Nonconforming Securitization

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April 11, 2014 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Subprime Volume Indicators and Performance

A page of subprime and jumbo data.


April 11, 2014 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

News Briefs

CORRECTION: A March 14, 2014, story in Inside Nonconforming Markets with the headline “Credit Suisse Taps New Penn for Another Jumbo MBS” stated that according to Standard & Poor’s, due-diligence firms found that New Penn Financial allowed exceptions to its underwriting guidelines for some mortgages included in CSMC Trust 2014-SAF1. In fact, the underwriting exceptions were allowed by Credit Suisse on mortgages from lenders not identified by S&P ... [Includes three briefs]


April 11, 2014 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Jumbo MBS Treatment of Expenses a Concern

Variations on the treatment of extraordinary expenses in jumbo mortgage-backed securities have prompted the rating services to alert investors. A warning on this issue last week by Fitch Ratings follows similar concerns raised by other rating services. Extraordinary expenses in non-agency MBS can be caused by legal claims against the trust, costs associated with a third-party reviews to identify representation-and-warranty breaches, and costs related arbitration, among other issues ...


April 11, 2014 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Nonbanks Looking Beyond Non-Agency MBS

A number of real estate investment trusts and other nonbanks plan to invest in nonprime assets other than vintage non-agency mortgage-backed securities as part of an effort to take credit risk as opposed to interest rate risk. The plans include investments in credit-sensitive loans, seller financing for lenders that work with nonprime borrowers and, potentially, even direct nonprime lending. A year ago, Two Harbors Investment saw an opportunity in what it calls credit-sensitive loans ...


April 11, 2014 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Concerns About Nonbank Servicers’ Growth Persist

Undisclosed third parties rejected a small portion of Ocwen Financial’s planned acquisition of mortgage servicing rights from OneWest Bank, according to a report this week from Fitch Ratings. The lack of approval on Ocwen’s MSR purchase was just the latest hurdle faced by nonbank servicers with plans to grow. Last year, Ocwen announced it planned to acquire a significant portion of MSRs from IndyMac Mortgage Services, a division of OneWest. Fitch said the acquisition ...


April 11, 2014 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

IO Originations Increase Sharply in 2013

A number of lenders increased their originations of interest-only mortgages in 2013, according to a new ranking and analysis by Inside Nonconforming Markets. IOs with loan applications of Jan. 10 and beyond will subject lenders to greater liabilities due to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s ability-to-repay rule, but many lenders note that they will continue to offer IOs to well-qualified borrowers. Lenders reported ... [Includes one data chart]


April 11, 2014 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Fenway Summer Merges with Start-Up Ethos

Ethos Lending was looking for an investment from Fenway Summer and ended up merging with Fenway Summer’s mortgage unit. The combined operation plans to start originating agency mortgages in the second quarter of this year and offer prime non-qualified mortgages via the wholesale channel by the end of 2014. Raj Date, the founder of Fenway Summer and the former deputy director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, will serve as chairman of ...


April 11, 2014 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Majority of Banks Willing to Offer Non-QMs

Demand from borrowers for loans that aren’t “qualified mortgages” has prompted many banks to continue to offer non-QMs such as interest-only mortgages or non-agency mortgages with debt-to-income ratios above 43 percent. “We’ve pretty much made the decision that the risk of there being any kind of a kickback from an individual – if we underwrite that thing and document ourselves and do the things we need to do – is a risk worth taking,” said Derek Williams ...


April 11, 2014 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Jumbo MBS Issuance Slump Continues; Investors Shrug Off Strong Performance

The jumbo mortgage-backed security market has yet to recover from the spike in interest rates seen nearly a year ago. Investor demand for the securities remains weak, even with the pristine performance of jumbo MBS issued since 2010. Four deals were priced in the first quarter of 2014 for a total of $1.29 billion in issuance, according to Inside Nonconforming Markets. While that was a 56.0 percent increase in issuance compared with ... [Includes two data charts]


April 10, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

Federal Reserve Survey Respondents Report Rising Interest in Residential Non-Agency MBS

Credit officers over the past three months reported an increased demand for non-agency MBS, suggesting that private capital could be flowing more freely through the U.S. housing market, according to a Federal Reserve survey released last week. The Fed’s Senior Credit Officer Opinion Survey on Dealer Financing Terms for March 2014 found little change in the credit terms among the 22 participating institutions, with the exception of securities financing, where nearly one-half of dealers reported a hike in demand for funding non-agency residential MBS. “Dealers assessed...


