Non-Agency MBS

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February 27, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

GSEs Focus on ‘Less Liquid’ Assets in Paring Retained Mortgage Portfolios

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac reduced their combined mortgage investment portfolio by 13.7 percent last year by focusing on less-liquid assets. The two government-sponsored enterprises still had $821.7 billion of mortgages and MBS on their books at the end of the year. Freddie reported that it sold $16.5 billion of less-liquid assets such as unsecuritized mortgages, multifamily assets and non-agency MBS. At the end of the year, some 59 percent of its portfolio was designated as less liquid, down from 62 percent at the end of 2013. The Federal Housing Finance Agency in 2013 directed...[Includes one data chart]


February 20, 2015 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

News Briefs

CashCall recently started offering loans that do not meet qualified mortgage standards. The lender’s “NQM” program targets borrowers who cannot qualify for agency financing. The minimum credit score is 680 and CashCall is flexible in determining ability to repay, including the use of cash flow from investment accounts. Home Loan Servicing Solutions announced this week that no non-agency mortgage-backed security investors have ... [Includes two briefs]


February 20, 2015 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Settlements a Sticking Point on Non-Agency MBS

Legal settlements that involve loss mitigation are one of many factors keeping investors away from new jumbo mortgage-backed securities. “Until that stops, it’s going to be hard to rebuild trust,” said James Grady, a managing director and head of the structured finance sector team at Deutsche Asset Management, at the recent ABS Vegas conference. A number of settlements between banks and the Residential MBS Working Group have mandated ...


February 20, 2015 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Due Diligence a Priority on Jumbo MBS

With new consumer disclosures from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau set to take effect in August and lenders still grappling with the ability-to-repay rule, due diligence is likely to continue to be a high priority for loans included in jumbo mortgage-backed securities, according to industry participants. Only a handful of jumbo MBS issued in recent years have included third-party due diligence for fewer than 100 percent of the loans. Issuers have been ...


February 20, 2015 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Jumbo MBS Investors Seek Changes

Potential investors in jumbo mortgage-backed securities continue to push issuers to make significant changes to the way the market operates. “How is this ever going to be a $300 billion market if everybody has to look at reps and warrants on a deal-by-deal basis?” said Allan Berliant, a portfolio manager at Grantham Mayo Van Otterloo. “There needs to be a streamlined industry standard.” Berliant and many others called for changes at the ABS Vegas conference ...


February 20, 2015 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Treasury, SFIG Making Non-Agency MBS Progress

Separate efforts by the Treasury Department and the Structured Finance Industry Group aimed at attracting investors to new non-agency mortgage-backed securities continue to progress, according to industry analysts. The Treasury is working to facilitate a benchmark non-agency MBS while SFIG continues to develop standards as part of Project RMBS 3.0. Eric Kaplan, a managing director at Shellpoint Partners and leader of Project RMBS 3.0, said ...


February 20, 2015 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Non-QM Market Poised for Growth, MBS

Lenders and investors are getting more comfortable with loans that don’t meet the qualified-mortgage standard, according to industry participants. A non-agency mortgage-backed security backed primarily by non-QMs could be issued as soon as this year. Chris Haspel, a partner and head of capital markets at Fenway Summer, whose Ethos Lending is originating non-QMs, said the “fear level” among rating services and warehouse lenders regarding non-QMs has ...


February 20, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Due Diligence Providers for MBS and ABS Prepare for Increased Transparency, Liability

Disclosure of findings from third-party due diligence on MBS and ABS are set to go from a few paragraphs in a rating report to a detailed form with certification from the due diligence firm, thanks to standards established by the Securities and Exchange Commission. The standards take effect for deals that price June 15 or later. Within five days before the first sale in an offering that will receive a rating, the findings and conclusions of any third-party due diligence report obtained by the issuer or underwriter must be disclosed in Form ABS-15G or the rating report. The disclosure requirement applies to private placements along with SEC-registered deals. “Our biggest challenge now is educating...


February 20, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Securities Issuers Look to Stay the Course After SEC’s Disclosure Requirements Take Effect

The Securities and Exchange Commission’s update to Regulation AB won’t prompt many issuers to change whether they issue deals in the public market or private market, according to industry participants. After the so-called Reg AB2 takes effect, issuers of SEC-registered MBS and ABS will have to disclose more information. The regulation includes an exemption for 144A private placements, which could provide a way for issuers to avoid the SEC’s disclosure requirements. At the recent ABS Vegas conference sponsored by the Structured Finance Industry Group and Information Management Network, many issuers indicated....


February 13, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Standard & Poor’s Ranks First in Non-Agency MBS, Non-Mortgage ABS Ratings for 2014

Standard & Poor’s emerged as the top rating service in both non-agency MBS and non-mortgage ABS securitizations in 2014, according to a new Inside MBS & ABS ranking. S&P rated $8.91 billion of non-agency MBS last year, or 25.4 percent of total issuance. Rating information is not available on most scratch-and-dent transactions and re-securitizations that are typically issued as private placements. S&P’s market share was down from 40.0 percent of non-agency MBS issued in 2013, when there were more transactions with multiple ratings. DBRS, which reports its ratings on re-securitizations, actually was involved...[Includes two data charts]


February 13, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Treasury Department, SFIG Making Progress On Efforts to Revive Non-Agency MBS Market

Proponents of the non-agency MBS market continue to work on initiatives to revive the market, with progress somewhat slow but steady. The Treasury Department and the Structured Finance Industry Group are facilitating separate efforts to entice investors to buy new non-agency MBS. At the ABS Vegas conference sponsored by the Structured Finance Industry Group and Information Management Network this week, Olga Gorodetsky, a senior policy advisor at the Treasury, said there’s no timeframe for when the benchmark non-agency MBS the Treasury is trying to facilitate might be issued. “It will be market driven,” she said. Gorodetsky said...[Includes one data chart]


