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July 15, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Ginnie Mae Production Up Sharply Across the Board in Second Quarter

Ginnie Mae issuers produced a hefty $125.42 billion of new single-family mortgage-backed securities during the second quarter of 2016, according to a new Inside FHA/VA Lending analysis of MBS data. The government-insured market continued to run hotter than the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac sector. Ginnie MBS issuance – including FHA’s home-equity conversion mortgage program – was up 31.1 percent from the first quarter, while single-family MBS issuance by the two government-sponsored enterprises rose 26.2 percent over the same period. Excluding HECM, Ginnie issuance was up 31.5 percent in the second quarter. While FHA forward mortgages continued to be the biggest source of collateral, the VA program actually produced a bigger gain, 42.4 percent, from the first to the second quarter. VA production saw a major boost in refinance activity, up 58.4 ... [Includes four charts ]

July 15, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Investors Push for Upgrade of Ocwen’s Ratings

Investors in non-agency mortgage-backed securities serviced by Ocwen Financial released a report this week calling for Standard & Poor’s to upgrade Ocwen’s servicer ratings. In June 2015, S&P downgraded Ocwen Loan Servicing’s servicer ratings to “below average,” citing regulatory issues and investor scrutiny along with concerns about internal audits at Ocwen. The downgrade is a focus for some investors because some of the non-agency MBS serviced by Ocwen have ...

July 15, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Impact of Deal Agent Differs Based on Type of MBS

The costs and benefits of a deal agent will vary based on loan characteristics, according to a new analysis by Fitch Ratings. Costs for jumbo mortgage-backed securities will be relatively low, while costs for nonprime MBS will be higher, along with potentially greater benefits when assessing the representations and warranties on a deal. Non-agency MBS issuers continue to work toward including a deal agent in new transactions as some investors have called for the feature ...

July 15, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Jumbo Conduit Stops as Annaly Acquires Hatteras

Annaly Capital Management completed its acquisition of Hatteras Financial this week, prompting a hold on jumbo operations at Hatteras, according to a message reviewed by Inside Nonconforming Markets. Hatteras formed its jumbo conduit, Onslow Bay Financial, in 2013, with a focus on adjustable-rate mortgages. In a note sent to conduit sellers recently, an official at Onslow Bay Financial said Annaly notified the conduit that the real estate investment trust stopped ...

July 15, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Mixed Jury Verdict in SEC Suit, Court Finds Repo Demand Analysis Unprotected, Morgan Stanley Loses

A New Mexico jury handed the Securities and Exchange Commission a split verdict in a 2008 financial crisis-related lawsuit against two senior executives of the now-defunct Thornburg Mortgage who were accused of fraud and misrepresenting the financial condition of the company. The jury found for defendants Larry Goldstone, former Thornburg CEO, and Clarence Simmons, former chief financial officer, on half of the counts but failed to reach a verdict on the most significant charges based on fraud and lying to the company’s outside auditors. In the lawsuit, the SEC alleged...

July 15, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Near-Record Low Mortgage Rates May Not Produce a Tidal Wave of Refinance Activity and MBS Prepayments

MBS prepayment speeds are likely to climb higher because of falling mortgage interest rates, but industry analysts are undecided about how big a factor borrower burn-out will be. The Mortgage Bankers Association said its refinance loan application index climbed to 2575.9 in the week ending July 1, its highest level since early 2015. The index fell last week to 2295.8. The average interest rate on a 30-year, fixed-rate conventional conforming mortgage fell...

July 15, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Secondary Market for TRID Scratch & Dent Loans Begins to Mature; Offerings Steady but Sales Slow

The secondary market for mortgages with TRID mortgage-disclosure errors has stayed fairly constant the past few months, but there are new signs the business is getting a bit long in the tooth. According to interviews with investors and brokerage firms involved in the scratch-and-dent market, the auction of mortgages with disclosure problems (of all varying degrees) continues, but fewer sales are closing. Mid America Mortgage, Addison, TX, one of the most active buyers in the space, said...

July 15, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Industry Participants Seek Exemption From Related- Party Debt Taxes that Could Apply to MBS and ABS

A new tax policy proposed by the Internal Revenue Service in April aimed at corporate “earnings stripping” tax avoidance maneuvers could cause significant problems for the MBS and ABS markets, according to industry participants. The proposed rule from the IRS under Section 385 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 would treat related-party debt as equity, aiming to reduce internal restructurings at foreign corporations by establishing new taxes. The Structured Finance Industry Group’s Tax Policy Committee submitted...

July 14, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Most Bank MSR Holdings Are Small Enough to Avoid New Capital Requirements, Federal Regulators Find

Capital requirements that are set to take effect in 2018 for bank holdings of mortgage servicing rights won’t prompt changes to servicing activities or portfolios at most banks, according to a new analysis by federal regulators. The report by four federal banking regulators on the effect of capital rules on MSR assets was prompted by the omnibus spending bill that was signed into law in late 2015. The banking regulators examined a number of MSR trends and determined that the current regulatory course is sufficient. At the start of 2018, capital requirements for banks will get...

