Bank Profitability

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January 17, 2019 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Megabanks’ Originations Weak, MSR Values an Issue

The nation’s megabanks took it on the chin in the fourth quarter, reporting weak origination figures and non-cash writedowns on their servicing assets, according to a handful of earnings reports released this week.


January 11, 2019 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Mixed Views on Impact of CECL Accounting Standard

Industry analysts are divided on how the Current Expected Credit Loss model accounting standard will impact mortgage lending by banks. The model, established by the Financial Accounting Standards Board in 2016, is set to take effect in 2020. The accounting standard will apply to loans held in portfolio. It requires upfront recognition of credit losses using long-term economic forecasts but doesn’t allow upfront recognition of future revenues associated with a loan ...


January 11, 2019 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Bank & Thrift Mortgage Repurchases Up in 3Q18

Mortgage repurchases by banks and thrifts took an unexpected turn higher in the third quarter of 2018, according to an Inside Mortgage Trends analysis of call report data. The banking industry reported $585.5 million in residential mortgage repurchases or indemnifications during the July-September cycle, a 38.5 percent spike from the previous quarter. The long-term trend still holds to a downward path. Year-to-date, banks and thrifts ... [Includes one data chart]


January 11, 2019 - Inside MBS & ABS

MBS and ABS Issuance at a Glance: January 11, 2019

MBS and ABS Issuance at a Glance


December 21, 2018 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Retail Lending, Loan Sales Sag in 3Q18

Commercial banks and savings institutions reported a total of $71.41 billion in home loan originations through their retail mortgage banking platforms during the third quarter of 2018, according to an Inside Mortgage Trends analysis of call report data. Retail mortgage production was down 5.1 percent from the second quarter and left year-to-date originations 13.6 percent below the amount reported during the first nine months of last year. The figures ... [Includes one data chart]


December 14, 2018 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Asset-Based Underwriting Prompts Warning

An increase in asset-based underwriting by banks prompted warnings from the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency last week. The OCC said its examiners have seen greater use of asset dissipation underwriting, a practice used to qualify borrowers using a hypothetical income stream from their asset liquidation rather than debt-to-income ratios. Banks are increasingly using asset dissipation or asset depletion as a response to “intense competition” from nonbanks, among other ...


December 14, 2018 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Banks Increase Holdings of First Liens

Holdings of first-lien mortgages by banks and thrifts increased in the third quarter, according to an Inside Nonconforming Markets analysis of call reports. Banks and thrifts held $2.07 trillion of first liens in their portfolios at the end of September, up 1.2 percent from June and 4.3 percent from a year ago. The holdings have largely been boosted by jumbo mortgages along with loans eligible for sale to the government-sponsored enterprises ... [Includes one data chart]


December 14, 2018 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

ARM Share Drops in Third Quarter

The adjustable-rate mortgage share of total originations declined in the third quarter of 2018, according to a new ranking and analysis by Inside Nonconforming Markets. An estimated $50.0 billion of ARMs were originated in the third quarter, accounting for 11.5 percent of total originations. In the previous quarter, an estimated $55.0 billion of ARMs were originated, making up 12.4 percent of the market. ARM volume was also down from ... [Includes one data chart]


December 14, 2018 - Inside MBS & ABS

Deutsche Bank, Investors Agree to Settle RMBS Cases in NY and CA; Wells Fargo Settles Dispute with Illinois

Deutsche Bank, asset managers and investors have agreed to settle their long-running dispute over the bank’s alleged failure to fulfill its obligations as trustee to more than 500 trusts backed by legacy residential MBS valued at more than $570 billion.


December 7, 2018 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Regulators Concerned About Nonbank Share

Two federal banking regulators have raised concerns about risks associated with nonbanks gaining market share in the mortgage industry. In a report published this week, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency said banks are loosening mortgage underwriting standards in response to “intense competition” from nonbanks. The OCC cited higher thresholds for back-end debt-to-income ratios, higher acceptable loan-to-value ratios and lower downpayment requirements. The trends were ...


December 7, 2018 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Bank Servicing for Others Changes Tack with 3Q18 Gain, Valuations Rise Again

The outstanding volume of mortgages serviced for other investors by banks and thrifts has been falling almost constantly in the aftermath of the financial crisis, but the third quarter of 2018 saw a relatively rare increase. Banks and thrifts serviced $3.627 trillion of residential mortgages for other investors – typically mortgage-backed securities trusts – at the end of September, according to a new Inside Mortgage Trends analysis of call-report data ... [Includes one data chart]


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