Non-Agency MBS

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March 24, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Fitch Ends 2016 as Top Rating Service in Both Residential MBS and Non-Mortgage ABS

Fitch Ratings was the most active provider of credit ratings for non-mortgage ABS and non-agency MBS in 2016, a new Inside MBS & ABS analysis reveals. Fitch edged out Standard & Poor’s in a busy ABS market, garnering a 54.8 percent share of rated transactions last year. The company boosted its ABS ratings business by 4.6 percent compared to 2015, based on dollar volume, nudging its market share up 1.9 percentage points. Fitch’s deepest penetration was...[Includes two data tables]

March 24, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Ratings Services Skeptical About Former S&P Official’s Proposal to Address Rating Shopping

A proposal from a former high-ranking official at S&P Global Ratings to reduce incentives for rating shopping has been met with skepticism and resistance from officials at other rating services. Howard Esaki, the former global head of securitization research at S&P Global Ratings, and Lawrence White, a professor of economics, NYU Stern School of Business, recently published a proposal to reform the process for how rating services are selected to grade MBS and ABS. They said...

March 17, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

News Briefs

Freddie Mac is preparing to issue a $639.91 million Whole Loan Securities transaction backed by conforming-jumbo mortgages, according to Moody’s Investors Service. Some 65.9 percent of the mortgages in the transaction were originated by Caliber Home Loans, followed by Wells Fargo Bank with a 19.1 percent share and Quicken Loans with a 10.0 percent share. JPMorgan Chase recently opted to include conforming-jumbo mortgages in a non-agency ... [Includes five briefs]

March 17, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Galton More Lenient on Certain Jumbo Standards

Galton Funding, a new entrant to the jumbo mortgage-backed security market, allows for jumbos with somewhat looser underwriting criteria than typically used in jumbo MBS issued in recent years. The company noted that its programs are aimed at “underserved” borrowers. Moody’s Investors Service said Galton has two prime loan programs: A+ and A. Both allow for more lenient underwriting than other prime jumbo programs and instead align in some instances with ...

March 17, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

BofA Jumbos Going into MBS

For the second time in five months, mortgages aggregated by Bank of America will be included in a jumbo mortgage-backed security. In both instances, BofA has sold loans to New Penn Financial, with an affiliate of New Penn issuing the MBS. The $280.38 million Shellpoint Co-Originator Trust 2017-1 is scheduled to close at the end of this month. Mortgages aggregated by BofA account for 98.7 percent of the dollar volume of the MBS, according to presale reports by Kroll Bond Rating Agency and ...

March 17, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

New Residential, CarVal Bring New MBS Backed By RPLs; Plenty of Supply of Seasoned Mortgages

Affiliates of New Residential Investment and CarVal Investors packaged re-performing mortgages with a total unpaid principal balance of more than $1 billion for two separate MBS that will be issued this month. There’s plenty of supply of seasoned mortgages in the secondary market, but higher interest rates could weaken demand, according to industry analysts. An affiliate of CarVal Investors priced a $395.3 million non-agency MBS late last week with more variety in collateral than the typical MBS backed by seasoned mortgages. In addition to re-performing mortgages, Mill City Mortgage Loan Trust 2017-1 included some home-equity lines of credit and newly originated mortgages. Vintage HELOCs accounted...

March 17, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Banks Help Pick Up Some of the Slack as Overseas Investors, GSEs Shed MBS Holdings in Late 2016

Thanks to strong growth in the agency market, the supply of single-family MBS outstanding continued to grow over the final three months of 2016, a new Inside MBS & ABS analysis reveals. Agency MBS outstanding pushed to a new record, $6.034 trillion, as of the end of last year. The biggest gainer continued to be Ginnie Mae, which reported a 2.2 percent increase in the fourth quarter and a 7.7 percent gain for the year. Freddie Mac matched Ginnie’s fourth-quarter increase, but its year-to-date gain was smaller, 4.2 percent. Fannie Mae had...[Includes two data tables]

March 13, 2017 - Inside the CFPB

Other News in Brief

Nationstar in the CFPB’s Crosshairs Over HMDA Reporting. Nationstar, the residential mortgage servicer, revealed recently it is being investigated by the CFPB over issues related to complying with the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act.... Non-Agency MBS Issuers Like the Legal Protection of the ATR. Congressional Republicans may be working on legislation to repeal and replace many regulations required by the Dodd-Frank Act, but some issuers of mortgage-backed securities are actually pushing to maintain some of the regulations.... Trump Executive Order on Regulatory Red Tape Unlikely to Apply to CFPB. Will the Bureau Comply Anyway? The executive order that President Trump signed in the middle of February that requires every federal agency to establish a regulatory reform task force to eliminate red tape probably does not apply to the CFPB, according to industry experts....

