency MBS continue to decline. The holdings were down somewhat more than usual in the first quarter of 2015, suggesting sales by some banks. Banks and thrifts held $111.48 billion in non-agency MBS as of the end of the first quarter of 2015, according to the Inside Mortgage Finance Bank Mortgage Database. The holdings declined by 16.1 percent compared with the first quarter of 2014, including an 11.0 percent decline compared with the fourth quarter of 2014 ... [Includes one data table.]

June 26, 2015 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Mixed Response for Redwood’s Latest Innovation

A new feature Redwood Trust has included in its two most recent jumbo mortgage-backed securities has prompted support from AAA investors along with mixed reactions from rating services. The $356.45 million Sequoia Mortgage Trust 2015-2 issued in April and the $343.21 million Sequoia Mortgage Trust 2015-3 that was issued this week included a unique stop-advance feature. Servicers of the loans won’t be allowed to provide advances of principal and interest on loans that are 120+ days delinquent. The jumbo MBS were rated by Kroll Bond Rating Agency and Moody’s Investors Service ...

June 26, 2015 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Ocwen’s Servicing at Risk Due to Downgrade

Downgrades by Standard & Poor’s to numerous servicer ratings for Ocwen Financial could have a significant impact on the nonbank’s servicing operations. The rating service downgraded servicer ratings for Ocwen to “below average” last week, citing continued scrutiny by investors and regulators along with concerns about internal audits at Ocwen. As of the end of the first quarter of 2015, approximately 700 of the 4,100 non-agency servicing agreements handled by Ocwen had criteria regarding minimum servicer ratings ...

June 26, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Institutional Investors Exploring More Ratings Agency Options in Commercial MBS Market

Although the big three rating agencies have had a strong hold on rating commercial MBS for most institutional investors, the tides may be changing as bond buyers begin to relax their guidelines. Some of the largest bond buyers have been vocalizing frustration that the big three ratings firms, Moody’s Investors Service, Standard & Poors and Fitch Ratings, are being hired less, resulting in fewer bond offerings to choose from, according to a recent Bloomberg article. That’s good news for smaller ratings agencies like Kroll Bond and Morningstar. “We have proven...

June 26, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Issuance of Catastrophe Bonds Strong at Midpoint Of 2015, with a Focus on Florida and Earthquakes

Investor appetite for insurance risk continues to outstrip demand, prompting an increase in catastrophe bonds among other insurance-linked securities, according to industry analysts. Late last week, Fitch Ratings assigned a BB rating to a $200 million catastrophe bond that will provide re-insurance protection to Hannover Ruck for exposure to earthquakes in California. The deal will push U.S.-related issuance of catastrophe bonds to $3.86 billion in 2015, according to Artemis, a firm that tracks issuance of the bonds. A record volume of catastrophe bonds was issued...

June 26, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Consumer Advocates Seek Reforms for Single-Family Rental Securitization Business, Claiming Harm on Communities

The single-family rental securitization business is fueling investor purchases of homes and causing problems for communities, according to a new survey and report by consumer advocates. The California Reinvestment Coalition called for a number of reforms for the single-family rental industry. “This conduct has had a measurable, negative impact on communities,” the CRC said. “It has transferred wealth from homeowners to Wall Street denizens and is transforming America from a homeownership society to a renter-ship society.” The CRC based...

June 26, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

SFIG Offers Alternative Card ABS Disclosure Format That Has Backing of Issuers and Investors

Proposed credit card ABS disclosure requirements from the Securities and Exchange Commission could compromise commercially sensitive proprietary issuer information and prove too burdensome for issuers, according to the Structured Finance Industry Group. The industry group this week unveiled an alternative card ABS format that was endorsed by both its issuer and investor members. The three-part disclosure “would provide more information on more metrics” than either of two options proposed by the SEC. Last year, the SEC adopted...

June 25, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Mortgage M&A: RoundPoint Buyer Walks; PMAC Employees Move to Blackstone, But Is It a ‘Sale’?

The sale of RoundPoint Mortgage Servicing has fallen apart with the bidder walking away from the table, according to industry advisors close to the transaction. Sources indicate that Tavistock Group, the owner of the nation’s 24th largest servicer, still has an interest in finding a buyer for the servicer/lender, but for now no deal is imminent. Tavistock bills itself as an international private-equity firm with a strong interest in finance, real estate and other sectors. The firm is headquartered in the Bahamas. An advisor close to the transaction declined...

June 19, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

FOMC Support of MBS Market Continues Apace As Yellen Suggests Rate Increase Later This Year

Most participants on the Federal Open Market Committee anticipate an increase in interest rates sometime later this year, and not delaying until 2016, the FOMC indicated after its two-day meeting concluded Wednesday afternoon. Meanwhile, the Fed’s support of the housing market through reinvesting in MBS continues as it has, with no change in the U.S. central bank’s thinking when it comes to the management of its balance sheet. “The committee reaffirmed...

June 19, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Ruling in ACE Securities Case Confirms that Rep-and- Warrant Statute of Limitations Starts at Deal Closing

A ruling late last week by the New York Court of Appeals will likely help provide certainty to non-agency MBS issuers regarding liability from breaches of representations and warranties while limiting claims from investors. The appeals court confirmed a lower court’s ruling in ACE Securities v. DB Structured Products, determining that the statute of limitations for claims of breaches of representations and warranties starts when a deal is closed – not when a potential breach is discovered. “Representations and warranties concern...

June 19, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Supply of Residential MBS Declined in 1Q15, But Banks Expanded Their Share of the Market

The outstanding supply of single-family MBS declined 0.7 percent during the first quarter of 2015, according to a new Inside MBS & ABS market analysis. But that didn’t stop commercial banks from continuing to increase their holdings. Banks increased their aggregate MBS holdings by 3.1 percent from the fourth quarter, pushing their share of the MBS market to 22.9 percent. The only other investor group that managed to increase its stake was the credit union industry, which posted a 1.6 percent increase from the previous quarter. The Federal Reserve finally loosened...

June 18, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Mortgage Share of Home-Purchase Financing Increasing as Purchases by Investors Decline

Lenders are accounting for an increasing share of home purchase financing as investors decrease their largely cash buying. Purchases by first-time homebuyers are rising, helped by FHA financing. “First-time homebuyers rarely buy homes with cash and with their increasing participation in the housing market, we expectedly see the proportion of cash-financed transactions falling,” said Tom Popik, research director of Campbell Surveys. The non-cash share of financing for home purchases increased...


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