Nonconforming Securitization

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February 5, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Non-Agency Nonperforming Loan Deals Expected to Remain Strong, with Attractive Profits for Investors and Issuers

Securities backed by nonperforming mortgages, one of the biggest sources of volume currently in the non-agency MBS market, are expected to continue to look good for investors and issuers, even as the housing market recovers. This week, analysts at Bank of America Merrill Lynch recommended investing in senior tranches of non-agency MBS backed by nonperforming loans. “As things get bad for risk assets and we recommend positioning for further widening in risk premium, NPL senior tranches stand out...


February 4, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Moody’s Upgrades MGIC, Radian to Investment Grade; NAIC’s Proposed Capital Rules Create Uncertainty

For the first time since October 2008, Moody’s Investors Service upgraded two top private mortgage insurance companies to investment grade due to strong performance of new insurance written, cost savings and fewer losses. However, risk factors, including proposed capital regulations from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, could adversely impact the ratings. Mortgage Guaranty Insurance Corp. and Radian Guaranty now have Baa3 ratings from Moody’s, although other rating servicers appear disinclined to follow. Both MIs continue to be rated below investment grade by Standard & Poor’s. The improved ratings come...


January 29, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Subprime Volume Indicators and Performance

A page of subprime and jumbo data.


January 29, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

News Briefs

A&D Mortgage recently started offering non-qualified mortgages on a wholesale basis via mortgage brokers. The lender, whose originations are focused in southern Florida, noted that its underwriting for the loans includes “limited income and asset documentation” including options for stated income and stated assets. A&D offers non-QMs aimed at investors and foreign nationals. The lender said the loans are typically for non-owner-occupied ... [Includes four briefs]


January 29, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Bank Holdings of Non-Agency MBS Fall

The volume of non-agency mortgage-backed securities held by banks and thrifts has declined much more quickly than the amount of total non-agency MBS outstanding. Banks and thrifts held a total of $96.76 billion in non-agency MBS as of the end of the third quarter of 2015, down 28.4 percent compared with the end of the third quarter of 2014, according to a new analysis and ranking from the Inside Mortgage Finance Bank Mortgage Database. In that span ... [Includes one data chart]


January 29, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Parkside Targets Non-Agency Loans with REIT

Parkside Mortgage Trust recently started operations with plans to acquire non-agency mortgages, including non-qualified mortgages. The first loan acquired by the real estate investment trust was a jumbo QM. Officials at PMT said Parkside Lending, an affiliate of the REIT, will service the mortgages. “This effort has been in the works for the past three years and we’re proud that it has finally come to fruition,” said Matthew Ostrander, president and chairman of PMT. “We’re excited to be entering ...


January 29, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Impac Works to Increase Non-QM Originations

Officials at Impac Mortgage Holdings said originations of non-qualified mortgages are a “primary focus” for the lender this year. Impac has been one of the most prominent non-QM lenders, but production remains relatively low. Impac originated $48.0 million in non-QMs in the third quarter of 2015, the most recent figures available. The lender refers to these originations as AltQM products. Impac focused its early non-QM efforts in the wholesale channel and started offering non-QMs via ...


January 29, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

WinWater Set to Issue Latest Jumbo MBS

The trickle of jumbo mortgage-backed securities issuance seen since July will continue as WinWater Home Mortgage prepares to issue a $407.95 million deal. DBRS and Moody’s Investors Service issued presale reports on the planned MBS this week. WinWater Mortgage Loan Trust 2016-1 will be backed by qualified mortgages from 68 lenders, led by Caliber Home Loans with an 11.6 percent share, Ditech Financial (10.0 percent) and LoanDepot (8.0 percent). The deal consists of two pools ...


January 29, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

FHFA Decision on FHLBanks and Captive Insurers Seen as a Blow to Non-QM Funding

The Federal Housing Finance Agency’s recent final rule limiting membership in the Federal Home Loan Bank system will reduce funding for originations of non-qualified mortgages and other non-agency activity, according to industry analysts. In recent years, many real estate investment trusts gained access to FHLBank advances via captive insurance companies. A final rule from the FHFA this month closed that so-called loophole, with the regulator claiming that Congress didn’t ...


January 29, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Fitch Revises MBS Rating Criteria, Allowing For Differentiation in Due Diligence Based on Asset Types

Fitch Ratings will allow for differences in third-party due diligence practices when rating various types of residential MBS, granting concessions to risk-sharing transactions from the government-sponsored enterprises. The firm released revised master-rating criteria late last week. Among the changes compared with criteria that were released in October was an allowance for differences among non-agency MBS backed by recent originations, transactions related to the GSEs and non-agency MBS backed by seasoned loans. While most jumbo MBS issued in recent years have included third-party due diligence reviews of 100 percent of the loans in a deal, the GSEs’ much larger risk-sharing transactions have been...


