MBS, ABS Issuance

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March 27, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Trends

High-Score Lending Continued to Dominate

Mortgages with credit scores exceeding 740 continued to dominate the conventional conforming market in 2014, according to a new Inside Mortgage Trends analysis of loans sold to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac last year. High-score borrowers accounted for 62.0 percent of loans securitized through the two government-sponsored enterprises in 2014. They accounted for an even bigger 66.2 percent of purchase-mortgages loans ... [Includes one data chart]


March 27, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

MBS & ABS Issuance at a Glance

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March 27, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Whole Loan Market for ‘Re-performing’ Mortgages Heats Up, But How Much Will Wind Up in MBS?

In 2014, Freddie Mac securitized $6.983 billion of re-performing mortgages, double what it did the year prior, and a sign that this niche market is heating up. As for Fannie Mae’s participation in “re-performers,” that’s a different matter entirely. The government-sponsored enterprise has yet to stick its toe in the water, though a spokesman for the company told Inside MBS & ABS that “it’s something we continue to evaluate.” But just how hot might the sector get ...


March 27, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

HARP Continued Winding Down in Late 2014 as FHFA Officials Weigh Extending It Another Year

The refinance program for performing, underwater Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac mortgages staggered to a five-year low during 2014, but government officials are thinking about keeping it on life support for another year. The Home Affordable Refinance Program is slated to expire at the end of 2015. Although the Federal Housing Finance Agency has barnstormed around the country trying to drum up business, activity in the program has fallen steadily since ... [Includes two data charts]


March 20, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Issuers Slow to Sign Up for IOPP; Ginnie Warns on Custodial Funds

Issuer registration for Ginnie Mae’s Issuer Performance Scorecard has been somewhat slower than expected, according to agency officials. The reason is unclear but only about 70 issuers so far have registered for Ginnie’s Issuer Operational Performance Profile (IOPP) tool since its launch on Feb. 17, 2015. Officials said they need to sign two-thirds more to get the IOPP system up to full speed. In a recent outreach call, officials urged those issuers who have not yet registered to contact their security officers for authority to access the Ginnie Mae Enterprise Portal (GMEP), the gateway to the IOPP system. Issuers must first be enrolled in GMEP before their security officer can grant them authority to access the IOPP system. The IOPP, also known as the Issuer Performance Scorecard, will rate each issuer’s operational performance and default management and compare them to ...


March 20, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Large Coastal States Account for Bulk of FHA/VA Securitizations

Security issuances backed by FHA and VA loans totaled $267.6 billion in 2014, with several large states accounting for a significant share of FHA/VA originations. An estimated $158.1 billion of FHA-insured loans, including modified loans, were securitized last year, with purchase home loans comprising most of the transactions. Approximately $30.0 billion of FHA refinance loans were securitized as well. The FHA MBS had an average loan-to-value ratio of 92.3 percent and a debt-to-income ratio of 40.1 percent. The average FICO score was 672.3, which was indicative of first-time homebuyers and borrowers with slightly tainted credit. First-ranked California, Texas (#2) and Florida (#3) combined for a total of $48.0 billion, which represented 30.3 percent of FHA loans in Ginnie Mae mortgage-backed securities in 2014. Fourth-ranked New York reported a total of $6.7 billion while ... [ 2 charts]


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 MBS & ABS

MBS & ABS Issuance at a Glance

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March 20, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Approvals for Ginnie MBS Issuance Slow in 2014, Suggesting Business Has Hit a Saturation Point

In fiscal 2014, Ginnie Mae approved roughly 43 companies as MBS issuer-servicers, a 44 percent reduction from the year prior, according to an analysis of agency data by Inside MBS & ABS. So far, in fiscal 2015, which began October 1 of last year, roughly 25 firms have been granted issuance approval. Moreover, the companies being given the greenlight to participate in the program are overwhelmingly nonbanks. The fall-off in both applications and ...


