Nonconforming Securitization

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September 19, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

HSBC’s Deal With FHFA Allows for Tax Write-Off; Virginia Sues 13 Banks for $1.1 Billion Over MBS

The Federal Housing Finance Agency late last week announced a $550 million legal settlement with HSBC North American Holdings, leaving just two defendants in the conservator’s civil fraud cases tied to non-agency MBS – but a consumer group is crying foul over what it says are the deal’s lenient terms. The agreement resolves claims against HSBC regarding alleged violations of federal and state securities laws in connection with non-agency MBS purchased by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac from 2005 to 2007. HSBC – which at one time owned subprime giant Household Finance – noted...


September 19, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

Moody’s Ranked First in Non-Mortgage ABS Ratings at Midway Point in 2014, S&P Tops in Non-Agency MBS

Moody’s Investors Service – which has been on the sidelines in the sputtering jumbo MBS market this year – has edged up to become the most active rating service in the non-mortgage ABS market, according to a new Inside MBS & ABS analysis. Moody’s rated 71 ABS over the first half of the year, deals with a total issuance volume of $66.15 billion. That represented 64.5 percent of total non-mortgage ABS issued in the first six months of 2014. Moody’s had its biggest market shares in vehicle finance ABS and student loan deals. Standard & Poor’s ranked...[Includes two data charts]


September 19, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

Fitch’s Change to Home Price Modeling Could Reduce Credit Enhancement Requirements on Non-Agency MBS

Fitch Ratings this week proposed changes in how it models home prices for loans to be included in new non-agency MBS. The change means more regions being classified as having sustainable home prices, which could lead to lower credit enhancement requirements on new securities. “The updated Sustainable Home Price model shows a stronger relationship to historical home prices and effectively distinguishes between periods of sustainable and unsustainable home prices,” the rating service said. “Under the new methodology, Fitch’s estimation of overvaluation is typically lower than in the previous model build.” Fitch has incorporated...


September 19, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

Non-Agency MBS Market Still Stuck, Experts Agree; Policymakers, Players Discuss Ways to Ignite Growth

The non-agency MBS market remains stuck in the post-crisis doldrums, showing no signs of recovering, according to experts participating at this week’s Bipartisan Policy Center’s Housing Summit in Washington, DC. Efforts to ignite the growth in non-agency securitization channels to help reduce the government’s role in housing finance and draw back private capital have produced little result. Except for sporadic twitches, thanks to a smattering of deals backed by jumbo loans, the non-agency MBS market is barely alive, panelists said. The government, which is working to revive the non-agency market, sees...


September 12, 2014 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

MBS Clean-Up Calls Gaining Popularity

A number of firms that hold vintage non-agency mortgage-backed securities are using their clean-up call options as the outstanding balance in the MBS dwindles. Executing clean-up calls can be more profitable for certain firms than allowing securities to run-off. Chimera Investment is the latest firm to tout its clean-up call strategy. The real estate investment trust said it acquired the rights to $4.8 billion of seasoned subprime mortgages by purchasing subordinate tranches of non-agency MBS issued by Springleaf Finance between 2011 and 2013. The purchase price wasn’t disclosed.


September 12, 2014 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Impact of SEC’s Reg AB2 Disclosure Rule Unclear

Officials at the Securities and Exchange Commission see the final rule on disclosures recently issued by the federal regulator as bringing major changes to the non-agency mortgage-backed security market. However, whether issuers will offer non-agency MBS subject to the disclosure requirements is largely in the hands of investors that have been willing to buy securities not subject to the SEC’s standards. Beginning in 2017, issuers of publically registered non-agency MBS will have to disclose 270 data points, mostly at loan level. The disclosure requirements in the SEC’s Reg AB2 rule do not apply to 144A offerings, although some observers expect the SEC eventually to extend them to private placements.


September 12, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

Court Unseals Whistleblower Suit Against Moody’s; NY Court Dismisses FDIC Lawsuit Versus Banks

A former analyst at Moody’s Ratings has accused the credit rating agency of complicity in the financial meltdown in 2008, while a federal judge in Texas dismissed a government lawsuit against major banks involving non-agency MBS because it was filed too late. In his 2012 whistleblower lawsuit against Moody’s, Ilya Kolchinsky, a former analyst with the firm, alleged that the rating service issued inflated ratings, often “Aaa,” to most risky residential MBS and collateralized debt obligations it reviewed from 2004 to 2007. The lawsuit was brought...