April 10, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

MBS Prices Are Rising, Which Likely Means Good Things for REITs That Loaded Up

The price of agency MBS has been rising since early April, which can only mean good things for publicly-traded real estate investment trusts that own the asset class. However, REIT share prices haven’t improved much of late, with some companies such as Annaly Capital Management continuing to trade closer to their 52-week lows than their highs. Late this week, for instance, Annaly – one of the largest MBS investing REITs – was trading at $11.30 compared to a 52-week high of $15.98 and a low of $9.66. But better days may be...


April 3, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

MBS/ABS Issuers, Sponsors Fear SEC’s Disclosure Proposal Would Result in Greater Liabilities, Risks

The Securities and Exchange Commission late last week gave the securities industry another month to file comments on a proposed rule that most participants already know they don’t like. Comments were originally due March 28 on the SEC’s latest proposal to require asset-backed securities issuers to make loan-level details about pending issues available to investors on their own websites, rather than the agency’s Electronic Data-Gathering, Analysis and Retrieval system. On the day the comment period ended, the SEC extended it to April 28. Many issuers and large banks think...


April 3, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

Retroactive Recognition of Principal Forbearance on Non- Agency MBS Pops Up Again, Causing Unexpected Losses

At least 46 vintage non-agency MBS took principal forbearance-related losses in March, according to industry analysts. The losses are a concern for investors because they were taken without warning, based on forbearance that happened well before March. Most of the deals taking retroactive forbearance losses in March were issued by Bear Stearns from 2005 through 2007 and were largely serviced by JPMorgan Chase, according to analysts at Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Barclays Capital. Write-downs on the deals were as high as 6.8 percent for a single month. “When a servicer recognizes losses on loans previously modified with forbearance, it could significantly impact...


April 3, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

Mortgage Securitization Continues Freefall In Early 2014, Weakest Start Since 2000

New residential MBS issuance in the first three months of 2014 sank to the lowest quarterly volume since late in 2000, according to a new Inside MBS & ABS analysis. A total of $191.7 billion of residential MBS were issued in the first quarter of this year, down 25.5 percent from the fourth quarter of 2013. Compared to first quarter of 2013, new MBS issuance was down 59.2 percent. MBS production has been falling...[Includes two data charts]


April 3, 2014 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Bank Servicers’ Loan Modification Activity Declines, Focus Shifts to GSE Mortgages

Loss-mitigation activity by major bank servicers has decreased significantly in the past year, coinciding with servicers’ completion of loss-mitigation requirements under the $25 billion national servicing settlement. Eight major banks and thrifts completed 72,466 loan modifications in the fourth quarter of 2013, a 49.5 percent decline from the fourth quarter of 2012, according to a new report from the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. The servicers completed 60,765 foreclosures in the fourth quarter, down 42.6 percent from the fourth quarter of 2012. The declines in loan mods and foreclosures by banks have outpaced...


March 28, 2014 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Subprime Volume Indicators and Performance

A page of subprime and jumbo data.


March 28, 2014 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

News Briefs

The Structured Finance Industry Group said it’s scheduled to meet with the Treasury Department next week regarding return of private capital to the mortgage market. The trade group has a meeting on the same topic with the Federal Housing Finance Agency scheduled for April 16. W.J. Bradley Mortgage Capital announced a number of new jumbo product offerings last week. The lender now offers loans with balances of up to $3.0 million and ... [Includes seven briefs]


March 28, 2014 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Banks Complete Non-Agency Servicing Obligations

The monitor of the $25 billion national servicing settlement certified last week that the five participating banks completed their loss-mitigation obligations a year earlier than the three-year deadline set by the settlement. Regulators involved in the settlement continue to defend allowing the banks to complete a portion of their obligations by modifying mortgages in non-agency mortgage-backed securities. Bank of America, Citi, JPMorgan Chase, Residential Capital and Wells Fargo ...


March 28, 2014 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Banks Bolstering Portfolios with New Originations

Some banks and thrifts have been able to originate enough new mortgages to replace runoff from their portfolios, but the industry’s retained holdings of first-lien mortgages continued to decline in the fourth quarter of 2013, according to a new ranking and analysis by Inside Nonconforming Markets. Banks and thrifts held a total of $1.74 trillion in first-lien mortgages as of the end of 2013, down only 3.0 percent compared with the end of 2012 ... [Includes one data chart]


March 28, 2014 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

More FHFA Non-Agency MBS Lawsuits Settled

Bank of America this week agreed to settle lawsuits filed by the Federal Housing Finance Agency regarding non-agency mortgage-backed securities purchased by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Eleven of the 18 non-agency MBS lawsuits filed by the FHFA in 2011 have now been settled and the claims against BofA and its affiliates were by far the largest. BofA said it agreed to make a total of $5.8 billion in payments to Fannie and Freddie as part of the settlement and spend $3.5 billion to ...


