Nonconforming Securitization

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December 9, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

RMBS Market Will Keep Evolving in 2017 With More Varied Collateral, New Structures

New non-agency MBS issued in 2017 will likely include more diversified collateral and feature some structural changes, analysts at Moody’s Investors Service said in a new report this week. The rating service projected that non-agency prime jumbo volume will remain steady in 2017, while issuers will continue to explore non-traditional asset types, such as re-performing and non-performing loans, reverse mortgages, non-qualified mortgages and nonprime transactions. “Although prime jumbo deals will start to include loans with slightly lower FICOs and higher loan-to-value ratios than those loans included in 2016 transactions, collateral quality will remain...


December 9, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

SFIG Unveils Sample Deal-Agent Agreement and Bondholder Communications Plan in 5th Edition of RMBS 3.0 Green Paper

The Structured Finance Industry Group this week put more flesh on the bones of its proposed deal-agent role in future non-agency MBS and introduced a plan for improved communications among MBS investors. The fifth edition of SFIG’s RMBS 3.0 Green Paper adds recommendations on data standardization, enforcement mechanisms for breaches of deal terms and materiality standards. The new proposal on bondholder communications was drafted...


December 9, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Solid Growth in Outstanding 1-Family MBS During 3Q16 Aided by Strong Overseas, Fund Investors

The supply of outstanding single-family MBS grew by 1.0 percent during the third quarter of 2016, with strong demand from several key investor groups soaking up new issuance, according to a new analysis by Inside MBS & ABS. The agency MBS market grew by 1.4 percent from the end of June, reaching $5.948 trillion. Ginnie Mae continued to be the fastest-growing program, with total MBS outstanding climbing 2.2 percent during the third quarter to $1.631 trillion. Fannie Mae saw...[Includes two data tables]


December 2, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Average Jumbo Mortgage Interest Rates and Mortgage Performance

A page of jumbo data and the performance of non-agency mortgage-backed securities.


December 2, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

News Briefs

Lone Star Funds is set to issue a mortgage-backed security backed by new nonprime mortgages, according to documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission this week. It will be the third MBS from the COLT shelf this year. AMC Diligence said it reviewed 486 mortgages with a total unpaid principal balance of $235.40 million for the planned MBS. The mortgages were originated by Caliber Home Loans, LendSure Mortgage and Sterling Bank & Trust ... [Includes two briefs]


December 2, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Subprime Performance Improves, Portfolios Decline

Performance of subprime mortgages continues to improve as the amount of loans outstanding declines. Some $265.0 billion in subprime mortgages were outstanding as of the end of the third quarter, according to estimates by Inside Nonconforming Markets. Only a small volume of new subprime mortgages have been originated since 2008, and in the past couple of years, large transfers of subprime servicing have been limited, prompting subprime servicing to ... [Includes one data chart]


December 2, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

AIG Plots Return to Non-Agency MBS Issuance

American International Group is preparing to resume issuing non-agency mortgage-backed securities, according to officials at the insurance company. The planned issuance differs significantly from the subprime MBS AIG issued before the financial crisis. Douglas Dachille, an executive vice president and CIO, said the firm is working to “rebalance its exposure to residential mortgages” after AIG’s sale of United Guaranty, a private mortgage insurer. During a recent presentation to investors ...


December 2, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Moody’s Issues Caution on Bank-Statement Loans

Moody’s Investors Service published a warning this week regarding mortgage programs that use bank statements and letters from accountants to verify borrowers’ income. The rating service said that type of underwriting – especially when relying on fewer than 24 months of statements – yields loans that are more risky than mortgages that have traditional income verification. Bank-statement mortgages have gained some prominence in the non-agency market this year as Lone Star Funds ...


