Non-Agency MBS

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November 21, 2014 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

News Briefs

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau proposed new servicing requirements this week. Among other changes, the federal regulator proposed requiring servicers to offer loss mitigation to borrowers that have received a loan mod but are in danger of re-default. The CFPB’s servicing rules currently require a servicer to evaluate a borrower for loss mitigation only once during the life of the loan. The proposed rule would also set requirements for ... [Includes three briefs]


November 21, 2014 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

FirstKey Steps Up as Jumbo MBS Issuer

FirstKey Mortgage, a jumbo conduit indirectly owned by funds managed by Cerberus Capital Management, is set to issue its first jumbo mortgage-backed security. FirstKey ramped up its jumbo activity in the past year and to this point has aggregated loans for inclusion in jumbo MBS from other issuers, including WinWater Home Mortgage, another relatively new jumbo MBS player. The $285.98 million FirstKey Mortgage Trust 2014-1 is set to receive AAA ratings ...


November 21, 2014 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

SFIG Works on Due-Diligence Disclosure Issues

The latest “green papers” in the Structured Finance Industry Group’s RMBS 3.0 standards-setting project focus on due-diligence disclosures for investors in non-agency mortgage-backed securities. The SFIG noted that potential investors in non-agency MBS are particularly interested in findings conducted by third-party due-diligence firms before a security is issued. The SFIG proposed a model form that would disclose an “extract” of due-diligence findings to investors ...


November 21, 2014 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

MBS Investors Seek Protection, Transparency

As leading figures in the secondary market continue their efforts to reboot the non-agency mortgage-backed securities sector, attracting private capital remains the single most critical factor in the equation. However, during a recent industry conference, institutional investors made it clear that in order for them to return, the market’s infrastructure will need to provide stronger protections, enhanced transparency and an improved ability to respond when a deal starts to go sour ...


November 21, 2014 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Treasury Sees Multiple Sponsors, SFIG Standards in ‘Benchmark’ Jumbo MBS

The benchmark non-agency mortgage-backed security that the Treasury Department is organizing will vary significantly from recent non-agency MBS. Michael Stegman, counselor on housing finance policy to the Treasury, revealed new details about the planned transaction last week in New York City at the Private-Label RMBS Symposium hosted by the Structured Finance Industry Group and Information Management Network. Stegman said the benchmark non-agency MBS will ideally be ...


November 21, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

SG Americas’ Non-Agency MBS Trader Fired, Sanctioned by FINRA For Pre-Arranged Trading

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority revealed recently that a non-agency MBS trader at SG Americas Securities was fired by the firm and sanctioned by FINRA for pre-arranged trading. The self-regulatory organization said that on multiple occasions from 2001 through 2013, Yimin Ge entered into an agreement with counterparties at other institutions to engage in pre-arranged trading. FINRA said such deals violate the Securities Exchange Act as well as FINRA’s rules. The pre-arranged trades involved...


November 21, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

RMBS Market Optimists See Some Key Positives, But Pessimists Cite Shriveled Levels of Issuance

Top mortgage finance professionals and government officials gathered in New York City last week to discuss the prospects for the non-agency MBS market, and their assessments were all over the board, a sign of the uncertainty many participants have about trying to resuscitate a stagnant sector. “It’s been seven years since the financial crisis, and certainly a lot of things have changed,” said Rui Pereira, managing director at Fitch Ratings, during a panel at the non-agency MBS reform symposium sponsored by the Structured Finance Industry Group and Information Management Network. He then cited...