March 28, 2014 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Non-Agency Players Eye GSE Reform Proposal

Bipartisan mortgage-reform legislation under consideration in the Senate could open significant opportunities for firms currently involved in the non-agency market, according to industry analysts. Firms with jumbo conduit operations and real estate investment trusts that invest in non-agency mortgage-backed securities could see their potential markets increase significantly under the proposed system. Sens. Tim Johnson, D-SD, and Mike Crapo, R-ID, have proposed a ...


March 28, 2014 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Rating Services to Increase Lender Scrutiny

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s ability-to-repay requirements and standards for qualified mortgages will prompt greater rating-service scrutiny of lenders that participate in the non-agency mortgage-backed security market. Fitch Ratings noted last week that its new criteria for non-agency MBS with mortgages that have loan applications that were received on or after Jan. 10 will require additional analysis, including an expanded review of underwriting processes ...


March 28, 2014 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Redwood to Issue its First Jumbo MBS in 4 Months

If all goes as scheduled, the most prolific issuer of jumbo mortgage-backed securities since 2010 won’t issue a jumbo MBS in the first quarter of 2014, the first quarterly blank for the firm since the end of 2011. Redwood is planning to issue a $347.30 million jumbo MBS on April 2; the deal priced this week. It’s the first jumbo MBS from the real estate investment trust since November. Officials at Redwood said a lack of demand from investors has limited issuance of jumbo MBS ...


March 28, 2014 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Little Support for Reducing GSEs’ Loan Limits, Housing Market Seen as Too ‘Fragile’

Lowering Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac loan limits is one of the easiest levers the federal government could pull to increase non-agency participation in the mortgage market but most market participants favor keeping them at their current levels. In December, the Federal Housing Finance Agency announced that it was considering reducing the loan “purchase limits” for the government-sponsored enterprises. Under the plan, the GSEs could not purchase loans exceeding ...


March 28, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

Non-Agency MBS Issuance by Type - 4Q13

The amount in dollars of non-agency MBS issuance from 2003-3Q13. Categories include prime, subprime, Alt A, S&D, seconds, re-MBS, other and total issuance. Quarterly data for 2012-4Q13 included. [Includes one data chart]


March 28, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

S&P Tops in Ranking Non-Agency MBS In 2013, Fitch First in Non-Mortgage ABS

Standard & Poor’s rated $11.72 billion of non-agency MBS issued in 2013, making it the most active rating service in the market by dollar volume, although DBRS rated considerably more deals, according to a new ranking and analysis by Inside MBS & ABS. In its heyday, S&P used to rate more than 90 percent of new issuance of non-agency MBS, but in 2013 it accounted for just 40.0 percent of the market by dollar volume. DBRS wasn’t too far behind with a 36.0 percent share, followed by Kroll Ratings and Fitch Ratings. Moody’s Investors Service rated...[Includes two data charts]


March 21, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

Rating Services Requiring Higher Credit Enhancement for Non-QMs, Pushing Non-Agency MBS Issuers Toward QMs

The securitized mortgage market appears to be destined to be dominated by mortgages that meet the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s qualified-mortgage standards. Criteria from the rating services gives favorable treatment to QMs, while Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are avoiding non-QMs altogether. Fitch Ratings released criteria this week for how it will rate non-agency mortgages in light of the CFPB’s ability-to-repay rule and QM standards, rounding out a number of updates from the rating services about how they will handle the issue. The ATR rule took effect for loans with an application date of Jan. 10 or later. So far, no loans subject to the ATR rule have appeared in a jumbo MBS. Issuers have...


March 21, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

Johnson-Crapo GSE Reform Bill Has Options for Non-Agency Market, Incentives for FMIC Activity

Bipartisan mortgage-finance reform legislation from leaders in the Senate focuses on replacing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac securitization programs with a new government MBS guaranty, but it also includes options for MBS issued outside the proposed agency-like structure. Sens. Tim Johnson, D-SD, and Mike Crapo, R-ID, this week revealed the text of their Housing Finance Reform and Taxpayer Protection Act, which may have little chance of passage this year but may be the starting point for reform in the next Congress. Johnson-Crapo would create...