December 2, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Jumbo Servicing Increases for Many in 3Q16

Most of the top 30 servicers of jumbo mortgages increased their servicing portfolios during the third quarter, according to a new Inside Nonconforming Markets ranking. The volume of jumbo mortgages outstanding rose to an estimated $892.4 billion as of the end of September, up 1.7 percent from June and up 10.2 percent from a year ago. Wells Fargo remained the top jumbo servicer, with a $275.1 billion portfolio. That was up 1.1 percent compared to the second quarter ... [Includes one data chart]


December 2, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Trump Administration to Push for GSE Reform

Reform of the government-sponsored enterprises and a potential for more non-agency lending will be a priority for the Trump administration, according to the presumptive nominee to head the Treasury Department. President-elect Donald Trump is likely to nominate Steve Mnuchin to lead the Treasury. Mnuchin is a former partner at Goldman Sachs, founded the hedge fund Dune Capital Management and was among the investors that purchased IndyMac in 2009. In an interview this week on ...


December 2, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Higher Loan Limits Take Small Non-Agency Bite

New loan limits for the government-sponsored enterprises in 2017 won’t have much of an impact on jumbo originations, according to an analysis by Inside Nonconforming Markets. The Federal Housing Finance Agency announced last week that the baseline conforming loan limit for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will increase in 2017, which will also boost the GSEs’ high-cost loan limit. The baseline conforming loan limit will increase to $424,100 in 2017, up from the $417,000 level it has ...


December 2, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

SFIG Plan on Non-Agency MBS Reps and Warrants Puts Burden on Aggregators

Standards proposed by the Structured Finance Industry Group for disclosures of representations and warranties on new non-agency mortgage-backed securities are likely to put a burden on conduits and other aggregators that pool mortgages from scores of originators. The Wall Street group recently released the fourth edition of its RMBS 3.0 “green papers,” which aim to revive issuance of non-agency MBS by making reforms that will attract investors. The latest green paper focused on ...


November 23, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Bayview to Issue a Non-Agency MBS Backed by Vintage Simple-Interest Mortgages, While Still Building Inventory

An affiliate of Bayview Asset Management is preparing to issue a non-agency MBS backed by nearly 5,000 vintage “daily simple-interest” mortgages, according to presale reports by DBRS and Fitch Ratings. If the deal is positively accepted by investors, there’s the potential for more issuance as Bayview is servicing a somewhat large portfolio of the loans. The planned $241.2 million Bayview Opportunity Master Fund Trust 2016-SPL1 is stocked with mortgages originated about 10 years ago. The loans – most of which have fixed interest rates – have a weighted-average interest rate of 8.926 percent. The so-called DSI mortgages differ from a standard mortgage in the calculation of interest owed by the borrower. With a standard mortgage, interest owed is calculated...


November 23, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

SFIG Offers Benchmark for Reps and Warrants on Non-Agency MBS in Effort to Improve Transparency

The latest “Green Paper” from the Structured Finance Industry Group proposes that issuers of non-agency MBS improve transparency by comparing the representations and warranties on a new issuance with a set of benchmark reps and warrants. “A substantial population of investors have very clearly stated their collective belief that the current representation-and-warranty process is neither practically useful for its intended purpose, nor scalable,” according to the fourth SFIG Green Paper aimed at reviving the non-agency MBS market. Currently, non-agency MBS issuers provide...


November 18, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Average Jumbo Mortgage Interest Rates and Mortgage Performance

A page of jumbo data and the performance of non-agency mortgage-backed securities.


November 18, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

News Briefs

The Structured Finance Industry Group published the fourth edition of its “RMBS 3.0 Green Papers” this week. The trade group said it will release a fifth edition of the Green Papers in the coming weeks. The latest papers address various issues in the non-agency mortgage-backed security market, including representations and warranties, the concept of a deal agent and data disclosure. Moody’s Investors Service this month withdrew its assessment of ... [Includes two briefs]


November 18, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Changes to QM Standards Possible Under Trump

The election of Donald Trump and Republican control of Congress could prompt changes to standards for qualified mortgages, according to industry analysts. QM standards were established by the Dodd-Frank Act in 2010 and took effect in 2014 as part of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s ability-to-repay rule. Trump’s financial services policy implementation team said it will work to dismantle the DFA and “replace it with new policies to encourage economic growth and ...