March 10, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Non-Agency MBS Participants See a Deal Agent As Adding a ‘Brain’ to Deals to Protect Investors

The deal-agent role that some investors are pushing for in new non-agency MBS will complete or oversee many of the tasks that are already present in transactions with one important caveat: the deal agent has a responsibility to protect investors. A deal agent will oversee various participants in an MBS, oversee enforcement of representations and warranties, and have a fiduciary duty to investors. Yehudah Forster, a vice president and senior credit officer at Moody’s Investors Service, said...

March 3, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

New Batch of Contributors to Non-Agency MBS

The two issuers that recently entered the non-agency mortgage-backed security market included loans originated by lenders that haven’t been significant contributors to nonprime MBS or jumbo MBS. The $145.02 million nonprime MBS from Invictus Capital Partners included mortgages from 21 lenders, led by Calculated Risk Analytics with a 26.1 percent share of the dollar volume of loans in the deal. Calculated Risk Analytics does business as Excelerate Capital, a wholesale lender ...

March 3, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Deal Agents Ready for MBS, Issuers Holding Off

Documents have been drawn up to define a deal agent’s responsibilities, a number of firms are willing to be deal agents for new non-agency mortgage-backed securities and some investors insist that the investor-friendly role is necessary. But a deal agent has yet to be included in an MBS. Dmitri Rabin, a vice president of Loomis, Sayles & Company, an investing firm that has pushed the deal-agent concept, conceded that the function doesn’t provide much value in the current environment ...

March 3, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Nonprime MBS from Angel Oak Rated AAA

A planned nonprime mortgage-backed security from an affiliate of Angel Oak Companies received AAA ratings from DBRS and Fitch Ratings. The $146.47 million deal will include credit enhancement of 46.65 percent on the senior tranche. Fitch said the AAA rating for the deal reflects the satisfactory operational review of the contributing lenders conducted by the rating service, 100.0 percent loan-level due diligence review with no material findings, a “Tier 2” representation-and-warranty framework ...

March 3, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Jumbo MBS Issuers Prosper in Small Market, Growth Not Expected Soon

The two major players in the jumbo mortgage-backed security market have seen strong demand for their issuance in recent months. But much broader factors are likely to limit issuance, including ongoing uncertainty regarding reform of the government-sponsored enterprises. Marc Simpson, an executive director at JPMorgan Securities, said 50 investors bought into the bank’s latest jumbo MBS, a $1.03 billion issuance. He said it was a “highwater mark,” as 20 to 30 investors typically ...

March 3, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Strong Turnout at SFIG Vegas Conference, But Investors Still Largely Lack Confidence in Non-Agency MBS

The SFIG Vegas conference this week set another attendance record for the annual event, demonstrating strong interest in the structured finance market. While investors are comfortable with most asset classes of MBS and ABS, significant concerns remain about non-agency MBS. More than 6,700 people registered for the conference, according to Jade Friedensohn, director of programming at Information Management Network, which produced the conference along with the Structured Finance Industry Group. Potential investors in non-agency MBS continued...

February 24, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Nonprime MBS Sector Buzzing with Activity, New Deals from Angel, Galton and Citadel

The once dormant market for MBS backed by newly originated nonprime loans is beginning to pick up steam, with deals unveiled by affiliates of Angel Oak Home Loans and Galton Funding. But that’s not all. According to industry officials who work in the sector, Citadel Servicing Corp., Irvine, CA, is planning a rated security for some time in May and there’s even talk that bond investing giant PIMCO might get in on the action. Origination and investment banking sources, speaking under the condition of anonymity, told...

February 24, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Mortgage REIT Holdings of Residential MBS Fall Slightly in 4Q16, Preliminary Estimates Show

Most real estate investment trusts that invest in MBS and other mortgage-related assets reported declines in their holdings of agency and non-agency securities during the fourth quarter, according to a new Inside MBS & ABS ranking and analysis. The top publicly traded REITs had a combined residential MBS portfolio valued at $228.28 billion as of the end of 2016. That was down 3.5 percent from the previous quarter and off 6.5 percent from the end of 2015. The figures are preliminary because several smaller REITs have not yet reported fourth-quarter results. Agency MBS continued...[Includes one data table]

February 23, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Finance

GSEs’ Combined Earnings Total Almost $10 Billion In 4Q16, Gains Driven by Rising Rates, G-fee Income

The U.S. Treasury doesn’t get to invest in the booming stock market, but its stake in two guarantors of mortgage-backed securities is making a killing. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac posted $9.9 billion in combined profits for the fourth quarter of 2016, and $20.2 billion for the full year. It was up 16.1 percent from 2015 and the fourth best year ever for the two government-sponsored enterprises. Their all-time high was...