September 11, 2014 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Jumbo Originations Gain Ground in Second Quarter, But ‘Conforming-Jumbo’ Production Lags a Bit

Non-agency jumbo mortgage originations accounted for a historically high 19.4 percent of new lending during the first half of 2014, and the sector is steadily gaining ground, according to a new Inside Mortgage Finance analysis of big-ticket mortgage activity. During the second quarter of 2014, lenders originated an estimated $59.0 billion of mortgage loans that were too big to be financed through Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac or the FHA. That was up 34.1 percent from the first quarter, a noticeably bigger increase than the 25.5 percent jump in total mortgage originations for the period. Compared to last year, jumbo lending was...[Includes three data charts]


September 5, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

FHFA’s Goldman Sachs Deal Allows Firm to Recoup Losses; FDIC Too Late to Sue Deutsche, Credit Suisse

The legal settlement between Goldman Sachs and the Federal Housing Finance Agency over soured non-agency MBS sold to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac featured an unusual buyback of the securities by the investment bank. It leaves just three big defendants left to settle or go to trial, legal observers note. Under the terms of the settlement announced Aug. 22, Goldman is required to pay $3.15 billion to repurchase securities that were the subject of the claims in the FHFA’s lawsuit. The economic value of the settlement is estimated...


September 5, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

SEC’s New Disclosure Rule Seen as Costly for Issuers, But Enticing Alternative May Be Unregistered Securities

Issuers of non-agency MBS and commercial MBS, among other structured finance asset classes, are set to face increased costs to comply with a rule from the Securities and Exchange Commission that increases disclosure requirements. But deals that are not issued publicly would avoid the increased costs. Last week, the SEC unanimously adopted a wide-ranging final rule known as Reg AB2, which was first proposed in 2010. By the beginning of 2017, newly issued, publicly registered non-agency MBS will have to include 270 loan-level data points disclosed via the SEC’s Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis, and Retrieval system, known as EDGAR. The required disclosures include...


August 29, 2014 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Subprime Volume Indicators and Performance

A page of subprime and jumbo data.


August 29, 2014 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

News Briefs

Goldman Sachs agreed to a settlement with the Federal Housing Finance Agency last week to resolve claims about non-agency mortgage-backed securities purchased by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac before the financial crisis. The FHFA said the settlement will cost Goldman $1.20 billion and the firm will buyback non-agency MBS from the government-sponsored enterprises. The original balance of the securities owned by Fannie and Freddie that Goldman will buyback is ... [Includes five briefs]


August 29, 2014 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

SEC Sets New Rule for Ratings, Due Diligence

The Securities and Exchange Commission this week approved a final rule with new requirements for rating services and due diligence providers. The rule was approved on a 3-2 vote, with the SEC’s two Republican-appointed commissioners chafing at standards required by the Dodd-Frank Act. Among other provisions, the SEC is requiring nationally recognized statistical rating organizations to strengthen their internal controls, establish new procedures designed to protect the integrity of rating methods ...


August 29, 2014 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

BofA Settlement Centers on MBS Disclosures

Bank of America last week agreed to a record settlement with the Department of Justice and others, largely involving non-agency mortgage-backed securities issued from 2003 through 2008. Officials at the DOJ said the settlement focused on disclosures provided by BofA and its affiliates, including Countrywide Financial, First Franklin and Merrill Lynch, to investors in the bonds. “It’s kind of like going to your neighborhood grocery store to buy milk advertised as fresh, only to discover that ...


August 29, 2014 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Mixed Views on Lowering GSE Loan Limits

Lowering the government-sponsored enterprises’ loan limits is one of the main goals for firms involved in the non-agency market but the effort lacks broad support in the mortgage industry, let alone in Congress. Among those submitting comments to the Treasury Department this month regarding how to increase non-agency activity, the American Bankers Association was one of the biggest supporters of decreased loan limits for the GSEs. The conforming loan limit is at $417,000 and ...