November 18, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Contradiction Seen in Standards for Non-QMs

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s recent actions against an unspecified number of lenders that offer non-qualified mortgages prompted some criticism about how the regulator enforces standards in the ability-to-repay rule. The CFPB cited lenders for originating non-QMs that allowed “alternative income documentation” for salaried borrowers. The CFPB said the products offered by the lenders relied primarily on the assets of each borrower when making an ATR determination ...


November 18, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Income& Works to Expand Non-QM Investor Base

A start-up is working to allow retirees and other individual investors to buy into non-qualified mortgages, a market that so far has been dominated by hedge funds and other large institutional investors, along with occasional inclusion in non-agency mortgage-backed securities. Brad Walker, CEO of Income&, said the new platform offers an alternative to traditional fixed-income investments. He said Income& is trying to create a higher-yielding, lower-risk fixed-income instrument ...


November 18, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Mixed Signals on Demand for Non-QMs

Low mortgage interest rates appear to have contributed to a decline in applications for non-qualified mortgages at Impac Mortgage Holdings in the third quarter, according to officials at the nonbank. “A decline in mortgage interest rates generally increases the volume of conventional refinance products over non-QM loans,” Impac said in a quarterly filing to the Securities and Exchange Commission last week. Of the 58 banks that report to the Federal Reserve on the market for ...


November 18, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Improved Pricing for Redwood’s Jumbo MBS

Pricing has improved sequentially with each of the three jumbo mortgage-backed securities Redwood Trust has issued this year, according to officials at the real estate investment trust. Redwood’s most recent deal, a $343.16 million jumbo MBS, was issued in October. Christopher Abate, Redwood’s president and CFO, said it’s possible that the REIT will issue another jumbo MBS this year. Marty Hughes, Redwood’s CEO, added a caveat about uncertainty in the financial markets ...


November 18, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Shellpoint, Chase Prep New Jumbo MBS

The market for jumbo mortgage-backed securities looks to be regaining some momentum as Shellpoint Partners plans to resume issuance and market-leader JPMorgan Chase prepares another deal. Shellpoint’s New Penn Financial is set to issue a $353.68 million jumbo MBS next week, according to presale reports by Kroll Bond Rating Agency and Moody’s Investors Service. Shellpoint Co-Originator Trust 2016-1 will mark the first issuance from the MBS shelf since ...


November 18, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Jumbo Originations Decline in 3Q16 Along with Share of Mortgage Market

Originations of jumbo mortgages declined slightly from the second to the third quarter of 2016, according to a new ranking and analysis by Inside Nonconforming Markets. Meanwhile, production of conventional-conforming mortgages and loans with a government guarantee increased significantly in that span, prompting an uncharacteristic decline in market share for jumbo mortgages. An estimated $100.0 billion in jumbos were originated in ... [Includes one data chart]


November 18, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Freddie’s New $459.9 Million Whole Loan Deal Faulted for Limited Third-Party Due Diligence

Freddie Mac is set to issue a $459.92 million Whole Loan Securities transaction, according to a presale report from Moody’s Investors Service. The firm didn’t rate the senior tranche of the deal but did place a Baa1 rating on a mezzanine tranche of Freddie Mac Whole Loan Securities 2016-SC02. The government-sponsored enterprise priced the latest WLS transaction this week, with the deal expected to close next week. “We are pleased with the pricing levels and depth of investor participation in the WLS program,” said Kevin Palmer, senior vice president of credit risk transfer at Freddie. “We look forward to continued issuance in 2017.” Freddie has issued...


