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February 5, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Non-Agency Nonperforming Loan Deals Expected to Remain Strong, with Attractive Profits for Investors and Issuers

Securities backed by nonperforming mortgages, one of the biggest sources of volume currently in the non-agency MBS market, are expected to continue to look good for investors and issuers, even as the housing market recovers. This week, analysts at Bank of America Merrill Lynch recommended investing in senior tranches of non-agency MBS backed by nonperforming loans. “As things get bad for risk assets and we recommend positioning for further widening in risk premium, NPL senior tranches stand out...

February 5, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Franchise/Royalty Securitizations Expected to Build as Investor Base Grows, New Structures Are Introduced

Securitizations backed by proceeds from franchises such as Domino’s Pizza and Dunkin Brands hit a record in terms of issuance volume in 2015. Industry participants suggest the market for such deals, known as whole-business securitizations, is set to expand due to growing interest from investors. There was more than $7.0 billion in WBS issuance in 2015, exceeding the issuance of the three prior years combined, according to Cory Wishengrad, a senior managing director and head of structured products origination at Guggenheim Securities. Wishengrad and others involved with structuring franchise/royalty securitizations spoke at a recent roundtable hosted by Standard & Poor’s. “The WBS sector has made...

February 5, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Mortgage REITs Have Been Down So Long, They’re Starting To Look Up, But MBS Investments Continue to Shrink

The outlook for publicly traded real estate investment trusts that invest in agency MBS and related products is starting to improve, in part, because competing investments are looking ugly. That might seem like a small consolation prize for REITs, but several are posting decent earnings, even though the book value of their common stock is relatively weak. Meanwhile, while certain investors shun their stocks, many companies have engaged...

January 29, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

News Briefs

A&D Mortgage recently started offering non-qualified mortgages on a wholesale basis via mortgage brokers. The lender, whose originations are focused in southern Florida, noted that its underwriting for the loans includes “limited income and asset documentation” including options for stated income and stated assets. A&D offers non-QMs aimed at investors and foreign nationals. The lender said the loans are typically for non-owner-occupied ... [Includes four briefs]

January 29, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Bank Holdings of Non-Agency MBS Fall

The volume of non-agency mortgage-backed securities held by banks and thrifts has declined much more quickly than the amount of total non-agency MBS outstanding. Banks and thrifts held a total of $96.76 billion in non-agency MBS as of the end of the third quarter of 2015, down 28.4 percent compared with the end of the third quarter of 2014, according to a new analysis and ranking from the Inside Mortgage Finance Bank Mortgage Database. In that span ... [Includes one data chart]

January 29, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Redwood Reduces GSE Business, Maintains Jumbo

Redwood Trust announced last week that it will discontinue acquiring and aggregating conforming mortgages for resale to the government-sponsored enterprises. Officials at the real estate investment trust stressed that Redwood’s jumbo operations will continue. Redwood started selling conforming mortgages to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in 2014, acquiring $4.0 billion in conforming loans during the year along with $5.0 billion in jumbos. Through three quarters in 2015, Redwood had ...

January 29, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Parkside Targets Non-Agency Loans with REIT

Parkside Mortgage Trust recently started operations with plans to acquire non-agency mortgages, including non-qualified mortgages. The first loan acquired by the real estate investment trust was a jumbo QM. Officials at PMT said Parkside Lending, an affiliate of the REIT, will service the mortgages. “This effort has been in the works for the past three years and we’re proud that it has finally come to fruition,” said Matthew Ostrander, president and chairman of PMT. “We’re excited to be entering ...

January 29, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

FHFA Decision on FHLBanks and Captive Insurers Seen as a Blow to Non-QM Funding

The Federal Housing Finance Agency’s recent final rule limiting membership in the Federal Home Loan Bank system will reduce funding for originations of non-qualified mortgages and other non-agency activity, according to industry analysts. In recent years, many real estate investment trusts gained access to FHLBank advances via captive insurance companies. A final rule from the FHFA this month closed that so-called loophole, with the regulator claiming that Congress didn’t ...

January 29, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Redwood Pulls the Plug on Buying Fannie/Freddie Loans; Vows to Return to its Roots as an ‘Investor’

Redwood Trust, which pioneered the revival of the jumbo MBS market a few years back, this month officially exited the Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac correspondent-purchase business, dismantling the effort and trimming the size of its Denver office. The real estate investment trust had entered the government-sponsored enterprise market two years ago, after obtaining agency approvals at the end of 2013. It quickly built a network of several dozen lenders that sold whole loans to Redwood, which pooled them in GSE MBS. But sources familiar with the effort told...

