Non-Agency MBS

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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...


June 10, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

MBS Trading Volume Hits High for the Year, But Liquidity Still a Concern. June Rate Hike in Doubt

The average daily trading volume in agency MBS climbed to $215.9 billion in May, the highest reading of the year, according to the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association. But don’t get too excited. May’s activity is still below the two-year high established in January 2015 and nowhere near the peaks established back in 2008 when crumbling financial markets caused investors to go gaga for agency MBS. The relatively low daily trading volumes continue...


June 3, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

News Briefs

Comparing 2005 with 2015, the share of loan applications from borrowers with low credit scores has declined at a greater pace than originations of mortgages to borrowers with lower credit scores, according to CoreLogic. “The decline in originations could be a result of potential applicants being either too cautious or discouraged from applying, more so than tight underwriting as the culprit in lower mortgage activity,” said Archana Pradhan, an economist at ... [Includes seven briefs]


June 3, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Redwood’s MBS Shelf Crafted with Input from SEC

The public mortgage-backed security shelf recently filed by Redwood Trust was drafted with significant input from the Securities and Exchange Commission, according to a review of correspondence between the jumbo MBS issuer and the SEC. After Redwood’s new Form SF-3, which allows for $4.83 billion in MBS issuance, was published in mid-May, the SEC released four letters sent to Redwood during the drafting stage for the shelf. Redwood’s responses to the SEC’s inquiries were also ...


June 3, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Banks Seen as Key to Non-Agency MBS

Hopes for a resurgence of issuance of non-agency mortgage-backed securities backed by new mortgages appear to be tied more to banks than to steps Congress might take to reduce the government-sponsored enterprises’ footprint, according to industry analysts. Since the financial crisis, banks have largely opted to hold non-agency originations in portfolio instead of issuing MBS. According to an analysis by Bank of America Merrill Lynch, capital requirements have given banks ...


June 3, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Redwood Prepares to End Drought of New Jumbo MBS in Deal Backed by TRID Loans

Redwood Trust is preparing to issue a $344.89 million jumbo mortgage-backed security next week, according to a presale report from Kroll Bond Rating Agency. Most of the mortgages in the planned deal are subject to the TRID mortgage disclosure rule. The combined Truth in Lending Act/Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act rule from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau took effect in early October. Since then, only one jumbo MBS has included TRID loans ...


June 3, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Rumblings of Possible Activity in Nonagency (Nonprime) Securitization. A Bond Backed by ‘Fix & Flip’ Loans?

The nonagency, nonprime MBS market continues to generate plenty of interest among mortgage professionals, but the number of securities being generated – and contemplated – remains small. The situation isn’t likely to change anytime soon, but there are developments on the horizon that could spur an increase in issuance. According to interviews conducted by Inside MBS & ABS, the number of investors interested in buying nonprime whole loans is increasing. So far, the primary attraction is the higher yield offered by these non-Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac and FHA loans. Last year, roughly $2 billion in nonprime loans were originated...


June 3, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

TRID Loans, Risk Retention a Focus On New Jumbo MBS From Redwood

A new jumbo MBS from Redwood Trust will mark the second non-agency MBS to include mortgages subject to the TRID mortgage disclosure rule. The real estate investment trust plans to issue a $344.89 million deal next week, according to a presale report from Kroll Bond Rating Agency. The rating service said 366 mortgages, accounting for 74.8 percent of the loan pool, are subject to the combined Truth in Lending Act/Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act rule. Redwood will issue...


May 27, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Securitization Rates Remain Relatively Low in Early 2016, Even the Government Market Is Lagging

The share of new home mortgage originations packaged into MBS drifted slightly lower in the first quarter of 2016, a new Inside MBS & ABS analysis reveals. Some $255.7 billion of newly originated mortgages were pooled in MBS in the first three months of the year, representing a paltry 67.3 percent of the estimated $380 billion of first-lien originations in the primary market. For the purposes of calculating securitization rates, loans aged more than three months and modified loans are excluded from agency MBS issuance figures. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac securitized...[Includes one data table]


May 27, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Correspondence Between SEC and Redwood Shows That Publicly-Registered MBS Are Subject to Meticulous Scrutiny

Issuers of non-agency MBS willing to issue publicly-registered securities can look forward to thorough reviews by the Securities and Exchange Commission. Redwood Trust filed an updated shelf registration with the SEC this month and the SEC released some of the feedback that went into crafting the issuer’s new Form SF-3. Issuance of publicly-registered non-agency MBS has been minimal since the financial crisis, with issuers seeing pricing in the private 144A market as adequate. Public transactions are subject to more extensive disclosure standards than private deals. An initial letter from the SEC dated Oct. 29, 2014, noted...


