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April 18, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

Subprime Auto ABS Fully Recovered, Rising Issuance From More Players is Expected to Improve Liquidity

Major market indicators suggest the subprime auto ABS sector has finally returned to normal after the financial crisis, and prospects are good for a healthy market in 2014, according to research professionals at Wells Fargo Securities. “Subprime auto ABS has fully recovered from the recession, in our view,” John McElravey, head of consumer ABS research for the firm, and Bee Sim Koh, an associate in the unit, said in a recent market update. For example, new-issue volume in the sector rose...


April 18, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

Despite Modest Rebound in Jumbo Issuance, Non-Agency MBS Starts 2014 on Life Support

The sputtering non-agency MBS market generated just $2.59 billion in new issuance during the first three months of 2014, one of the lowest quarterly marks since the market imploded in late 2007. New issuance in the first quarter was down 44.1 percent from the already-weak level in the fourth quarter of 2013, and it was off 65.6 percent from the same period a year ago. There was...[Includes two data charts]


April 11, 2014 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Subprime Volume Indicators and Performance

A page of subprime and jumbo data.


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 ...


March 28, 2014 - Inside FHA Lending

Carrington Sees Opportunity in Low-FICO Market

Lenders are cautiously expanding their guidelines on FHA lending by reducing its minimum credit score to below 580 to qualify borrowers. Carrington Mortgage Servicers this week joined a cadre of some 80 FHA lenders that have lowered their minimum FICO scores and eased their overlays to better focus on borrowers, particularly those below the 640 FICO range. The Santa Ana, CA-based lender is doing it not only for its FHA business but also for its VA and USDA loan programs. Carrington lowered its minimum FICO score to 550 for FHA loans, showing more aggressiveness than Wells Fargo, which moved its own FHA FICO floor to 600 from 640 at the beginning of February for purchase mortgages originated through its retail channel. The FHA currently requires a minimum credit score of 580 for most borrowers for 3.5 percent downpayment loans. Borrowers below 580 undergo more stringent manual underwriting and ...


March 28, 2014 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Subprime Volume Indicators and Performance

A page of subprime and jumbo data.


March 14, 2014 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Subprime Volume Indicators and Performance

A page of subprime and jumbo data.


March 14, 2014 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

GSEs Shedding Nonprime Holdings, Earning Profits

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac sold some nonprime mortgage-backed securities during 2013 even though the government-sponsored enterprises have seen strong returns on these holdings in recent quarters. The GSEs held a total of $84.61 billion in nonprime MBS as of the end of 2013, according to a new analysis by Inside Nonconforming Markets. The holdings declined by 18.2 percent compared with the end of 2012 due to a combination of ... [Includes one data chart]


March 14, 2014 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

NY DFS Targets Nationstar, Nonbank Cooperates

Nationstar Mortgage joined Ocwen Financial last week under the glare of the New York Department of Financial Services’ spotlight. Ben Lawsky, superintendent of the NYDFS, said the state regulator has received hundreds of complaints about Nationstar’s practices, including problems with loan modifications, improper fees and lost paperwork. “Our department has significant concerns that the explosive growth at Nationstar and other nonbank servicers may create capacity issues ...


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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