November 21, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

Banks Report Modest Increase in MBS Holdings During 3Q14, Biggest Jump in Non-Agency MBS

Banks and thrifts held a combined $1.535 trillion of residential MBS at the end of September, a modest 0.6 percent increase from the previous quarter, according to a new Inside MBS & ABS analysis of bank call reports. Bank MBS holdings had spiked higher in the first quarter of this year, only to fall back in the following period. Compared to a year ago, the industry’s aggregate MBS portfolio was up 1.4 percent. Bank and thrift MBS holdings first crossed...[Includes two data charts]


November 14, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

NCUA Sues Trustee While BofA, US Bancorp Agree to Settle Trustee Suit; Morgan Stanley, WIC Face Probes

The National Credit Union Administration this week sued Deutsche Bank National Trust Co., alleging the bank violated federal and state laws by failing to carry out its duties as trustee for 121 non-agency MBS trusts. According to the complaint filed in federal district court in Manhattan, Deutsche Bank failed to protect five corporate credit unions – U.S. Central, WesCorp, Members United, Southwest and Constitution – that purchased $140 billion in RMBS issued from the trusts between 2004 and 2007. The securities lost...


November 14, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

Benchmark Transaction Could Integrate With RMBS 3.0 To Help Attract Private Capital, Treasury Official Says

A top Obama administration official told secondary market participants this week that the concept of a “benchmark transaction” could help the non-agency RMBS market overcome its feeble condition. Used in conjunction with the industry’s RMBS 3.0 project, such a mechanism could help clear away the rubble from the market’s collapse and attract big institutional investors that have largely refused to come back in from the sidelines. “The now widely recognized structural deficiencies in the legacy private-label securitizations that came to light during the financial crisis truly shattered the trust of market participants, with the result that almost seven years now after the collapse, this market is barely clinging to life,” said Michael Stegman, special counselor to the U.S Treasury for housing finance policy. “Concrete reforms are clearly needed to rebuild confidence and establish a resilient, sustainable architecture to bring back significant private capital to the U.S. housing market.” Stegman delivered...


November 14, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

SFIG Releases Second Round of Consensus Standards Aimed at Restoring Confidence in Non-Agency RMBS

As part of its RMBS 3.0 initiative, the Structured Finance Industry Group this week released the second installment of its recommended best practices for the non-agency MBS market. New and revised material was released for each of the three major “work streams” in the project, which broadly cover: representation-and-warranty issues and repurchases; due diligence, data and disclosure; and the roles of transaction parties and bondholder communications. The 54 new pages released this week bring the cumulative work to about 125 pages, including appendices. In the reps-and-warranties section, new provisions cover...


November 7, 2014 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Chase Tops Bank Holders of Non-Agency MBS

JPMorgan Chase had the largest amount of holdings of non-agency mortgage-backed securities – by far – among banks and thrifts at the end of the second quarter of 2014, according to a new ranking and analysis by Inside Nonconforming Markets. Chase held $44.53 billion in non-agency MBS at the end of June, accounting for 34.5 percent of all non-agency MBS held by banks and thrifts. TD Bank, the second-ranked holder of non-agency MBS, had a ... [Includes one data chart]


November 7, 2014 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Non-QM Originations Off to a Slow Start

Originations by nonbanks of loans that don’t meet standards for qualified mortgages are off to a slow start, according to industry participants. “There is obviously a lot of noise in the area, a lot of announcements about people getting involved. And from what we have seen, there is nothing of any size and replicable flow that seems readily securitizable,” Michael Commaroto, CEO of Apollo Residential Mortgage, said this week during a call with investors. He said ...


November 7, 2014 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Strong Demand for Jumbo Originations From Both Banks and MBS Investors

Pricing for jumbo mortgage-backed securities has improved in recent months, prompting an increase in issuance from some firms, but bank demand remains robust. “Although the difference has narrowed, our whole-loan sale execution for most jumbo loans continues to be more attractive than our securitization execution as a result of strong demand from banks,” Brett Nicholas, president of Redwood Trust, said this week during a call with investors. In the third quarter of 2014, Redwood issued ...


November 7, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

BNYM Looking to Increase its Master Servicing In Non-Agency MBS Market; Wells Dominates

Bank of New York Mellon is looking to increase its master servicing activity on residential mortgages, according to officials at the firm that acquired the master servicing unit from JPMorgan Chase in October 2006. However, BNYM is up against stiff competition, including Wells Fargo, a dominant presence in master servicing for non-agency MBS. BNYM is focusing on growth opportunities from managing new funds in traditional residential mortgages as well as new loan types, according to a recent report by Fitch Ratings. In September, Fitch downgraded BNYM’s master servicer rating due to compliance issues, organizational changes and low activity in recent years. The firm has...