August 29, 2014 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

SEC Revises MBS Disclosure Requirements

The Securities and Exchange Commission this week unanimously approved a final rule covering registration and disclosures for asset-backed securities, including new non-agency mortgage-backed securities. The so-called “Reg AB2” measure requires significant changes for new non-agency MBS, including loan-level disclosures and a three-day waiting period before issuing new deals. “The SEC must protect investors in asset-backed securities just as it does investors in any other security ...


August 29, 2014 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

REITs Ramp Up Jumbo Activity: Conduits, MBS

A number of real estate investment trusts are increasing their presence in the jumbo mortgage-backed security market with conduit programs as well as purchases of subordinate tranches from new MBS. Two Harbors Investment said its jumbo conduit had a pipeline with an unpaid principal balance of $650 million at the end of the second quarter of 2014, more than four times the REIT’s pipeline at March 31. Two Harbors recently issued a $267.67 million jumbo MBS, the first from the REIT this year ...


August 29, 2014 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Jumbo Production Bounces Back in Second Quarter, Share of Total Originations Soars

Originations of jumbo mortgages increased significantly in the second quarter of 2014 compared with the previous quarter, according to a new ranking and analysis by affiliated publication Inside Mortgage Finance. An estimated $59.0 billion in non-agency jumbos were originated in the second quarter, up 34.1 percent from the previous quarter and reversing two consecutive quarters of declining originations for the jumbo sector. Halfway through the year, jumbo production ... [Includes one data chart]


August 18, 2014 - Inside the CFPB

CFPB Rule Impeding Return of Private Capital to Housing Finance

A number of mortgage finance industry groups have expressed concern about how the CFPB’s ability-to-repay rule is interfering with the return of private investor capital back into the sector – mostly because of the rule’s assignee liability provisions. The industry comments came in response to a request from the Treasury Department in June for suggestions to encourage private capital to return to the non-agency mortgage-backed securities space. The Association of Institutional Investors said the ATR rule’s assignee liability provision “unfairly punishes investors who have nothing to do with the origination of loans and oftentimes have limited insight into the origination practices.” The assignee liability provision therefore introduces a risk that is almost impossible to price for those not directly involved in ...


August 15, 2014 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Subprime Volume Indicators and Performance

A page of subprime and jumbo data.


August 15, 2014 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Nonbanks Ready to Enter Non-QM Market

The list of lenders preparing to offer loans that don’t meet qualified mortgage standards continues to grow. Most recently, a number of nonbanks have expressed interest in the non-QM sector, looking for a different business model than the banks that are holding non-QMs in portfolio. New Penn Financial rolled out its non-QM offerings this week. The wholesale “Home Buyer Power” product allows for debt-to-income ratios up to 55 percent and interest-only options, along with ...


August 15, 2014 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Redwood Sees Strong Growth with Jumbo Sellers

Redwood Trust is set to significantly increase the number of lenders that sell jumbo mortgages to the real estate investment trust, according to company officials, largely from a new partnership with the Federal Home Loan Banks. Redwood had 140 active sellers at the end of June. The REIT plans to start testing its high-balance loan program with the FHLBanks’ Mortgage Partnership Finance Program in the fourth quarter of this year. Redwood said about 750 of the more than ...


August 15, 2014 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Morgan Stanley to Issue Unique Jumbo MBS

Morgan Stanley was set to issue its first jumbo mortgage-backed security since the financial crisis this week. The $256.48 million deal differs from most jumbo MBS issued in recent years in that all the loans were sourced from one lender, and they’re all adjustable-rate mortgages, including a fair number of interest-only loans. Morgan Stanley Residential Mortgage Loan Trust 2014-1 was scheduled to close Aug. 15. Fitch Ratings and Standard & Poor’s gave the deal ...


August 15, 2014 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

SFIG Seeks to Improve MBS Transparency

The Structured Finance Industry Group has proposed investor-friendly standards for non-agency mortgage-backed securities in an effort to increase activity in the sector. The first “green paper” on Project RMBS 3.0 focuses on representations and warranties, triggers for independent reviews and disclosure of underwriting guidelines. “The goal here is to produce a proposal for standards that we would hope the industry adopts,” said Richard Johns, SFIG’s executive director ...


