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March 27, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Nomura Unlikely to Take Ratings Hit; Court Allows NCUA Suit Against RBS, HSBC; AIG Investors Win

Nomura Holdings is unlikely to suffer a hit in ratings because of the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s mortgage-backed securities lawsuit, but the litigation may yet prove costly to the Japanese financial holding company, according to a recent report from Fitch Ratings. Nomura went to trial on March 16 to defend itself against allegations that it misrepresented the underlying asset quality of MBS it sold to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac prior to the financial crisis ...


March 27, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Ocwen Refutes Accusations From Non-Agency MBS Investors, Claims No Ongoing Events of Default

Ocwen Financial pushed back this week against claims from large investors that have worked to remove the nonbank as servicer on 119 non-agency MBS. “By all indications, the holders employed unsupportable assumptions and manipulated their analysis to advance their agenda,” Timothy Hayes, an executive vice president and general counsel at Ocwen, wrote in a letter to the trustees of the MBS in question. The letter was a response to claims made ...


March 27, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Non-Agency Investors See Better Value In Securities Outside of Jumbo MBS

It’s not just structural issues that are keeping investors away from jumbo MBS; they are finding better value in other non-traditional mortgage securities products, including Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac risk-share transactions and deals backed by seasoned loans. During the fourth quarter of 2014, Javelin Mortgage Investment sold all of its holdings of prime, fixed, senior bonds from new-issue jumbo MBS. The real estate investment trust sold a total of ...


March 20, 2015 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Subprime Volume Indicators and Performance

A page of subprime and jumbo data.


March 20, 2015 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

News Briefs

The outstanding balance of non-agency mortgage-backed securities increased in February on a monthly basis, according to a Standard & Poor’s analysis of remittance data. The increase was a rare occurrence as non-agency MBS outstanding has regularly declined since 2009. Of the more than 20,000 jumbo mortgages Redwood Trust has acquired as part of its jumbo conduit activities since 2010, only 11 have gone 60-plus days delinquent ... [Includes five briefs]


March 20, 2015 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Market Need Seen for an Alternative Mortgage

Thirty-year fixed-rate mortgages have served borrowers relatively well, but there are issues that could be addressed by an alternative product, according to new research from staff at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. “Ideally, an alternate mortgage instrument would alleviate the downpayment constraint associated with the transition to homeownership, eliminate any scope for discrimination in mortgage qualification or pricing and allow ...


March 20, 2015 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

HAMP Servicers Faulted for Processing Delays

Non-agency servicers participating in the Home Affordable Modification Program have room for improvement, according to the latest testing results completed on behalf of the Treasury Department. While no servicers were in danger of having HAMP incentive payments withheld, the Treasury said Nationstar Mortgage, Ocwen Financial and Select Portfolio Servicing were all in need of “moderate” improvement as of the fourth quarter of 2014 ... [Includes one data chart]


March 20, 2015 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Mixed Trends for ARM Originations in 2014

Originations of adjustable-rate mortgages were nearly level in 2014 compared with the previous year, according to a new ranking by Inside Nonconforming Markets. The ARM share of total originations increased because mortgage production overall was down in that time, though some big banks that dominate ARM originations also slowed their production. An estimated $198.0 billion in ARMs were originated in 2014, up 1.0 percent ... [Includes one data chart]


March 20, 2015 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Varied Reps on Jumbo MBS Seen as Effective

The two main types of representation-and-warranty frameworks used in jumbo mortgage-backed securities can both effectively protect investors, according to Moody’s Investors Service. Each framework presents different risks, and industry participants suggest that other aspects of deals carry more importance for investors. Jumbo MBS issued in recent years have largely included either an open-ended rep-and-warrant framework or a prescriptive framework ...


