Non-Agency MBS

Browse articles from all of our Newsletters related to Non-Agency MBS.

January 23, 2015 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

News Briefs

Kroll Bond Rating Agency updated the default and loss model the firm uses for non-agency mortgage-backed securities last week. Among other changes, the rating service reduced its loss expectations for purchase mortgages, reduced assumed timelines for foreclosures and formalized the penalty for mortgages with debt-to-income ratios above 45.0 percent. Titan Capital Solutions announced this week that it will purchase mortgages ... [Includes five briefs]


January 23, 2015 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

S&P Faulted on Jumbo MBS Surveillance

Standard & Poor’s surveillance of seasoned non-agency mortgage-backed securities backed by jumbo mortgages and Alt A loans played a factor in the $77 million settlement the rating service reached this week with regulators. The Securities and Exchange Commission and state attorneys general for New York and Massachusetts largely focused their settlement with S&P on ratings for commercial MBS. Just $1.0 million of the settlement concerned surveillance of non-agency MBS ...


January 23, 2015 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Jumbo MBS Characteristics Shifting a Bit But Underwriting Standards Still Strong

Mortgages included in jumbo mortgage-backed securities in 2014 showed some shifting characteristics while maintaining strong underwriting overall, according to a new analysis by Inside Nonconforming Markets. Looser underwriting on jumbo mortgages has largely been at the fringes: some MBS have included a cluster of mortgages with combined loan-to-value ratios of 80 percent, a few borrowers with credit scores below 680 and ... [Includes one data chart]


January 23, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

SCOTUS Ruling in TILA Rescission Case Could be Trouble for Non-Agency MBS, SFIG Brief Suggests

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the Truth in Lending Act only compels a borrower to file a written notice within three years of consummation in order to rescind a mortgage if the lender fails to provide the required disclosure, instead of formally filing a lawsuit within that period. This could spell bad news for the non-agency RMBS space, according to an amicus brief the Structured Finance Industry Group filed with the high court in the case, Jesinoski v. Countrywide Home Loans, Inc. The first problem SFIG noted with the position that the SCOTUS eventually upheld is that it will have a chilling effect on non-agency MBS. “A determination that mere notice is sufficient to effect a rescission would reverberate through all segments of the RMBS market, creating significant hurdles for originators, issuers, ratings agencies, servicers, and trustees alike, while breeding doubt among investors regarding the value of future and already-issued private-label RMBS,” said the trade group. That’s...


January 23, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Despite the Loss of Three Top Executives, Cerberus-Controlled FirstKey Aims to Grow

FirstKey Mortgage, which has big plans in the non-agency space that include lending outside the qualified mortgage box and securitization, late this week saw the departure of three of its top executives, including CEO Bruce Witherell. According to industry officials familiar with the situation, FirstKey’s parent company, Cerberus, was beginning to take more of an active role in how the lender/issuer was being operated, a situation that didn’t sit well with some senior executives at the nonbank, including Witherell. Witherell and FirstKey executives Randy Sidhu and David Essex have accepted...


January 23, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

S&P Settles Certain MBS Rating Issues, But Regulators Hint More Actions Are Pending

Standard & Poor’s agreed this week to a settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission and two state attorneys general regarding ratings on commercial MBS and non-agency MBS. Regulators suggest that further actions involving the ratings services are in the works, likely including a much larger settlement with S&P regarding activity before the financial crisis. S&P’s settlement this week involved post-2010 activity. The rating service agreed to pay the SEC and attorneys general for New York and Massachusetts more than $77 million. S&P will also take a one-year “timeout” from rating conduit/fusion commercial MBS. “They lied...


January 16, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

SCOTUS Allows NCUA MBS Lawsuit to Proceed, JPMorgan Poised to Settle, Citigroup Gets Summons

The U.S. Supreme Court this week denied a petition by major banks to reject a lower court decision to allow a National Credit Union Administration MBS lawsuit to go forward. The SCOTUS chose not to hear the case, a lawsuit filed by the NCUA to recover damages suffered by five now-defunct federal credit unions as a result of investments in non-agency MBS sold by the banks. The suit is...