November 18, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Banks Upped Their Holdings of Residential MBS In 3Q16, Focusing on GSE Pass-Through Market

Commercial banks and savings institutions boosted their holdings of residential MBS substantially during the third quarter, a new analysis of call-report data by Inside MBS & ABS reveals. Banks and thrifts held a record $1.732 trillion of residential MBS in their available-for-sale and held-to-maturity accounts at the end of September, a 2.9 percent increase from June, not including $46.3 billion in trading accounts. The emphasis was heavily on agency pass-through securities, with holdings of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac MBS surging 6.6 percent higher. Ginnie Mae saw...[Includes two data tables]


November 11, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Freddie Mac, Shellpoint Set to Price New Securities; SPS Brings $600 Million in Servicer-Advance Receivable ABS

Freddie Mac and Shellpoint Partners are preparing to price new securities in the aftermath of the presidential election, and Select Portfolio Servicing priced $600.0 million in an MBS backed by servicer advance receivables this week. Freddie is about to issue a Whole Loan Securities transaction, which would mark the second such issuance from the government-sponsored enterprise this year and the fourth overall, dating back to the first WLS transaction that closed in July 2015. The balance of the planned Whole Loan Securities Trust, Series 2016-SC02, is...


November 11, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Mortgage REIT Holdings of Residential MBS Declined In Third Quarter Because of Institutional Departures

Real estate investment trusts that focus on the residential MBS market reported a modest decline in agency MBS holdings during the third quarter, according to a new Inside MBS & ABS analysis. A group of 17 large, publicly traded mortgage REITs held a combined $217.24 billion of agency MBS at the end of September, down 1.2 percent from the mid-year mark. But the decline was largely due to shuffling in the ranks that resulted in two firms exiting the business. Annaly Capital Management completed...[Includes one data table]


November 4, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Average Jumbo Mortgage Interest Rates and Mortgage Performance

A page of jumbo data and the performance of non-agency mortgage-backed securities.


November 4, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

News Briefs

Two Harbors Investment held jumbo mortgages with a fair market value of $655.80 million as of the end of September. While the real estate investment trust is on track to discontinue its mortgage loan conduit and securitization business, Two Harbors noted that it had outstanding purchase commitments to acquire $61.40 million in unpaid principal balance as of the end of September. Two Harbors said it incurred $1.19 million in costs during the third quarter ... [Includes three briefs]


November 4, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

GSEs Continue to Sell Nonprime Holdings

The government-sponsored enterprises continued to sell their holdings of vintage nonprime mortgages and non-agency mortgage-backed securities during the third quarter of 2016. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac stopped acquiring such assets after the financial crisis, but the loans and MBS routinely account for an outsized share of credit losses at the GSEs. Fannie and Freddie held nonprime mortgages with a total unpaid principal balance of ... [Includes one data chart]


November 4, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Ocwen Closer to Being Able to Acquire Servicing

Officials at Ocwen Financial said the nonbank is close to resolving outstanding issues with state regulators which could allow the firm to resume acquiring mortgage servicing rights. However, the non-agency servicing acquisitions market is subdued, and Ocwen is putting an emphasis on originations. Ocwen significantly increased its servicing portfolio via acquisitions until enforcement actions by state regulators limited its ability to acquire MSRs. The consent order from the ...


November 4, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

CFPB Cites Lenders for Non-QM Underwriting

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau recently forced “one or more lenders” to take corrective actions regarding income-verification practices for non-qualified mortgages. The CFPB said the lenders weren’t verifying borrowers’ income properly under the ability-to-repay rule. The CFPB found that some lenders offered non-QMs that allowed for “alternative income documentation” for salaried borrowers. The CFPB said the products offered by the lenders relied primarily on the assets of ...


November 4, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

CFPB Urged to Formalize Guidance on TRID

Participants in the non-agency market are concerned that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau hasn’t done enough to provide lenders and investors with certainty regarding the liability associated with the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure rule. The CFPB issued a proposed rule in August that would clarify a number of concerns regarding TRID. But the bureau’s proposed rule didn’t include guidance CFPB Director Richard Cordray had detailed in a Dec. 29 letter to the Mortgage ...