March 14, 2014 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Subprime Volume Indicators and Performance

A page of subprime and jumbo data.


March 14, 2014 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

News Briefs

The Structured Finance Industry Group this week requested a 60-day extension of the comment period for revisions to Regulation AB proposed by the Securities and Exchange Commission. The SEC re-proposed part of its so-called Reg. AB2 rule on Feb. 25 and comments are currently due March 28. Richard Johns, the SFIG’s executive director, said the SEC’s proposed approach for disclosures on non-agency mortgage-backed securities is largely ... [Includes four briefs]


March 14, 2014 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Senate Bill Would Maintain High-Cost Loan Limits

Bipartisan legislation in the Senate to reform the government-sponsored enterprises would maintain the high-cost conforming loan limits, according to a summary of the draft bill released this week. The bill signals a shift as other GSE reform efforts in Congress have contemplated a gradual reduction of high-cost conforming loan limits. Leaders of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs announced this week that they reached an agreement on what will be included ...


March 14, 2014 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Non-Agency Lenders Adjust to QM, ATR

Two months after the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s ability-to-repay requirements took effect, non-agency lenders seem to have adjusted to the rule. The debt-to-income ratio requirements for qualified mortgages do not appear to have prevented many borrowers from obtaining a mortgage and lenders have adjusted their documentation requirements. “To my knowledge we haven’t lost any sales because people didn’t qualify under the QM banner,” said ...


March 14, 2014 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Credit Suisse Taps New Penn for Another Jumbo MBS

Credit Suisse teamed with New Penn Financial to issue another jumbo mortgage-backed security at the end of February, the latest in a unique partnership. The $297.36 million issuance received a AAA rating with credit enhancement of 8.85 percent for the top-rated tranche. Some 13 lenders contributed to the deal, with 74.2 percent of the mortgages originated or acquired by New Penn, according to a final rating report by DBRS (no presale reports were issued). Standard & Poor’s ...


March 14, 2014 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Treasury Pushing for Jumbo MBS Standardization

Investors would be more willing to buy AAA tranches of jumbo mortgage-backed securities if issuers would standardize their offerings, according to Michael Stegman, counselor to the Treasury Department on housing finance policy. While the Treasury and industry participants both currently have initiatives aimed at standardization, issuers haven’t been too willing to seek uniformity. In a speech last week, Stegman said that based on recent meetings with jumbo MBS participants ...


March 14, 2014 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Jumbo Lending Up Sharply in 2013, Driven By Bank Portfolio Appetite

Originations of jumbo mortgages significantly outpaced originations of other first-lien mortgage types in 2013, according to a new ranking and analysis by Inside Nonconforming Markets. Banks continue to dominate the market for jumbos, both with their own originations and via acquisitions of production from lenders that might otherwise have delivered their production to jumbo mortgage-backed security issuers. An estimated $272.0 billion in non-agency jumbos ... [Includes one data chart]


March 14, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

REIT MBS Holdings Fell Sharply in Declining New Issuance Market Dominated by the Federal Reserve

Publicly traded real estate investment trusts reported a 13.5 percent decline in their holdings of residential MBS during the fourth quarter, according to a new Inside MBS & ABS analysis. The industry reported $264.8 billion of residential MBS at the end of 2013, a 26.4 percent drop from the fourth quarter of 2012. The five largest REIT MBS investors all reported double-digit drops during the final three months of 2013, while the mid-range companies generally had smaller declines and three smaller firms actually grew their portfolios. At the top of the table, Annaly Capital Management reported...[Includes one data chart]


March 7, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

Uniformity, Transparency Needed to Restart Anemic Private-Label MBS Market, Says Geithner Counsel

Greater standardization and transparency is needed to overcome the impediments to growing a new issue, non-agency MBS market, according to Michael Stegman, housing finance policy adviser to Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew. In remarks this week at the JP Morgan Securitized Products Research Conference, Stegman said lack of housing finance reform, lingering distrust among non-agency securitizers, lack of product and the trauma of heavy losses have stunted the growth of the market. The lack of reform of the government-sponsored enterprises should not become...


Poll

What do you think is the biggest hurdle to meeting the new QM standards in the CFPB’s ability-to-repay rule?

A debt-to-income (DTI) cap of 43%.

48%

A 3% cap on points and fees.

29%

An interest rate cap of the average prime offered rate (APOR) plus 1.5%.

23%

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