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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 ...


April 3, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Ginnie MBS Issuance Fall Slightly In 1Q Due to Slight Drop in FHA

Ginnie Mae mortgage-backed securities issuance fell in the first quarter of 2015 with FHA volume slipping during the period, according to an Inside FHA/VA Lending’s analysis of agency data. Ginnie MBS production in the first quarter totaled $79.8 billion, down from $80.6 billion in the 4Q14, despite a 29.3 percent increase from February to March. On the other hand, production was up 41.6 percent from a year ago. FHA-backed Ginnie MBS issuance dropped 3.1 percent in the first quarter from 4Q14, ending the period with $39.9 billion. Year-over-year volume rose 22.0 percent from the previous year. On the other hand, refinancing increased to $12.3 billion from $7.8 billion during the same stretch. VA securitization totaled $35.5 billion, up from $33.6 billion quarter-over-quarter, powered by refinance loans. Rural housing securitization totaled $4.2 billion in the first quarter, down from $5. 7 billion in 4Q14. Securitized FHA purchase loans rose 7.7 percent in March from February, while ... [3 charts].


April 3, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Decentralized Servicing Seen as a Risk for Consumer ABS Investors, Boon for Issuers

Concerns about how borrowers will be impacted by a change in servicers go beyond mortgages in non-agency MBS. Analysts at Moody’s Investors Service warn that the decentralized servicing models used for consumer loan ABS issued by Springleaf Holdings and OneMain Financial face significant risks in the event that servicing needs to be transferred. Both Springleaf and OneMain originate consumer loans at local branches, where they conduct certain servicing operations and collections. The decentralized model can help boost originations and loan performance, though there are risks for investors in consumer ABS with decentralized servicing. “As long as the originator maintains the customer relationship and local presence, this ‘high-touch’ model can help...


April 3, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Will a Young Nonbank Lender Called Angel Oak Break the Drought in Nonprime MBS Issuance?

A little known lender called Angel Oak Mortgage Solutions hopes to fund $540 million of product this year and generate the industry’s first nonprime non-agency MBS of the “new era” with financing provided by Nomura. According to industry officials who have viewed investor materials issued by the company – a copy of which was provided to Inside MBS & ABS – Nomura has even agreed to provide “gestation repo” warehouse credit to the privately held originator. One source who claims to have knowledge of the arrangement said...


March 27, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Nomura Unlikely to Take Ratings Hit; Court Allows NCUA Suit Against RBS, HSBC; AIG Investors Win

Nomura Holdings is unlikely to suffer a hit in ratings because of the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s mortgage-backed securities lawsuit, but the litigation may yet prove costly to the Japanese financial holding company, according to a recent report from Fitch Ratings. Nomura went to trial on March 16 to defend itself against allegations that it misrepresented the underlying asset quality of MBS it sold to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac prior to the financial crisis ...


March 27, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Whole Loan Market for ‘Re-performing’ Mortgages Heats Up, But How Much Will Wind Up in MBS?

In 2014, Freddie Mac securitized $6.983 billion of re-performing mortgages, double what it did the year prior, and a sign that this niche market is heating up. As for Fannie Mae’s participation in “re-performers,” that’s a different matter entirely. The government-sponsored enterprise has yet to stick its toe in the water, though a spokesman for the company told Inside MBS & ABS that “it’s something we continue to evaluate.” But just how hot might the sector get ...


March 27, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Ocwen Refutes Accusations From Non-Agency MBS Investors, Claims No Ongoing Events of Default

Ocwen Financial pushed back this week against claims from large investors that have worked to remove the nonbank as servicer on 119 non-agency MBS. “By all indications, the holders employed unsupportable assumptions and manipulated their analysis to advance their agenda,” Timothy Hayes, an executive vice president and general counsel at Ocwen, wrote in a letter to the trustees of the MBS in question. The letter was a response to claims made ...


March 27, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Non-Agency Investors See Better Value In Securities Outside of Jumbo MBS

It’s not just structural issues that are keeping investors away from jumbo MBS; they are finding better value in other non-traditional mortgage securities products, including Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac risk-share transactions and deals backed by seasoned loans. During the fourth quarter of 2014, Javelin Mortgage Investment sold all of its holdings of prime, fixed, senior bonds from new-issue jumbo MBS. The real estate investment trust sold a total of ...


