MBS Investors

Browse articles from all of our Newsletters related to MBS Investors.

October 19, 2018 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Fitch Calls Out Other Ratings on Galton MBS

Top-notch ratings assigned by three firms to a non-agency mortgage-backed security from Galton Funding prompted criticism from Fitch Ratings, which didn’t rate the issuance. The planned $452.7 million Galton Funding Mortgage Trust 2018-2 diverges from traditional non-agency MBS in its treatment of unpaid interest from delinquent mortgages. Fitch suggested that the change to the deal structure was so significant that it wouldn’t rate the transaction. Fitch noted that losses from unpaid ...

October 19, 2018 - Inside MBS & ABS

Ginnie Mae EVP Says Prepays are Still a Problem for Investors; Meanwhile, Stress Test Results Coming

Although prepayment speeds on Ginnie Mae MBS are now at the lowest level since 2014, agency Executive Vice President Maren Kasper expressed persistent concerns about the matter in remarks at the annual convention of the Mortgage Bankers Association this week.

October 12, 2018 - Inside MBS & ABS

MBS Trading Volume Improved in September, but Lenders And Issuers Are Anxious About the Interest Rate Picture

The average daily trading volume in agency MBS totaled $219.4 billion in September, a modest increase from the month prior, which marked a low point for the year, according to figures compiled by the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association.

October 5, 2018 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Around the Industry

FHA Issues Waiver of Property Inspections in Disaster-Stricken California Counties. FHA has issued a waiver of its timing policy for completing property inspections prior to closing or endorsing a loan for FHA insurance. The waiver is in effect in presidentially declared major disaster areas in Lake and Shasta Counties, CA, that were ravaged by wildfires and high winds. FHA believes that the wildfires and high winds have stabilized so as not to cause any further damage to properties, even though FEMA has not declared “all clear” in the affected areas. The waiver allows damage inspections to be completed after Oct. 2, for properties located in the PDMDA. NC Commissioner of Banks Amends State Reverse Mortgage Rules. The North Carolina Commissioner of Banks recently amended its ...

October 5, 2018 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Senate Still Has Time to Enact VA ‘Orphan’ Loan Bill, Says MBA

The mortgage banking industry is optimistic about Congress enacting legislation that would cure VA orphan loans before the midterm elections. The U.S. Senate still has time to consider H.R. 6737, the Protect Affordable Mortgages for Veterans Act, according to Bill Kilmer, chief lobbyist at the Mortgage Bankers Association. “Most observers think [lawmakers are] going to be around until Oct. 18 or 19, which is when Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he wants to keep folks around to work on nominations and other measures they need to clear,” Kilmer said. “There is time and, more to the substantive point, the bill passed the House.” H.R. 6737 would provide a technical fix so that certain VA refinance loans would be eligible for pooling in a Ginnie Mae mortgage-backed security. The bill was reported out of committee by a unanimous 49-0 vote, and was approved quickly by the House ...

October 5, 2018 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Solid Gains in Purchase-Mortgage Business Offset 3Q18 Refi Slump

Ginnie Mae issuance of single-family mortgage-backed securities rode a homebuying wave during the third quarter of 2018, according to a new Inside FHA/VA Lending ranking and analysis. Ginnie issuers produced $105.63 billion of new MBS backed by forward mortgages during the July-September cycle, a 7.1 percent increase from the second quarter. That brought year-to-date production to $296.88 billion – down 11.3 percent from the first nine months of 2017. Purchase mortgages provided the boost for the Ginnie market. Some $75.69 billion of FHA and VA purchase mortgages were pooled in Ginnie MBS in the third quarter, a sturdy 13.1 percent increase from the previous period. Purchase loans accounted for 75.1 percent of FHA and VA loans securitized in the third quarter, compared to 64.7 percent for all of last year. Although production of these loans has gone up since the first quarter, year-to-date volume ... [Charts]

October 5, 2018 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Expanded-Credit MBS Issuance Up in 3Q18, Prime Non-Agency MBS Declines

Issuance trends for non-agency mortgage-backed securities stocked with newly-originated mortgages were mixed in the third quarter, according to a new ranking and analysis by Inside Nonconforming Markets. Issuance of prime non-agency MBS declined significantly on a sequential basis in the third quarter. And for the first time, expanded-credit MBS issuance volume topped prime non-agency MBS activity. Some $3.58 billion of expanded-credit MBS was ... [Includes one data chart]

October 5, 2018 - Inside MBS & ABS

As Primary Market Originations of Non-QM Loans Keep Growing, More REITs Plan to Enter the Fray

Real estate investment trusts, searching for yield, are looking to expand their role in the non-qualified mortgage market, with an eye toward providing greater liquidity to nonbank originators.

