Non-Agency MBS

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May 27, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Securitization Rates Remain Relatively Low in Early 2016, Even the Government Market Is Lagging

The share of new home mortgage originations packaged into MBS drifted slightly lower in the first quarter of 2016, a new Inside MBS & ABS analysis reveals. Some $255.7 billion of newly originated mortgages were pooled in MBS in the first three months of the year, representing a paltry 67.3 percent of the estimated $380 billion of first-lien originations in the primary market. For the purposes of calculating securitization rates, loans aged more than three months and modified loans are excluded from agency MBS issuance figures. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac securitized...[Includes one data table]


May 27, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Correspondence Between SEC and Redwood Shows That Publicly-Registered MBS Are Subject to Meticulous Scrutiny

Issuers of non-agency MBS willing to issue publicly-registered securities can look forward to thorough reviews by the Securities and Exchange Commission. Redwood Trust filed an updated shelf registration with the SEC this month and the SEC released some of the feedback that went into crafting the issuer’s new Form SF-3. Issuance of publicly-registered non-agency MBS has been minimal since the financial crisis, with issuers seeing pricing in the private 144A market as adequate. Public transactions are subject to more extensive disclosure standards than private deals. An initial letter from the SEC dated Oct. 29, 2014, noted...


May 27, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Potential Investors in New Non-Agency MBS Stress The Need for a Deal Agent, Operational Issues Persist

Some potential investors in new non-agency MBS insist that a deal agent or transaction manager is necessary to revive the non-agency MBS market. Some issuers are willing to include a deal agent in their securities, though the exact functions and pricing issues still need to be worked out. “Many potential buyers of residential MBS have a strong desire for improved transaction governance mechanisms such as the use of independent deal agents,” Moody’s Investors Service said in a report published late last week. The rating service recently held a meeting with investors, issuers and others involved in the non-agency MBS market. Moody’s said...


May 27, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Test of Deeper MI Credit-Risk Transfer May Happen Later This Year, But GSEs Still Wary of the Risks

One of the government-sponsored enterprises appears likely to test a form of credit-risk transfer that mortgage bankers have been clamoring for: transactions that allow mortgage sellers to pay lower MBS guarantee fees on loans that have deeper mortgage insurance coverage than is required by the GSE charters. Robert Schaefer, vice president for credit enhancement strategy at Fannie Mae, said there is “a high probability that we will do an MI deal later this year that addresses the pain points” the GSE sees in the deeper MI concept. “We are talking...[Includes one data table]


May 20, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Investors Ready for Non-Agency MBS, GSE Reform

A group of investors pushed back against suggestions that so-called private capital won’t return to the market for new non-agency mortgage-backed securities. The Association of Mortgage Investors took exception to recent comments by Timothy Mayopoulos, president and CEO of Fannie Mae. He predicted that the non-agency MBS market won’t come back due to significant losses suffered during the financial crisis. However, the AMI said the government-sponsored enterprises are ...


May 20, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Banks Seen as Key for Non-QM MBS

For the issuance of mortgage-backed securities with non-qualified mortgages to take off, industry analysts suggest that banks need to play a larger role. To this point, nonbanks have been the only issuers of non-QM MBS. Ron D’Vari and Timothy Bernstein, analysts at New Oak, authored an overview of non-QM MBS issued in the latest issue of The Journal of Structured Finance, which was published this month. The analysts said real estate investment trusts and hedge funds ...


May 20, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Clayton Receives First Rating as MBS Deal Agent

Clayton Holdings was rated as a deal agent for non-agency mortgage-backed securities last week. The rating by Morningstar Credit Ratings was the first formal assessment of a deal agent, a role aimed at improving protections for investors in new non-agency MBS. Morningstar also assessed Clayton as a representation-and-warranty reviewer, assigning ratings of MOR RV2 for both functions. The firm’s rating scale ranges from RV1 to RV4 and Morningstar said it is the only ...


May 20, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

SFIG’s TRID Effort Viewed Favorably

The proposed standards drafted by the Structured Finance Industry Group regarding mortgage disclosure rules will help address issues in the non-agency market, according to investors and rating services. Moody’s Investors Service hosted a meeting last week with a group of investors, issuers and others involved in non-agency MBS. Among other issues, the group discussed the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s combined Truth in Lending Act and the ...


