When panic first set in over the economic impact of COVID-19, investors sold off historically large volumes of MBS and Treasuries. As a result, liquidity and pricing efficiency both took a beating. It was the Fed’s gluttonous appetite for these securities that brought markets off the cliff.
Hundreds of smaller GSE sellers retained more servicing in the second quarter than they usually do, setting the stage for increased bulk MSR trades when buyers get more confident. (Includes two data charts.)
The panel this week heard testimony that servicers failed to inform borrowers of their right to forbearance, offered less assistance than required by law and provided inaccurate information on lump-sum repayments.
Since the financial crisis, Fannie’s single-family book of business has posted a loss rate of 31.5 basis points. In contrast, residential loans at commercial banks averaged a loss rate of 86 bps, 5.7 times higher.