Non-Agency MBS

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June 26, 2015 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Bank Holdings of Non-Agency MBS Dwindle

With issuance of non-agency mortgage-backed securities unable to keep pace with disappearing volume from vintage deals, bank and thrift holdings of non-agency MBS continue to decline. The holdings were down somewhat more than usual in the first quarter of 2015, suggesting sales by some banks. Banks and thrifts held $111.48 billion in non-agency MBS as of the end of the first quarter of 2015, according to the Inside Mortgage Finance Bank Mortgage Database. The holdings declined by 16.1 percent compared with the first quarter of 2014, including an 11.0 percent decline compared with the fourth quarter of 2014 ... [Includes one data table.]

June 26, 2015 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Mixed Response for Redwood’s Latest Innovation

A new feature Redwood Trust has included in its two most recent jumbo mortgage-backed securities has prompted support from AAA investors along with mixed reactions from rating services. The $356.45 million Sequoia Mortgage Trust 2015-2 issued in April and the $343.21 million Sequoia Mortgage Trust 2015-3 that was issued this week included a unique stop-advance feature. Servicers of the loans won’t be allowed to provide advances of principal and interest on loans that are 120+ days delinquent. The jumbo MBS were rated by Kroll Bond Rating Agency and Moody’s Investors Service ...

June 26, 2015 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Statute of Limitations Ruling a Concern

A recent ruling by the New York Court of Appeals regarding the statute of limitations for representation-and-warranty claims on non-agency mortgage-backed securities has caused concerns for some participants in the new-issue jumbo MBS market. In ACE Securities v. DB Structured Products, the court ruled that the statute of limitations for claims of breaches of reps and warrants starts when a deal is closed, not when a potential breach is discovered. Lawyers involved in non-agency MBS were divided on how the ruling would impact issuance going forward ...

June 26, 2015 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Variety Seen in Jumbo Underwriting Standards

While the characteristics of loans included in jumbo mortgage-backed securities continue to be strong overall, industry analysts note that there are significant differences in “soft” underwriting guidelines used by lenders. “Not all underwriting guidelines, and exceptions to guidelines, are created equal,” analysts at Morningstar Credit Ratings cautioned in a recent report. “Some originators recently have introduced programs that make qualifying for financing easier and require less income documentation.” The company, which is making a new push to rate jumbo MBS, reviewed the guidelines of a number of the most active jumbo originators and aggregators ...

June 26, 2015 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Bayview Casts Wider Net with Non-Agency Loans

Bayview Loan Servicing appears to be one of the few nonbanks offering non-agency products at competitive interest rates and holding the loans in portfolio. The lender has recently been pushing non-agency qualified mortgages and non-QMs for correspondent lenders and wholesalers. Bayview has been in the mortgage business for more than 18 years and is minority-owned by affiliates of The Blackstone Group. The lender offers a number of products for near-miss agency borrowers as well as non-QMs with guidelines that are more forgiving than those offered by jumbo lenders for similar products ...

June 26, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Barclays Plans to End Non-Agency MBS Trading Desk

Barclays PLC, Britain’s second-largest bank, is exiting the non-agency MBS market due to growing regulatory pressure in its home country to maintain a capital cushion against the riskier, lower-grade mortgage assets, according to Bloomberg. The move appears to be part of Barclays’ “Project Transform,” a group-wide reorganization plan announced last year, which aims to make sweeping changes to the financial institution’s business model to ensure long-term profitability. Specifically, the plan seeks to reduce Barclays’ investment banking activities as it shifts focus from securities trading to mortgage originations. Resolving legacy conduct issues is...

June 26, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Fitch Ranked 1st in ABS Ratings During 1Q15, DBRS Led the Market in Rating Non-Agency MBS

Neither of the credit-rating industry’s perennial market leaders – Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s Investors Service – managed to claim a top spot during the first quarter of 2015, according to a new Inside MBS & ABS ranking. Fitch Ratings ranked as the top player in rating the bigger non-mortgage ABS market. The company rated 43 ABS issued during the first quarter that represented 64.2 percent of total issuance by dollar amount. The company rated all eight credit-card ABS issued in early 2015, along with most of the student-loan deals. Fitch raised...[Includes two data tables]

June 19, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Non-Agency MBS Settlements Total $10.3 Billion In 2014, Says FHFA; Only Two Cases Still Pending