July 11, 2016 - Inside the CFPB

Fitch Updates RMBS Rating Criteria to Reflect TRID Grades

Fitch Ratings recently updated its U.S. residential mortgage-backed securities rating criteria, partly to include adjustments to due diligence grades having to do with the CFPB’s Truth in Lending Act/Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act Integrated Disclosure rule, otherwise known as TRID. Fitch said it expects that participating third-party due-diligence review firms will determine whether mortgages being reviewed for inclusion in MBS have been closed in compliance with the disclosure rule. Further, the ratings service said it would request that due diligence firms grading loans determine whether the findings are more likely to carry statutory damages and assignee liability or just assignee liability. When it comes to grading TRID loans under the revised criteria, Fitch said unresolved errors that carry an increased ...

July 11, 2016 - Inside the CFPB

TRID Errors Unlikely to Threaten Jumbo MBS, Moody’s Says

Secondary market participants’ reluctance to invest in mortgages out of fear of liability from the loans being originated with TRID errors seems misplaced or overblown, a new report from Moody’s Investors Service suggests. Violations of the CFPB’s integrated-disclosure rule will not notably increase losses in prime jumbo residential mortgage-backed securities, according to a recent analysis by the ratings service. As Moody’s sees it, TRID violations in prime jumbo RMBS will be minimal and often curable. “Prime jumbo RMBS exposure to loans that violate TRID will largely be kept in check thanks to third-party due diligence reviews,” Moody’s said. On top of that, lenders and aggregators will be able to correct most TRID violations before issuers place the affected mortgages in ...

July 8, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Ten Banks Invest $25 Million in New Community Reinvestment Act Fund to Help Save Affordable Housing

A new fund has been created to encourage investments in the dwindling supply of single-family and multifamily affordable-housing options. Ten banks have contributed to the $25 million Community Development Fund since it opened in February. The fund will invest primarily in securities issued or guaranteed by the U.S. government or its agencies, and other investment grade fixed-income securities. In normal circumstances, the fund plans to invest at least 90 percent of its net assets in debt securities and other debt instruments that the fund’s advisor deems would qualify under the Community Reinvestment Act. Ken Thomas, president of Community Development Fund Advisors in Miami, set up...

July 8, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

SoFi Contemplating a Jumbo MBS Deal? Firm Recently Came To Market with $380 Million Consumer Bond Transaction

Marketplace lender Social Finance is contemplating a securitization of jumbo mortgages, according to industry officials who claim to have knowledge of the firm’s operations. The news comes amid an interesting time for the jumbo loan market: production volumes are generally strong and likely will be boosted even more by the recent decline in interest rates. But even established nonbank players have been avoiding the securitization route, opting instead to sell newly originated jumbos to commercial banks. SoFi, as the privately held company is known, has been placing...

July 1, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Nonbanks’ Share of Government-Insured Market Growing Rapidly

Ginnie Mae has good reason to be concerned about rapid demographic change in its relatively small issuer community. Nonbank institutions – many of them relatively newly formed and based on nontraditional business models – are taking over the market. Nonbank issuers accounted for a whopping 69.4 percent of Ginnie’s issuance of single-family mortgage-backed securities during the first quarter of 2016. A year ago, their share was 64.6 percent. Two years ago it was 46.7 percent. With those kinds of gains on the production line, it’s not hard to see why nonbanks are claiming a growing share of Ginnie servicing outstanding. At the end of March, nonbanks owned 46.7 percent of Ginnie single-family mortgage servicing rights, up a hefty 11.5 percentage points in one year. That rate of growth can’t be accomplished just by producing new MBS because the servicing market simply doesn’t grow that fast. (Although the Ginnie market has grown significantly faster than any other segment of ... [ 2 charts ]

July 1, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Ginnie Mae Issuers Vulnerable to SEC Enforcement Actions, Executives Exposed as Well, Attorneys Warn

The Securities and Exchange Commission’s recent $12.7 million settlement with First Mortgage Corp. and several of its top executives over an allegedly fraudulent sale of toxic MBS to investors reveals the agency’s hidden role as a regulator of Ginnie Mae issuers, attorneys at Mayer Brown warned. Though seldom in the news, the SEC continues to bring enforcement actions against public companies that commit fraud involving Ginnie MBS, as seen in the FMC case, and previous enforcement actions against Taylor Bean & Whitaker and Radius Capital, the attorneys noted in a recent analysis. When bringing these cases, the SEC seeks...

June 30, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Faltering Mortgage Stocks Tough on Analysts as Well; No Nonbank Mortgage IPOs Until Next Year, If Then…

CRT Capital Group has begun winding down its mortgage research division, Sterne Agee CRT, casting a shadow over publicly traded residential stocks and dashing the hopes of any nonbanks that were hoping to pull off an initial public offering this year. As one equities researcher told Inside Mortgage Finance this week: “It’s not fun being a stock analyst these days.” And commenting on the recent – and unexpected – drop in rates, he added: “Some of these firms may get smoked.” Four years ago, Sterne Agee was...

