MBS, ABS Issuance

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October 31, 2014 - Inside The GSEs

Enterprise Endnotes

FHFA’s Watt Promises a CEO for the CSP by Year-end. After a year of searching for a chief executive to lead Common Securitization Solutions, the Federal Housing Finance Agency is getting closer to picking a candidate for the job. Speaking at the annual convention of the Mortgage Bankers Association in Las Vegas last week, FHFA Director Mel Watt promised the industry that a CEO would be named by Dec. 31. The FHFA’s search firm is Spencer Stuart.


October 31, 2014 - Inside The GSEs

IG: Fed Tapering GSE MBS Will Curtail Guaranty Fee Revenue

The Federal Reserve’s quantitative easing tapering will put a dent in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac guaranty fee revenues, according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s Inspector General. The evaluation report issued by the IG last week concluded that as the central bank pulls back from the mortgage-backed securities market, interest rates will drift higher and the GSEs will do less business, meaning declining g-fee revenue.


October 31, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

New Capital, Liquidity Tests are Ginnie Mae’s Insurance Against Potential Issuer Failure, Losses

The new net worth and liquidity requirements and other policy changes announced by Ginnie Mae last week should be viewed in light of the agency’s increased servicer risk stemming from a “new breed” of entities that have entered the market in the wake of the financial crisis, according to analysts. The sharp increase in the share of non-bank servicers has significantly altered Ginnie Mae’s risk exposure to servicer issues, noted analysts at Barclays. “Specifically, the liquidity and capitalization of these non-bank servicers, which are not subject to such requirements for bank servicers, leaves Ginnie Mae exposed to servicing disruptions,” they said. In 2015, Ginnie Mae will adjust...


October 31, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

MBS Backed by Single-Family Rentals Are Gaining Traction, But Is This Asset Class Here to Stay?

Roughly $4.7 billion of securities backed by loans on packages of single-family rental units have come to market this year with more on the way between now and yearend. But with real estate values increasing, the “easy money” may be in the past. “So far, all of the transactions we’ve seen have been single-loan deals,” said Nitin Bhasin, a managing director within Kroll Bond Rating Agency’s structured finance group. Bhasin anticipates...


October 31, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

Non-QMs in Non-Agency MBS Seen as Pricing Nearly As Strong as QMs, Depending on the Underwriting

Issuers of non-agency MBS should be able to price loans that don’t meet the standards for qualified mortgages at nearly the same levels as QMs, according to Andrew Davidson & Co., a firm that provides risk analytics on non-agency MBS. Non-QMs actually perform better than similar QMs in certain scenarios, as long as underwriting on the products is strong. Beginning in late 2015, non-QMs included in new non-agency MBS will trigger risk-retention requirements. Only mortgages that meet QM standards will be deemed to be qualified residential mortgages and exempt from risk retention. Interest-only mortgages appear...


October 24, 2014 - Inside FHA Lending

VA, Rural Housing Guarantees Surge in 2014

While the FHA’s share of the primary insurance market has dropped significantly since premiums were hiked in early 2013, the VA program and the rural housing loan program run by the Department of Agriculture are going strong, according to agency officials. During a panel discussion at the Mortgage Bankers Association annual convention this week, VA and Rural Development executives said that both agencies have been quietly building mortgage market share. Jeffrey London, deputy director of the VA’s loan guaranty service, reported that purchase-mortgage VA loan originations were up 11 percent in fiscal 2014, with 40 percent of the business being first-time homebuyers. Of that group, 80 percent took no-downpayment VA loans, the biggest selling point in the program, along with its relatively low costs. In earlier remarks, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro revealed that ...


October 24, 2014 - Inside FHA Lending

GNMA Raises Net Worth, Liquidity Tests

Ginnie Mae this week provided new details to the long-anticipated plan for increased issuer net worth and liquidity and a new performance scoring method for issuer activity – changes that could adversely affect small issuers and portfolio servicers. In remarks at the Mortgage Bankers Association’s annual convention in Las Vegas, Ginnie Mae President Ted Tozer said the changes are part of a larger effort to ensure the continuing flexibility and availability of the agency’s mortgage-backed securities program to as many entities as possible. New types of issuers and counterparties have entered the agency-backed MBS market in the wake of the financial crisis, which called for adjustments and tailored approaches to the evolving housing finance market, Tozer noted. Tozer said both policy changes and staff expertise will ensure the success of ...