January 29, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Although Average Trading Volume of MBS Improved in 2015, December Was a Dud

For full-year 2015, the average daily trading volume for agency MBS improved by 9.2 percent from the year prior to $194.4 billion, according to figures compiled by the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association. Although that might seem like something to crow about, there’s some bad news in the numbers: December marked the worst reading of the year with an average daily trading volume of just $149.2 billion. No other month comes close, not even November at $180.2 billion. Over the past 10 years, 2015 will go down...

January 29, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

First Clean-Up Calls Completed on Post-Crisis Jumbo MBS Suggest Little Risk for Investors

Clean-up calls were recently completed on three jumbo MBS issued by Redwood Trust in 2010 and 2011, marking the first such actions on post-crisis jumbo MBS. While MBS investors can take some losses when clean-up calls are completed, analysts suggest that’s not currently much of a concern for post-crisis jumbo MBS. Holders of clean-up call rights, typically servicers, have an option to purchase the remaining loans in an MBS when the outstanding balance of the deal falls below a certain threshold. Redwood completed...

January 28, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Investor Flight to Safety Driving Rates Lower, Extending Support to the Mortgage Market

The turmoil in financial markets around the world is fueling a flight to safety on the part of investors into U.S. dollar-denominated assets, helping to keep mortgage rates in the U.S. housing market lower than they otherwise would be. But how long that will continue is anyone’s guess. “The recent volatility in worldwide financial markets caused Treasury rates to decline, so we’ve seen that being picked up in mortgage rates,” Danielle Hale, managing director of housing statistics for the National Association of Realtors, told Inside Mortgage Finance. Mike Fratantoni, chief economist at the Mortgage Bankers Association, said...

January 28, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Finance

A Secondary Market Develops for ‘Scratch & Dent’ TRID Loans; Even PIMCO is Eyeing the Sector

With nonbanks fearing they could be stuck with error-laden mortgages that violate the integrated disclosure rule, a secondary market has developed for this new breed of “scratch and dent” loans, according to interviews conducted by Inside Mortgage Finance. One investor, requesting his firm’s name not be identified, said his shop bought such a mortgage for 90 cents on the dollar. Participants in the market – including investors and traders – concede...

January 25, 2016 - Inside the CFPB

TRID Non-Compliance Risk is Modest for Investors: Fitch

Investors in non-agency U.S. residential mortgage-backed securities are unlikely to face much in the way of risk stemming from lender non-compliance with the new requirements of the CFPB’s integrated disclosure rule known as TRID, according to analysts at Fitch Ratings. “Although the frequency of non-compliance issues will likely be elevated initially as lenders implement the new changes, those non-compliance issues are not likely to translate into higher risk for bondholders,” the analysts said in a recent report. Their initial due diligence sampling of prime jumbo mortgages in the secondary market has revealed a high level of compliance issues thus far. However, most of them appear to be good-faith errors. The ratings service is continuing its discussions with market participants on ...

January 25, 2016 - Inside the CFPB

Attorneys Highlight Take-Aways, Limits of TRID ‘Clarifying’ Letter

The recent letter from CFPB Director Richard Cordray to the Mortgage Bankers Association clarifying certain aspects of the bureau’s integrated disclosure rule has some important take-aways – and certain limitations – the industry should be mindful of, according to some top industry attorneys. In a recent online blog posting, attorneys Donald Lampe and Leonard Chanin of Morrison & Foerster LLP identified a handful of key take-aways for mortgage market participants related to the TRID rule. First, “If mortgage loan originators and others involved in the origination, financing and sales of mortgage loans are not familiar with the benefits of [specific] Know Before You Owe disclosure cure provisions, now is the time to assess them,” the attorneys began. They then noted that Cordray’s ...

January 25, 2016 - Inside the CFPB

Life Under TRID: TRID Compliance Mess Continues, Many Investor Woes

Although the CFPB recently issued a “clarifying” letter on errors tied to the TRID integrated disclosure rule, deep concerns remain among originators that fund non-agency product for sale into the secondary market. Moreover, according to interviews conducted by Inside Mortgage Finance, an affiliated publication, some nonbank lenders are seeing noticeable increases in origination costs because loans are taking longer to close and therefore remain on warehouse lines for an extended period of time. Because nonbanks fund almost all of their production using warehouse credit, the implication boils down to this: already squeezed profit margins are going to shrink. Industry efforts to comply with the new disclosures, which merge requirements of the Truth in Lending Act and the Real Estate Settlement ...