January 16, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

New Basel Risk Weights Not Expected to Have Much of an Impact on U.S. Banks

Risk weights established by the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision for holdings of securitized assets won’t have much of an impact on U.S. banks, according to analysts at Barclays Capital. It’s unclear which banks the risk weights will be applied to and many U.S. banks have transitioned to similar methods to evaluate capital requirements for their holdings of MBS and ABS. The BCBS issued a revised framework for calculating risk weights on banks’ securitization exposures in December. The framework is set to take effect in certain countries beginning in 2018. It was issued to address concerns that banks were holding insufficient capital for certain securitized assets and to reduce the reliance on external ratings to derive securitization risk weights. Barclays said...


January 16, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Modified Loans Dropping Across the Board in Non-Agency Trusts as Sector Continues to Stabilize

Even though modified loans represent a larger share of non-agency MBS trusts these days, structured product analysts at Wells Fargo Securities have detected a notable year-over-year decrease in modifications. To be sure, modified loans have become an increasing portion of such trusts lately. “About 62 percent of subprime in terms of [unpaid principal balance] has been modified, 39 percent of option adjustable-rate mortgages, 31 percent of Alt A, and 19 percent of prime,” the analysts reported. “Modification activity, however, has slowed down...


January 16, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Ocwen Full Steam Ahead on MBS Clean-up Calls and Ginnie Buyouts? Looks That Way

Although Ocwen Financial is in regulatory hot water with California – a dicey proposition given the state’s importance to the mortgage industry – the nation’s fourth-largest servicer will continue with a strategy of non-agency MBS clean-up calls and Ginnie Mae buyouts. At least, that’s what company Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer John Britti told Inside MBS & ABS late this week. Britti confirmed continuance of the strategy, but declined to offer any new details or color. The big question, of course, is...


January 16, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Non-Agency MBS Issuance Finished Strong in 2014, But Not Enough to Match 2013 Volume

Issuers of non-agency MBS finished 2014 with a flourish, as production totaled $10.63 billion in the fourth quarter, according to a new Inside MBS & ABS analysis and ranking. But despite a 4.1 percent gain during the fourth quarter, 2014’s total issuance of $35.14 billion came up 9.6 percent short of the total for 2013. The only sector that showed any growth last year was the scratch-and-dent market, where issuance was up 17.6 percent from 2013. In fact, securitization of nonperforming and re-performing mortgages accounted for...[Includes three data charts]


January 9, 2015 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

News Briefs

Standards for qualified-residential mortgages along with risk-retention requirements for certain non-agency mortgage-backed securities take effect Dec. 24, 2015. The final rule establishing the implementation date was published in the Federal Register at the end of December 2014. Federal regulators first detailed...[Includes two briefs]


January 9, 2015 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Prepayment Penalties Could Help Non-Agency MBS

More investors would be willing to buy new non-agency mortgage-backed securities if loans in the deals had prepayment penalties, according to an industry analyst. The penalties offer investors protection, but their use has been limited by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s ability-to-repay rule, among other factors. Lawrence White, a professor and deputy chair in economics at the New York University Stern School of Business, suggested that the non-agency MBS market would see increased demand from investors, particularly insurance companies, if loans in non-agency MBS included prepayment penalties. “These institutions have largely stayed...


January 9, 2015 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Non-Agency Lenders Adapt to ATR Standards

Lenders are getting more comfortable with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s ability-to-repay rule, according to industry participants. Loans that do not meet standards for qualified mortgages are only available in the non-agency market and most have been retained in portfolio to this point. Many lenders participating in a recent roundtable hosted by Standard & Poor’s said interest-only mortgages continue to be attractive products, even though the loans are non-QMs. “These loans have been originated post-crisis, and originators expect to continue lending to high-quality borrowers with substantial equity in their properties,” S&P said in a summary of the roundtable discussion. A large bank lender at the S&P roundtable said...