October 24, 2014 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Jumbo MBS Characteristics Mixed in 3Q

Underwriting trends for jumbo mortgage-backed securities were mixed as of the third quarter of 2014, according to an analysis by Inside Nonconforming Markets. While some issuers started to include mortgages with higher loan-to-value ratios, average combined LTV ratios in jumbo MBS were actually higher for deals issued in the fourth quarter of 2013 than those priced in the third quarter of 2014. Average credit scores on issuance for the third quarter were ... [Includes one data chart]


October 24, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

MBS & ABS Issuance at a Glance

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October 24, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

FHFA-IG: Fed Tapering of Fannie, Freddie MBS Means ‘Significant’ Reductions in G-Fee Revenue

The Federal Reserve’s decision late last year to taper its agency MBS purchases appears to have contributed to higher mortgage rates, which in turn has helped lead to “significant reductions” in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac guaranty fee revenue on MBS issued so far this year, according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s Inspector General. The evaluation report issued by the IG late this week concluded that continued tapering by the Fed and the eventual reduction of its massive MBS portfolio could have an “adverse impact” upon the financial performance of the two government-sponsored enterprises. “Although the Federal Reserve’s [quantitative easing] programs benefitted the enterprises’ financial condition in 2012 and 2013, its decision, among other factors, in late 2013 to taper its MBS purchases contributed...


October 24, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

SEC Provides Some Details on Its Reg AB II Pilot Project, But Do You Really Want to Participate?

The Securities and Exchange Commission has provided more details about a pilot project to test the revised requirements for shelf registrations that are part of Regulation AB II. ABS issuers must comply with the new rules and forms, other than asset-level disclosures, no later than Nov. 23, 2015. The SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance recently invited ABS issuers to request staff review of their registration statements in draft form, prior to filing. “We will select...


October 17, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

Subprime Share of Auto ABS Issuance Increasing Along with Losses, But Outlook is Largely Positive

Subprime loans are accounting for a larger share of auto ABS issuance and losses on auto ABS are increasing. However, rating services suggest that the trends aren’t too worrisome, with ratings performance on track to record one of the best years ever. Some $66.9 billion in auto ABS were issued this year through September, up 26.8 percent from the same period in 2013. Subprime deals accounted for 25.8 percent of auto ABS issued this year, and volume ($17.0 billion) was down slightly from a year ago. But subprime auto loans also show up...


October 17, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

ABS Issuance Slumped in Third Quarter As Auto Sector Stalls, Credit Cards Wilt

New issuance of non-mortgage ABS faltered again in the third quarter of 2014, slipping 5.4 percent from the second quarter, according to a new Inside MBS & ABS ranking and analysis. Issuers produced $46.48 billion of new ABS during the third quarter. While that marked the second straight quarterly decline after the robust $53.44 billion issued in early 2014, current issuance levels remained relatively high for the post-crisis period. Through the first nine months of 2014, new ABS issuance totaled...[Includes three data charts]


October 10, 2014 - Inside FHA Lending

Around the Industry

FHA to Extend Short Refi Program. The FHA has announced its intent to extend its Short Refinance Program for borrowers in negative equity positions. A mortgagee letter will be issued soon to announce the extension. Feedback Period extended for Draft Servicing Section of Proposed Single Family Handbook. The FHA is extending the comment period for the draft servicing section of the Single Family Housing Policy Handbook through Nov. 14, 2014 to allow stakeholders additional time to study and comment on the proposed section. The original deadline date was Oct. 17. CFPB Updates Reverse Mortgage Guide. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau recently updated its reverse mortgage guide on its website to account for recent changes made by the Department of Housing and Urban Development to its Home Equity Conversion Mortgage program. The updated guide highlights new limits to ...


October 10, 2014 - Inside FHA Lending

Ginnie Mae MBS Issuance Increases in 3Q14

Ginnie Mae issuance for the first nine months of 2014 totaled $207.5 billion as government-backed purchase-mortgage activity picked up in the third quarter, according to an analysis of agency data. New issuances rose 19.8 percent from the second quarter. FHA loans accounted for $116.9 billion of new Ginnie Mae issuances while VA and the Rural Housing Development funneled $75.9 billion and $14.2 billion, respectively, of new loans into Ginnie Mae pools. Mortgage securities backed by home-equity conversion mortgages are not included. Purchase mortgages totaling $140.6 billion comprised the bulk of new issuances over the nine-month period while the share of refinances totaled $49.8 billion. Modified loans accounted for $17.1 billion. Most of the FHA and VA loans originated during the first nine months came through the ... [ 2 charts ]


October 10, 2014 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Combined LTV Ratios on Jumbo MBS on the Rise

A shift from refinances to purchase mortgages has helped push combined loan-to-value ratios on jumbo mortgage-backed securities to the highest levels since the financial crisis. The higher LTV ratios are prompting an increase in credit enhancement requirements. JPMorgan Chase this week issued a $355.64 million jumbo MBS with an average combined LTV ratio of 74.0 percent. And WinWater Home Mortgage is preparing a $276.91 million jumbo MBS with an average combined LTV ratio of ...