January 22, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Rating Services Differ on Risks Posed by Rent-to- Own Securitization as First Deal Comes to Market

The first security backed by proceeds from properties that have “rent-to-own” agreements has caused some divergence among rating services. Home Partners of America is preparing to issue a $508.88 million deal, which received preliminary AAA ratings from two firms. Moody’s Investors Service and Morningstar Credit Ratings issued presale reports on Home Partners of America 2016-1 last week. Kroll Bond Rating Agency followed with a warning that rent-to-own deals present more risks than single-family rental securitizations. The collateral for the security is...

January 22, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

FINRA Drops Multifamily MBS from Proposed Margining Rules in Response to MBA Concerns

MBS backed by multifamily mortgage loans would be exempt from a proposed rule that would establish margining requirements for multifamily agency finance. Had it been implemented as originally proposed, the rule would have amended the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s Rule 4210 to establish margin requirements in the single-family “to-be-announced” (TBA) market. At the same time, it would have also scoped in the multifamily housing programs of Fannie Mae and FHA/Ginnie Mae, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association. FINRA filed...

January 21, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Finance

MSR Buyers More Cautious These Days; Plenty of Interest, Though Some Investors Have Pulled Back

The servicing auction market experienced a flurry of deals at yearend 2015, but investors for the most part have been more cautious about what they’re willing to pay for mortgage servicing rights, given some of the large markdowns that damaged second- and third-quarter earnings. “A lot of investors got hurt by buying during the first half of last year,” said one MSR investor who spoke under the condition his name not be used. “A few of them aren’t bidding anymore.” During the first half of 2015, MSR buyers were willing...

January 15, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

HECM-Backed NPL Deal’s Strong Points Help Overcome Downside

The first rated securitization backed by nonperforming Home Equity Conversion Mortgage loans contains strong, credit-positive features that outweigh the credit risk associated with nonperforming loans, according to a Moody’s Investors Service analysis. The effect of some of these positive features on the performance of Nationstar HECM Loan Trust 2015-2, however, depends on whether Nationstar Mortgage remains as servicer for the transaction, said the rating agency. Nationstar has a servicer rating of B2/Stable from Moody’s and is also the transaction’s sponsor. Nationstar issued NHLT 2015-2 in November 2015 and by the end of December, the first remittance report showed strong initial performance. Credit enhancement to the Aaa (sf)-rated notes increased by 1.69 percent in the first month of operations, Moody’s noted. “As long as Nationstar continues to be the ...

January 15, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Ginnie Mae Issuance Hits New High In Securitized VA, FHA, RHS Loans

Issuers of Ginnie Mae mortgage-backed securities pushed a record $435.80 billion of government-insured loans through the program during 2015, according to a new Inside FHA/VA Lending analysis and ranking. Last year’s total Ginnie MBS issuance topped the previous record of $429.50 billion issued during 2009. The $435.80 billion total for 2015 includes securitization of FHA home-equity conversion mortgages and other single-family loans guaranteed by FHA, the VA, and the Department of Agriculture rural housing program from Ginnie pool-level MBS data that are not truncated. Production in 2015 hit its high-water mark in the third quarter with $128.23 billion in issuance, and then fell 18.0 percent in the final three months of the year. Purchase mortgages continued to account for most Ginnie business in 2015, 58.0 percent of the agency’s forward-mortgage securitizations. But a huge factor in the ... [ Charts ]

January 15, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

REITs Directed to Lobby Congress on FHLBanks

Officials at the Federal Housing Finance Agency provided some advice to real estate investment trusts along with the announcement this week that REITs will lose their access to funding from Federal Home Loan Banks: ask Congress to make some changes. “Congress has amended the Federal Home Loan Bank Act in the past to allow additional entities to become members of a Federal Home Loan Bank and it can certainly do so again if it wants some of these entities to ...

January 15, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

FHFA Cuts Off REIT Access to FHLBanks

The Federal Housing Finance Agency published a final rule this week that will prevent real estate investment trusts from gaining access to financing from the Federal Home Loan Bank system via captive insurance companies. REITs are not allowed direct membership in an FHLBank. However, in recent years a number of REITs have formed captive insurance companies that were granted FHLBank membership because insurance companies were allowed to ...

