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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]


December 2, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

FHA, VA Deliveries to Ginnie Mae Increase During First Nine Months

Total FHA and VA originations increased during the first nine months of 2016 compared to the same period last year, although VA was more active, posting a double-digit production increase, according to an analysis of Ginnie Mae data. Lenders delivered $201.0 billion of FHA loans to Ginnie single-family mortgage pools over the last three quarters, up 4.8 percent from the previous year. Approximately 65.4 percent and 29.3 percent of FHA loans securitized were purchase loans and refinances, respectively. The remainder was loan modifications. VA originations totaled $143.2 billion over the same period, up 22.3 percent from last year. Refinances accounted for 51.9 percent of volume and purchase loans comprised 47.0 percent. The share of FHA loans in agency mortgage-backed securities for the nine-month period was 19.5 percent and 13.9 percent for VA. FHA loans accounted for ...


December 2, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

SFIG Plan on Non-Agency MBS Reps and Warrants Puts Burden on Aggregators

Standards proposed by the Structured Finance Industry Group for disclosures of representations and warranties on new non-agency mortgage-backed securities are likely to put a burden on conduits and other aggregators that pool mortgages from scores of originators. The Wall Street group recently released the fourth edition of its RMBS 3.0 “green papers,” which aim to revive issuance of non-agency MBS by making reforms that will attract investors. The latest green paper focused on ...


December 2, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Rate Shock Doesn’t Portend Well for Bank, Overseas Investors in MBS, Analysts Say

Analysts at Wells Fargo Securities worry that the post-election rate shock is not a positive omen for bank and overseas investors in MBS. “Since the U.S. presidential election, the 10-year yield has sold off by 55 basis points in a matter of two weeks,” they said in a recent client note. “Although banks and overseas investors are typically looking to buy on dips, large selloffs do not bode well for demand from these investors right after a rate shock. For banks, a large rate shock results in a hit on their regulatory capital.” According to their calculations, during the week ending Nov. 9, 2016, the net realized gains on bank portfolios declined...


December 2, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

MBS Prices Continue to Dive as the Rates Climb; FNMA 3.5 Replaces the 3.0 as the Benchmark

The average daily trading volume in agency MBS hit a yearly high of $224.4 billion in October, according to figures compiled by the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association. With liquidity improving, the year-to-date average now stands at $206.6 billion, compared to $198.7 billion in 2015. The November reading should be out by the end of next week. Investors might be...


November 23, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Court Grants Cert in NovaStar; FHLB Claims versus RBS Dismissed; Ally Settles; Nomura/RBS to Pay Up

A U.S. district court judge in New York has certified a class of investors to move forward with mortgage-related fraud claims they have brought against three large banks. MBS investors led by plaintiff New Jersey Carpenters Health Fund sued units of Wells Fargo that were acquired from Wachovia Capital Markets, Royal Bank of Scotland and Deutsche Bank that helped underwrite $7.7 billion of MBS issued by failed subprime lender NovaStar Mortgage. The plaintiffs accused...


November 23, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

AIG Looks to Increase Investments in Home Mortgages, Complete ‘Internal Securitization’ of Various Loan Types

American International Group is working to “rebalance its exposure to residential mortgages” after the company’s sale of United Guaranty, a private mortgage insurer. Douglas Dachille, an executive vice president and CIO at AIG, detailed a number of plans late last week in a presentation to investors. He said the insurance giant is structuring direct investments in residential and commercial mortgages and other whole loans. “The team is...


November 23, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

SFIG Offers Benchmark for Reps and Warrants on Non-Agency MBS in Effort to Improve Transparency

The latest “Green Paper” from the Structured Finance Industry Group proposes that issuers of non-agency MBS improve transparency by comparing the representations and warranties on a new issuance with a set of benchmark reps and warrants. “A substantial population of investors have very clearly stated their collective belief that the current representation-and-warranty process is neither practically useful for its intended purpose, nor scalable,” according to the fourth SFIG Green Paper aimed at reviving the non-agency MBS market. Currently, non-agency MBS issuers provide...


