Agency MBS

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February 22, 2019 - Inside The GSEs

GSE Roundup

A roundup of brief news items about Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

February 22, 2019 - Inside The GSEs

HARP May Be Gone But Not High LTV Refis

To paraphrase Mark Twain: Rumors of HARP’s death have been greatly exaggerated. At least that’s the finding of a recent report by structured finance analysts at Bank of America Merrill Lynch who looked the impact similar programs will have on the GSEs’ credit-risk transfer programs.

February 22, 2019 - Inside The GSEs

Fannie Mae Announces 10th Sale of Reperforming Loans

Fannie Mae last week announced that it would begin marketing its 10th sale of reperforming loans. Citigroup Global Markets will handle the marketing.

February 22, 2019 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Buybacks of Fannie/Freddie Loans Hit Record Low in ’18

Mortgage lenders that deliver loans into Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac mortgage-backed securities continued to face relatively few repurchase demands from the two government-sponsored enterprises last year. An exclusive new Inside Mortgage Trends analysis of GSE disclosures finds that lender buybacks totaled just $833.7 million last year, the lowest annual total since asset securitizers were required to file repurchase disclosures with ... [Includes three data charts]

February 22, 2019 - IMFnews

What We’re Hearing: Franklin Raines’ Dream / / The Hype Behind Digital Mortgages and Cost Savings / Replacing Moderately Paid Workers with Expensive Programmers / Calabria a Lock? / NAR's GSE Ideas

And here’s another farce: Once the system is built, maintaining it will be cheap (because regulations and products never change)…

February 22, 2019 - IMFnews

Banks Stock Up on Fannie/Freddie MBS as 2018 Ends

The biggest increase in held-to-maturity and available-for-sale accounts was in agency pass-through securities…

February 22, 2019 - Inside MBS & ABS

Mortgage Grapevine

Non-QM Paper; The Return of Nicholas Smith...

February 22, 2019 - Inside MBS & ABS

Ginnie Developing Liquidity Stress Tests for Issuers

Ginnie Mae is in the early stages of developing stress tests for its MBS issuers to ensure they have enough liquidity to withstand adverse economic conditions.

February 21, 2019 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Mortgage Grapevine

Looking at HomeStreet? Ocwen Up, Then Down…

February 21, 2019 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Alter the Fannie, Freddie Dividend Payment: Yes/No?

Now that the smoke has cleared from Mark Calabria’s confirmation hearing to head the Federal Housing Finance Agency, industry stakeholders are pondering the first step in administrative reform of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac: eliminating the quarterly payments the two mortgage giants make to the Treasury Department.

February 21, 2019 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Pershing Square’s GSE ‘Lottery Ticket’ Riding High

Pershing Square Holdings — the high-profile hedge fund managed by mega investor Bill Ackman — is sitting on a paper gain of 140.6% year-to-date on its investment in Fannie Mae common. Its holdings in Freddie Mac aren’t too far behind at 130.2%.

February 21, 2019 - IMFnews

Alter the Fannie/Freddie Dividend Payment: Yes or No?

If the dividend payment is altered, look for GSE stocks to rally even more…

February 21, 2019 - IMFnews

Non-Agency Pricing for GSE-Eligible Loans in Flux

Doyle noted it was the first time in a while that GSE-eligible loans put out for bid to non-agency investors failed to trade.

February 20, 2019 - IMFnews

Short Takes: More on the Watt FHFA IG Report / Of Counsel / Signs of Life in Application-land / Ex-Fannie Employee Took Kick-Backs / A New President at Stearns Lending

A former Fannie Mae employee faces up to 20 years in prison...

February 20, 2019 - IMFnews

IMA Offers Up an $11.9 Billion Fannie/Ginnie MSR Package

Roughly 21% of the receivables are in California…

February 19, 2019 - IMFnews

FHFA IG: Director Watt Violated Ethics Rules, White House Had Report in Late November but Didn’t Act

To date, Watt has denied legal wrongdoing…

February 15, 2019 - IMFnews

FHFA IG Report: Director Watt Violated Ethics Rules. Trump Had Report in Late November but Didn’t Act

The report, dated Nov. 29, 2018, was posted to the IG’s website Friday, Feb. 15.

February 15, 2019 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Approval of Ginnie MBS Issuers Dwindles in 2018

Ginnie Mae approved far fewer issuers last year than in 2017, according to agency data. Only eight out of 28 applicants were approved to participate in its mortgage-backed securities program, as against 22 issuers in the previous year.