The Federal Housing Finance Agency settled $10.3 billion in legal claims in 2014 stemming from 11 non-agency MBS issues that go as far back as 10 years ago, noted the FHFA’s annual report to Congress released this week. These lawsuits were filed in 2011 against financial institutions along with some of their executive management including officers and directors. The suits alleged violations of federal securities laws and state laws in the sale of the non-agency MBS to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac that took place in a two-year period during the housing downturn between 2005 and 2007. A number of issues contributed...[Includes one data table]

June 19, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Ruling in ACE Securities Case Confirms that Rep-and- Warrant Statute of Limitations Starts at Deal Closing

A ruling late last week by the New York Court of Appeals will likely help provide certainty to non-agency MBS issuers regarding liability from breaches of representations and warranties while limiting claims from investors. The appeals court confirmed a lower court’s ruling in ACE Securities v. DB Structured Products, determining that the statute of limitations for claims of breaches of representations and warranties starts when a deal is closed – not when a potential breach is discovered. “Representations and warranties concern...

June 19, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Supply of Residential MBS Declined in 1Q15, But Banks Expanded Their Share of the Market

The outstanding supply of single-family MBS declined 0.7 percent during the first quarter of 2015, according to a new Inside MBS & ABS market analysis. But that didn’t stop commercial banks from continuing to increase their holdings. Banks increased their aggregate MBS holdings by 3.1 percent from the fourth quarter, pushing their share of the MBS market to 22.9 percent. The only other investor group that managed to increase its stake was the credit union industry, which posted a 1.6 percent increase from the previous quarter. The Federal Reserve finally loosened...

June 18, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Servicing Market Shrank Again in Early 2015 While Nonbanks Expanded Their Share of the Business

The outstanding supply of home mortgage debt – even what had been the fastest-growing sector of the market – ebbed in the first quarter of 2015. The Federal Reserve late last week reported the supply of home mortgage debt outstanding fell to $9.855 trillion as of the end of March. That was down 0.3 percent from December 2014 and reversed a modest expansion of the servicing market over the second half of last year. While banks, thrifts and credit unions managed...[Includes two data tables]

June 18, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Agency Jumbo Market Up Sharply in Early 2015 Refinance Boom, Non-Agency Grows More Slowly

An estimated $95.9 billion of mortgages bigger than the traditional agency loan limit were produced during the first quarter of 2015, a new Inside Mortgage Finance analysis reveals. Jumbo production – all single-unit mortgages with loan amounts exceeding $417,000 – was up 7.9 percent from the fourth quarter. That was slightly off the pace set in overall mortgage originations, which rose 12.9 percent from the previous quarter. Conforming-jumbo production was...[Includes three data tables]

June 12, 2015 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

New Rule for Due Diligence, Rating Services

A final rule issued by the Securities and Exchange Commission regarding third-party due diligence providers and rating services takes effect on June 15. The rule is set to prompt a number of changes in the non-agency mortgage-backed security market, largely targeting transparency. For MBS that receive ratings, public disclosure of results from third-party due diligence reviews will be required before a deal is priced. The disclosure requirement even applies to deals issued as private placements, which is the current practice for jumbo MBS ...

June 12, 2015 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Rating Services Update MBS Models

DBRS and Standard & Poor’s separately issued revised criteria for rating non-agency mortgage-backed securities in recent weeks. DBRS will give slightly more credit to jumbo MBS due to strong performance in recent years, while S&P adjusted modeling relating to home price trends. DBRS noted that from 2010 through the end of April, $32.1 billion in jumbo MBS had been issued, with only one deal taking any losses to date, a 0.04 percent loss. “Positive loan attributes ...

June 5, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Dismal Short-Term Outlook for Prime Jumbo Market But Some Optimism in the Long Term, Says DBRS

The dreary state of the prime jumbo mortgage securitization market will continue for the short term but there’s a silver lining around the bend, according to an analysis by rating agency DBRS. Despite last year’s downturn, the jumbo prime market has seen steady growth in the last five years. In 2010, Sequoia Mortgage ended the drought in the non-agency MBS with a $478.1 million deal backed by newly originated prime jumbo loans. There have been...