January 29, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Busy Time for MBS Litigation Marked by Settlements, Set-Asides, Dismissal, Court Win

Federal courts and a state attorney general have been busy this past week churning out decisions and announcing settlements on a number of cases involving legacy non-agency MBS, Wall Street financial institutions and pension funds. A hearing on a proposed $272 million cash settlement of two class-action lawsuits against Goldman Sachs involving legacy MBS will be held on April 13, 2016, at 10 a.m. in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Attorneys for the plaintiffs, NECA-IBEW Health & Welfare Fund and the Police and Fire Retirement System of the City of Detroit, sent out...


January 29, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

First Clean-Up Calls Completed on Post-Crisis Jumbo MBS Suggest Little Risk for Investors

Clean-up calls were recently completed on three jumbo MBS issued by Redwood Trust in 2010 and 2011, marking the first such actions on post-crisis jumbo MBS. While MBS investors can take some losses when clean-up calls are completed, analysts suggest that’s not currently much of a concern for post-crisis jumbo MBS. Holders of clean-up call rights, typically servicers, have an option to purchase the remaining loans in an MBS when the outstanding balance of the deal falls below a certain threshold. Redwood completed...


January 28, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Finance

A Secondary Market Develops for ‘Scratch & Dent’ TRID Loans; Even PIMCO is Eyeing the Sector

With nonbanks fearing they could be stuck with error-laden mortgages that violate the integrated disclosure rule, a secondary market has developed for this new breed of “scratch and dent” loans, according to interviews conducted by Inside Mortgage Finance. One investor, requesting his firm’s name not be identified, said his shop bought such a mortgage for 90 cents on the dollar. Participants in the market – including investors and traders – concede...


January 22, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Non-Agency MBS Issuers Working to Deal with Risk- Retention Requirements, Seasoned Loans a Focus

About a month after risk-retention requirements took effect for newly issued non-agency MBS, industry participants continue to work on complying with the standards set by the Dodd-Frank Act. Non-agency MBS issued on Dec. 24, 2015, and beyond are subject to risk-retention standards. The standards will apply to other MBS and ABS asset types for deals issued on and after Dec. 24 of this year. The first jumbo MBS subject to risk-retention requirements is scheduled...


January 15, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Subprime Volume Indicators and Performance

A page of subprime and jumbo data.


January 15, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

News Briefs

CORRECTION: A story in the Jan. 1, 2016, issue of Inside Nonconforming Markets regarding jumbo mortgage-backed security issuance as of the end of the fourth quarter of 2015 inadvertently omitted a $231.2 million jumbo MBS issued by Hatteras Financial in December. The online version of the story has been updated, including a revision to the companion data table. SoFi announced this week that it no longer considers credit scores ... [Includes four briefs]


January 15, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Two Harbors Prepares First Jumbo MBS of 2016

The most active issuer of jumbo mortgage-backed securities in 2015, based on the number of deals sold, is set to issue the first jumbo MBS of the year. Two Harbors Investment is preparing a $304.75 million deal, according to presale reports. A presale report from Standard & Poor’s on the deal on Jan. 4 ended a span of 31 days without a presale report for a new jumbo MBS. Fitch Ratings published a presale report on the same deal the following day. The deal will mark the first ...


January 15, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Less Than Full Documentation Not Necessarily Bad

The performance risks posed by a new breed of alternative-documentation mortgages are likely much lower than the mayhem caused by reduced-documentation mortgages originated before the financial crisis, according to Moody’s Investors Service. While most lenders verify the borrower’s income and assets used to qualify for mortgages, some non-agency lenders are willing to originate loans with less than full documentation. Lenders allowing for alt-doc underwriting typically ...


January 15, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Little Change in Jumbo MBS Characteristics

Issuers of jumbo mortgage-backed securities stuck with plain vanilla mortgages in 2015, according to a new analysis by Inside Nonconforming Markets. Meanwhile, a wide variety of lenders contributed to jumbo MBS last year, with only one bank accounting for an outsized share of contributions. First Republic Bank was the top originator of jumbo mortgages that were securitized in 2015, accounting for nearly 20 percent of all jumbo MBS issuance ... [Includes two data charts]


January 15, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

FHFA Cuts Off REIT Access to FHLBanks

The Federal Housing Finance Agency published a final rule this week that will prevent real estate investment trusts from gaining access to financing from the Federal Home Loan Bank system via captive insurance companies. REITs are not allowed direct membership in an FHLBank. However, in recent years a number of REITs have formed captive insurance companies that were granted FHLBank membership because insurance companies were allowed to ...


