Credit Ratings

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January 18, 2018 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Credit Score War Brewing as FHFA, GSEs Explore Alternative Scoring Systems

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have been charged with exploring options to update their current FICO credit scoring model and make a decision this year as to whether to make the switch in 2019.


January 12, 2018 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Ginnie MBS Program Faltered In 2017, Refi Flow Up in 4Q17

Ginnie Mae set records for new issuance of single-family mortgage-backed securities in 2015 and 2016, but production sagged last year, according to a new analysis and ranking by Inside FHA/VA Lending. The agency issued $443.20 billion of MBS backed by forward single-family mortgages in 2017, a 10.8 percent decline from the previous year. Including FHA reverse mortgages and that are not truncated, 2017 issuance fell 10.3 percent to $455.00 billion. Meanwhile, the private mortgage insurance business – based on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac MBS data – saw a smaller decline of 5.0 percent from 2016 to last year. The VA program generally held up better than the FHA program during the fourth quarter, when refinance lending was climbing. But the FHA had a better year overall despite some loss of market share in purchase-mortgage activity. Deliveries of FHA loans into ... [ Charts ]


January 12, 2018 - Inside MBS & ABS

Key Lender Protections in the CMBS Space Appear to be Breaking Down, Moody’s Frets

Critical components of loan structural quality in the commercial MBS space seem to be deteriorating, particularly when it comes to single-borrower deals, according to a new report from Moody’s Investors Service.


January 12, 2018 - Inside MBS & ABS

Latest Servicing-Advance Securitization from New Residential Rated AAA by Morningstar

A planned MBS from affiliates of New Residential Investment received much higher ratings than a similar deal issued by the firm in 2016. The deals are backed by the excess spread tied to servic-ing rights on non-agency mortgages.


January 5, 2018 - Inside MBS & ABS

Credit Rating Agencies Are Elevating Their Game, But Room Still Exists for Improvement, SEC Finds

Investors might be seeing better performance from the credit rating agencies these days. In two new reports, the Securities and Exchange Commission says ratings firms are more compliant and are utilizing information technology to a greater extent, all while remaining competitive, especially some of the smaller ones.


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