Non-Mortgage ABS

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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 14, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

SEC Rule Ineffective Against Rating Shopping, CRAs Standing Firm on Rating Methodologies

Shopping for credit ratings is alive and well despite the laws and regulations that have been put in place to curb the practice, but so far credit rating agencies have not lowered their standards, according to Morningstar Credit Ratings. “Arrangers and issuers of structured debt continue to tightly control the selection of credit rating agencies,” Morningstar said in a recent analysis. But information quality and transparency fall short of investor expectations, and the general interests of the key stakeholders remain somewhat misaligned, the rating service said. Arrangers and issuers of residential MBS, non-mortgage ABS and commercial MBS continue...


November 7, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

Ally Financial Facing Subpoenas From the SEC, Justice Department Over MBS, Subprime Auto ABS

Ally Financial recently received subpoenas and document requests from the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Department of Justice over a broad array of lending and securitization activities, the company revealed in a recent Form 10-Q disclosure filed with the SEC. “The subpoenas and document requests from the SEC include information covering a wide range of mortgage-related matters, and the subpoenas received from the DOJ include a broad request for documentation and other information in connection with its investigations of potential fraud and other potential legal violations related to MBS, as well as the origination and/or underwriting of mortgage loans,” the company said. In addition, Ally recently received...


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 24, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

Final Risk-Retention Rule a Mixed Bag for Securities Outside of Those Backed by Residential Mortgages

Issuers of securities backed by assets other than residential mortgages were able to win some concessions from federal regulators in the final risk-retention rule that was approved this week. However, the standards for “qualified” loans that are exempt from risk-retention requirements are much more stringent than those for qualified-residential mortgages, even including downpayment requirements in some instances. The risk-retention requirements for non-mortgage ABS and commercial MBS take effect two years after the final rule is published in the Federal Register. Securities that include loans that don’t qualify for exemptions will be required to have risk-retention of at least 5.0 percent, though there are instances when the required retention can be lower. The final standards qualifying commercial loans, commercial real-estate loans and auto loans were...


October 24, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

SEC Provides Some Details on Its Reg AB II Pilot Project, But Do You Really Want to Participate?

The Securities and Exchange Commission has provided more details about a pilot project to test the revised requirements for shelf registrations that are part of Regulation AB II. ABS issuers must comply with the new rules and forms, other than asset-level disclosures, no later than Nov. 23, 2015. The SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance recently invited ABS issuers to request staff review of their registration statements in draft form, prior to filing. “We will select...


October 17, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

Limited in Its Authority, CFPB Criticizes Student Loan Securitization, Incentives and Servicing

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was critical this week of aspects of the student loan securitization process as well as servicer performance as it issued its latest annual report on private student-loan borrowing. The report analyzed more than 5,300 private student loan complaints between Oct. 1, 2013, and Sept. 30, 2014, an increase of 38 percent over the previous year. “Lending practices in the private student-loan market in the years preceding the financial crisis shared...


October 17, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

Subprime Share of Auto ABS Issuance Increasing Along with Losses, But Outlook is Largely Positive

Subprime loans are accounting for a larger share of auto ABS issuance and losses on auto ABS are increasing. However, rating services suggest that the trends aren’t too worrisome, with ratings performance on track to record one of the best years ever. Some $66.9 billion in auto ABS were issued this year through September, up 26.8 percent from the same period in 2013. Subprime deals accounted for 25.8 percent of auto ABS issued this year, and volume ($17.0 billion) was down slightly from a year ago. But subprime auto loans also show up...


October 17, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

ABS Issuance Slumped in Third Quarter As Auto Sector Stalls, Credit Cards Wilt

New issuance of non-mortgage ABS faltered again in the third quarter of 2014, slipping 5.4 percent from the second quarter, according to a new Inside MBS & ABS ranking and analysis. Issuers produced $46.48 billion of new ABS during the third quarter. While that marked the second straight quarterly decline after the robust $53.44 billion issued in early 2014, current issuance levels remained relatively high for the post-crisis period. Through the first nine months of 2014, new ABS issuance totaled...[Includes three data charts]


October 10, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

Reg AB2 Seen as a Way to Reduce Investor Reliance on Ratings for MBS and ABS

The disclosure rule recently issued by the Securities and Exchange Commission aims to reduce reliance on credit ratings in the structured finance market, an issue that federal regulators have long grappled with. The SEC’s Regulation AB took effect in 2006, and it included a requirement that publicly offered securities have an investment-grade rating. The so-called Reg AB2 finalized by the SEC in August eliminates the rating requirement and instead sets a number of new requirements for publicly issued deals. Beginning in November 2015, the CEO of the depositor of publicly issued...


October 10, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

Uncertainty Regarding SEC’s Reg AB2 Shifts From What’s in It to How Market Will React

The Securities and Exchange Commission’s release of a final rule setting loan-level disclosure requirements for certain structured finance products has only slightly reduced the uncertainty regarding the impact of the so-called Reg AB2 requirements. Among other issues, the SEC left parts of its initial proposal from 2010 unfinished, with no indication of if or when further action will be taken. For example, the SEC had originally proposed extending loan-level disclosure requirements to the 144A private-placement market in addition to requiring such disclosures for certain SEC-registered securities, including residential MBS, commercial MBS, ABS backed by auto loans and re-securitizations of such collateral. At the recent ABS East conference produced by Information Management Network in Miami Beach, Rolaine Bancroft, a senior special counsel at the SEC, said...


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