March 20, 2015 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Five Oaks Joins FHLB System, Plots Jumbo Growth

A moratorium of real estate investment trusts gaining membership in the Federal Home Loan Bank system ended recently when the captive insurer of Five Oaks Investment was approved as a member of the FHLBank of Indianapolis. The REIT revealed this week that Five Oaks Insurance gained FHLBank membership on Feb. 24. “FOI is currently negotiating agreements for advances with the FHLBank and, although no assurance can be given, FOI anticipates ...


March 20, 2015 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

WinWater, Two Harbors Prep Jumbo MBS

WinWater Home Mortgage and Two Harbors Investment are preparing to issue separate jumbo mortgage-backed securities, according to presale reports. WinWater’s deal is set to include some non-qualified mortgages while Two Harbors’ jumbo MBS sticks with the type of mortgages that have dominated jumbo MBS issued in recent years. The $287.74 million WinWater Mortgage Loan Trust 2015-3 is set to receive AAA ratings with credit enhancement of ...


March 20, 2015 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Bank/Thrift First-Lien Holdings Up in 2014

Bank and thrift portfolio holdings of first-lien mortgages increased in 2014, according to an Inside Nonconforming Markets analysis of call reports. Retention of new jumbo mortgages and even some conforming loans helped outpace portfolio runoff. Banks and thrifts held a total of $1.77 trillion in first-lien mortgages at the end of the fourth quarter of 2014. The holdings increased by 0.3 percent compared with the previous quarter and were up ... [Includes one data chart]


March 20, 2015 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Non-Agency Lending – Beyond Jumbos For Affluent Borrowers – A Difficult Goal

The non-agency mortgage business looks attractive to many companies, but it is a difficult market to get into, according to experts speaking at a mortgage servicing conference sponsored by Information Management Network this week in New York. Non-agency originations outside of portfolio jumbos have been limited due to certain allowances for the government-sponsored enterprises and the lack of demand for mortgage-backed securities, among other issues ...


March 20, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Underwhelmed by Returns on Agency MBS, Two Harbors Focuses on Diversification, Jumbo MBS

Returns on agency MBS are “uninspiring,” according to Thomas Siering, president and CEO of Two Harbors Investment, which has worked to diversify its assets, including putting an emphasis on jumbo conduit activities and commercial MBS. “We have a diversified business model and our operating platform obviates the need to jack up leverage to generate some return in the agency space because we think we can get attractive returns in ...


March 20, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Non-Agency MBS Investors in Subordinate Tranches Support Ocwen as Servicer

A number of non-agency MBS investors with mezzanine and subordinate positions in deals serviced by Ocwen Financial support the troubled servicer, according to industry participants. The investors have pushed back against an effort by other investors holding senior tranches to get servicing transferred from Ocwen. “Ocwen is a critically important servicer in private-label residential MBS,” John Devaney, CEO of United Capital Markets, wrote in a recent letter ...


March 20, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Pressure Grows on FHFA to Push Common Securitization Platform Planning Beyond Focus on Existing GSE Business

A bipartisan group of U.S. Senate lawmakers this week urged the Federal Housing Finance Agency to move the budding common securitization platform for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac “past the duopolistic tendencies of the past.” The FHFA originally directed the two government-sponsored enterprises to develop the CSP so that it would be open to and functional for all residential mortgage securitizers, but the agency last year detoured slightly ... [Includes one data chart]


March 20, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

MBS Market Inched Higher in 4Q14, Agency Sector Growing Steadily

Steady growth in the outstanding supply of agency single-family MBS offset the ongoing decline in non-agency MBS in the fourth quarter of 2014, according to a new Inside MBS & ABS analysis. Outstanding single-family MBS edged up 0.1 percent from the third quarter to finish the year at $6.357 trillion. Although that was the third straight quarterly gain, the yearend total still came up 0.6 percent short of the total outstanding at the end of 2013 ... [Includes one data chart]


March 19, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Mixed Outlook for Non-QM Originations Outside of Loans to Affluent Borrowers

More than a year after standards for qualified mortgages took effect, a number of lenders are willing to offer non-QMs, but production has been concentrated on affluent borrowers. Lenders seem less willing to offer non-QMs to borrowers with lower credit scores or higher loan-to-value ratios. For the past year, Nationstar Mortgage has been working toward offering a non-QM refinance product. The loan would target non-agency borrowers in the nonbank’s large servicing ...