November 18, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

News Briefs

The Structured Finance Industry Group published the fourth edition of its “RMBS 3.0 Green Papers” this week. The trade group said it will release a fifth edition of the Green Papers in the coming weeks. The latest papers address various issues in the non-agency mortgage-backed security market, including representations and warranties, the concept of a deal agent and data disclosure. Moody’s Investors Service this month withdrew its assessment of ... [Includes two briefs]


November 18, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Income& Works to Expand Non-QM Investor Base

A start-up is working to allow retirees and other individual investors to buy into non-qualified mortgages, a market that so far has been dominated by hedge funds and other large institutional investors, along with occasional inclusion in non-agency mortgage-backed securities. Brad Walker, CEO of Income&, said the new platform offers an alternative to traditional fixed-income investments. He said Income& is trying to create a higher-yielding, lower-risk fixed-income instrument ...


November 18, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Improved Pricing for Redwood’s Jumbo MBS

Pricing has improved sequentially with each of the three jumbo mortgage-backed securities Redwood Trust has issued this year, according to officials at the real estate investment trust. Redwood’s most recent deal, a $343.16 million jumbo MBS, was issued in October. Christopher Abate, Redwood’s president and CFO, said it’s possible that the REIT will issue another jumbo MBS this year. Marty Hughes, Redwood’s CEO, added a caveat about uncertainty in the financial markets ...


November 18, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Room for Growth as Verizon is Set to Issue the Second ABS Backed by Cell Phone Payment Plans

An affiliate of Verizon Communications will issue a $1.40 billion ABS backed by payment plans for cell phones, according to presale reports. It’s the second transaction of its kind from Verizon, with industry analysts projecting that issuance could increase due to widespread financing for cell phones and investor demands. Verizon Owner Trust 2016-2 received preliminary AAA ratings from Fitch Ratings and S&P Global Ratings. It’s larger than the $1.17 billion ABS Verizon issued in July and the senior tranche on the pending issuance includes slightly less credit enhancement, indicating increased comfort among rating services. The July issuance included...


November 18, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Banks Upped Their Holdings of Residential MBS In 3Q16, Focusing on GSE Pass-Through Market

Commercial banks and savings institutions boosted their holdings of residential MBS substantially during the third quarter, a new analysis of call-report data by Inside MBS & ABS reveals. Banks and thrifts held a record $1.732 trillion of residential MBS in their available-for-sale and held-to-maturity accounts at the end of September, a 2.9 percent increase from June, not including $46.3 billion in trading accounts. The emphasis was heavily on agency pass-through securities, with holdings of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac MBS surging 6.6 percent higher. Ginnie Mae saw...[Includes two data tables]


November 11, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Goldman Sachs to Settle CDO Case; Nomura to Pay $3M to NCUA; REIT Accused of Excessive Fees

Goldman Sachs has agreed to pay an undisclosed settlement amount to ACA Financial Guaranty Corp. to resolve allegations of fraud related to insurance on a collateralized debt obligation backed by subprime mortgages. Details of the Abacus CDO settlement were not disclosed, although ACA initially sought $120 million in damages. First filed in 2011, ACA’s lawsuit accused Goldman Sachs and hedge fund Paulson & Co. of fraudulently persuading it to guarantee payments on the CDO prior to the financial crisis. ACA alleged...


November 11, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Ginnie Mae Expects New Pooling Requirements for Streamline Refis Will Ease Investor Prepay Concerns

Ginnie Mae’s decision to change the pooling requirements for streamline refinance loans should boost investor confidence and slow new production of GNMA IIs, Deutsche Bank analysts said. The change could be seen as mildly more restrictive than current pooling standards, particularly having more impact on VA loans, which unlike FHA, have no seasoning requirement to qualify for streamline refinancing, said Jeana Curro, bank research analyst. Under new guidance issued last month, in order to be pooled into standard Ginnie I or Ginnie II multi-issuer pools, streamline refi loans must show...


November 11, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Credit Suisse More than Doubles Its Mortgage-Lending Warehouse Securitization Balance to $2.0 Billion

Credit Suisse issued two more series of notes this week on its mortgage-lending warehouse securitization offering, according to Moody’s Investors Service. The $1.20 billion in total new issuance from the Wall Street firm followed two notes it issued in August totaling $800 million. As with the August issuance, the new Mortgage Repurchase Agreement Financing Trust, Series 2016-3 and Series 2016-4, received A2 ratings from Moody’s. All of the deals were underwritten by Credit Suisse and HSBC Securities. The transactions are backed...