January 15, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Interest Rates Could Prompt MBS from Banks

The non-agency mortgage-backed security market could be revived this year by economic factors rather than efforts by Congress or industry participants, according to analysts. The non-agency share of mortgage originations has been relatively strong in recent years, but the loans were largely held in bank portfolios instead of included in non-agency MBS. Legislative reform of the government-sponsored enterprises and potential incentives for non-agency MBS issuance look ...


January 15, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

CFPB Guidance May Help Ease Fears in Non-Agency Market of Violating TRID

Compliance violations with a disclosure rule that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau implemented in October continue to cause problems for non-agency mortgages in the secondary market. The CFPB and Fitch Ratings separately provided guidance recently regarding the so-called TRID integrated disclosure rule that could help industry participants get more comfortable with TRID. There have been reports that some buyers of non-agency mortgages have balked at ...


January 15, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Commerzbank Sues Four RMBS Trustees Over $1.9B In Losses, Credit Suisse Agrees to $110M Settlement

Legacy non-agency MBS issued before the financial market collapse in 2008 continue to spawn millions in lawsuits. In the Southern District of New York, Commerzbank AG, as an RMBS investor, recently sued Deutsche Bank, HSBC, Wells Fargo and the Bank of New York Mellon in their capacities as MBS trustees on deals that inflicted approximately $1.88 billion in losses on the German bank. Commerzbank claimed it suffered $750 million in losses related to BNYM’s alleged failures ...


January 15, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Are Due Diligence Firms Leading Secondary Market Investors to Reject Loans Due to Minor TRID Errors?

By now the word is out: Certain unnamed secondary market investors are turning away mortgages because of compliance errors, expressing the opinion they do not want to be on the “liability hook” for any origination errors under the new integrated disclosure rule known as TRID. The Mortgage Bankers Association recently singled out a jumbo investor that’s been rejecting 100 percent of the loans offered by originators. The trade group declined to identify the investor, but other ...


January 15, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

IRS Allows MBS Trustee and Master Servicer to Enter Settlement with Investors Without Raising REMIC Issues

The Internal Revenue Service recently provided guidance to an MBS trustee and master servicer confirming that a settlement with investors was compliant with requirements for real estate mortgage investment conduits. While Private Letter Ruling 201601005 applies only to the unidentified parties that sought the guidance from the IRS, industry attorneys suggest that the letter could be useful when structuring settlements with MBS investors. The letter was released ...


January 15, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Non-Agency MBS Issuance Neared Post-Crash High In 2015, But Seasoned Collateral Dominated Market

New issuance of non-agency MBS rose smartly in 2015, nearly matching the highest annual production volume since the financial market meltdown back in 2007. Some $61.60 billion of non-agency MBS came to market last year, a solid 13.9 percent increase from 2014, according to Inside MBS & ABS. This figure does not include Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac credit risk-transfer deals – which attract traditional non-agency MBS credit investors but are ... [Includes three data charts]


January 8, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

SEC Finds a Number of Issues Involving Rating Services, Directs Firms to Correct Problems

Exams by the Securities and Exchange Commission in 2015 uncovered a number of problems at rating services large and small, according to a report released by the SEC at the end of December. However, the firms weren’t identified by name because the exams aren’t public. The report is a laundry list of findings involving the 10 nationally recognized statistical rating organizations, six of which are involved in the MBS and ABS markets. The findings came from exams that focused on activities in 2014. Offending rating services generally were referred to solely based on their size, with Fitch Ratings, Moody’s Investors Service and Standard & Poor’s referred to as “larger” rating services and the other companies referred to as “smaller” rating services. The SEC said...


January 8, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Former Co-Head of MBS and ABS at RBS Pleads Guilty To Fraud, Agrees to Cooperate with RMBS Investigation

The Department of Justice announced in December that a structured finance supervisor at RBS Securities pleaded guilty to participating in a multi-million dollar securities fraud scheme and is cooperating with the government’s ongoing investigation. Adam Siegel was co-head of U.S. ABS, MBS and commercial MBS trading at RBS between 2008 and 2014. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in the District of Connecticut said Siegel admitted that he and others conspired to increase RBS’s profits on trades of residential MBS and collateralized loan obligations at the expense of customers. “His crime included...