January 9, 2015 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Jumbo MBS Issuance Increases Toward End Of 2014, Falls Well Short of Peak Seen in 2013

The strong growth in issuance of jumbo mortgage-backed securities seen since 2010 stumbled in 2014, according to a new ranking and analysis by Inside Nonconforming Markets. Some $9.79 billion in jumbo MBS were issued last year, down 25.4 percent from activity in 2013. Issuance has been constrained by bank portfolio demand for jumbo mortgages. The spike in interest rates in 2013 led to nine months of very low issuance. Rates have since fallen and a number of new jumbo MBS issuers have entered the market, but quarterly volume has struggled to reach the levels seen in early 2013. Those looking for a silver lining could...[Includes one data chart]


January 9, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

RMBS is Looking Much Better Despite the Glacial Speed of Progress, Lingering Challenges, Fitch Says

The U.S. non-agency MBS space is looking more inviting these days, even though progress is painfully slow and there remains plenty of room for improvement, analysts at Fitch Ratings have concluded in a report out this week. The Fitch analysts said that the underwriting of residential mortgages has improved dramatically since the financial crisis, with recent vintages demonstrating the best performance on record so far. “New legislation has completely eliminated...


January 9, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

SEC Finds Numerous Problems at Rating Services, Suggests Compliance is Improving

The Securities and Exchange Commission uncovered a number of compliance issues at the credit rating services in 2013, according to a report released by the federal regulator at the end of December. However, compliance is improving compared with previous exams conducted by the SEC. In exams covering rating activity in 2013, the SEC found issues ranging from conflicts of interest to adherence to policies for reviewing credit ratings to the use of affiliates or third-party contractors. The SEC didn’t single out any of the rating services other than to note whether an issue occurred at one of the big three rating firms or at one of several smaller rating services. For example, the SEC said...


January 9, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Asset Securitization Slowed in Fourth Quarter, 2014 Was Lowest Annual Output Since 2000

New MBS and ABS issuance last year was down 34.4 percent from 2013, largely due to a huge decline in agency single-family MBS production, according to a new Inside MBS & ABS analysis. A total of $1.145 trillion of residential MBS and non-mortgage ABS were issued during 2014, the lowest annual production volume since 2000. Last year got off to a very slow start, with just $517.0 billion in new issuance through the first six months of 2014, before gaining pace during the second half. Total issuance fell 4.8 percent from the third to the fourth quarter. Agency MBS remained...[Includes three data charts]


December 19, 2014 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

News Briefs

Credit Suisse appears to be close to issuing a jumbo mortgage-backed security with some loans sourced from Five Oaks Investment. Stonegate Mortgage announced an expansion of its offerings of non-agency mortgage products last week. The lender is offering adjustable-rate mortgages with loan-to-value ratios as high as 90 percent and no requirement for mortgage insurance. The loans can have balances as high as the conforming loan limit ... [Includes three briefs]


December 19, 2014 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Cenlar Seen as a Strong Servicer of Jumbo MBS

A savings bank that focuses on subservicing has been the most active servicer of loans in jumbo mortgage-backed securities since 2013, according to Fitch Ratings. A number of rating services view the firm, Cenlar, as a strong servicer with good prospects for continued growth. Last week Fitch affirmed its RPS2 rating for Cenlar as a servicer of prime mortgages that demonstrates “high performance in overall servicing ability.” Fitch said that since 2013, Cenlar has added ...


December 19, 2014 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Field of Jumbo MBS Issuers Growing, Attracting Investors Still a Problem

The number of issuers offering jumbo mortgage-backed securities will increase in 2015, according to analysts at various rating services, but total issuance volume isn’t expected to grow by much compared with this year. Attracting investors willing to purchase AAA tranches of jumbo MBS remains a key obstacle. Some $5.4 billion in jumbo MBS were issued during the first three quarters in 2014, according to Inside Nonconforming Markets, including $3.1 billion in the third quarter ...