October 10, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

Non-Agency MBS Market Revs Up in 3Q14; Even the Jumbo Market Showed Some Life

Thanks to a heavy supply of scratch-and-dent deals and a rebound in jumbo mortgage securitizations, new issuance in the non-agency MBS market jumped by 57.4 percent in the third quarter of 2014, according to a new Inside MBS & ABS analysis and ranking. A total of $8.99 billion of non-agency MBS were issued during the third quarter, a major increase from the $5.71 billion issued in the previous three-month period. Year-to-date issuance was still off 27.3 percent from the first nine months of 2013, and it is doubtful that annual volume this year will top 2013’s total when the year is over. Issuance of prime non-agency MBS in the third quarter was...[Includes three data charts]


October 3, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

Ginnie Mae Unveils Changes, Updates to Pool-, Loan- Level Disclosures, Enhancements to MBS, HMBS

Ginnie Mae this week updated investors on recent changes to loan-level disclosures for existing, active single-family MBS as well as future enhancements. Agency officials said investors will be getting additional loan-level and pool-level disclosures over the next couple of months. For example, Ginnie will soon start a record of pool transfer activity, which would include immediate transfers as well as regular transfers of MBS pools. The new pool transfer record will be...


October 2, 2014 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Ginnie Scrutinizing Issuer ‘Changes of Control’ More Closely; New Guidance Is on the Way

Ginnie Mae is taking a closer look at change-of-control applications from issuers and servicers, according to investment banking advisors who work in mortgage industry mergers and acquisitions. “Ginnie is toughening up the change-of-control process to keep folks who got their tickets – and don’t use them – from trying to increase the value of their company in an M&A situation,” said one advisor who represents clients before the agency. He noted...


October 2, 2014 - Inside Mortgage Finance

GSE Business Volume Up Sharply in 3Q14, Refinance Rebounds After Long Decline

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac securitized a total of $183.17 billion of single-family mortgages during the third quarter of 2014, continuing the improving momentum during the previous period, according to a new Inside Mortgage Finance analysis and ranking. Combined mortgage-backed securities issuance for the two government-sponsored enterprises rose 29.1 percent from the second quarter, marking the second straight increase from the record-low levels set during the first three months of 2014. On a year-to-date basis, GSE volume was down 53.6 percent from the first nine months of 2013. Although purchase mortgages continued to provide most of the ammunition for Fannie/Freddie business, the GSEs securitized...[Includes three data charts]


September 26, 2014 - Inside FHA Lending

Downturn Avoided with $518M in New HMBS

Issuers of securities backed by Home Equity Conversion Mortgages created $518 million in new HMBS pools during August, the third largest monthly HMBS issuance this year and the latest month for which HMBS issuance data was available. August’s new issuance total was up slightly from July’s $507 million, according to New View Advisors, which advises financial services clients on capital markets, product development and investment strategies. Ninety-one pools were issued, consisting of 46 original issuance and 45 tail pools. Original HMBS pools are created when a pool of FHA-insured reverse mortgages is securitized for the first time. Tail HMBS issuances are HMBS pools created from the uncertified portions of HECMs that have already had their original HMBS issuance. Tail issuances accounted for about $140 million. Beginning with FY 2014, HECM principal limits were ...