October 31, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

Critics Find Plenty to Stew Over in New Risk- Retention Requirements for MBS and ABS

Participants in the residential mortgage market were largely pleased with the risk-retention requirements finalized last week for certain non-agency MBS. However, the requirements, which also cover commercial MBS and other ABS, drew a wide range of criticism from others. “The short version is that the rule doesn’t require meaningful credit risk retention where it counts, and imposes significant market-shaping safe-harbor requirements where skin in the game isn’t so important,” said Adam Levitin, a professor of law at the Georgetown University Law Center. He noted...


October 31, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

Non-QMs in Non-Agency MBS Seen as Pricing Nearly As Strong as QMs, Depending on the Underwriting

Issuers of non-agency MBS should be able to price loans that don’t meet the standards for qualified mortgages at nearly the same levels as QMs, according to Andrew Davidson & Co., a firm that provides risk analytics on non-agency MBS. Non-QMs actually perform better than similar QMs in certain scenarios, as long as underwriting on the products is strong. Beginning in late 2015, non-QMs included in new non-agency MBS will trigger risk-retention requirements. Only mortgages that meet QM standards will be deemed to be qualified residential mortgages and exempt from risk retention. Interest-only mortgages appear...


October 31, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

Commercial Mortgage Securitization Up Sharply in 3Q14 As CMBS and Agency Multifamily Both Post Big Gains

A total of $51.18 billion of commercial mortgages were securitized during the third quarter of 2014 as the sector reached a new post-crisis high in new issuance, according to a new market analysis by Inside MBS & ABS. Commercial mortgage securitization rose 38.4 percent from the second quarter and represented the biggest three-month period in new issuance since the third quarter of 2007. For the first nine months of 2014, commercial mortgage securitization totaled $119.76 billion, down 24.4 percent from the same period last year. New issuance was off on a year-to-date basis because of the slump in production during the first half of 2014. Both sides of the market posted...[Includes one data chart]


October 30, 2014 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Loan Origination Volume Up Again in 3Q14 But Trends Vary Widely Among Top Lenders

2014 is going to go down as the worst year in new mortgage origination volume since the turn of the century, but it’s clearly not as bad as many have feared. Mortgage lenders produced an estimated $335 billion in new single-family loans during the third quarter, a solid 9.8 percent increase from the previous period, according to a new Inside Mortgage Finance ranking and analysis. Significantly, the first and second quarters of this year were...[Includes two data charts]


October 24, 2014 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

REITs See Mixed Success with Jumbo MBS

Officials at Five Oaks Investment said the real estate investment trust plans to continue its involvement in the jumbo mortgage-backed security market after aggregating some of the mortgages included in the $355.6 million JPMorgan Mortgage Trust 2014-OAK4. “This represents the culmination of our residential whole loan strategy that we have been implementing since last year, and we actively look forward to participating in additional transactions in the near future as our loan purchase volumes ...


October 24, 2014 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Banks Increase Jumbo MBS Participation

Two large banks are set to continue their participation in the jumbo mortgage-backed security market, including one deal backed largely by loans from banks that have plenty of capacity to hold mortgages in portfolio. JPMorgan Chase is set to issue a $262.23 million jumbo MBS with originations largely sourced from First Republic Bank and Chase. The deal is backed solely by 15-year fixed-rate mortgages, which many banks have been willing to retain in portfolio in recent…


October 24, 2014 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Outlook Cloudy for Non-Agency MBS

It could take years for the non-agency mortgage-backed securities market to even approach the depth and liquidity it had before the housing meltdown, according to experts participating on a panel during the annual convention of the Mortgage Bankers Association this week in Las Vegas. The main reason non-agency MBS issuance does not amount to much is the huge bank demand for jumbo mortgages, said Tom Millon, president and CEO of Capital Markets Cooperative. Only about 77 percent of ...


