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October 13, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Treasury Proposal Could Boost Non-Agency MBS

A proposal released last week by the Treasury Department could make issuing and investing in non-agency mortgage-backed securities more attractive for banks. The Treasury called for revisions to various regulations that apply to non-agency MBS in a broad report suggesting regulatory reforms for capital markets. “In its review of the securitization market, the Treasury found that regulatory bank capital requirements treat investment in non-agency securitized ...


October 5, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Banks Largely Happy with Banking Regulators’ Plan to Reduce Capital Requirements for MSR

A proposal last week from federal regulators to reduce capital requirements on mortgage servicing rights for all but the largest banks was met with mostly praise from banks. “The proposal to review and refine capital rules for community banks is a step in the right direction that acknowledges what our members already know,” said Rob Nichols, president and CEO of the American Bankers Association. “Some of the current capital requirements are keeping banks from fully serving their ...


September 29, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

FINRA Gives Broker-Dealers, Mortgage Bankers Six More Months to Adopt New Margin Requirements

Mortgage bankers will now have until June 25, 2018, to adopt new margin requirements under Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Rule 4210, instead of the previous date of Dec. 15, 2017, after the self-regulatory organization opted to give the industry six more months of lead time. Last week, FINRA announced it was filing the proposed extension with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which has to sign off on it. But given the non-controversial, industry-supported nature of the proposal, the SEC’s blessing is considered a formality. According to a summary by the Mortgage Bankers Association, the amendments institute...


September 22, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Bank Retail Production Up in 2Q17, Sales Down

Commercial banks and thrifts reported a solid increase in retail mortgage originations during the second quarter of 2017, but loan sales were down from the previous period. Banks originated $83.98 billion of single-family mortgages through their retail mortgage-banking platforms during the second quarter, a 16.7 percent increase from the first three months of the year, according to an Inside Mortgage Trends analysis of call report data. The total fell well short of ... [Includes one data chart]


September 21, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Banks Continue Modest Gains in Mortgage-Production Market Share in Second Quarter, But Not the Giants

Depository institutions have been quietly regaining some market share from nonbanks over the past year, even though some of the largest banks continue to pull back, according to a new analysis and ranking by Inside Mortgage Finance. Banks, savings institutions and credit unions accounted for 51.3 percent of the $356.85 billion of first-lien mortgage originations by the top 100 lenders during the second quarter. The group boosted its production volume by 19.2 percent from the first three months of the year, while the top 100 overall posted a 17.3 percent gain in volume. It marked...[Includes two data tables]


September 15, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Legal Experts Suggest Five ‘Fixes’ To Avoid Unfounded FCA Claims

Compliance attorneys are calling for legislative changes to prevent possible misuse of the False Claims Act that could result in settlements that could be financially devastating to mortgage lenders. Concerns about possible government misuse of FCA provisions are evident in the statutory qualifiers that are already embedded in the existing statute, according to a recent analysis by Krista Cooley and Laurence Platt, attorneys and partners in the Washington, DC, office of Mayer Brown. The qualifiers are in the main provision of the FCA that the Department of Justice has used against mortgage lenders and servicers, the attorneys said. The provision imposes liability on any person who “knowingly presents, or causes to be presented, a false or fraudulent claim for payment or approval” or “knowingly makes, uses, or causes to be made or used, a false record or statement material to a false or ...


September 15, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Banks Increase First-Lien Holdings in 2Q

Bank and thrift holdings of first-lien mortgages continued to increase in the second quarter, according to a new ranking and analysis by Inside Nonconforming Markets. Banks and thrifts held $1.97 trillion of first-lien mortgages at the end of June. The holdings were up by 1.9 percent from March and up 3.8 percent from a year ago. Trends in portfolio management were somewhat mixed among the top 10 holders of first-lien mortgages. Top-ranked Wells Fargo had ... [Includes one data chart]


September 8, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Large Banks Still Backing Away From Mortgage Servicing, Valuations Steady

A handful of large banks continued to retreat from the business of servicing home loans for other investors during the second quarter of 2017, according to a new Inside Mortgage Trends analysis of call reports. Commercial banks and savings institutions reported that they serviced $3.627 trillion of residential mortgages for other investors, typically mortgage-backed securities trusts, as of the end of June. That was down just 0.4 percent from the previous period ... [Includes one data chart]


September 8, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Once Banks Got LCR Compliant, They Opted For More GSE MBS, Fed Researchers Find

Partly to comply with liquidity cover ratio requirements imposed in the wake of the financial crisis, U.S. banks ramped up their holdings of high-quality liquid assets. But once they got compliant, many of them shifted their asset allocations more to agency MBS and U.S. Treasuries, according to researchers at the Federal Reserve. This could have implications for the U.S. central bank’s massive balance sheet over the long haul, they added. As of Jan. 1, 2015, large banks in the U.S. have needed...


September 7, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Some Banks Expected to Benefit From Proposed Delay In Tougher Capital Rule for Mortgage Servicing Assets

A proposal by federal regulators to delay tougher capital requirements for mortgage servicing assets will have a “marginally positive impact” on banks subject to the proposal, according to banking regulators. Near the end of August, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Federal Reserve and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. issued a proposed rule that would extend the current treatment on mortgage servicing rights and related assets, delaying tougher standards established by Basel III. The proposal would apply to banks that aren’t subject to the “advanced approaches” capital rules – generally banks with less than $250 billion in total assets. “For small banking organizations that have significant amounts of MSAs ... the proposal could...


September 7, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Warehouse Commitments Top $64 Billion at June 30. Sector Remains Healthy but Concerns over Hurricanes and M&A

Warehouse providers of credit ended the second quarter of 2017 with $64.0 billion of commitments on their books, a modest 8.5 percent sequential gain, reflecting a strong – but not an overheated – origination market for nonbank originators. Compared to the same quarter a year ago, commitments increased 12.3 percent. According to interviews conducted by Inside Mortgage Finance this week, credit managers are...[Includes one data table]


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