Non-Agency MBS

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August 18, 2014 - Inside the CFPB

CFPB Rule Impeding Return of Private Capital to Housing Finance

A number of mortgage finance industry groups have expressed concern about how the CFPB’s ability-to-repay rule is interfering with the return of private investor capital back into the sector – mostly because of the rule’s assignee liability provisions. The industry comments came in response to a request from the Treasury Department in June for suggestions to encourage private capital to return to the non-agency mortgage-backed securities space. The Association of Institutional Investors said the ATR rule’s assignee liability provision “unfairly punishes investors who have nothing to do with the origination of loans and oftentimes have limited insight into the origination practices.” The assignee liability provision therefore introduces a risk that is almost impossible to price for those not directly involved in ...


August 15, 2014 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Redwood Sees Strong Growth with Jumbo Sellers

Redwood Trust is set to significantly increase the number of lenders that sell jumbo mortgages to the real estate investment trust, according to company officials, largely from a new partnership with the Federal Home Loan Banks. Redwood had 140 active sellers at the end of June. The REIT plans to start testing its high-balance loan program with the FHLBanks’ Mortgage Partnership Finance Program in the fourth quarter of this year. Redwood said about 750 of the more than ...


August 15, 2014 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Morgan Stanley to Issue Unique Jumbo MBS

Morgan Stanley was set to issue its first jumbo mortgage-backed security since the financial crisis this week. The $256.48 million deal differs from most jumbo MBS issued in recent years in that all the loans were sourced from one lender, and they’re all adjustable-rate mortgages, including a fair number of interest-only loans. Morgan Stanley Residential Mortgage Loan Trust 2014-1 was scheduled to close Aug. 15. Fitch Ratings and Standard & Poor’s gave the deal ...


August 15, 2014 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

SFIG Seeks to Improve MBS Transparency

The Structured Finance Industry Group has proposed investor-friendly standards for non-agency mortgage-backed securities in an effort to increase activity in the sector. The first “green paper” on Project RMBS 3.0 focuses on representations and warranties, triggers for independent reviews and disclosure of underwriting guidelines. “The goal here is to produce a proposal for standards that we would hope the industry adopts,” said Richard Johns, SFIG’s executive director ...


August 15, 2014 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Significant Number of Issues Need Fixing To Restore Non-Agency MBS Market

Trustee responsibilities, the role of the government-sponsored enterprises, deal documentation, loan-level disclosures, servicing, ratings, assignee liability, regulatory uncertainty, lien priority, bondholder communication and incentives for banks. These are just a few of the issues that need to be addressed for non-agency MBS issuance to resume in a meaningful manner, according to industry participants. About 25 comment letters were submitted after a request from the Treasury ...


August 15, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

GSE MBS Portfolios Continued Shrinking in 2Q14 Fueled by Bigger Declines in Non-Agency Holdings

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac continued their conservatorship march toward smaller retained mortgage portfolios during the second quarter of 2014, with most of the focus on non-agency collateral, according to a new analysis by Inside MBS & ABS. The two government-sponsored enterprises ended June with a combined $872.7 billion in mortgage-related holdings, down 3.3 percent from the previous quarter. Compared to a year ago, their combined portfolio was down 19.7 percent. It was down 45.2 percent from the $1.592 trillion they held in the fourth quarter of 2008 shortly after the two were put in conservatorship. The biggest decline has been...[Includes one data chart]


August 15, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

SIFMA Bucks Industry Trend, Calls For Slow Increase of Fannie, Freddie MBS Guaranty Fees

The Federal Housing Finance Agency should act now to slowly increase Fannie Mae’s and Freddie Mac’s guaranty fees, according to the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association. SIFMA’s tempered support of a proposed government-sponsored enterprise g-fee increase runs contrary to the position held by much of the rest of the industry – that now is not the time. “We encourage...


