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December 15, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Trends

Price-to-Income Ratio Seen as Good Risk Gauge

Mortgages with high home price-to-income ratios tend to perform worse than mortgages with lower PTI ratios, according to economists at the Federal Reserve. The analysts suggest that PTI ratios are a helpful tool for gauging mortgage risk by tracking housing affordability. “Banks that have greater exposure of mortgages to high PTI regions have higher mortgage delinquency and charge-off rates and significantly higher probabilities of failure, even after controlling for ...

December 15, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Janet Yellen’s Last Hurrah: A Final Rate Hike, And Don’t Expect More Info on the Great Unwind

The three most notable aspects of Janet Yellen’s final press conference as the chair of the Federal Re-serve were the expected comments in support of the central bank’s 25 basis point rate increase, positive economic expectations of pending tax reform efforts, and confirmation the Fed is unlikely to provide much information about its balance sheet reduction going forward.

November 10, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

When It Comes to Fed Balance Sheet Changes, Concern, Uncertainty and Caution Dominate

There are many unpredictable variables and economic factors outside the control of the Federal Reserve, which makes it hard to project the impact of winding down the U.S. central bank’s historic investment in agency MBS. But economic experts at Fannie Mae are cautiously expressed anticipating greater volatility, an inevitable financial shock and potential changes in the Fed’s strategy as markets evolve.

November 3, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Fed Holds Rates Steady, Balance Sheet Plan Continues Apace, Powell to Succeed Yellen

The news at the Federal Reserve this week can best be summarized by the term “status quo.” The U.S. central bank held interest rates unchanged, its plan to gradually unwind its massive portfolio continues unchanged, and President Trump nominated Fed governor Jerome Powell to succeed Janet Yellen, likely ensuring more of the same when it comes to the future of both interest rates and the balance sheet. When it came to rates, the Federal Reserve’s Open Market Committee ...


With originations expected to drop in 2018, will your shop turn to non-QM/non-prime mortgage products as a way to bolster volumes?

Yes, definitely. We’re planning a launch.


No. It’s still difficult compliance/regulatory-wise.


Maybe. It’s under consideration.


Not now. But things could change as 2018 progresses.