May 20, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Chimera Sees Promise in Risk-Retention Requirements For Non-Agency MBS, Projects Returns in Double Digits

Risk-retention requirements included in the Dodd-Frank Act that met strong opposition from industry participants may turn out to be a profit source for some real estate investment trusts. Non-agency MBS have been subject to risk-retention requirements since the end of 2015, while the rules go into effect at the end of this year for commercial MBS and other asset classes. “I believe...


May 13, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Re-Performing Transactions Look Good, In Line With Expectations, Fitch Ratings Says

The track record of U.S. re-performing loan MBS transactions rated by Fitch Ratings is pretty much what the ratings service expected, and somewhat better than other deals that were not rated, analysts at Fitch said in a new report. “While still very early, the rated transactions issued since 2014 have performed within initial expectations, reflecting positive selection of the borrowers included in the mortgage pools, extensive up-front diligence and supportive transaction structures,” ...


May 13, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

SFIG’s Draft Standards Regarding TRID Seen as ‘Adequate’ to Address Risks to Non-Agency MBS

Draft standards proposed by the Structured Finance Industry Group to address TRID mortgage disclosure issues adequately address the risks posed to non-agency MBS, according to Moody’s Investors Service. The rating service published a detailed analysis of SFIG’s draft proposal this week. On March 18, SFIG proposed a draft standardized approach to the scope of review for exceptions to the combined Truth in Lending Act and Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act ...


May 13, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Mortgage REITs Scale Back MBS Holdings in 1Q16, But Boost Non-Agency Investment Slightly

Real estate investment trusts that specialize in the residential MBS market held $232.44 billion of agency and non-agency MBS at the end of March, according to a new Inside MBS & ABS analysis. The MBS holdings of 16 top mortgage REITs were down 0.3 percent from the fourth quarter and off 11.9 percent from March 2015. However, several REITs boosted their positions during early 2016 and the industry is slated to see a major merger of two firms ... [Includes one data chart]


May 6, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

MBS Leads Declines in GSEs’ Nonprime Holdings

Among the government-sponsored enterprises’ holdings of nonprime mortgages, non-agency mortgage-backed securities are declining much more quickly than purchased/guaranteed mortgages, according to an analysis by Inside Nonconforming Markets. The combined nonprime MBS holdings of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac declined by 9.6 percent during the first quarter of 2016 compared with the end of 2015. The GSEs’ combined purchased/guaranteed holdings of subprime mortgages and Alt A mortgages declined by 4.1 percent in that time. Similar trends are evident on a yearly basis. MBS account...


May 6, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

GSEs Prune Retained Investment Portfolios To Meet FHFA’s Conservatorship Cap

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac trimmed their retained mortgage investment portfolios in the first quarter of 2016 by a combined 2.8 percent. The Federal Housing Finance Agency directed the government-sponsored enterprises to wind down their portfolios by 15 percent each year until they reach $250 billion by 2018. At the end of the first quarter, Fannie’s mortgage-related investment portfolio dropped to $332.6 billion, a 3.6 percent decline from December 2015. The biggest drop was in the GSE’s non-agency MBS holdings, which fell 21.3 percent in the first quarter to just $13.3 billion, roughly one tenth the amount held back in the heyday of the subprime and Alt A MBS markets. Fannie plans...[Includes one data table]


May 6, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Investor Demand for Non-QM MBS Fairly Low, Limiting Prospects for Issuance in the Near Term

Industry participants are gearing up for non-agency MBS backed by non-qualified mortgages, but don’t expect a flood of volume anytime soon. Four non-agency MBS backed by new nonprime mortgages were issued in 2015, the largest of which was a $150.35 million deal from Angel Oak Capital Advisors. None of the deals were subject to risk-retention requirements that took effect at the end of 2015 and none were rated. A rating on a non-QM MBS could improve...