October 24, 2014 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

QMs in Non-Agency MBS Exempt From Risk-Retention Requirements

The non-agency mortgage-backed securities market got clarity about risk-retention requirements in a new final rule approved this week by six federal regulators. Given current market conditions, it is unlikely to have any impact. The regulators created an exemption big enough to drive a truck through. Sponsors of non-agency MBS backed by qualified residential mortgages are not required to retain a 5 percent interest in the transaction. As expected, the QRM parameters were lined up with ...


October 24, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

Credit Unions MBS Holdings Decline; Will They Ever be Players in Jumbo Securities?

Although credit unions have boosted their share of new mortgage production in recent years, they continue to be only modest investors in residential MBS, a situation that isn’t likely to change anytime soon. According to figures compiled by Inside MBS & ABS, the credit union industry held $105.27 billion in residential MBS on its books at June 30, a 2.4 percent sequential decline. Compared to the same period a year earlier, their investment in mortgage securities fell by even more: down 4.8 percent. And that may not be such a bad thing. MBS prices were...[Includes one data chart]


October 24, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

Final Rule Setting Risk-Retention Requirements For Non-Agency MBS Features Broad Exemptions

Six federal regulators approved a final rule this week setting risk-retention requirements for residential MBS transactions, exempting the entire agency MBS universe and non-agency securities backed by qualified mortgages. There is not that much left. The risk-retention requirements for residential mortgages will take effect one year after the final rule is published in the Federal Register, which is expected shortly. Regulators opted to align the definition for qualified-residential mortgages with the standards established by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau for QMs. The sponsor of a non-agency MBS that includes non-QRMs will have to retain at least 5.0 percent of the balance of the security, as required by the Dodd-Frank Act. In 2011, federal regulators proposed...


October 23, 2014 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Plenty of Investors are Eyeing the Non-Agency Space – Even PIMCO

Even though the origination volume of non-agency, non-jumbo mortgages is relatively small, private equity firms increasingly are eyeing the space, believing that within two years – or maybe sooner – the business could be producing robust profits. In short, investors want to enter non-agency lending before anyone else does – and at “ground level” prices. According to non-prime executives and investment advisors, private-equity funds of varying sizes want...


October 17, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

Treatment of Non-Agency MBS in Liquidity Coverage Ratio Rule Seen as Detriment to Reviving Market

The liquidity coverage ratio rule recently finalized by federal regulators will hinder the revival of the non-agency MBS market, according to industry participants. Non-agency MBS are not counted as high-quality liquid assets (HQLA) under the rule, reducing incentives for banks to hold the securities. The Structured Finance Industry Group and others raised concerns about the lack of an HQLA designation for non-agency MBS at a time when the Obama administration is working to revive the non-agency MBS market. “There are...


October 16, 2014 - Inside Mortgage Finance

GSE Buybacks Up Sharply in Second Quarter as More Disputes Over Old Business Are Resolved

Mortgage lenders continued to work through a huge pile of repurchase demands related to loans securitized by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac before the housing market crash. The two government-sponsored enterprises reported a total of $1.269 billion of repurchases by sellers during the second quarter of 2014, according to a new analysis by Inside Mortgage Trends, an affiliated newsletter, of Securities and Exchange Commission filings by the two GSEs. That compared to just $522.5 million in repurchases during the first quarter of this year. As has been the case since the buyback issue mushroomed several years ago, most of the second-quarter repurchases focused...[Includes one data chart]


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What is it going to take to convince lenders to loosen the credit box (i.e., remove underwriting overlays)?

The recent rep and warranty changes announced by the Federal Housing Finance Agency should go a long way in protecting lenders from future buybacks and help expand mortgage credit.
There won’t be any significant elimination of underwriting overlays until the government stops seeking huge mortgage-related penalties and settlements from lenders.
There shouldn’t be any expansion of the mortgage credit box since looser underwriting is what caused the recent mortgage crisis.

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