March 19, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Mortgage Servicing is ‘Trending’ as 1-4 Family Debt Outstanding Increases for Second Consecutive Quarter

The supply of home mortgage debt outstanding grew for the second consecutive quarter during the final three months of 2014, eking out a slim 0.1 percent gain from the end of September. The Federal Reserve late last week reported that $9.862 trillion of 1-4 family mortgage debt was outstanding at the end of last year. It may not sound like much, but it marked the first time since ... [Includes one data chart]


March 13, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Credit Union MBS Holdings Fell in Late 2014, Navy Federal Topped the Ranking

Credit unions aren’t major players in the MBS market, and their aggregate holdings declined slightly in 2014, according to a new Inside MBS & ABS analysis of call-report data. Credit unions held $101.3 billion of residential MBS in portfolio at the end of last year. That was down 2.4 percent from the third quarter, and off 3.8 percent from the end of 2013. Most of the industry’s MBS holdings (97.4 percent) were...[Includes one data chart]


March 13, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Servicing Transfer from Ocwen Sets Precedent as Nonbank Has Hundreds of Other Defaults on MBS

The planned transfer of servicing on two non-agency MBS from Ocwen Financial to Select Portfolio Servicing marks the first time in recent years that Ocwen will lose servicing due to a vote by investors. Analysts at Moody’s Investors Service said the servicing transfer on two deals issued by Barclays Capital in 2006 “set a negative precedent” for Ocwen. The transfer was prompted by a vote by investors in the non-agency MBS that came about because Ocwen experienced an event of default due to recent downgrades to the firm’s servicer ratings. “While most of Ocwen’s portfolio has not experienced [defaults based on servicer quality] that would allow for forced transfer, around 695 transactions do have...


March 13, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Reps and Warrants on New Jumbo MBS Seen As Providing Investors with Mixed Protection

The representations and warranties used in jumbo MBS can sufficiently handle some breaches but fail to completely protect investors, according to Moody’s Investors Service. In a report released this week, the rating service noted that issuers use two main varieties of reps and warrants: those that allow for an open-ended review of loans and those that employ a prescriptive framework. The open-ended reviews are seen in jumbo MBS from Redwood Trust, WinWater Home Mortgage and others...


March 13, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

NY Court Clears BofA’s $8.5B MBS Settlement with Investors; Nomura Goes to Court Against FHFA

The dispute around an $8.5 billion settlement between Bank of America and non-agency MBS investors may be at an end after a New York state appeals court signed off on the deal. The agreement would mean a quick end to a lengthy legal battle over a settlement that was first announced on June 28, 2011. It also means the agreement could become the template for all representations-and-warranties settlements with large institutional investors, analysts said. BofA agreed...


March 6, 2015 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Subprime Volume Indicators and Performance

A page of subprime and jumbo data.


March 6, 2015 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

News Briefs

CORRECTION: The jumbo share of total originations in 2014 hit the highest level seen since 2002, not since 2003, as reported in the Feb. 20, 2015, issue of Inside Nonconforming Markets. A New York appeals court approved a long-disputed $8.5 billion settlement this week involving Bank of America and non-agency mortgage-backed securities issued by Countrywide Financial. If no further appeals are brought, investors in the deals ... [Includes seven briefs]


March 6, 2015 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Moody’s Using New Rating Criteria for MBS

Moody’s Investors Service started using new criteria to rate prime non-agency mortgage-backed securities at the end of February. As part of the new criteria, the rating service is allowing non-agency MBS issuers to have access to the tool used to estimate Moody’s initial calculation of triple-A stress loss for a potential security. Moody’s Individual Loan Analysis model, known as MILAN, will be the main quantitative tool for collateral analysis by ...