November 4, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Many Purchase Mortgages in New MBS

Purchase mortgages accounted for a large share of the loans in prime non-agency mortgage-backed securities issued during the third quarter of 2016, according to an analysis by Inside Nonconforming Markets. Purchase mortgages accounted for 67.3 percent of the $4.07 billion in prime non-agency MBS issued during the quarter. That was the highest quarterly share for purchase mortgages since at least the first quarter of 2013. The purchase-mortgage ... [Includes two data charts]


November 4, 2016 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

First Nonprime MBS from Shelter Growth Affiliate Backed by Many Non-QM Loans

An affiliate of Shelter Growth Capital Partners issued a $113.71 million nonprime mortgage-backed security last week, according to offering documents obtained by Inside Nonconforming Markets. SG Residential Mortgage Trust 2016-1 is the first MBS from Shelter Growth’s SG Capital Partners. Shelter Growth is an investment manager and hedge fund with $1.08 billion in assets under management as of June 1, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission ...


November 4, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Barclays Seeking a Much Lower Settlement Amount To Resolve MBS Claims, Mortgage-Related Lawsuits

Barclays plc is reportedly working out a deal with the Department of Justice for a much lower settlement amount to resolve non-agency MBS and ongoing multi-agency investigations of other mortgage-related matters, according to a recent Bloomberg report. Citing a source “with knowledge of the situation,” the news service said the London-based bank has rejected an initial amount offered by the DOJ, aiming instead to limit the settlement to no more than $2 billion, possibly less. The report didn’t disclose the amount DOJ offered, although industry observers speculated it might be significantly more than what the firm is willing to pay. Like many U.S. and European banks, Barclays was...


November 4, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Investors on Urban Institute Symposium Talk Private Label Securities and Credit-Risk Transfers

Investors said that market is in the “sweet spot” when it comes to mortgage credit, while speaking at a symposium in Washington sponsored by the Urban Institute and CoreLogic this week. John Vibert, managing director and co-head of structured products for Prudential, said his company is much more interested in financing nonperforming loans than in owning such assets. “We think...


November 4, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Fannie and Freddie Portfolio Pruning Continues in 3Q16; GSEs on Track to Meet 2018 Cap of $250B

The government-sponsored enterprises are well on their way to trimming their retained mortgage portfolios to less than $250.0 billion each by the start of 2018. As of the end of the third quarter, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac had a combined mortgage portfolio of $615.65 billion, down 3.3 percent from June. While Freddie historically had the larger retained holdings, the two portfolios are now roughly equal. Under the current terms of their conservatorship, Fannie and Freddie are required...[Includes one data table]


November 4, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Shelter Growth Expands Fledgling Nonprime MBS Market With Deal Backed Largely by Non-QM Loans

An affiliate of Shelter Growth Capital Partners issued its first nonprime MBS late last week, according to offering documents obtained by Inside MBS & ABS. The $113.71 million deal included non-qualified mortgages from a number of lenders. The mortgages in SG Residential Mortgage Trust 2016-1 were acquired by SG Capital Partners, an affiliate of Shelter Growth, an investment manager and hedge fund. SG Capital Partners started acquiring non-agency mortgages in January 2015. As of June 1, Shelter Growth had...


October 28, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

TRID 2.0 Fails to Address Secondary Mortgage Market Concerns About Liability, PIMCO Says

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s proposal to clarify a number of aspects of its TRID disclosure rule does not adequately resolve most of the non-agency secondary mortgage market’s concerns about legal liability, Pacific Investment Management Company said in a recent comment letter to the CFPB. The regulation was designed to harmonize consumer mortgage disclosures, but its unintended consequences have caused big problems in the non-agency secondary market. “The [TRID] rules have raised...


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