February 15, 2019 - IMFnews

What We’re Hearing: Calabria, a Sure Bet? / Warm Thoughts About Fannie-Freddie Loan Limits / Retaining More Capital / Congress? / Conservatorship Purgatory / Looks Like Radian is in Play / A Sale Dragging On and On and On: Genworth / Industry Vet Rudy Orman Lands

On the doorstep: The recap and release of Fannie and Freddie?

February 15, 2019 - IMFnews

Mortgage Securitization Rates Steady in 2018, Non-Agency Rising

The Ginnie securitization rate hit 100.2%, but timing issues were involved…

February 15, 2019 - Inside MBS & ABS

HARP Is Gone but High LTV Refis Are Here to Stay

“HARP is dead, long live High LTV Refinance programs!” That’s the title of a recent report by structured finance analysts at Bank of America Merrill Lynch on the impact HARP’s replacements will have on the government-sponsored enterprises’ credit-risk transfer programs.

February 15, 2019 - Inside MBS & ABS

Despite 4Q Slump, GSE 2018 Earnings Hit Six-Year High

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac racked up $25.19 billion in combined net income in 2018, their most profitable year since 2013, when earnings were inflated by accounting rules for deferred tax assets.

February 14, 2019 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Earnings Decline for Fannie, Freddie in 4Q18

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac reported lower earnings for the fourth quarter of 2018, the victims of a slowing mortgage market and, ironically, lower interest rates at yearend compared to Sept. 30, which resulted in hedging losses.

February 14, 2019 - IMFnews

Short Takes: Leaving Behind His Personal Views Regarding Fannie and Freddie / Reporting Results on the Very Same Day, a Rarity / If Only They Could’ve Kept Their Earnings / CHLA Backs Calabria

Fannie and Freddie rarely report quarterly results on the same day, but they did so this morning...

February 14, 2019 - IMFnews

Lower Earnings for Fannie and Freddie, 4Q18 Dividend Payment On Track (For Now)

It’s rare but Fannie and Freddie reported results on the very same day…

February 13, 2019 - IMFnews

FHFA Nominee Mark Calabria Promises to Leave His Personal GSE Views at the Door

The nominee promises not to impose his personal views on Fannie and Freddie...

February 13, 2019 - IMFnews

Short Takes: A Nice Month for Pershing Square / No Mention of the GSEs / A Mortgage-Related M&A Deal Drags On / Delayed by the Chinese New Year / A New MBS From Deephaven / Pavaso Hires Mortgage Tech Vet Tim Anderson

After two-plus years of waiting, the Genworth deal has yet to close...

February 13, 2019 - IMFnews

GSE Single-Family MBS Issuance Off to a Slow Start in January

Wells Fargo, Quicken Loans and PennyMac ranked first, second and third, respectively, in loan sales to Fannie and Freddie during January…

February 12, 2019 - IMFnews

Short Takes: GSE Junior Preferred Shareholders Could Get Paid / Wedbush Tells Investors to Take the Cash / New Rez Sees a Buying Opportunity in MSRs / CFPB to America: Save Some of That Tax Return!

Bove sees some type of compensation going to the preferred shareholders of Fannie and Freddie...

February 11, 2019 - IMFnews

Short Takes: Exiting a GSE Investment / The Fed Likely Will Greenlight the BB&T-SunTrust Merger / No. 9 / Please, Just Don’t Pick a Name Like Mr. Cooper / How Much Lower Can Ditech Go? / CoesterVMS?

The big unknown about the merger: Once completed, what name will the new bank and mortgage company take?

February 11, 2019 - IMFnews

A Victory for Fannie/Freddie Shareholders? Investors Unite Revels in Collins v. Mnuchin Ruling

You could almost hear the whoops coming from shareholders around the country...

February 11, 2019 - IMFnews

GSE Credit Profile Turned Riskier in 4Q18

For all of last year, some 8.15% of GSE purchase loans fell in the low-score/high-LTV bucket…

February 8, 2019 - Inside The GSEs

Freddie Closes Largest SBL Portfolio Deal

California-based Sabal Capital Partners, one of the earliest partners in Freddie Mac’s Small Balance Loan Program, broke a record this month when it sold the enterprise a portfolio of 39 small-balance loans worth $189 million. All the underlying properties are in East Harlem.

February 8, 2019 - Inside The GSEs

Redwood to Partner in Freddie Whole-Loan Fund

Redwood Trust last week announced that it would invest as much as $78 million in a partnership seeking to acquire up to $1 billion in floating rate light-renovation whole loans from Freddie Mac. The California-based real estate investment trust says it has already funded the partnership to the tune of $20 million.