August 15, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

REITs Increased MBS Holdings During 2Q14 As Fed Leaves More Space for Other Investors

The gradual slowdown in agency MBS purchases by the Federal Reserve helped real estate investment trusts grow their MBS portfolios during the second quarter of 2014. A new Inside MBS & ABS analysis of REIT earnings reports found that the industry held $286.3 billion of MBS as of the end of June. That was up 9.7 percent from the previous quarter and marked the first increase in REIT MBS holdings since the third quarter of 2012, when the aggregate industry portfolio was $374.2 billion. At the top of the sector, Annaly Capital Management reported...


August 15, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

Strong Demand in Secondary Market for Re-Performing Mortgages, Largely Without Ratings on MBS Deals

Investor demand for re-performing loans has been so strong in recent months that some firms are sitting on the sidelines as yields have become unattractive. Re-performing loans are being sold both as whole loans and in non-agency MBS, largely without ratings. William Gorin, director and CEO of MFA Financial, said the real estate investment trust has been investing in unrated non-agency MBS backed by re-performing loans that were originated between 2005 and 2007. “The average credit support is...


August 15, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

Investors Want Overhaul of Non-Agency MBS Market, Issuers Willing to Make Some Changes

Potential investors in non-agency MBS are calling for significant changes to the market before they’re willing to resume investing in new non-agency MBS. Non-agency MBS issuers indicate that they are willing to make some changes to attract investors, while other adjustments will require action by federal regulators or Congress. In June, the Treasury Department requested comments on how to increase non-agency activity and decrease the agency MBS share of mortgage financing. The comment period closed late last week, with about 25 industry participants submitting feedback. John Gidman, president of the Association of Institutional Investors, said...


August 14, 2014 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Incentives for Bank Portfolio Holdings a Factor in Effort to Increase Non-Agency Mortgage Activity

Banks need incentives to issue non-agency mortgage-backed securities instead of holding loans in portfolio, according to boosters of the non-agency MBS market. The Federal Reserve’s monetary policies and capital requirements set by federal regulators have played a role in the shift from non-agency MBS issuance to banks holding loans in portfolio. “Historically, major banks were the predominant sponsors of private-label securities transactions, especially for 30-year jumbo fixed-rate loans, which are not a good asset/liability match for their balance sheets,” officials at Redwood Trust noted in a comment letter submitted to the Treasury Department. In June, the Treasury issued a request for comments on how to increase non-agency activity in the mortgage market. In 2013, only 4.8 percent of the estimated $272.0 billion in non-agency jumbo originations were included...


August 8, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

Ocwen Plans to Use Its Clean-Up Call Option On Vintage Non-Agency MBS It Services

Officials at Ocwen Financial announced late last week that the company plans to use its clean-up call option on loans backing vintage non-agency MBS that it services. Officials see strong profits in paying off non-agency MBS investors at par and then liquidating real estate owned properties whose loans were included in non-agency MBS. “The opportunity results from the arbitrage of the underlying loans in REO being worth more than the securities,” William Erbey, Ocwen’s executive chairman, said during the servicer’s earnings call for the second quarter of 2014. “In other words, the whole is worth less than the sum of the parts.” He said...


August 8, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

SFIG Proposes Standards for Non-Agency MBS, Seeks Industry-Driven Solution for Stalled Market

The Structured Finance Industry Group this week proposed the first in a planned long line of standards aimed at increasing transparency for non-agency MBS investors and boosting new issuance. The first edition in the SFIG’s series of “green papers” covers certain representations and warranties, triggers for repurchase, due diligence and communication with investors. Richard Johns, SFIG’s executive director, said about 200 individuals from about 50 organizations involved in the non-agency MBS market have participated in Project RMBS 3.0. “The goal here is...