February 6, 2015 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

News Briefs

After loosening every month for more than a year, underwriting on jumbo mortgages started to tighten in mid-2014, according to new data from the Mortgage Bankers Association and AllRegs. In the past three months, jumbo underwriting has started to loosen again and standards are the loosest they have been since early 2011. Angel Oak Mortgage Solutions announced that it launched a mini-correspondent offering for non-agency nonprime ... [Includes three briefs]


February 6, 2015 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Ocwen Faces Non-Agency Servicing Issues

Regulators, rating services and investors are all targeting Ocwen Financial’s servicing of mortgages in non-agency mortgage-backed securities. Company officials responded by acknowledging some of the issues while strongly pushing back on others. Fitch Ratings and Moody’s Investors Service both recently downgraded Ocwen’s servicer ratings. When a servicer’s ratings fall below a certain level, non-agency MBS investors sometimes have the option to ...


February 6, 2015 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

First Republic Tops Jumbo MBS Contributors

First Republic Bank was the top contributor to jumbo MBS issued in 2014, according to a new ranking and analysis by Inside Nonconforming Markets. Officials at First Republic note that the bank tends to sell its originations of fixed-rate mortgages while adjustable-rate mortgages make for better portfolio holdings. However, the secondary market bid was strong enough for First Republic to sell some jumbo ARMs during the year, including a ... [Includes one data chart]


February 6, 2015 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Chase Issues Largest Post-Crisis Jumbo MBS

JPMorgan Chase this week issued the largest jumbo mortgage-backed security seen since the market started to return in 2010. The $940.06 million deal was backed by adjustable-rate mortgages originated by First Republic Bank. Previously, the largest post-crash deal was a $666.13 million jumbo MBS from Redwood Trust in February 2013. Prior to the financial crisis, many non-agency MBS had balances that topped $1.0 billion, while most jumbo MBS ...


February 6, 2015 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Treasury Bid to Revive Non-Agency MBS Starts With Ratings on Freddie Loans

If issuers were to include agency-eligible mortgages with slightly less than pristine underwriting standards in new non-agency mortgage-backed securities, the deals could receive ratings with credit enhancement levels similar to the levels on recent jumbo MBS, according to the results of an exercise released this week by the Treasury Department. Treasury asked six rating services to assign ratings to hypothetical non-agency MBS comprised of $19.75 billion of mortgages ...


February 6, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Uncertainty About Fed’s Action on Interest Rates Prompts Concern About Impact on Securities Issuance

Issuance of jumbo MBS and ABS has grown since 2010, but pending Federal Reserve actions regarding interest rates could stop the trend this year, according to industry analysts. The Fed is expected by many to increase interest rates for the first time in years, perhaps as soon as the end of the second quarter of 2015. Standard & Poor’s warned last week that interest rate hikes could threaten the still-rebounding structured finance market. “The Fed’s normalization of monetary policy could create...


February 6, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

DOJ, State AGs Announce Historic Settlement with S&P for Misrepresenting Quality of RMBS, CDOs

The Department of Justice and other allied parties this week reached a $1.375 billion settlement with Standard & Poor’s to resolve allegations that the firm’s investment-grade ratings misled investors into buying securities backed by badly underwritten mortgages. The agreement resolves the DOJ’s 2013 lawsuit against S&P and its parent, McGraw Hill Financial Inc., along with the suits filed by 19 states and the District of Columbia. Each of the lawsuits alleges that investors incurred substantial losses on residential MBS and collateralized debt obligations that carried S&P’s ‘AAA’ ratings, which effectively masked their true credit risks. S&P was accused...


January 30, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

ECB Throws a QE Curveball at Financial Markets, American Experts Mull Impact on U.S. RMBS

The European Central Bank’s launch of a Fed-like quantitative easing program will likely keep the yield spread flat and interest rates low. The ECB plans monthly purchases of €60 billion in ABS and covered bonds issued by central governments, agencies and banks in the euro zone. U.S. experts have been mulling...


January 30, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Commercial MBS Activity Falls Just Short of Post- Crash High Thanks to Fourth-Quarter Stumble

Securitization of income-property mortgages continued to post strong new issuance numbers in 2014, with the non-agency commercial MBS sector doing particularly well, according to a new market analysis by Inside MBS & ABS. A total of $164.77 billion of securities backed by commercial mortgages were issued last year, down just 0.6 percent from 2013’s level, which was the high-water mark since just before the financial collapse. And non-agency CMBS production was up 11.6 percent in 2014, at $96.48 billion. Agency MBS issuance fell...[Includes one data chart]


January 30, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Will Ocwen Be Forced to Settle With MBS Investors Trying to Bring the Company to Its Knees?

Ocwen Financial may have to settle with investors in non-agency MBS it services to avoid having the underlying servicing rights being yanked away by a trustee, according to investors and analysts tracking the situation. Early this week, Ocwen attorney Richard Jacobsen sent a letter to the law firm of Gibbs & Bruns, sternly telling the attorneys for some of the RMBS holders that there is no basis for default under the trust agreements. Gibbs & Bruns is working...


January 30, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Little Incentive for Non-Agency MBS Issuers To Offer Deals Registered with the SEC

Issuers of non-agency MBS will likely continue to favor private placements over registering deals with the Securities and Exchange Commission, according to industry participants. While publicly registered deals in the ABS market and commercial MBS market are common, no non-agency MBS issued in 2014 was registered with the SEC. Instead, non-agency MBS issuers offered deals as 144A private placements. An official involved in the non-agency MBS market said...


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...


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