January 15, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Commerzbank Sues Four RMBS Trustees Over $1.9B In Losses, Credit Suisse Agrees to $110M Settlement

Legacy non-agency MBS issued before the financial market collapse in 2008 continue to spawn millions in lawsuits. In the Southern District of New York, Commerzbank AG, as an RMBS investor, recently sued Deutsche Bank, HSBC, Wells Fargo and the Bank of New York Mellon in their capacities as MBS trustees on deals that inflicted approximately $1.88 billion in losses on the German bank. Commerzbank claimed it suffered $750 million in losses related to BNYM’s alleged failures ...

January 15, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

FAST Act Codifies Exemption for MBS/ABS Resales, Issuers Might Not Meet Requirements, Experts Say

A new statutory exemption for private resales of ABS and MBS imposes certain requirements that issuers may find difficult to meet, according to securities compliance experts. The provision is part of the “Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act” (FAST Act), which President Obama signed on Dec. 4, 2015. Although aimed primarily at authorizing spending on highway and transit projects, the new law includes several provisions intended, among other things, to facilitate ...

January 15, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Single-Family Rental Property Securitizations Evolve, But Net Operating Income Needs Work

Interest in the single-family rental market has increased since being introduced as a viable asset classes several years ago, but some say further growth may depend on the sector’s ability to significantly improve operating efficiencies. There have been 27 single-family rental securitizations to date. In 2015, issuance of single-family rental deals was $6.72 billion, up from $6.61 billion a year earlier, according to Morningstar Credit Ratings. Although capital expenses were higher than ...

January 15, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

MBA’s Accounting Expert Cautions Entities on FASB’s Forthcoming Loan-Impairment Accounting Model

Entities growing their purchase mortgage and MBS portfolios may be affected by a new accounting model for recognizing credit impairment, the second leg of the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s long-term financial instruments project. The Mortgage Bankers Association expects a release date either towards the end of the first quarter of 2016 or in the second quarter, barring unforeseen changes. “I have not seen transition rules exposed yet, but I suspect that there will be ...

January 15, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Issuance of Collateralized Loan Obligations Projected to Fall in 2016, Bucking Trends in Structured Finance Arena

Industry analysts project that the volume of collateralized loan obligations issued this year will decline compared with 2015 because of regulatory and other factors. Among projections for various MBS and ABS asset types by Standard & Poor’s, CLOs are the only securities expected to see a decline in volume in 2016 compared with last year. CLOs differ from many other structured finance products in that they involve a special purpose issuer that acquires a portfolio of commercial loans ...

January 15, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

MBS Prices Unexpectedly Move Higher; New Benchmark Security on the Horizon?

When the Federal Reserve hiked short-term rates back in mid-December, mortgage rates were expected to increase as well and keep heading north in the new year. But thanks to deep concerns about economic growth in China – not to mention plunging oil prices – all bets are now off. This past week, the price on the benchmark Fannie Mae 3.5 percent security increased by 44 basis points, according to figures compiled by MBS Quoteline. As Inside MBS & ABS went to press ...

January 15, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

IRS Allows MBS Trustee and Master Servicer to Enter Settlement with Investors Without Raising REMIC Issues

The Internal Revenue Service recently provided guidance to an MBS trustee and master servicer confirming that a settlement with investors was compliant with requirements for real estate mortgage investment conduits. While Private Letter Ruling 201601005 applies only to the unidentified parties that sought the guidance from the IRS, industry attorneys suggest that the letter could be useful when structuring settlements with MBS investors. The letter was released ...

January 15, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Non-Agency MBS Issuance Neared Post-Crash High In 2015, But Seasoned Collateral Dominated Market

New issuance of non-agency MBS rose smartly in 2015, nearly matching the highest annual production volume since the financial market meltdown back in 2007. Some $61.60 billion of non-agency MBS came to market last year, a solid 13.9 percent increase from 2014, according to Inside MBS & ABS. This figure does not include Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac credit risk-transfer deals – which attract traditional non-agency MBS credit investors but are ... [Includes three data charts]

January 14, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Final Rule Banning Captive Insurers From FHLBank System Called ‘Disappointing’

Despite receiving hundreds of comments against the proposed rule to ban captive insurance companies from membership in the Federal Home Loan Bank system, the Federal Housing Finance Agency forged ahead this week and issued a final rule banning them from the FHLBanks, upsetting many in the mortgage industry. The decision forces FHLBank members that had used their captive insurers to join the system prior to the FHFA’s proposed rule, many of which are ...