February 8, 2019 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Coming Soon: 4Q18 Hedging Losses for Fannie & Freddie?

Mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are scheduled to report fourth-quarter results next week and chances are the two will once again show strong earnings, but the black ink likely will pale a bit from the $6.7 billion they posted (combined) in the third quarter.

February 8, 2019 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Mortgage Originations Seen Flat This Year

The mortgage industry is bracing for a flat year in terms of volume due to higher mortgage rates, a slowing economy and weak loan demand. [Includes one data chart.]

February 8, 2019 - IMFnews

What We’re Hearing: Salivating at the Prospect of a Fannie-Freddie Stock Offering? / Mulvaney Again / Waiting in the Wings for Treasury’s GSE Assignment? / What Could Stand in the Way? / MI Roundup / Wells Fargo, the MBS King / A New Legislative Hire for MBA: Tallman Johnson

But one thing is certain: the Trump White House is not monkeying around with GSE reform...

February 8, 2019 - IMFnews

Calabria’s FHFA Nomination Hearing Set for Feb. 14

Calabria has firm support among Republicans on the SBC and the backing of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell...

February 8, 2019 - IMFnews

Agency MBS Production Fell Modestly in January

It was the lowest combined output for the three agencies since February 2016, when just $80.49 billion of new MBS were issued.

February 8, 2019 - Inside MBS & ABS

Ginnie Approves Only 8 New Issuers in 2018; What Next?

Approval of new MBS issuers by Ginnie Mae fell drastically in 2018. Data provided by the agency showed that only eight out of 28 applications received last year were approved. In the year before, Ginnie approved 22 out of 31 applications.

February 8, 2019 - Inside MBS & ABS

Redwood Trust Announces $78 Million Freddie Deal

In a bid to expand its access to rental housing credit, Redwood Trust last week announced plans to partner on a deal to acquire up to $1 billion in whole loans from Freddie Mac.

February 8, 2019 - Inside MBS & ABS

Civil Rights Groups Not Too Thrilled with Crapo Draft

Several high-profile civil rights groups this week threw cold water on Sen. Mike Crapo’s plan to reform Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, saying it would weaken regulation of the government-sponsored enterprises and increase the cost of homeownership.

February 8, 2019 - Inside MBS & ABS

Crapo Plan: Is Ginnie Mae Ready for Prime Time?

A new outline on housing-finance reform from Sen. Mike Crapo, R-ID, hands over management of the conventional mortgage market to Ginnie Mae, begging the question: Is Ginnie up to the task?

February 7, 2019 - IMFnews

Short Takes: Hoping and Praying for the Right GSE Outcome / Contemplating a Settlement by the Government / Setting the Table for a Merger / #9 Mortgage Dream: SunTrust-BB&T Deal / IMA’s Bulk MSR Deal

Open hostility toward the government's GSE case?

February 7, 2019 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Crapo Reform Plan Suggests Fannie, Freddie Privatization

Sen. Mike Crapo, R-ID, chair of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, stirred the housing-finance reform pot last week, releasing a plan to bring Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac out of conservatorship.

February 7, 2019 - Inside Mortgage Finance

GSE Reform: Time Treasury Hires an Investment Banker?

The road to reforming Fannie Mae and Fred-die Mac took another left turn this week with Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin applauding Congressional efforts on the initiative but then declaring, if need be, Treasury would go it alone.

February 7, 2019 - IMFnews

4Q18 Ugly: All Major Mortgage Product Groups Suffer

Expanded-credit was the only corner of the market that grew last year – by an estimated $7.6 billion…

February 6, 2019 - IMFnews

Short Takes: About That Net Worth Profit Sweep… / A Permanent Ginnie President? / LOs Tell the Fed: Loan Demand is Weaker / A Lack of Experienced Underwriters for Non-QMs / A New Loan Officer at Castle & Cooke

Unless a change is made to the terms of their “bailout,” Fannie and Freddie will upstream most of what they earn to Treasury by the end of March...

February 6, 2019 - IMFnews

Civil Rights Groups Up in Arms Over Crapo’s GSE Reform Plan

CRL and other groups noted: “To date, Congress has exercised extreme caution in repairing the housing finance system…”

February 6, 2019 - IMFnews

Nonbanks Dominate in Bulk MSR Sales, A Stunning Reversal for Ginnie Transfers

In years past, Ginnie MSR sales have lagged because of concerns tied to agency acknowledgement agreements…


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