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 13, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

MBS & ABS Issuance at a Glance

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March 13, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Securitization Rate Down But Banks Seen As Increasingly Reliant on MBS Holdings

Banks have retained a significant volume of newly originated jumbo mortgages and even certain conforming loans in recent years, but analysts at Deutsche Bank Securities stress that the “conventional wisdom” regarding bank demand for MBS is wrong. “Despite anecdotal evidence of banks retaining more whole loans – they are more and more reliant on MBS as a percentage of their overall exposure to residential mortgages than they have been at any point in the past 15 years,” the analysts said in a report released last week. Bank demand for MBS holdings has increased...


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

Bank/Thrift ABS Holdings Continued Falling in Late 2014, Corrected Call-Report Data Reveal

Commercial banks and thrifts reported another decline in their ABS holdings during the fourth quarter of 2014, according to a new Inside MBS & ABS analysis of call-report data. In aggregate, banks and thrifts held $159.22 billion of ABS in their held-to-maturity and available-for-sale retained portfolios as of the end of last year. That was the industry’s lowest level of ABS investment since the middle of 2012, and it represented a 3.1 percent drop from a revised third-quarter total of $164.35 billion. The biggest component in the aggregate portfolio was...[Includes two data charts]


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 FHA/VA Lending

GNMA to Restate Financial Statements

Ginnie Mae will restate its FY 2014 and FY 2013 financial statements after federal auditors withheld their opinion for lack of sufficient information because of accounting anomalies and poor servicing oversight. An audit report issued by the Department of Housing and Urban Development Inspector General said the issues in the FY 2014 financial statement arose from servicing problems associated with a defaulted issuer’s portfolio, which Ginnie Mae is currently managing. The portfolio once belonged to the now-defunct Taylor, Bean & Whitaker, a Florida-based loan originator and a top Ginnie Mae issuer.The FHA suspended TBW in August 2009 due to its failure to submit a mandatory annual report and to disclose certain transactions that suggested fraud. Soon after, Ginnie Mae terminated TBW as an issuer/servicer and seized the company’s $25 billion Ginnie MBS portfolio. According to the IG report, ...


March 6, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

MBS & ABS Issuance at a Glance

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March 6, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Moody’s Placing New Emphasis of Data Quality In Evaluating Structured Finance Transactions

Issuers and other participants in future structured-finance deals will face a higher hurdle of data quality expectations from Moody’s Investors Service, according to a new credit rating methodology the company put out this week. An important part of the initial rating analysis that Moody’s will perform of a structured security is an evaluation of the attributes of the assets that underlie it, the document said. “In assessing those characteristics, we typically use...


March 6, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Bank of America Pushes Old Loans Through Freddie MBS Machine, Lifting Agency Issuance in February

Agency single-family MBS issuance rose 2.8 percent in February on the back of a huge increase in securitization of seasoned home loans at Freddie Mac, according to a new Inside MBS & ABS ranking and analysis of loan-level MBS data. Fannie Mae MBS issuance fell 3.2 percent from January to February, and Ginnie Mae production was down 12.8 percent. But Freddie Mac issuance jumped by $7.05 billion from January’s level, a gain of 30.8 percent in a month. Freddie securitized...[Includes two data charts]


March 5, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Prices Being Paid for ‘Flow’ Servicing Rights Off Their Highs; Nationstar on the Sideline for Flow?

The bid price for “flow” mortgage servicing rights is beginning to soften, having fallen from the peaks seen in the summer of 2014, according to both investors and certain advisors running the deals. But if a buyer of flow product is looking for bargains, it’s not likely to happen anytime soon. In other words, prices have drifted down, but are hardly cheap. In fact, a handful of sources contend that Nationstar Mortgage – one of the most active flow buyers of the past year – has ceased...