August 1, 2014 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

News Briefs

Statebridge Company has received a mid-tier rating for subservicing mortgages from Fitch Ratings. The nonbank servicer was established in 2008 and is owned by FrontRange Capital Partners, along with Kevin Kanouff, Statebridge’s CEO and David McDonnell, the servicer’s managing director. As of the end of the second quarter of 2014, Statebridge subserviced $1.08 billion in mortgages, according to Fitch ... [Includes five briefs]


August 1, 2014 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Frank: QRM Not Intended to Equal QM

The risk-retention standard federal regulators are leaning toward establishing isn’t what was intended under the Dodd-Frank Act, according to one of the main authors of the DFA. Barney Frank, a former Democrat congressman from Massachusetts, said aligning the definition for qualified mortgages with the definition for qualified residential mortgages would be a “grave error.” The DFA required federal regulators to establish standards for QRMs ...


August 1, 2014 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Banks Top Contributors to Jumbo MBS

While banks have plenty of capacity to retain jumbo mortgages in portfolio, the top two contributors to jumbo mortgage-backed securities issued in the second quarter of 2014 were actually banks, according to a new ranking and analysis by Inside Nonconforming Markets. First Republic Bank and JPMorgan Chase were the top two contributors to the scant four jumbo MBS during the quarter. And since the start of 2013, three of the top five ... [Includes one data chart]


August 1, 2014 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Two Harbors Set to Return to Jumbo MBS Issuance

Two Harbors Investment is preparing to issue a $267.67 million jumbo mortgage-backed security, according to a preliminary term sheet obtained by Inside Nonconforming Markets. The deal is scheduled to close Aug. 5, nearly a year after the only other jumbo MBS issued by Two Harbors. Agate Bay Mortgage Trust 2014-1 is backed by 30-year fixed-rate mortgages from a variety of lenders, led by RPM Mortgage with a 12.8 percent share, New York Community Bank ...


August 1, 2014 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Plenty of Suggestions for Reform of Non- Agency Market; Revival a Long Way Off

Efforts to reform the non-agency market may be gathering momentum as the Structured Finance Industry Group is set to reveal its preliminary recommendations for changes to non-agency mortgage-backed securities and comments on the sector’s reform are due to the Treasury Department shortly. Industry participants have plenty of suggestions for how to fix the market, but any revival looks to be years away. On Aug. 4, the SFIG will release “green papers” as part of its Project RMBS 3.0 initiative ...


August 1, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

Non-Agency MBS Investors Continue to Complain About Loan Mods Provisions in Legal Settlements

A trade group representing non-agency MBS investors continues to raise concerns about settlements that give servicers credit for completing loan modifications on mortgages in non-agency MBS. Regulators and others counter that the settlements include protections for the investors, who ultimately benefit from loan mods completed under the settlements. The latest flare-up involves $4.0 billion in loss mitigation actions required of JPMorgan Chase under a recent settlement with federal and state regulators. Last week, the settlement’s monitor credited Chase with $6.31 million in consumer relief under the settlement, with 56 percent of the relief completed on Chase’s own holdings and the remainder completed on loans serviced for others, likely mortgages in non-agency MBS. The settlement prompted...


August 1, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

Commercial Mortgage Securitization Rebounds In Second Quarter Despite Sluggish Agency Market

A solid increase in non-agency commercial MBS issuance during the second quarter of 2014 provided most of the lift in new income-property securitizations, according to a new Inside MBS & ABS market analysis. A total of $36.69 billion of commercial mortgages were securitized during the second quarter, up 16.1 percent from the first three months of the year. At the midway point in 2014, new CMBS issuance remained 24.7 percent behind the heady levels recorded over the same period last year, which ended up being the market’s highest point since the financial crisis. Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Ginnie Mae saw...[Includes two data charts]


July 24, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

RMBS Liquidations Are Up for First Time in Two Years Due Partly to Growing Bank REO Properties

The conditional default rate, or annualized liquidations, of non-agency MBS loans rose 20 basis points to 4.92 percent in the second quarter, after declining for seven consecutive quarters from 9.76 percent in the second quarter of 2012, Fitch Ratings reported this week. “The recent turnaround in the trend can be partly attributed to a growing portion of bank-held real estate owned properties, which typically liquidate much faster than those that are still in the foreclosure process,” said Fitch. The rate of completed foreclosures to REO property has trended higher for four consecutive quarters. The previous decline in the CDR was driven...