June 24, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Single-Security Transition Could Become Model for Figuring Out What to Do With GSE MBS After Reform

Mortgage-finance reform doesn’t look to be anywhere on the horizon, but at some point government policymakers will have to figure out what to do with trillions of dollars of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac MBS if the two government-sponsored enterprises are put out to pasture. In fact, the transition to a new GSE single security that’s scheduled to start in 2018 could become a test run of sorts for the even bigger changes ahead, according to a paper published by the Urban Institute. Crafted by five mortgage-industry veterans, “A More Promising Road to GSE Reform” is centered on the creation of a new government corporation that would replace Fannie and Freddie. The National Mortgage Reinsurance Corp. would issue...

June 24, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

SFIG Publishes Standards to Help Non-Agency MBS Market Address TRID Issues, But CFPB Guidance Seen as Critical

The Structured Finance Industry Group late last week published a final draft of the standards for due diligence firms to use when testing loans for compliance with the Truth in Lending Act/Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act disclosure rule. “The underlying premise of this documentation is to establish a best practices approach to pre-securitization testing logic that will drive the due diligence conducted by third-party review firms,” SFIG said. The RMBS 3.0 TRID Compliance Review Scope documentation addresses...

June 17, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

USDA Securitization Down in 1Q16, Agency to Lower Premium, Fees

Ginnie Mae securitization of rural home loans got off to a wobbly start in the first quarter of 2016 as securitization volume fell 13.8 percent from the prior quarter, according to an Inside FHA/VA Lending analysis of Ginnie data. Approximately $3.9 billion in loans with a USDA guarantee were securitized during the first three months, with the top five issuers accounting for $2.1 billion of mortgage-backed securities produced by the segment during the period. USDA securitization volume dropped 9.2 percent year over year. Top USDA issuer Chase Home Finance accounted for $1.2 billion of securitized rural housing loans, while PennyMac, in distant second place, finished the quarter with $378.5 million. Wells Fargo ($294.0 million), Pacific Union Financial ($122.8 million) and Amerihome Mortgage ($102.2 million), in sequential order, comprised the rest of the top five issuers. Pacific Union climbed over ...

June 17, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

UI Suggests GSEs Avoid Overreliance on STACR, CAS Credit-Risk Transfers to Prevent Future Rate Volatility

The Urban Institute is warning against Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac putting all of their eggs into one credit-risk transfer basket. The CRT programs at the two government-sponsored enterprises have relied heavily on structured debt notes sold to capital market investors – Freddie’s Structured Agency Credit Risk and Fannie’s Connecticut Avenue Securities – as well as reinsurance. Although the influx of private capital is a good thing, Karan Kaul, research associate with UI, said...

June 17, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Fed’s Pause on Rate Hikes Means a Correction In MBS Prices Could be a Long Way Off

The long-awaited correction in MBS prices was put on hold this week with the news that the Federal Reserve isn’t ready to hike interest rates anytime soon. Moreover, now there’s a growing belief among some economists and mortgage market watchers that the central bank may not raise interest rates at all this year. And there’s even a school of thought that suggests the yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury bond might hit 1.0 percent before it reaches 2.0 percent. As Inside MBS & ABS went to press this week, the 10-year was...

June 17, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Commercial MBS Issuers Still Unsure of How to Comply with Risk-Retention Requirements that Take Effect in December

With time ticking toward a Dec. 24 compliance date, issuers of commercial MBS continue to try to develop structures that will meet risk-retention requirements. Richard Jones, a partner at the Dechert law firm, warned that the industry is “in trouble.” In an analysis published this month, he wrote, “We as an industry don’t have a scalable solution to the problem. We … do not know what this will cost, who will pay for it, and to what extent this is an existential risk to commercial real estate capital formation as it has been conducted for the past 25 years.” He noted...

June 16, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Seneca’s Outsourcing Deal with Nationstar Could Be a Sign that PE Firms Are No Longer in Love with MSR

Seneca Mortgage Servicing LLC, which entered the business just three years ago, has decided to outsource the monthly processing of loans to Nationstar, a sign that private-equity firms are no longer so enamored with the returns generated by mortgage servicing rights. According to a statement issued by Nationstar, it will service all of Seneca’s $50 billion portfolio and any rights Seneca might obtain going forward. Moreover, it will take control of the firm’s Depew platform in upstate New York. No terms were disclosed. However, according to interviews with servicing advisors, Seneca – whose backers include The Blackstone Group, EJF Capital and Arbor Commercial Mortgage – may not be...


The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury fell to all-time low of 1.34% recently. How much better will originations be at your shop in the second half compared to 1H, if at all?

Better by 1% to 10%.
Better by 11% to 25%.
Off the charts better. Applications are great now.
Worse than 1H, but not by much.
A lot worse. But not sure on the damage.

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