Dodd-Frank Act

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September 15, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Methods Used to Comply With Risk-Retention Rules Vary Among ABS Asset Classes, Moody’s Finds

Issuers of ABS are utilizing diverse structures to comply with the risk-retention requirements of the Dodd-Frank Act, according to a new sector commentary by analysts at Moody’s Investors Service. “Although securitization sponsors’ retention of portions of their own deals in general is credit positive … the rules have effectively just formalized prior common industry practices for many consumer ABS subsectors. This confirms our initial stance that the rules are only marginally credit positive for this sector,” said Vice President and Senior Analyst Yan Yan and Vice President and Senior Credit Officer Jingjing Dang. “That said, the methods of compliance that have emerged among ABS asset classes since the rules went into effect in December have varied.” Their first take-away is...

August 18, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Private MI Trade Group Urges CFPB To Establish Single QM Rule for All

The private mortgage insurance industry has called for harmonized qualified-mortgage standards to discourage potential arbitrage that might adversely affect consumers. In a comment letter, the U.S. Mortgage Insurers urged the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to assess whether the various QM standards established under the Dodd-Frank Act have created arbitrage opportunities to the detriment of consumers. The CFPB is about to begin a reevaluation of its ability-to-repay rule/QM rule. QM standards are different for Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the Federal Home Loan Banks than for FHA, VA and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The USMI said analysis should focus on the different treatment of points and fees and maximum borrower debt-to-income ratio among the various QM standards. The CFPB can address the calculation of points and fees under its ATR/QM rule by ...

August 14, 2017 - Inside the CFPB

As the Financial Crisis Fades, Are Servicers Poised for New Era?

Ten years after the financial crisis, the residential mortgage servicing industry could be on “the edge of glory,” according to a new report from S&P Global Ratings. “With the regulatory heat they’ve received in the past decade, servicers are working to ensure they’re compliant with all relevant servicing regulations,” said the S&P analysts. “Even if some deficiencies occur, as might happen when servicing thousands or millions of accounts, quickly correcting them and preventing recurrence is key because reputational damage alone can be quite substantial and long-lasting.” In recent years, mortgage servicers have been slapped with fines totaling tens of millions of dollars, and face an increasingly tougher regulatory and supervisory regime. “A positive outcome of the settlements and new regulations ...


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