November 11, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Mortgage REIT Holdings of Residential MBS Declined In Third Quarter Because of Institutional Departures

Real estate investment trusts that focus on the residential MBS market reported a modest decline in agency MBS holdings during the third quarter, according to a new Inside MBS & ABS analysis. A group of 17 large, publicly traded mortgage REITs held a combined $217.24 billion of agency MBS at the end of September, down 1.2 percent from the mid-year mark. But the decline was largely due to shuffling in the ranks that resulted in two firms exiting the business. Annaly Capital Management completed...[Includes one data table]


November 4, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Investors on Urban Institute Symposium Talk Private Label Securities and Credit-Risk Transfers

Investors said that market is in the “sweet spot” when it comes to mortgage credit, while speaking at a symposium in Washington sponsored by the Urban Institute and CoreLogic this week. John Vibert, managing director and co-head of structured products for Prudential, said his company is much more interested in financing nonperforming loans than in owning such assets. “We think...


November 4, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

It’s Now December or Bust for a Rate Hike This Year As FOMC Holds Interest Rates Steady as in 2015

The Federal Reserve’s Open Market Committee appears to be repeating last year’s story line of promising multiple increases in interest rates at the start of the year, only to delay and delay until the final month, when it finally raised rates a bare minimum of 25 basis points. This month, the Fed passed on another opportunity to raise rates and suggested to many in the market that it finally will ratchet the federal funds target rate up a notch at its final meeting of the year in mid-December. The FOMC said the labor market has continued to strengthen and economic activity has picked up from the modest pace seen in the first half of this year. “Although the unemployment rate is little changed in recent months, job gains have been solid,” the committee said. Meanwhile, household spending has risen...


November 3, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Finance

New Approaches to Front-End GSE Risk-Sharing Being Explored as Some Lenders Question Bigger PMI Role

Many industry experts are advising Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to expand so-called front-end approaches to credit-risk transfers that have so far relied heavily on structured debt notes and reinsurance contracts arranged long after loans are sold to the two government-sponsored enterprises. In a comment letter filed with the Federal Housing Finance Agency, Redwood Trust suggested that “a more robust front-end CRT program [should] at least match the volume of back-end transactions.” Through the end of September, Fannie and Freddie have issued $35.88 billion of back-end debt notes covering $1.223 trillion of single-family mortgages, according to Inside MBS & ABS, an affiliated newsletter. Redwood is...


October 28, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Issuance of Securities Backed by Single-Family Rentals Bouncing Back; Two Unique Deals Hit the Market

Single-family rental securitization is increasing as spreads have recovered after sell-offs seen earlier this year, according to analysts. While issuance volume will likely be down this year compared with recent years, various factors point to relatively strong issuance of SFR securities going forward. Through September, $2.70 billion in SFR securities had been issued in 2016, according to commercial MBS data tracked by Inside MBS & ABS. That compares to $7.17 billion for all of last year. While issuance has lagged this year, Ying Shen, a research analyst at Deutsche Bank Securities, said...


October 28, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

DOJ, State AGs Take Aim at Moody’s for Pre-Crisis MBS Ratings; Case May Mirror S&P’s 2013 Lawsuit

Allegations in an impending government MBS fraud case against Moody’s Corp. will likely mirror allegations of fraud and misrepresentation in a 2013 civil suit against Standard & Poor’s, according to industry observers. Moody’s disclosed the expected case in a recent filing of third-quarter earnings results with the Securities and Exchange Commission. According to the credit rating agency, lawsuits are likely pending from both the Department of Justice and state attorneys general over ratings of MBS in the years leading up to the financial crisis. In a letter dated Sept. 29, 2016, the DOJ informed...


October 28, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

GSE Officials Are Eager to Expand Risk-Transfer Program But Show Little Interest in Deeper MI

Fannie Mae this week joined Freddie Mac in announcing a front-end credit-risk transfer pilot that will use additional levels of private mortgage insurance, but the so-called deep MI option looks like a long shot. “Credit-risk transfer is the next big thing, and though we’re already three years into it, it’s still very much a work in progress,” said Donald Layton, Freddie’s CEO, during the annual convention of the Mortgage Bankers Association in Boston this week. “About 50 percent of the credit risk that’s coming in is...


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