Subprime Mortgages

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March 20, 2015 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Subprime Volume Indicators and Performance

A page of subprime and jumbo data.


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 6, 2015 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Subprime Volume Indicators and Performance

A page of subprime and jumbo data.


March 6, 2015 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

FHFA Sets Standards for GSE Loan Sales

The Federal Housing Finance Agency released requirements that will likely pave the way for increased sales of nonperforming mortgages by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The FHFA said it has approved of sales of nonperforming loans by the government-sponsored enterprises to reduce the number of severely delinquent loans held in their inventories and to transfer risk to the private sector. Freddie has completed two sales of nonperforming ... [Includes one data chart]


March 6, 2015 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Ocwen Faces Transfers of Subprime Servicing, Sells Nonperforming Loans

Ocwen Financial, the largest servicer of nonprime mortgages, continues to face regulatory and legal pressure as investors voted to terminate the company as servicer of subprime mortgage-backed securities they own. The company said its servicing of two MBS with a combined unpaid principal balance of $260 million is being transferred. The termination vote was allowed due to downgrades to Ocwen’s servicer ratings. Some 119 non-agency MBS ... [Includes one data chart]


March 6, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Speculators Buying Ocwen-Serviced Subprime MBS With an Ulterior Motive

One popular strategy among investors trying to profit from the woes of Ocwen Financial is to purchase subprime MBS tranches being serviced by the company and then declare a “material breach” in its servicing covenants. Speculators have been doing this while selling short Ocwen’s stock. According to analysts and investors familiar with the strategy – which is being employed by a fund called BlueMountain (and others) – subprime tranches can be bought at deep discounts. A material breach can occur when a rating agency downgrades the servicer, in this case Ocwen. For several weeks in January and February when Ocwen’s shares were plunging to new lows, it appeared...


March 6, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Morgan Stanley Faces Another Potential Legacy MBS Lawsuit; Court Favors NCUA in Another Case

With the ink still wet on a $2.6 billion settlement agreement reached in principle with the Department of Justice late last month, Morgan Stanley is apparently in discussion with New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to avert another potential MBS lawsuit. In a recent regulatory filing, the investment bank disclosed that the New York AG Office, also a member of the presidential RMBS Working Group that brought the previous MBS lawsuit against the firm, indicated its intention to file a similar lawsuit. The lawsuit is related to approximately 30 subprime securitizations sponsored by Morgan, the AG wrote in a Jan. 13 notice to the bank. The suit would allege...


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 27, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Morgan Stanley, DOJ Agree Tentatively on an MBS Settlement; Goldman Sachs Faces Another MBS Suit

Morgan Stanley has agreed in principle with the Department of Justice to pay $2.6 billion to resolve MBS claims the agency’s civil division indicated it would bring against the company, according to a new disclosure from the Wall Street firm. Morgan Stanley’s disclosure about a potential MBS lawsuit by the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California contained no other details. However, the firm increased its legal reserves by $2.8 billion to cover any potential settlement and other pending legacy-related MBS disputes. The adjustment increased...


February 26, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Suddenly, Ocwen is Popular Among Investment Bankers That Want to Help With Its ‘Managed’ Liquidation

Ocwen Financial – once deemed the fastest-growing residential servicer in the nation – is now facing huge shrinkage and is undergoing what some analysts and investment bankers are now calling a managed or “controlled” liquidation. The questions facing investors and business partners of the company is how fast can Ocwen shrink and what will be left for shareholders other than a pile of cash. “This could be...


February 20, 2015 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Subprime Volume Indicators and Performance

A page of subprime and jumbo data.


February 20, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Mortgage Securitization Rate Hit Post-Crash Low in 2014 as MBS Fees Stay High and Portfolio Funding Remains Cheap

Securitization was still the dominant method to fund new home mortgage production in 2014, but Wall Street got a run for its money from portfolio lenders. A new Inside MBS & ABS analysis reveals that 70.5 percent of residential mortgages originated last year were funneled into mortgage securities. That was down from 78.5 percent in 2013 and represented the lowest mortgage securitization rate since 2006. Delivering eligible loans into new Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Ginnie Mae securities is...[Includes one data chart]


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