January 8, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

CDO Dispute Between Lehman and BofA Prompts Industry Groups to Submit Briefs to Bankruptcy Court

A case in bankruptcy court regarding the priority of payment provisions for collateralized debt obligations could have broad ramifications for derivatives transactions at the heart of the structured finance industry, according to the Structured Finance Industry Group and other industry groups. In late December, SFIG filed an amicus brief in Lehman Brothers Special Financing v. Bank of America, which is being heard in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York. The Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association and the International Swaps and Derivatives Association filed a separate brief, making points similar to those raised by SFIG. LBSF is suing...

January 8, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Former Co-Head of MBS and ABS at RBS Pleads Guilty To Fraud, Agrees to Cooperate with RMBS Investigation

The Department of Justice announced in December that a structured finance supervisor at RBS Securities pleaded guilty to participating in a multi-million dollar securities fraud scheme and is cooperating with the government’s ongoing investigation. Adam Siegel was co-head of U.S. ABS, MBS and commercial MBS trading at RBS between 2008 and 2014. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in the District of Connecticut said Siegel admitted that he and others conspired to increase RBS’s profits on trades of residential MBS and collateralized loan obligations at the expense of customers. “His crime included...

January 7, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Finance

TRID Phobia Causing Headaches in the Secondary Market? MBA Cites a 100 Percent Rejection Rate by One Investor

Although the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau recently issued a “clarifying” letter on errors tied to the so-called TRID integrated disclosure rule, deep concerns remain among originators that fund non-agency product for sale into the secondary market. Moreover, according to interviews conducted by Inside Mortgage Finance over the past week, some nonbank lenders are seeing noticeable increases in origination costs because loans are taking longer to close and therefore remain on warehouse lines for an extended period of time. Because nonbanks fund almost all of their production using warehouse credit, the implication boils down...

January 1, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Incentive Issues Hold Back Non-Agency MBS

The government-sponsored enterprises’ risk-sharing transactions more adequately address incentive problems than non-agency mortgage-backed securities, according to a recent report by the Office of Financial Research. The OFR said back-end risk-sharing transactions from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac “indicate how private housing finance remains crippled.” The OFR is an independent office within the U.S. Treasury Department, focusing on financial stability issues. The GSEs sold ...

January 1, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Ginnie Mae Securitization of USDA Loans Up During First Nine Months

A total of $13.6 billion of rural home loans backed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture were securitized during the first nine months of 2015, according to an Inside FHA/VA Lending analysis of agency data. An estimated $5.1 billion of USDA home loans were delivered into Ginnie Mae pools in the third quarter, up 22.8 percent from the prior quarter. In contrast, the nine-month securitization volume fell 4.4 percent from the same period of the prior year. Nine of the top 10 USDA loan securitizers reported quarter-over-quarter increases. Top-ranked Chase Home Finance maintained its lead over other USDA loan securitizers with $4.2 billion in loans securitized during the nine-month period, down 4.8 percent from the previous year and up 32.8 percent on a quarterly basis. Chase’s nine-month USDA volume translated into a 31.0 percent market share. Second-place Wells Fargo funneled $1.7 billion in USDA loans into ... [ chart ]

January 1, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Ginnie Pools Likely to See Rising Share of VA Collateral in 2016

Investors should see a higher share of VA collateral in Ginnie Mae mortgage-backed securities pools due to increasing VA loan originations, according to Deutsche Bank analysts. Given their rising share of VA collateral, new Ginnie pools are likely to have worse convexity than most of those originated in 2015, analysts said. “VA loans tend to prepay faster than FHA loans when in the money as VA loans have larger loan sizes, higher FICO scores and a more efficient streamline refi program that requires a minimum three months seasoning,” they observed. In addition, analysts expect the population of younger veterans to surge approximately 36 percent over the next five years. “[As such], there will be a healthy supply of new VA originations eligible for pooling,” they said. As a result, the share of FHA relative to VA collateral in new Ginnie II pools will likely decrease, they said. Such a trend has manifested itself slowly as ...


A lot has been written lately regarding loan closing delays tied to the new TRID rule. What’s been the average delay at your lending shop, if at all? (Report in business days, not calendar.)

TRID has caused no delays whatsoever because we were prepared.


1 to 4 days.


5 to 10 days.


11 to 15 days. It’s been a nightmare.


We’re too embarrassed to tell you.


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