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January 13, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Blackstone Files IPO Documents on Invitation Homes, a Pioneer in SFR Securitizations; But IH Is Losing Money

The Blackstone Group this month filed its long awaited initial public offering document on its Invitation Homes unit, a pioneer in single-family rentals and securitization of these assets. The 1,300 page Form S-11 is chock full of financial details on the real estate investment trust, including the revelation that the company continues to lose money. Through the first nine months of 2016 – the latest available data – Invitation Homes posted a net loss of $51.6 million compared to a $121.7 million loss in the same period a year earlier. The numbers and commentary in the filing indicate...

January 13, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Judge OKs BofA Settlement; SEC to Resubmit Payout Plan; Court Affirms Dismissal of Repurchase Claims

Judge William Pauley of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York has approved a $335 million settlement by Bank of America with three pension funds and other investors to resolve a securities class-action against the bank. The settlement is one of the largest class-action settlements of securities-purchase claims arising from the financial crisis, according to the Pennsylvania Public School Employees’ Retirement System (PSERS), the court appointed lead plaintiff in the six-year old case. Other investors include...

January 6, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Ginnie MBS Program Set New Records in 2016, VA Soared

Ginnie Mae guaranteed a total of $507.46 billion of single-family mortgage-backed securities in 2016, its biggest annual volume ever, according to a new analysis and ranking by Inside FHA/VA Lending. That was up 16.4 percent from the agency’s previous record of $435.80 billion set in 2015. (Those figures include MBS backed by FHA home-equity conversion mortgages, which are not included in the table below or in the rankings on pages 3-5.) In 2016, Ginnie guaranteed $497.03 billion of MBS backed by traditional forward mortgages, also a record, which was up 16.9 percent from the previous year. The biggest factor in last year’s record-setting production was the boom in VA lending, particularly VA refinance loans. Issuers securitized a record $203.03 billion of VA loans last year, up 33.0 percent from the 2015 total. Some 54.3 percent of those loans were refinance transactions. Total VA refi loan ... [4 charts]

January 6, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Investors Push for Standardized Reps and Warrants

A number of large investors that purchased non-agency mortgage-backed securities before the financial crisis have indicated that they won’t be willing to invest in new issuance until issuers standardize representations and warranties. “Investors have lost confidence in the architecture of this market,” an investor said in December at the Structured Finance Industry Group’s RMBS Symposium, which was produced by Information Management Network. The investor was frustrated ...

January 6, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Prime Non-Agency MBS Issuance Tumbles, Sector ‘in Limbo’ With Only 4 Active Issuers

Issuance of prime non-agency mortgage-backed securities fell sharply during 2016 from already low issuance levels, according to a new ranking and analysis by Inside Nonconforming Markets. Forecasts for issuance this year are largely subdued, with some industry analysts noting that the prime non-agency MBS market is “in limbo.” Some $9.32 billion in prime non-agency MBS were issued in 2016, a 22.8 percent decline from the previous year. Issuance volume ... [Includes one data chart]

January 6, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Deutsche Bank and Credit Suisse Agree to Separate Settlements of RMBS Complaints; DOJ Sues Barclays

Two Wall Street banks have agreed to separate settlements with the Department of Justice to resolve civil claims related to their issuance and underwriting of nonprime residential MBS leading up to the financial crisis. Under the terms of the settlements, Credit Suisse and Deutsche Bank have agreed to pay the DOJ $2.48 billion and $3.1 billion, respectively, related to the securitization, underwriting and issuance of residential MBS prior to 2008. In addition, Credit Suisse ($2.8 billion) and Deutsche Bank ($4.1 billion) will provide...

January 6, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

With So Many Foreign Investors Owning Ginnie MBS, Who Becomes President of the Agency is Paramount

The incoming Trump administration has yet to pick a new president for Ginnie Mae, but foreign investors will be keeping a close eye on the selection for the simple reason they own a ton of the agency’s MBS. According to Sept. 30 figures provided to Inside MBS & ABS, foreign investment in Ginnie MBS is now at a record $552 billion, or roughly 35 percent of all outstanding securities. The agency could not provide...

January 5, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Finance

PHH Shareholders May Get a ‘Special Dividend’ As the Nonbank Finishes its ‘Self Liquidation’

A year from now, PHH Mortgage likely won’t be around, at least not as a conventional mortgage-banking franchise that originates residential loans and retains servicing rights. That’s what analysts and investment bankers who follow the stock now believe, especially in light of the company’s recent announcement that it will sell its $72 billion portfolio of Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac mortgage servicing rights to New Residential Investment Corp. for $612 million or 84 basis points. Once completed, the sale – along with a pending disposal of its Ginnie Mae MSR – will leave...

December 16, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Proposals Not Enough to Revive Non-Agency MBS

Proposals aimed at reviving the issuance of non-agency mortgage-backed securities have done little thus far to get volumes anywhere near the levels seen before the financial crisis. Industry participants suggest that there are a number of factors beyond proposed standards from trade groups that are limiting issuance. The American Securitization Forum started its effort to revive the non-agency mortgage-backed security market in 2009. The first post-crisis jumbo MBS backed by newly originated ...