May 29, 2015 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

News Briefs

Servicing on four non-agency mortgage-backed securities will be transferred from Ocwen Financial to Select Portfolio Servicing, according to Moody’s Investors Service. Investors in the MBS voted to transfer servicing on the 3,490 mortgages in the deals. The Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating Ocwen and potentially other servicers regarding the use of collection agents. In a quarterly report filed last week, Ocwen said it received a letter from ... [Includes five briefs]

May 29, 2015 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Variation in Jumbo MBS from Chase, Credit Suisse

JPMorgan Chase and Credit Suisse are coming to market with separate jumbo mortgage-backed securities that have some sharp differences in terms of collateral. The $379.78 million JPMorgan Mortgage Trust 2015-3 includes some unique characteristics such as a handful of loans with combined loan-to-value ratios above 80.0 percent and some interest-only mortgages. While the average combined LTV ratio for mortgages to be included in the deal is 69.9 percent, 15 mortgages ...

May 29, 2015 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Jumbo Lenders Look Beyond Credit Scores

The strong performance of jumbo mortgages originated in recent years is due to more than just focusing on borrowers with healthy credit scores, loan-to-value ratios and debt-to-income ratios, according to Moody’s Investors Service. The analysts said “soft” qualitative underwriting factors play a major role in jumbo performance. Qualitative factors considered by jumbo lenders include the absence of negative events in a borrower’s credit history, the number of unblemished lines of credit and ...

May 29, 2015 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Not Much Breathing Room for Non-Agency

Real estate investment trusts and new investors in the mortgage business could provide funding for nonconforming lending, but securitization remains challenged, according to various experts at the recent secondary market conference sponsored by the Mortgage Bankers Association. The non-agency mortgage-backed securities market is very subdued, said Laurie Goodman, director of the Housing Finance Policy Center at the Urban Institute. Issuance has been running at about ...

May 29, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Pilot MPF Direct Program Between FHLB of Chicago and Redwood Expands to Four Banks Total, More Expected

A pilot jumbo loan program between the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago and Redwood Trust has grown to include three more FHLBanks, with the potential to expand to more. Mortgage Partnership Finance Direct is specifically a high-balance loan product that connects the Mortgage Partnership Finance conduit program with Redwood Trust to offer access to private capital when selling fixed-rate mortgages in the secondary market. Eric Schambow, senior vice president and director of the Chicago FHLBank’s MPF Program, said...

May 29, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Morningstar Rates Its First Re-REMIC, Firm Ready to Rate Non-Agency MBS

Morningstar Credit Ratings may increase its presence in the residential MBS market after rating its first re-securitization last week and revising its rating criteria for new non-agency MBS. The push follows Morningstar’s initial effort to rate non-agency MBS in 2012, which didn’t generate any business. The company has rated commercial MBS and single-family rental securities. Last week, the rating service published...

May 22, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Nomura Considers Appeal of $805 Million Judgment, FHLBank Dismisses MBS Claims Against Some Banks

Nomura Holdings Inc. is mulling an appeal following last week’s court order that it, along with RBS Securities, pay Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac a total of $805.1 million to resolve claims arising from the pre-crisis sale of non-agency MBS to the government-sponsored enterprises. Judge Denise Cote of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York rendered the judgment May 11 after a three-week bench trial in which she found Nomura and RBS liable for the claims brought by the Federal Housing Finance Agency. The MBS were backed by mortgages with an unpaid principal balance of about $2.05 billion at the time of purchase. Nomura and RBS, which underwrote four of the seven MBS deals at issue, provided...

May 22, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Changes to Servicing Among the Many Reforms Sought By Investors Before Returning to Non-Agency MBS

Industry participants, both on their own and with help from the Treasury Department, continue to work on reforms to attract investors to buy new non-agency MBS. Servicing standards will likely play a key role in the reforms, though progress has been slow. The Structured Finance Industry Group published its first RMBS 3.0 “green paper” in August 2014 with a follow-up in November. The Treasury Department has been working with industry participants toward the issuance of a benchmark non-agency MBS since at least September 2014. Analysts at Fitch Ratings stressed...

May 22, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Banks Show Preference for Ginnie Securities As They Increase MBS Holdings in Early 2015

Commercial banks and thrifts reported robust growth in their MBS portfolios during early 2015, including a special appetite for Ginnie Mae MBS, according to a new Inside MBS & ABS analysis of call-report data. Commercial banks and thrifts held $1.579 trillion of residential MBS at the end of March, a 2.6 percent increase from the previous quarter. It was the industry’s biggest MBS portfolio since the third quarter of 2012, when banks and thrifts held a record $1.617 trillion of mortgage securities. The biggest gain was...[Includes two data tables]


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