January 8, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

MBS and ABS Issuance Fades in Late 2015, Annual Production About Par for Post-Crash Course

In the end, 2015 produced a solid, if unspectacular, supply of new agency single-family MBS and non-mortgage ABS after peaking in the second quarter of the year. A total of $1.498 trillion of single-family MBS and non-mortgage ABS were issued in 2015, a 28.1 percent increase from the year before, according to a new Inside MBS & ABS analysis. But 2014 ranked as the weakest year since the financial meltdown, and the 2015 output was the fourth lowest in the 21st century during a period of historically low interest rates and steady economic growth. Most components of the market slowed...[Includes three data tables]


January 1, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Subprime Volume Indicators and Performance

A page of subprime and jumbo data.


January 1, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

News Briefs

The omnibus appropriations bill President Obama signed in December included a provision that supporters suggest will help spur reform of the government-sponsored enterprises. The bill prohibits the Treasury Department from selling its senior preferred shares in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac until at least the start of 2018. “Passage of this provision makes it clear that Congress – which created mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in the first place – should ... [Includes three briefs]


January 1, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Little Impact Expected from DFA’s Risk-Retention

Risk-retention requirements established by the Dodd-Frank Act for certain non-agency mortgage-backed securities took effect at the end of 2015. Industry analysts suggest that the requirements will have minimal impact on industry participants’ current practices. “Risk-retention rules will not affect overall residential MBS issuance levels because qualified mortgage issuers will be exempt from risk-retention rules, and non-QM issuers already retain risk,” according to analysts at Moody’s Investors Service ...


January 1, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Jumbo Mortgage Interest Deduction Under Scrutiny

Affordable housing advocates are calling for changes to the mortgage interest deduction allowed for federal taxes. Interest on up to $1.0 million in principal is currently deductible. The National Low Income Housing Coalition recently published a report supporting its call for the cap on the mortgage interest deduction to be lowered to loan balances of $500,000 and below. “There is no policy rationale for the federal government to continue to subsidize the portion of mortgages that ...


January 1, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Incentive Issues Hold Back Non-Agency MBS

The government-sponsored enterprises’ risk-sharing transactions more adequately address incentive problems than non-agency mortgage-backed securities, according to a recent report by the Office of Financial Research. The OFR said back-end risk-sharing transactions from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac “indicate how private housing finance remains crippled.” The OFR is an independent office within the U.S. Treasury Department, focusing on financial stability issues. The GSEs sold ...


January 1, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Some Lenders Hold Off on Non-QMs in New York

Some lenders offering non-qualified mortgages see the product as a way to generate volume in a sector of the market that most competitors are avoiding. However, even some prominent non-QM lenders aren’t comfortable originating the loans in New York State. New York was the fourth-ranked state in terms of total originations in 2014, according to an analysis of Home Mortgage Disclosure Act data by Inside Mortgage Trends, an affiliated publication, accounting for 4.2 percent of ...


January 1, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Interest-Only Loan Volume Fails to Keep Pace

Originations of interest-only mortgages by lenders that are prominent in the niche have lagged behind overall mortgage production trends, according to a new ranking and analysis by Inside Nonconforming Markets. Through the first three quarters of 2015, first-lien IO originations by a group of 12 lenders increased by 13.2 percent compared with the same period in 2014. Overall mortgage production in that time increased by 42.9 percent, according to ... [Includes one data chart]


January 1, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Angel Oak Sells Largest Post-Crisis Nonprime MBS

Angel Oak Capital Advisors issued a nonprime mortgage-backed security on Dec. 17 tied to loans with an unpaid principal balance of $150.35 million. It was the fourth – and largest – nonprime MBS issued in 2015. Angel Oak Mortgage Trust 2015-1 included a $120.28 million senior tranche, a $15.04 million mezzanine tranche and two subordinate tranches totaling $15.04 million. The deal was issued by Angel Oak’s Greenleaf Income Trust II and was not rated. Officials at Angel Oak said ...


January 1, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Jumbo MBS Issuance Declines Again In Fourth Quarter of 2015, Outlook Flat

A strong first half of 2015 helped the issuance of jumbo mortgage-backed securities top the volume seen in 2014, according to a new analysis by Inside Nonconforming Markets. But as the year progressed, issuance slowed and industry analysts don’t expect much of an increase in volume in 2016. Some $12.08 billion in jumbo MBS were issued in 2015, up 25.4 percent compared with 2014 but not enough to match the $13.12 billion in 2013 issuance. And jumbo MBS activity ... [Includes one data chart]


Poll

A lot has been written lately regarding loan closing delays tied to the new TRID rule. What’s been the average delay at your lending shop, if at all? (Report in business days, not calendar.)

TRID has caused no delays whatsoever because we were prepared.

30%

1 to 4 days.

27%

5 to 10 days.

13%

11 to 15 days. It’s been a nightmare.

11%

We’re too embarrassed to tell you.

20%

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