Non-Agency MBS

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July 15, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

News Briefs

Social Finance is originating $70 million per month in jumbo mortgages and is considering issuing a jumbo mortgage-backed security, according to industry participants that have met with officials at the marketplace lender. Adjustable-rate mortgages accounted for approximately 25.0 percent of jumbo originations in May, according to Black Knight Financial Services. The firm said the jumbo ARM share of originations has declined from 29.0 percent as recently as ... [Includes five briefs]

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 MBS Underwriting Loosens Slightly

Underwriting characteristics on the jumbo mortgage-backed securities issued in the second quarter of 2016 loosened slightly, according to a new analysis by Inside Nonconforming Markets. The average combined loan-to-value ratio increased somewhat compared with recent quarters and average credit scores declined. Small fluctuations in average debt-to-income ratios have also been seen in the past years. The underwriting characteristics for ... [Includes two data charts]

July 15, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Mixed Results in Moody’s Review of Redwood

An aggregator review of Redwood Trust by Moody’s Investors Service included an affirmation of an “above average” assessment of the firm’s prime jumbo activities along with some criticism of Redwood’s quality control process, among other issues. Moody’s assessment of Redwood’s quality control and audit activities was lowered from average to below average “because Redwood eliminated its independent third-party review quality control process in lieu of due diligence results ...

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 Nonconforming Markets

Chase Readies New Prime Non-Agency MBS with GSE-Eligible Mortgages

JPMorgan Chase is preparing to issue its second large prime non-agency mortgage-backed security with loans eligible for sale to the government-sponsored enterprises, according to documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission this week. While there has been some speculation about the benefits big banks will see from such MBS, Marianne Lake, Chase’s CFO, said the Chase Mortgage Trust transactions are attractive to the bank. “We’re keeping the ...

July 15, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Jumbo Issuance Will Continue to be Minimal as Banks Seek More Economical Solutions, Despite Positive Housing Outlook

The outlook for mortgage and housing activity in 2016 is expected to stay positive, but prime jumbo issuance won’t necessarily benefit from those fundamentals, according to S&P Global Ratings. Overall, the positive housing market is not translating into an increase in issuance or securitization. In fact, S&P analysts on a webinar this week said that non-agency securitization has been relatively flat over the past few years. Prime jumbo issuance continues to experience a dry spell that will most likely continue into the second half of 2016, they said. “If you look at the loans being originated, they are being held...

July 8, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Due Diligence, Cures of Errors Seen as Adequate To Protect Jumbo MBS from Major TRID Losses

The concerns among participants in the jumbo MBS market regarding the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure rule might have been much ado about nothing. A new report from Moody’s Investors Service suggests that TRID violations won’t materially increase losses in jumbo MBS. The rating service said third-party due diligence reviews will identify loans in violation of TRID, and lenders and aggregators will be able to cure many TRID violations before the mortgages are placed in jumbo MBS. Three jumbo MBS have included...

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 8, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Fitch Expects Minimal Rating Impact for Deal Agent in Non-Agency MBS, Some Help for MBS with Weak R&W

Issuers considering including a deal agent in new non-agency MBS will have to look to investors to pay up for the feature as there won’t be much of a rating benefit, according to Fitch Ratings. Some investors have been pushing for a deal agent that would have oversight of various participants in the transaction along with a fiduciary duty to investors. Broad outlines for deal agent responsibilities have been established, but details regarding compensation remain uncertain. Some issuers, including Redwood Trust, have indicated...

July 7, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Fannie/Freddie Business Surged in Second Quarter As Nonbank Sellers Claimed Over Half the Market

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac saw significant increases in the flow of both refinance loans and purchase-money mortgages during the second quarter of 2016, according to a new ranking and analysis by Inside Mortgage Finance. And for the first time in a long while, nonbank mortgage companies delivered over half of the single-family mortgages securitized by the two government-sponsored enterprises. Fannie and Freddie securitized...[Includes three data tables]

July 1, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Bank Holdings of Non-Agency MBS Declining

Bank and thrift holdings of non-agency mortgage-backed securities continue to decline on aggregate, mirroring the gradual drop in the amount of outstanding non-agency MBS. Banks and thrifts held $78.66 billion of non-agency MBS as of the end of the first quarter of 2016, according to a new ranking from the Inside Mortgage Finance Bank Mortgage Database. The holdings declined by 5.0 percent from the previous quarter and by ... [Includes one data chart]

July 1, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

More Hurdles for Bank Non-Agency MBS

The $1.89 billion non-agency mortgage-backed security issued by JPMorgan Chase Bank in April looked promising for boosters of the non-agency MBS market. However, analysts at one of the firms that rated the deal suggest that a number of factors could limit other banks from following Chase’s lead. “Some banks are likely hesitant to securitize loan portfolios because securitizations could reduce return on equity at a time when banks are already struggling to meet ...