May 27, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Potential Investors in New Non-Agency MBS Stress The Need for a Deal Agent, Operational Issues Persist

Some potential investors in new non-agency MBS insist that a deal agent or transaction manager is necessary to revive the non-agency MBS market. Some issuers are willing to include a deal agent in their securities, though the exact functions and pricing issues still need to be worked out. “Many potential buyers of residential MBS have a strong desire for improved transaction governance mechanisms such as the use of independent deal agents,” Moody’s Investors Service said in a report published late last week. The rating service recently held a meeting with investors, issuers and others involved in the non-agency MBS market. Moody’s said...


May 27, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Test of Deeper MI Credit-Risk Transfer May Happen Later This Year, But GSEs Still Wary of the Risks

One of the government-sponsored enterprises appears likely to test a form of credit-risk transfer that mortgage bankers have been clamoring for: transactions that allow mortgage sellers to pay lower MBS guarantee fees on loans that have deeper mortgage insurance coverage than is required by the GSE charters. Robert Schaefer, vice president for credit enhancement strategy at Fannie Mae, said there is “a high probability that we will do an MI deal later this year that addresses the pain points” the GSE sees in the deeper MI concept. “We are talking...[Includes one data table]


May 20, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Investors Ready for Non-Agency MBS, GSE Reform

A group of investors pushed back against suggestions that so-called private capital won’t return to the market for new non-agency mortgage-backed securities. The Association of Mortgage Investors took exception to recent comments by Timothy Mayopoulos, president and CEO of Fannie Mae. He predicted that the non-agency MBS market won’t come back due to significant losses suffered during the financial crisis. However, the AMI said the government-sponsored enterprises are ...


May 20, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Banks Seen as Key for Non-QM MBS

For the issuance of mortgage-backed securities with non-qualified mortgages to take off, industry analysts suggest that banks need to play a larger role. To this point, nonbanks have been the only issuers of non-QM MBS. Ron D’Vari and Timothy Bernstein, analysts at New Oak, authored an overview of non-QM MBS issued in the latest issue of The Journal of Structured Finance, which was published this month. The analysts said real estate investment trusts and hedge funds ...


May 20, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Clayton Receives First Rating as MBS Deal Agent

Clayton Holdings was rated as a deal agent for non-agency mortgage-backed securities last week. The rating by Morningstar Credit Ratings was the first formal assessment of a deal agent, a role aimed at improving protections for investors in new non-agency MBS. Morningstar also assessed Clayton as a representation-and-warranty reviewer, assigning ratings of MOR RV2 for both functions. The firm’s rating scale ranges from RV1 to RV4 and Morningstar said it is the only ...


May 20, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

SFIG’s TRID Effort Viewed Favorably

The proposed standards drafted by the Structured Finance Industry Group regarding mortgage disclosure rules will help address issues in the non-agency market, according to investors and rating services. Moody’s Investors Service hosted a meeting last week with a group of investors, issuers and others involved in non-agency MBS. Among other issues, the group discussed the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s combined Truth in Lending Act and the ...


May 20, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Chimera Sees Promise in Risk-Retention Requirements For Non-Agency MBS, Projects Returns in Double Digits

Risk-retention requirements included in the Dodd-Frank Act that met strong opposition from industry participants may turn out to be a profit source for some real estate investment trusts. Non-agency MBS have been subject to risk-retention requirements since the end of 2015, while the rules go into effect at the end of this year for commercial MBS and other asset classes. “I believe...


May 13, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Re-Performing Transactions Look Good, In Line With Expectations, Fitch Ratings Says

The track record of U.S. re-performing loan MBS transactions rated by Fitch Ratings is pretty much what the ratings service expected, and somewhat better than other deals that were not rated, analysts at Fitch said in a new report. “While still very early, the rated transactions issued since 2014 have performed within initial expectations, reflecting positive selection of the borrowers included in the mortgage pools, extensive up-front diligence and supportive transaction structures,” ...


May 13, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

SFIG’s Draft Standards Regarding TRID Seen as ‘Adequate’ to Address Risks to Non-Agency MBS

Draft standards proposed by the Structured Finance Industry Group to address TRID mortgage disclosure issues adequately address the risks posed to non-agency MBS, according to Moody’s Investors Service. The rating service published a detailed analysis of SFIG’s draft proposal this week. On March 18, SFIG proposed a draft standardized approach to the scope of review for exceptions to the combined Truth in Lending Act and Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act ...


May 13, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Mortgage REITs Scale Back MBS Holdings in 1Q16, But Boost Non-Agency Investment Slightly

Real estate investment trusts that specialize in the residential MBS market held $232.44 billion of agency and non-agency MBS at the end of March, according to a new Inside MBS & ABS analysis. The MBS holdings of 16 top mortgage REITs were down 0.3 percent from the fourth quarter and off 11.9 percent from March 2015. However, several REITs boosted their positions during early 2016 and the industry is slated to see a major merger of two firms ... [Includes one data chart]


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