March 5, 2015 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Refinance Bounce in Late 2014 Not Quite Enough To Offset Sharp Drop in Purchase-Mortgage Lending

Most mortgage lenders reported solid increases in refinance originations during the fourth quarter of 2014, but the faltering purchase-mortgage sector still accounted for most of their business. A new Inside Mortgage Finance ranking and analysis reveals that refinance originations increased by 16.9 percent from the third to the fourth quarter. Based on securitization figures from Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Ginnie Mae, refi activity rose by a more modest 14.0 percent, although these data trail the primary market by one or two months. Meanwhile, purchase-mortgage originations were...[Includes five data charts]


February 27, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

MBS & ABS Issuance at a Glance

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February 27, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Euro Regulators Work on Framework for ‘High-Quality’ Securitization, U.S. Issuers Concerned About Consistency

The European Commission last week requested comments on a framework for simple, transparent and standardized securitization that would apply to issuance in the European Union. A number of other non-U.S. regulators are considering similar proposals, prompting MBS and ABS participants in the U.S. to call for coordination among international regulators. The EC said its priority is to create a sustainable market for high-quality securitization without repeating the mistakes made before the financial crisis. “A high-quality EU securitization framework will promote further integration of EU financial markets, help diversify funding sources and unlock capital, making it easier for banks to lend to households and businesses,” the EC said. The European regulator stressed...


February 20, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

VA to Issue Final ‘Qualified Mortgage’ Rule in May

The Department of Veterans Affairs expects to have a finalized Qualified Mortgage (QM) rule by May to help clear up some issues that have arisen since the agency issued an interim final rule last spring. The VA issued the interim QM rule for comment on May 9, 2014, to define which VA loans will have QM status under the ability-to-repay (ATR) rule. Issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the ATR rule provided temporary QM status to loans eligible for FHA insurance and guaranties by the VA and the Department of Agriculture’s Rural Housing Service. Eligible government-backed loans must be 30-year fixed-rate with no interest-only, negative amortization or balloon features. Total points and fees must not exceed 3 percent of the total loan amount for loans of $100,000 or more. Loans that meet the definition of a temporary VA-eligible QM are considered as in compliance with the ATR rule. They are designated as “safe harbor QMs,” provided they are not ...


February 20, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Tech Issues Delay HECM Financial Analysis Rule

The FHA has delayed the effective date of new guidance that will require reverse mortgage lenders to perform a financial assessment of applicants for a Home Equity Conversion Mortgage. The FHA indicated that the change was necessary to allow vendors and the Department of Housing and Urban Development to align their respective software before the new system can be operational. Those familiar with the technology said delivering the required system enhancements should not take long. The FHA said a new effective date should be expected within 30 to 60 days of the original March 2 effective date. It will be announced in a new mortgagee letter, the agency added. The new guidance requires lenders to evaluate HECM borrowers’ willingness and capacity to meet their obligations and to comply with program requirements. “Financial assessment” means doing a much more ...


February 20, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

VA Lending Up in 4Q, Year Over Year

VA loan volume continued to rise in the fourth quarter of 2014, driven by low interest rates and a strong demand for the lower downpayment loans, according to an Inside FHA Lending analysis of Ginnie Mae/VA data. The volume of VA loans securitized in Ginnie Mae mortgage-backed securities rose 4.0 percent in the fourth quarter to $107.8 billion from the previous quarter, with more than half of the loans coming through the retail channel. Retailers accounted for $51.5 billion in VA loans securitized during the quarter while correspondents and brokers accounted for $44.4 billion and $11.9 billion, respectively. The overall average FICO score for VA loans was 707, with average loan-to-value and debt-to-income ratios of 95.0 percent and 38.2 percent, respectively, during the quarter. Correspondents came up big with VA purchase loans, accounting for $31.7 billion of the $65.1 billion in total purchase loans produced during the fourth quarter. Retail loan officers accounted for $28.5 billion while brokers brought in ... [ 1 chart ]


February 20, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

MBS & ABS Issuance at a Glance

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February 20, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Fitch to Demand More Credit Support for 2015 CMBS Conduit Deals; Survey Predicts More Robust Market

Credit enhancement levels for commercial MBS increased in the last quarter of 2014, which could lead to higher credit-support requirements for 2015 CMBS deals, according to Fitch Ratings. “The rating agencies are increasing credit enhancements on each tier of the CMBS bonds being offered because the underwriting has become more aggressive or the collateral is weak,” said Stephen Renna, president and CEO of the CRE Financial Council (CREFC), an industry trade group. The requirement for more credit support on the conduit deals shows...


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....


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