December 19, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

In a Stalled MBS Market, Most of the Heavy Hitters Increased Their Holdings in 3Q14

The outstanding supply of agency single-family MBS continued to grow at a subdued pace during the third quarter of 2014, and the biggest investor classes did most of the heavy lifting funding the market, according to a new Inside MBS & ABS analysis. On the supply side, there were $5.632 trillion of single-family MBS guaranteed by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Ginnie Mae outstanding at the end of September. That was up just 0.4 percent from the previous quarter but had enough growth rings to show a 1.2 percent gain from a year ago. As has been the case for the past few years, the Ginnie MBS market grew...[Includes two data chart]


December 18, 2014 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Transfers of Ginnie Mae Servicing Rights Fell Sharply in FY 2014; A Lack of Mega Deals?

Ginnie Mae approved the transfer of $66.06 billion in mortgage servicing rights during fiscal year 2014, a 56.5 percent tumble from the prior year as “mega” MSR transactions hit the skids. In fiscal 2012, just $25.39 billion in Ginnie product changed hands, but the market heated up significantly with $152.22 billion transferred in 2013. As always, transfers can be...[Includes one data chart]


December 12, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

2015 Looks to Be Another Slog for Non-Agency MBS With More Volatility, Big GSE Footprint

Supporters of the non-agency residential MBS market will have plenty of heavy lifting to do next year, as they face an anticipated increase in volatility for some deals and a continued dominating presence in the broader market by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, among a host of challenges. But at least there’s some degree of regulatory certainty for the market now, and it’s likely that opportunities will emerge for savvy investors to snap up some extra yield, according to a consensus of Wall Street analysts who cover the space. Analysts at Fitch Ratings expect to see the continuation of a slow recovery for the non-agency MBS space in 2015. “The recovery in primary U.S. RMBS issuance remains anemic as the industry continues to face challenges including continued government-sponsored enterprise dominance, more attractive financing alternatives such as whole-loan sales, new mortgage regulation, and a weak AAA investor base,” Fitch analysts said in a 2015 outlook piece. Also, despite the industry’s renewed efforts led by the Structured Finance Industry Group to resolve the absence of necessary structural reforms after the financial crisis, progress is...


December 12, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

San Francisco Puts Eminent-Domain Talks on Hold Pending Results of a Study of ‘Joint Powers Authority’

The City of San Francisco has delayed a proposed partnership with Richmond, CA, to use eminent-domain authority to forcibly acquire distressed mortgages out of non-agency securitization trusts, opting instead to study the impact of such an agreement as well as other alternatives to assist underwater homeowners. Opposition by the San Francisco City Controller and the mortgage banking industry has forced John Avalos, a member of the city’s Board of Supervisors, to scale back his partnership proposal. Avalos laid out...


December 12, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

FINRA Set to Propose ‘Conservative and Measured’ Increase to Transparency on Pricing of MBS Trades

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority will soon propose increasing transparency on trading of certain MBS, but officials say it won’t the market. Late last week, the FINRA board of governors authorized issuance of a regulatory notice soliciting comment on a proposal to amend rules for Trade Reporting and Compliance Engine, or TRACE. The proposal would provide for public dissemination of transaction information in real time for deals valued under $1 million, and in aggregate weekly and monthly reports for transactions valued at $1 million or more. FINRA Chairman and CEO Rick Ketchum said...


Poll

The FHA is cutting its annual premium by 50 basis points. How much of a difference will this cut make in your FHA business?

Not much at all—maybe 10 percent at best.
Modestly. We expect a 10 percent to 25 percent gain in applications.
This is a real game changer, 25 percent or better.
Hard to say. This cut may just steal business away from the new Fannie/Freddie 97 LTV effort.

vote to see results
Housing Pulse