September 26, 2014 - Inside FHA Lending

GNMA Financed Minorities, LI Borrowers

Ginnie Mae securitized a relatively higher volume of loans for African-American borrowers than did Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac, according to a new Inside FHA Lending analysis of recently released Home Mortgage Disclosure Act data covering 2013 mortgage originations. Nearly a quarter, 24.7 percent, of mortgages made to black borrowers last year had FHA, VA or rural housing loans financed through Ginnie Mae, loan-level HMDA data show. Fannie Mae (19.2 percent) and Freddie Mac (9.9 percent) also accounted for large shares of mortgages for black borrowers. However, blacks accounted for just 4.2 percent of mortgages with the race of the primary borrower identified in HMDA reports. Fannie actually had a bigger share of the Hispanic market (24.7 percent), but Ginnie accounted for a substantial 17.3 percent of mortgages made to Hispanic borrowers last year. All three agencies saw ... [1 chart]


September 26, 2014 - Inside FHA Lending

FHA’s QA Draft Addresses Enforcement Concerns

Obama administration officials and federal regulators met recently with mortgage industry representatives to discuss lender overlays and other obstacles preventing borrowers with slightly tainted credit and first-time homebuyers from obtaining a mortgage. Neither administration officials nor industry participants, however, spoke on or off the record about the things that were discussed during the Sept. 17 meeting at the White House. It was also unclear whether both sides have agreed on any solutions to the issues that lenders say are preventing them from lending. Sources, however, said one major issue is lenders’ uncertainty about their legal responsibilities and liabilities, which already have cost the industry billions of dollars in massive legacy settlements. Lenders have complained that even the slightest loan paperwork error could force them out of the ...


September 26, 2014 - Inside FHA Lending

Ginnie Mae AE Discusses Other Issuer Pitfalls

Approved issuers must ensure that loans have the requisite federal insurance or guarantee before bundling them for securitization, cautioned Ginnie Mae. Loans that fail Ginnie’s “loan matching” review will be tagged as “uninsured” and will not be accepted for securitization, according to John Kozak, a Ginnie Mae account executive and a panelist at a conference sponsored by the agency this week. Ginnie Mae uses loan matching to screen for mortgages that may have been endorsed on paper but have not been actually insured or guaranteed by either the FHA, VA or the Department of Agriculture’s Rural Housing Development. Every month, Ginnie Mae takes a certain lender’s entire mortgage portfolio and throws it up against the agency’s insured/guaranteed database in search for loan mismatches. To do this, the agency uses “two-string match” criteria, which consist of a ...


September 26, 2014 - Inside FHA Lending

GNMA to Tighten Supervision of Issuers

Ginnie Mae has unveiled new plans for issuer standards as well as steps to boost liquidity in the mortgage servicing rights (MSR) market. Agency officials at a summit hosted by Ginnie Mae this week in Washington, DC, said both actions are designed to avoid issuer failures and to preserve residential mortgage servicing as an economically viable activity and MSRs as an attractive asset class. The officials said changes will be made to Ginnie’s mortgage-backed securities program to support the agency’s transformation from a pre-crisis bank-driven government MBS program to a post-crisis program where non-depositories and smaller financial institutions play a much bigger role. By the middle of next year, approximately a third of Ginnie MSRs will have changed hands over the previous four years, agency officials said. Many of the new owners of the servicing rights are ...


September 26, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

Morningstar Credit Ratings Publishes Methodology For Rating and Monitoring U.S. ABS Transactions

Life for ABS investors got a little easier this week as Morningstar Credit Ratings put out its methodology for U.S. ABS ratings, outlining the principles the firm uses when evaluating, rating and monitoring financial, operating and corporate asset transactions. Morningstar’s analytical framework utilizes seven areas of analysis common to ABS transactions: legal structure, asset quality, transaction structure, credit support, cash flow analysis, originator and servicer quality, and counterparty risk. The analysis begins...


September 26, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

Officials Play Up Growing Demand for Ginnie Mae MBS, Cite Factors for Increased Ginnie Activity

Demand in the fixed-income markets for Ginnie Mae securities continues to increase at home and abroad as the program’s deep liquidity and explicit government guaranty draw more investors, according to agency officials and MBS issuers. The relatively high proportion of purchase-money loans and first-time buyers helped Ginnie edge past Freddie Mac in recent months in terms of new issuance, noted John Getchis, head of Ginnie’s Office of Capital Markets, during the Ginnie Mae Summit held in Washington, DC, this week. “We saw...


September 19, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

Market for Securitization of Mortgage Servicing Rights Yet to Get Off the Ground. Here’s Why

Although investors continue to pay premium – or close to it – prices for newly originated mortgage servicing rights, very few residential lenders have tried to securitize the underlying cash flows, leaving some market observers scratching their heads. “There are very few deals out there that I’m aware of,” said one servicing advisor, requesting his name not be used. “If a company needs cash, it’s a good option, but there’s just not much going on.” So far this year, just a handful of MSR-backed bonds have come...


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