July 24, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

Strong Investor Demand Seen for BlackRock’s Large Auctions of Vintage Non-Agency MBS

In the past two weeks, BlackRock has completed auctions of vintage non-agency MBS with a total unpaid principal balance of $8.1 billion. While the sales had the potential to push too much supply into the market, investor demand for the securities appears to have been strong. The market absorbed the first auction, for $3.7 billion in mostly subprime MBS from 2006, “without a hiccup,” according to analysts at Barclays Capital. Credit Suisse submitted winning bids on all of the non-agency MBS auctioned by BlackRock in the past two weeks, with most of the securities quickly being placed with other investors, indicating strong demand. Of the $3.7 billion in non-agency MBS auctioned last week, 96 percent of the balance was placed...


July 18, 2014 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

News Briefs

CORRECTION: The jumbo mortgage-backed securities issuers and underwriters ranking published in the July 4, 2014, issue of Inside Nonconforming Markets has been revised due to a data error. The revised chart is available online. Citigroup agreed to a $7.0 billion settlement this week with federal regulators and certain states related to non-agency MBS activities prior to 2009. Associate Attorney General Tony West suggested that ... [Includes seven briefs]


July 18, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

Single, Numerical Scale Suggested as the Fix For Structured Finance Transaction Ratings

As the Securities and Exchange Commission continues to consider how to reform the rating process for structured finance transactions, including non-agency MBS, industry analysts affiliated with the Brookings Institution suggested that the fix doesn’t require altering the issuer-pay model that has been in place for more than 40 years. Instead, the SEC should help establish transparent, numerical benchmarks, according to two industry participants, shifting away from the current system of letter-based ratings that are also used for corporate debt and sovereign debt. Ann Rutledge, a founding principal at R&R Consulting, a credit rating service, and Robert Litan, a nonresident senior fellow at The Brookings Institution, detailed their proposal in an economic study recently published by Brookings. “Securities that are rated only in an ordinal fashion – in order of likelihood of default – can be...


July 18, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

Issuance of Re-REMICs on the Rise in 2014, Deals Are Offering Enhanced Returns Compared with Vintage Non-Agency MBS

Re-securitization activity is above levels seen last year because of compressed yields on vintage non-agency MBS, according to industry analysts. Re-securitizations – all of which are privately placed and typically without a rating – can offer investors more credit risk and leverage than vintage non-agency MBS. In the first half of 2014, 20 re-securitizations of real estate mortgage investment conduits totaling $5.90 billion were issued, according to Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Activity is picking up: June alone accounted for 28.3 percent of the issuance. “In an environment where yields have compressed in the vintage non-agency space, subordinate re-REMIC classes can offer...


July 18, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

Non-Agency MBS Market Sputters in 2Q14 As Jumbo and Servicing Advance Deals Slow

The modest rebound in non-agency MBS issuance during the first three months of 2014 fizzled during the second quarter of the year, according to a new analysis and ranking by Inside MBS & ABS. A total of just $1.60 billion of non-agency MBS were issued during the second quarter, a 62.7 percent decline from the previous period. It was the lowest quarterly volume in new issuance since the financial crisis of 2008. On a year-to-date basis, new issuance was...


July 11, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

‘Flood of Litigation’ Expected Against Non-Agency MBS Trustees for Failing to Pursue Buyback Claims

The six lawsuits filed in June by institutional investors against non-agency MBS trustees are just the beginning of actions against trustees, according to an attorney who has pursued representation-and-warranty claims against non-agency MBS issuers. “We are likely to see a flood of litigation against trustees alleging that the banks sat on their hands and blew the statute of limitations on valuable putback claims,” according to Isaac Gradman, an attorney at Perry Johnson Anderson Miller & Moskowitz. The June lawsuits by BlackRock, PIMCO and other institutional investors targeted...


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