May 5, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Second-Tier Servicers and Nonbanks Continue Claiming Bigger Slice of Mortgage Servicing Market

Although several high-profile, publicly traded nonbank servicers are having a tough time turning a profit, non-depository institutions continued to build market share in mortgage servicing during the first quarter of 2016, a new Inside Mortgage Finance ranking reveals. On the whole, mortgage servicing is somewhat stagnant. The top 50 servicers as of the end of March managed a combined portfolio of $7.266 trillion, down very slightly from the previous quarter. Servicing tied to Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Ginnie Mae mortgage-backed securities managed a humble 0.2 percent gain in the first quarter, and the non-agency MBS market is still in the doldrums. It remains...[Includes two data tables]


April 29, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Taco Bell Offers $2.1 Billion Whole-Business Securitization; $7.5 Billion Projected in 2015

Structured finance investors don’t have much of an appetite for new non-agency MBS, but they appear to be hungry for fast-food business securitizations. Taco Bell is the latest firm to enter the market, offering a $2.10 billion securitization. The planned Taco Bell Funding LLC Series 2016-1 received preliminary BBB ratings from Standard & Poor’s late last week. It’s the second whole-business securitization to price this year, following a $575.0 million deal involving Sonic Drive-In that also priced in April. The Taco Bell securitization is backed...


April 29, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

As SFIG Members Continue to Work on TRID Standards, Rating Services Line Up to Rate New Non-Agency MBS

A lack of formal guidance from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau regarding TRID mortgage disclosures won’t prevent rating services from placing ratings on new non-agency MBS. The rating services are even willing to rate new deals before the Structured Finance Industry Group releases standards for the handling of TRID issues by third-party due diligence firms. However, issuers and investors appear to be less comfortable with liability from the rule the CFPB implemented in October combining the disclosure requirements of the Truth in Lending Act and the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act. Save for a $331.95 million jumbo MBS issued by Two Harbors Investment at the end of March, no firm has issued a deal that includes loans subject to TRID. On March 18, SFIG proposed...


April 29, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Commercial Mortgage Securitization Down in Early 2016 as Both Non-Agency and Agency Sectors Slump

New MBS issuance backed by income-property mortgages fell in the first quarter of 2016 as all sectors of the market got off to a weak start in the new year, according to a new Inside MBS & ABS analysis. A total of $44.78 billion of commercial mortgages were securitized in the first three months of the year, down 11.8 percent from the fourth quarter. It marked the lowest three-month output since the second quarter of 2014, when $37.61 billion of commercial mortgages were securitized. Both sides of the industry saw...[Includes one data table]


April 28, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Delinquency Rates Continue to Decline though Long Foreclosure Timelines Persist for Pre-Crisis Mortgages

The performance of mortgages originated in recent years remains strong, pushing down delinquency rates across loan types. However, liquidation timelines for certain loans have hit new highs recently as servicers continue to work on foreclosing mortgages that went into default years ago. As of the end of March, the overall delinquency rate on mortgages declined to 4.08 percent, according to Black Knight Financial Services. The delinquency rate declined by 12.4 percent compared with March 2015 and is at its lowest point since March 2007. The foreclosure pre-sale inventory rate was...


April 22, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

News Briefs

First Republic Bank announced this week that it increased its minimum wage to $20 per hour. The bank, which focuses on originating jumbo mortgages, also introduced a purchase-mortgage product for borrowers in underserved minority neighborhoods. Officials at First Republic were unwilling to elaborate on the new initiatives beyond details provided in a press release. “First Republic has an active and significant commitment to building ... [Includes nine briefs]


April 22, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Non-Agency MBS Investors Seen as Fickle

New reports suggest that government-backed mortgage markets provide better stability for the economy, while investors in non-agency mortgage-backed securities were faulted for abandoning the market after the start of the financial crisis. A paper published last week by economists at the Federal Reserve found that areas with high levels of participation from the government-sponsored enterprises and FHA had relatively lower unemployment rates, higher home sales ...


April 22, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

TRID Issues Persist in Non-Agency Market; New MBS Avoids Liability Altogether

Relatively strong pricing for a jumbo mortgage-backed security issued at the end of March appears to have done little thus far to open the spigot for deals that include loans subject to the TRID mortgage disclosure rule. The $331.95 million Agate Bay Mortgage Trust 2016-2 was issued by Two Harbors Investment at the end of March. The deal included 43 mortgages subject to TRID, many of which had initial compliance exceptions. Analysts at Interactive Data said ...