March 6, 2015 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Redwood Sees Continued Demand for Whole Loans

Strong investor demand continues to make whole-loan sales more profitable than securitization, according to Redwood Trust officials. “Throughout 2014, whole-loan buyers provided better pricing and execution for our jumbo home loan sales versus securitization,” said Brett Nicholas, president of the real estate investment trust, during the company’s fourth-quarter earnings call. He said Redwood expects strong demand for jumbo loans in the first part of ...


March 6, 2015 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Variety in Latest Batch of Jumbo MBS

Issuers of jumbo mortgage-backed securities offered investors variety in two deals that closed last week and an MBS planned for next week. Separate jumbo MBS from WinWater Home Mortgage and FirstKey Mortgage were issued on Feb. 27. The $372.36 million WinWater Mortgage Loan Trust 2015-2 included two non-qualified-mortgages. Debt-to-income ratios above 43 percent caused the two loans to be deemed non-QMs, according to Standard & Poor’s ...


March 6, 2015 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

IO Originations Hold Steady at End of 2014

Originations of interest-only mortgages remained fairly steady through the end of 2014, suggesting that the new qualified-mortgage standard had limited impact on production. A group of 15 lenders originated $27.72 billion in IOs in 2014, according to Inside Nonconforming Markets, down 25.9 percent from 2013. The QM standards took effect for loans with application dates beginning Jan. 10, 2014. Interest-only loans are not eligible for QM status ... [Includes one data chart]


March 6, 2015 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Chase Works to Gain Jumbo Market Share

JPMorgan Chase is shifting its mortgage production focus away from agency loans toward the jumbo market. “Our focus is on maximizing our share of high-quality originations,” Kevin Watters, CEO of mortgage banking at Chase, said last week during the bank’s annual investor presentation. He provided a slide showing Chase’s market share in terms of total originations, conventional mortgages, government mortgages and jumbo loans. As measured from ...


March 6, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

REIT MBS Portfolios Grew Modestly In 4Q14, Sector Ready for Fed Exit

Mortgage real estate investment trusts increased their holdings of residential MBS by 2.9 percent during the fourth quarter of 2014, according to data compiled by Inside MBS & ABS. Sixteen publicly-traded mortgage REITs reported a fair market value of $282.62 billion for their aggregate MBS holdings as of the end of 2014. That was up 6.7 percent from a year earlier. After diversifying into mortgage-servicing rights, risk-share transactions with the government-sponsored enterprises and other strategies, mortgage REITs are looking...[Includes one data chart]


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

Subprime Volume Indicators and Performance

A page of subprime and jumbo data.


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

Fitch Cites Origination Practices on Jumbo MBS

A planned jumbo mortgage-backed security from Credit Suisse received some criticism from Fitch Ratings due to concerns about the origination practices of some of the lenders that contributed mortgages to the deal. The rating service increased its default assumptions for the $405.27 million CSMC 2015-1. “Fitch applied a conservative treatment – higher probability of default – due to its limited visibility to the individual lender origination practices ...


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 Nonconforming Markets

Jumbo Lending Stronger than Overall Market, Hits Highest Share in 10 Years

Fueled by demand from banks, jumbo mortgages accounted for 19.0 percent of total mortgage originations in 2014, according to Inside Mortgage Finance, the highest it has been since 2002. But last year’s jumbo production volume, estimated at $235.0 billion, was down 13.6 percent from 2013. However, total originations declined by 34.4 percent in that time. An estimated $67.0 billion in jumbos were originated in the fourth quarter of 2014 ... [Includes one data chart]


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]


Poll

With the recent dip in interest rates, how do you feel about loan volumes this year?

We see loan production ending 2015 flat compared to 2014.

36%

We’re optimistic that our originations will rise by 10 to 20 percent year over year.

44%

We’re really optimistic: We expect production to increase by 20 percent or better from last year.

12%

We’re not so bullish. Originations for us may actually fall.

8%

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