March 20, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Issuers Slow to Sign Up for IOPP; Ginnie Warns on Custodial Funds

Issuer registration for Ginnie Mae’s Issuer Performance Scorecard has been somewhat slower than expected, according to agency officials. The reason is unclear but only about 70 issuers so far have registered for Ginnie’s Issuer Operational Performance Profile (IOPP) tool since its launch on Feb. 17, 2015. Officials said they need to sign two-thirds more to get the IOPP system up to full speed. In a recent outreach call, officials urged those issuers who have not yet registered to contact their security officers for authority to access the Ginnie Mae Enterprise Portal (GMEP), the gateway to the IOPP system. Issuers must first be enrolled in GMEP before their security officer can grant them authority to access the IOPP system. The IOPP, also known as the Issuer Performance Scorecard, will rate each issuer’s operational performance and default management and compare them to ...


March 20, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Large Coastal States Account for Bulk of FHA/VA Securitizations

Security issuances backed by FHA and VA loans totaled $267.6 billion in 2014, with several large states accounting for a significant share of FHA/VA originations. An estimated $158.1 billion of FHA-insured loans, including modified loans, were securitized last year, with purchase home loans comprising most of the transactions. Approximately $30.0 billion of FHA refinance loans were securitized as well. The FHA MBS had an average loan-to-value ratio of 92.3 percent and a debt-to-income ratio of 40.1 percent. The average FICO score was 672.3, which was indicative of first-time homebuyers and borrowers with slightly tainted credit. First-ranked California, Texas (#2) and Florida (#3) combined for a total of $48.0 billion, which represented 30.3 percent of FHA loans in Ginnie Mae mortgage-backed securities in 2014. Fourth-ranked New York reported a total of $6.7 billion while ... [ 2 charts]


March 20, 2015 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Varied Reps on Jumbo MBS Seen as Effective

The two main types of representation-and-warranty frameworks used in jumbo mortgage-backed securities can both effectively protect investors, according to Moody’s Investors Service. Each framework presents different risks, and industry participants suggest that other aspects of deals carry more importance for investors. Jumbo MBS issued in recent years have largely included either an open-ended rep-and-warrant framework or a prescriptive framework ...


March 20, 2015 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Five Oaks Joins FHLB System, Plots Jumbo Growth

A moratorium of real estate investment trusts gaining membership in the Federal Home Loan Bank system ended recently when the captive insurer of Five Oaks Investment was approved as a member of the FHLBank of Indianapolis. The REIT revealed this week that Five Oaks Insurance gained FHLBank membership on Feb. 24. “FOI is currently negotiating agreements for advances with the FHLBank and, although no assurance can be given, FOI anticipates ...


March 20, 2015 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

WinWater, Two Harbors Prep Jumbo MBS

WinWater Home Mortgage and Two Harbors Investment are preparing to issue separate jumbo mortgage-backed securities, according to presale reports. WinWater’s deal is set to include some non-qualified mortgages while Two Harbors’ jumbo MBS sticks with the type of mortgages that have dominated jumbo MBS issued in recent years. The $287.74 million WinWater Mortgage Loan Trust 2015-3 is set to receive AAA ratings with credit enhancement of ...


March 20, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Indianapolis FHLBank Admits Another REIT Captive Insurer Despite Proposed Ban

Despite the Federal Housing Finance Authority’s proposed rule that would block real estate investment trusts from joining a Federal Home Loan Bank through captive insurance units, the Indianapolis FHLBank approved a new REIT member. An insurance subsidiary of Five Oaks Investment Corp. was admitted on Feb. 24, according to the REIT’s 2014 annual report released this week. A handful of other REITs, including Two Harbors, Redwood Trust and Invesco ...


March 20, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

FOMC Reinvestment Into Agency MBS on Course As Investors Try to Divine When Rates Will Rise

While Wall Street professionals spent the run-up to this week’s meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee wondering whether the Fed would lose its “patience” regarding a future increase in interest rates, the FOMC continued its present course on MBS investment. “The committee is maintaining its existing policy of reinvesting principal payments from its holdings of agency debt and agency MBS in agency MBS and of rolling over maturing ...