December 16, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

SFIG Proposes More Non-Agency MBS Reforms

The Structured Finance Industry Group released the fifth edition of its RMBS 3.0 green papers last week, featuring a draft deal-agent agreement and proposed bondholder-communication protocols. The green paper effort to revive the non-agency mortgage-backed securities market started in 2013 and now totals 400 pages. “That’s a lot of work for an industry that apparently doesn’t exist,” Richard Johns, SFIG’s executive director, said last week at the trade group’s annual ...

December 16, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

NY Court Rejects Credit Suisse’s Bid to Dismiss AG’s MBS Claims; Bond Trader Indicted for MBS Fraud

A New York appellate court this week denied Credit Suisse’s motion to dismiss claims made by NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman in relation to the creation and sale of MBS to investors. In a majority decision, the New York Supreme Court held that the AG’s claims of securities fraud and persistent fraud or illegality are not time-barred, finding that the claims under the state Martin Act and Executive Law are governed by the six-year statute of limitations rather than the three-year limitations found in Section 214(2) of the state’s Civil Practice Law and Rules (CPLR). As of March 21, 2012, the parties entered...

December 16, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

As Rates Continue to Rise, mREITs Face Declines In MBS Book Value, But Slower Prepayment Speeds

Real estate investment trusts that invest in agency MBS could be in for some turbulence on their book values in the coming quarters if rates continue to rise – as they have since the November election. As Inside MBS & ABS went to press, most analysts had come to the same conclusion: that publicly traded mortgage REITs have underperformed most financial stocks, including nonbank lender-servicers such as Ocwen Financial, PHH Corp. and Walter Investment Management Corp. Then again, investing in so-called mREITs has never been...

December 16, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

No Consensus Among Non-Agency Market Participants on How to Pay for a Deal Agent

In the past few years, efforts facilitated by the Treasury Department and the Structured Finance Industry Group have helped develop standards for a deal agent in non-agency MBS. The concept took a major step forward last week when SFIG published a draft deal-agent agreement. However, the agreement didn’t delve into the specifics about how a deal agent would be compensated and industry participants have a wide range of opinions on the issue. A lawyer involved with the creation of the deal agent standards said...

December 15, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Thanks to a 75 Basis Point Spike in Rates, Outlook for MSR Sales Improves; However, Some Buyers Remain Cautious

Roughly $20 billion in mortgage servicing rights are now available for bulk purchase in the secondary market compared to just a few billion a month ago. The reason: higher interest rates. According to servicing advisers interviewed by Inside Mortgage Finance this week, the 75 basis point jump in rates since the election has suddenly transformed a glum-looking market into one that has great potential. “There’s...

December 12, 2016 - Inside the CFPB

TRID 2.0: The Comments: Clarifying Proposal Doesn’t Address Secondary Market Anxieties

The TRID 2.0 clarifying rulemaking proposal fails to alleviate most of the concerns that investors in the secondary mortgage market have about their potential legal liability, according to Pacific Investment Management Company. In its recent comment letter to the CFPB, PIMCO noted, “In most cases, the errors that relate to the [TRID] disclosures are subtle and technical in nature and do not result in corresponding consumer harm or confusion. Nevertheless, because the … rules implement provisions of the Truth in Lending Act that may carry actual or statutory damages and assignee liability to purchasers, there are serious concerns among secondary purchasers due to the rules’ expansion of liabilities in mortgage origination and investing.” Moreover, asset managers and other loan purchasers ...

December 9, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

GSE Risk-Sharing Deals Seen as Less Attractive To Investors Under Trump Administration

Risk-sharing transactions from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have delivered strong returns for investors in the past year, but that could change under the monetary policies of the Trump administration, according to analysts at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. The analysts recently dialed down their recommendation on the risk-sharing transactions issued by the two government-sponsored enterprises to “underweight.” “Trump’s victory paves...

December 9, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

SFIG Unveils Sample Deal-Agent Agreement and Bondholder Communications Plan in 5th Edition of RMBS 3.0 Green Paper

The Structured Finance Industry Group this week put more flesh on the bones of its proposed deal-agent role in future non-agency MBS and introduced a plan for improved communications among MBS investors. The fifth edition of SFIG’s RMBS 3.0 Green Paper adds recommendations on data standardization, enforcement mechanisms for breaches of deal terms and materiality standards. The new proposal on bondholder communications was drafted...

December 9, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Solid Growth in Outstanding 1-Family MBS During 3Q16 Aided by Strong Overseas, Fund Investors

The supply of outstanding single-family MBS grew by 1.0 percent during the third quarter of 2016, with strong demand from several key investor groups soaking up new issuance, according to a new analysis by Inside MBS & ABS. The agency MBS market grew by 1.4 percent from the end of June, reaching $5.948 trillion. Ginnie Mae continued to be the fastest-growing program, with total MBS outstanding climbing 2.2 percent during the third quarter to $1.631 trillion. Fannie Mae saw...[Includes two data tables]


HUD has announced a 25 basis point cut in FHA premiums, which is slated to take effect in late January. Is your lending shop for or against a cut in FHA premiums?

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