April 22, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Nation’s Largest MBS Investing REIT About to Expand Into MSR Market With Purchase of Pingora

Pingora Asset Management, one of the largest investors in “flow” mortgage servicing rights arrangements, is about to become the property of the nation’s largest real estate investment trust focused on the MBS market, Annaly Capital Management, New York. The purchase of Pingora’s parent, Hatteras Financial, Winston-Salem, NC – a deal valued at $1.5 billion – was unveiled last week, but one important facet regarding Hatteras garnered little in the way of press attention: that it just happens to own Pingora, which at last check laid claim to roughly $76 billion in MSR assets. However, not all of the servicing rights will become...


April 22, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Velocity to Issue Non-Agency MBS Backed by Residential and Commercial Investment Properties

A lender that focuses on investment properties is preparing to issue a non-agency MBS backed by adjustable-rate mortgages on residential and commercial properties. The deal shares some characteristics with non-agency MBS backed by new loans, but it’s different in a lot of ways. The planned $358.60 million Velocity Commercial Capital 2016-1 received provisional AAA ratings this week from Kroll Bond Rating Agency. Residential properties account for 55.3 percent of the collateral, with small commercial properties making up the rest. All of the mortgages backing the planned MBS are for investment properties. Velocity Commercial Capital issued...


April 18, 2016 - Inside the CFPB

Kroll May Not Rate Non-Agency MBS Subject to TRID Rule, For Now

Kroll Bond Rating Agency warned recently that it might refuse to rate certain non-agency mortgage- backed securities subject to the TRID mortgage disclosure rule until the CFPB issues formal guidance. The rating service said it’s currently unclear whether certain corrections of errors under the bureau’s integrated disclosure rule will subject non-agency MBS investors to assignee liability. This is an issue that the Structured Finance Industry Group continues to work on, with SFIG also stressing that formal guidance from the CFPB is necessary. “In instances where these violations go un-corrected by an originator, KBRA believes the risks associated with TRID-eligible loans, in material concentration, become more significant and that KBRA may consider additional credit enhancement, applying a rating cap, or declining ...


April 15, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Goldman Sachs Settles Pre-Crisis Non-Agency MBS Issues with DOJ, States for $5.06 Billion

The Department of Justice helped lead other federal and state entities in a $5.06 billion settlement with Goldman Sachs. The settlement announced this week involves non-agency MBS underwritten by Goldman between 2005 and 2007. The charges were centered on representations made by Goldman to investors in about 530 non-agency MBS. The offering documents for the MBS stated that mortgages in the deals were originated “generally in accordance with the loan originator’s underwriting guidelines,” other than possible situations where “when the originator identified ‘compensating factors’ at the time of origination.” Findings by third-party due diligence firms helped...


April 15, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Rating Services Ready to Rate MBS With TRID Loans Even Without Formal Guidance from CFPB

Two rating services published reports in recent days stressing that non-agency MBS with loans subject to TRID mortgage disclosures can be rated, even when the loans have TRID violations. The reports are part of an industry effort to deal with the rule that combines disclosure requirements of the Truth in Lending Act and the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act that was promulgated by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and took effect in October. Kroll Bond Rating Agency and Morningstar Credit Ratings published separate reports in the past week stating expectations that TRID will have a “limited” impact on non-agency MBS investors. A number of other rating services have made similar statements since TRID took effect, though that has done little to spur issuance. Only one non-agency MBS with TRID loans has been issued...


April 15, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Non-Agency MBS Market Off at a Dreary Pace In Early 2016, Unique Chase Deal in the Spotlight

New production of non-agency MBS fell sharply in the first quarter of 2016 despite an anomalous rebound in the prime mortgage sector. A mere $8.38 billion of non-agency MBS was issued in the first three months of this year, down 40.8 percent from the fourth quarter and off 64.5 percent from a year ago, according to a new Inside MBS & ABS analysis and ranking. It was the slowest quarter for new issuance since the end of 2013, when just $6.11 billion of new non-agency MBS came to market. The non-agency MBS market remains...[Includes three data tables]


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