March 20, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

MBS and ABS Markets Have Little Fear Over Plunging Oil Prices, At Least So Far

MBS investors – so far – are losing little sleep over the effect plunging oil prices might have on the market, even though delinquency rates in Texas are beginning to creep up. In some quarters of the industry, the fear is that a major (and further) correction in the energy sector will lead to massive layoffs in states dependent on oil, and that mortgagors, in time, will go delinquent on their loans. In turn, MBS and servicing rights that have a heavy concentration in ...


March 20, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Underwhelmed by Returns on Agency MBS, Two Harbors Focuses on Diversification, Jumbo MBS

Returns on agency MBS are “uninspiring,” according to Thomas Siering, president and CEO of Two Harbors Investment, which has worked to diversify its assets, including putting an emphasis on jumbo conduit activities and commercial MBS. “We have a diversified business model and our operating platform obviates the need to jack up leverage to generate some return in the agency space because we think we can get attractive returns in ...


March 20, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Pressure Grows on FHFA to Push Common Securitization Platform Planning Beyond Focus on Existing GSE Business

A bipartisan group of U.S. Senate lawmakers this week urged the Federal Housing Finance Agency to move the budding common securitization platform for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac “past the duopolistic tendencies of the past.” The FHFA originally directed the two government-sponsored enterprises to develop the CSP so that it would be open to and functional for all residential mortgage securitizers, but the agency last year detoured slightly ... [Includes one data chart]


March 13, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Altisource Entities Look for Way Forward

Altisource Residential and Altisource Asset Management abruptly cancelled their scheduled earnings calls this week as the firms work on modifying an asset management agreement. Both of the companies have ties to Ocwen Financial, which has faced its own operating issues in recent months. “Despite the negative headlines surrounding our primary mortgage servicer Ocwen, our performance has remained strong,” said Ashish Pandey, AR’s CEO. The real estate investment trust had ...


March 13, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Credit Union MBS Holdings Fell in Late 2014, Navy Federal Topped the Ranking

Credit unions aren’t major players in the MBS market, and their aggregate holdings declined slightly in 2014, according to a new Inside MBS & ABS analysis of call-report data. Credit unions held $101.3 billion of residential MBS in portfolio at the end of last year. That was down 2.4 percent from the third quarter, and off 3.8 percent from the end of 2013. Most of the industry’s MBS holdings (97.4 percent) were...[Includes one data chart]


March 13, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Securitization Rate Down But Banks Seen As Increasingly Reliant on MBS Holdings

Banks have retained a significant volume of newly originated jumbo mortgages and even certain conforming loans in recent years, but analysts at Deutsche Bank Securities stress that the “conventional wisdom” regarding bank demand for MBS is wrong. “Despite anecdotal evidence of banks retaining more whole loans – they are more and more reliant on MBS as a percentage of their overall exposure to residential mortgages than they have been at any point in the past 15 years,” the analysts said in a report released last week. Bank demand for MBS holdings has increased...


March 13, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Reps and Warrants on New Jumbo MBS Seen As Providing Investors with Mixed Protection

The representations and warranties used in jumbo MBS can sufficiently handle some breaches but fail to completely protect investors, according to Moody’s Investors Service. In a report released this week, the rating service noted that issuers use two main varieties of reps and warrants: those that allow for an open-ended review of loans and those that employ a prescriptive framework. The open-ended reviews are seen in jumbo MBS from Redwood Trust, WinWater Home Mortgage and others...


March 13, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

NY Court Clears BofA’s $8.5B MBS Settlement with Investors; Nomura Goes to Court Against FHFA

The dispute around an $8.5 billion settlement between Bank of America and non-agency MBS investors may be at an end after a New York state appeals court signed off on the deal. The agreement would mean a quick end to a lengthy legal battle over a settlement that was first announced on June 28, 2011. It also means the agreement could become the template for all representations-and-warranties settlements with large institutional investors, analysts said. BofA agreed...


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