August 15, 2014 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Significant Number of Issues Need Fixing To Restore Non-Agency MBS Market

Trustee responsibilities, the role of the government-sponsored enterprises, deal documentation, loan-level disclosures, servicing, ratings, assignee liability, regulatory uncertainty, lien priority, bondholder communication and incentives for banks. These are just a few of the issues that need to be addressed for non-agency MBS issuance to resume in a meaningful manner, according to industry participants. About 25 comment letters were submitted after a request from the Treasury ...


August 15, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

GSE MBS Portfolios Continued Shrinking in 2Q14 Fueled by Bigger Declines in Non-Agency Holdings

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac continued their conservatorship march toward smaller retained mortgage portfolios during the second quarter of 2014, with most of the focus on non-agency collateral, according to a new analysis by Inside MBS & ABS. The two government-sponsored enterprises ended June with a combined $872.7 billion in mortgage-related holdings, down 3.3 percent from the previous quarter. Compared to a year ago, their combined portfolio was down 19.7 percent. It was down 45.2 percent from the $1.592 trillion they held in the fourth quarter of 2008 shortly after the two were put in conservatorship. The biggest decline has been...[Includes one data chart]


August 15, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

SIFMA Bucks Industry Trend, Calls For Slow Increase of Fannie, Freddie MBS Guaranty Fees

The Federal Housing Finance Agency should act now to slowly increase Fannie Mae’s and Freddie Mac’s guaranty fees, according to the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association. SIFMA’s tempered support of a proposed government-sponsored enterprise g-fee increase runs contrary to the position held by much of the rest of the industry – that now is not the time. “We encourage...


August 15, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

REITs Increased MBS Holdings During 2Q14 As Fed Leaves More Space for Other Investors

The gradual slowdown in agency MBS purchases by the Federal Reserve helped real estate investment trusts grow their MBS portfolios during the second quarter of 2014. A new Inside MBS & ABS analysis of REIT earnings reports found that the industry held $286.3 billion of MBS as of the end of June. That was up 9.7 percent from the previous quarter and marked the first increase in REIT MBS holdings since the third quarter of 2012, when the aggregate industry portfolio was $374.2 billion. At the top of the sector, Annaly Capital Management reported...


August 15, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

Strong Demand in Secondary Market for Re-Performing Mortgages, Largely Without Ratings on MBS Deals

Investor demand for re-performing loans has been so strong in recent months that some firms are sitting on the sidelines as yields have become unattractive. Re-performing loans are being sold both as whole loans and in non-agency MBS, largely without ratings. William Gorin, director and CEO of MFA Financial, said the real estate investment trust has been investing in unrated non-agency MBS backed by re-performing loans that were originated between 2005 and 2007. “The average credit support is...


August 15, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

Investors Want Overhaul of Non-Agency MBS Market, Issuers Willing to Make Some Changes

Potential investors in non-agency MBS are calling for significant changes to the market before they’re willing to resume investing in new non-agency MBS. Non-agency MBS issuers indicate that they are willing to make some changes to attract investors, while other adjustments will require action by federal regulators or Congress. In June, the Treasury Department requested comments on how to increase non-agency activity and decrease the agency MBS share of mortgage financing. The comment period closed late last week, with about 25 industry participants submitting feedback. John Gidman, president of the Association of Institutional Investors, said...


August 14, 2014 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Incentives for Bank Portfolio Holdings a Factor in Effort to Increase Non-Agency Mortgage Activity

Banks need incentives to issue non-agency mortgage-backed securities instead of holding loans in portfolio, according to boosters of the non-agency MBS market. The Federal Reserve’s monetary policies and capital requirements set by federal regulators have played a role in the shift from non-agency MBS issuance to banks holding loans in portfolio. “Historically, major banks were the predominant sponsors of private-label securities transactions, especially for 30-year jumbo fixed-rate loans, which are not a good asset/liability match for their balance sheets,” officials at Redwood Trust noted in a comment letter submitted to the Treasury Department. In June, the Treasury issued a request for comments on how to increase non-agency activity in the mortgage market. In 2013, only 4.8 percent of the estimated $272.0 billion in non-agency jumbo originations were included...


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