February 17, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Invictus Plotting Nonprime Growth with Verus

Invictus Capital Partners, an investment management firm, started aggregating nonprime mortgages in August 2015. The firm has purchased more than 400 mortgages and has plans for further growth. Invictus aggregates mortgages through an affiliate, Verus Mortgage Capital. Verus is set to issue its first nonprime mortgage-backed security – a $145.02 million deal that’s scheduled to close on Feb. 22. Verus has acquired $300.0 million of nonprime mortgages, according to ...

February 17, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Nonprime Lenders Gear Up for Rated MBS

Fitch Ratings recently assigned “average” assessments to three originators and aggregators involved in the nonprime mortgage market, the same grades the firm assigned to Caliber Home Loans. Fitch evaluated Angel Oak Home Loans, Angel Oak Mortgage Solutions and Citadel Servicing as originators of nonprime mortgages. And the rating service reviewed Deephaven Mortgage as an aggregator of nonprime mortgages. The assessments by Fitch will help pave the way for ...

February 17, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Galton to Include Non-QMs in New MBS

An affiliate of Galton Funding is preparing to issue a non-agency mortgage-backed security that will include non-qualified mortgages, according to documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Galton Funding acquires mortgages on a correspondent basis. The firm is part of Galton Capital Group, which is the residential mortgage investment group within Mariner Investment Group. Mariner is a New York-based investment advisor that manages about ...

February 17, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Some Variety in Nonprime MBS from Invictus

The first nonprime mortgage-backed security from an affiliate of Invictus Capital Partners will be stocked with loans that have some unique features. Kroll Bond Rating Agency, Morningstar Credit Ratings and S&P Global Ratings placed preliminary AAA ratings on the deal last week. The planned $145.02 million Verus Securitization Trust 2017-1 differs in a number of ways from the $225.75 million COLT 2016-3 Mortgage Loan Trust, the nonprime MBS from an affiliate of Lone Star Funds ...

February 17, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Chase Changes Strategy with Latest MBS

JPMorgan Chase is preparing to issue another large non-agency mortgage-backed security, but the deal includes some significant differences compared with the two large portfolio risk-transfer MBS the bank issued last year. The biggest change is that Chase appears to be planning to sell most of the MBS to investors. On the two large portfolio risk-transfer MBS that Chase issued in 2016, the bank retained about 90.0 percent of the issuance. At the time, Chase officials cited ...

February 17, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

New Nonprime MBS from Invictus Illustrates How Rating Services Differ on AAA Ratings

Rating services appear to be taking differing approaches to rating nonprime MBS backed by new originations. The first nonprime MBS from an affiliate of Invictus Capital Partners received preliminary AAA ratings from Kroll Bond Rating Agency, Morningstar Credit Ratings and S&P Global Ratings. Those three firms did not rate...

February 17, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

OCC’s Denial of Favorable Capital Treatment for Chase Portfolio Risk-Transfer MBS May Deter Others

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency’s denial of favorable capital treatment to a non-agency MBS issued by JPMorgan Chase last year could hinder efforts aimed at convincing banks to return to the non-agency MBS market, according to industry analysts. JPMorgan Chase issued two unique non-agency MBS last year with a total unpaid principal balance of $4.53 billion. The so-called portfolio risk-transfer deals accounted for a whopping 48.6 percent of the prime non-agency MBS issued in 2016. Chase packaged...

February 10, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Higher Interest Rates May Prompt Banks to Unload Fixed-Rate Product, Result in Fewer GSE Refis

Analysts at DBRS anticipate some notable changes in the residential mortgage securitization market this year, mostly as a result of expected higher interest rates. “Despite a healthy housing market recovery, post-crisis non-agency RMBS issuance has remained stagnant for several reasons,” said Quincy Tang, managing director of RMBS structured finance, in a new research report issued early this week. In addition to the dominance of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and bank balance-sheet capacity, “a persistently low interest rate environment has rendered...

February 10, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Mortgage Securitization Rate Slumped in 2016, But Market Was Catching Up as the Year Came to a Close

Only 69.1 percent of home mortgages originated in 2016 wound up in agency or non-agency MBS issued last year, according to a new Inside MBS & ABS analysis. It was the second-lowest annual mortgage-securitization rate on record, and the third year in a row that the rate failed to reach the 70.0 percent mark. The low securitization rate mostly results from the fact that relatively few jumbo mortgages get out of bank portfolios and into the non-agency MBS market. According to Inside Mortgage Finance estimates, some $381.0 billion of jumbo mortgages were originated...[Includes one data table]


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