July 1, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Fitch Updates Non-Agency MBS Criteria

New criteria from Fitch Ratings for rating non-agency mortgage-backed securities include provisions regarding due diligence grades and the deal agent position planned by some issuers. The criteria published this week include a “realignment” of items that result in C grades and D grades on mortgages reviewed by third-party due diligence firms. The changes include reviews for compliance with the Truth in Lending Act/Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act ...

July 1, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Lone Star Deal Promising for Nonprime MBS

The nonprime mortgage-backed security issued last week by Lone Star Funds could spur an increase in MBS backed by non-qualified mortgages, industry analysts say. The $161.71 million COLT 2016-1 Mortgage Loan Trust was the first MBS backed by non-QMs to receive a rating. Some 51.8 percent of the mortgages in the deal were non-QMs. All of the mortgages were originated by Lone Star’s Caliber Home Loans. The A-1 tranche of the MBS priced at spread of ...

July 1, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Prime Non-Agency MBS Issuance Down Sharply in 2016, Only Two Deals in 2Q16

The issuance of prime non-agency mortgage-backed securities in 2016 is well below the relatively meager levels seen in recent years, according to a new ranking and analysis by Inside Nonconforming Markets. Some industry participants have blamed the lack of activity on the Truth in Lending Act/Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act disclosure rule that took effect in October. Although there are signs the market has adjusted to TRID, only two ... [Includes one data chart]

July 1, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Fitch Updates Residential MBS Rating Criteria to Include TRID Due Diligence Grades, Deal Agents

Fitch Ratings published updated criteria this week for rating residential MBS. The new criteria include adjustments to due diligence grades relating to the Truth in Lending Act/Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act disclosure rule and evaluations of firms serving as a deal agent. Fitch said the new criteria include a “realignment” of items that prompt C grades and D grades on mortgages reviewed by third-party due diligence firms. The changes incorporate the Structured Finance Industry Group’s recently issued RMBS 3.0 TRID Compliance Review. The rating service acknowledged...

July 1, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Securitization Market Surged Strongly in 2Q16 Across All Sectors, Despite Some Weakness in June

New issuance of U.S. residential MBS and non-mortgage ABS revved up significantly in the second quarter, a new Inside MBS & ABS analysis reveals. Based on the best available data, a total of $400.72 billion of new MBS and ABS were issued during the three-month period that ended June 30. That figure could edge slightly higher as more information about end-of-month activity becomes available. Second-quarter MBS and ABS issuance was...[Includes one data table]

June 24, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

S&P Claimed Top Billing in Rating Non-Mortgage ABS In 1Q16, Fitch Was Most Active in Non-Agency MBS

Standard & Poor’s lost a little market share in the business of rating non-mortgage ABS during the first quarter of 2016, but the firm still was the most active player in the market, according to a new ranking by Inside MBS & ABS. S&P rated 58.4 percent of the $41.42 billion of non-mortgage ABS issued in early 2016, down from its 61.5 percent share for all of last year and its 64.1 percent share back in 2014. The company’s strong suit was in vehicle-finance ABS, where it rated 64.7 percent of the market, by dollar volume. While S&P’s share was up slightly in a few categories, its stake in the credit card ABS segment fell...[Includes two data tables]

June 17, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Chase’s Jumbo MBS Dinged for Reps and Warrants

A $412.66 million jumbo mortgage-backed security planned by a unit of JPMorgan Chase received high marks from rating services save for the representations-and-warranty framework on the MBS. Presale reports on JPMorgan Mortgage Trust 2016-1 were published last week, with AAA ratings from DBRS, Fitch Ratings and Moody’s Investors Service. Some 15 lenders contributed to the planned MBS, led by New Penn Financial with a 19.7 percent share, Primary Capital Mortgage ...

June 17, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Lone Star to Issue First Rated Nonprime MBS Backed by Post-Crisis Originations

Lone Star Funds is preparing to issue a $161.71 million nonprime mortgage-backed security that will close next week. COLT 2016-1 Mortgage Loan Trust received an A rating from DBRS and Fitch Ratings. The deal marks the first nonprime MBS backed by new originations to receive a rating since the financial crisis. It will also be the largest post-crisis nonprime MBS issued to date, topping a $150.35 million MBS from Angel Oak Capital Advisors in December. Officials at Fitch Ratings said ...

June 17, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Banks Have Many Incentives to Hold Mortgages in Portfolio Instead of Following Chase’s Non-Agency MBS Blueprint

A $1.98 billion non-agency MBS issued by JPMorgan Chase Bank in April prompted interest from a wide variety of industry participants, but other big banks appear unlikely to issue similar deals, according to analysts at Moody’s Investors Service. Moody’s was one of the firms to place AAA ratings on Chase Mortgage Trust 2016-1. The deal was unique in that 74.0 percent of the 5,353 mortgages in the MBS were eligible for sale to the government-sponsored enterprises. And it was...


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