September 28, 2018 - Inside MBS & ABS

More Competition in Non-QM Market Would Reduce Prepayment Rates, S&P Analysts Say

Increased competition in the non-qualified mortgage market could reduce interest rates paid by borrowers and slow the sector’s speedy prepayment rates, said S&P Global Ratings. Non-QM loans, the fastest growing segment of the residential MBS market, repay quickly, often within one year of origination. S&P noted the conditional prepayment rate of non-QM loans is about 35 percent, while the rate for non-agency prime jumbos ranges from 5 percent to 15 percent. “The predominant reason to ...

September 28, 2018 - Inside MBS & ABS

Reps and Warrants on Expanded-Credit MBS Seen as Inadequate to Attract Major Investors

Issuance of expanded-credit MBS is booming but total volume remains relatively small as major investors continue to avoid the sector. Investors such as Blackrock and PIMCO are looking for improvements to representations and warranties, according to industry participants. Eric Kaplan, director of the housing finance program at the Milken Institute’s Center for Financial Markets, said some big investors prefer to acquire expanded-credit loans, such as non-qualified mortgages, as whole loans ...

September 28, 2018 - Inside MBS & ABS

Record Attendance at ABS East Conference as Investors Look for Yield in Illiquid Assets and Loose Underwriting

The ABS East conference this week had its highest attendance in the 24-year history of the event, with investors looking for MBS and ABS that offer attractive yields. Nearly 5,000 people registered to attend the conference this year, according to Jade Friedensohn, a managing director of the structured finance division of Information Management Network, which produced the event in Miami Beach. Attendance in the previous two years was dampened by a hurricane and concerns about the Zika virus ...

September 21, 2018 - Inside MBS & ABS

The Nation’s Largest MBS-Investing REIT Has Plenty of Liquidity – But How Will It Use Its War Chest?

Fresh from buying a smaller rival – MTGE Investment Corp. – Annaly Capital Management this month announced its intention to sell 75 million additional shares of common stock, a capital raise that will bring in roughly $750 million.

September 21, 2018 - Inside MBS & ABS

MBS Trading Sets a New Low for the Year. Rising Rates and Thin Profit Margins Cause Concerns

The average daily trading volume in agency MBS fell to just $188.4 billion in August, the lowest reading of the year and a possible sign of trouble ahead, according to figures compiled by the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association.

September 21, 2018 - Inside MBS & ABS

Plenty of Investors Look Willing to Pick Up the Slack as the Fed Continues to Slowly Unwind Its Massive Holdings

Most of the major MBS investor groups added to their holdings during the second quarter of 2018, according to a new Inside MBS & ABS analysis. [Includes two data charts.]

September 14, 2018 - Inside MBS & ABS

Consolidation Beckons as REITs Have Mixed Results in Portfolio Building During 2Q18

As an industry, real estate investment trusts managed to boost their holdings of residential MBS during the second quarter of 2018, but many firms were unable to build their portfolios, according to a new Inside MBS & ABS analysis of earnings reports from publicly traded REITs. [Includes one data chart.]

September 7, 2018 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

GNMA MBS Issuance Nudges Higher in August, Trails 2017

Ginnie Mae issuers produced $36.68 billion of new single-family mortgage-backed securities last month, a modest 5.0 percent gain from July, according to a new Inside FHA/VA Lending analysis and ranking. Through the first eight months of the year, Ginnie issuance was down 11.0 percent from the same period in 2017. The MBS figures do not include FHA home-equity conversion mortgages, and loan amounts are truncated to the lowest $1,000. Purchase mortgages accounted for 75.6 percent of new issuance in August, although volume was up just 1.9 percent from July’s level. On a year-to-date basis, the purchase-mortgage share rose from 65.7 percent in 2017 to 70.0 percent for the first eight months of this year. Total volume, however, was down 5.1 percent. The refinance market has been more wobbly. As of the end of August, refi volume totaled $65.87 billion, down 26.2 percent from the ... [Chart]

September 7, 2018 - Inside MBS & ABS

Blackstone Takes a Hard Look at Incenter’s MBS and Trading Operations. A New President for TORO Unit

The Blackstone Group in the past few months has taken a hard look at the operations of Incenter, a portfolio company it controls that has diversified businesses that include loan and MBS trading/investments as well as servicing brokerage, according to market sources familiar with the situation.


Who "owns" the mortgage customer that’s brought to a wholesale lender through a loan broker?

The broker. It’s his/her client.


The wholesale/table funder. They’re taking the financial risk.


The broker, but only for the first year. After that, the borrower is fair game.


Hard to answer. It’s a complicated issue.