Non-Agency MBS

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November 17, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Credit Suisse, MBIA Continue Fight Over MBS Fraud Claims; DOJ, Barclays Resume Settlement Talks

Credit Suisse and MBIA Insurance Corp. continued their wrangling in New York state appellate court in a $235 million MBS securities lawsuit brought by the bond guarantor in 2009.


November 10, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Correspondent Platforms Feast on FHA, VA Securitization Market

Correspondent-based lending operations are accounting for a growing share of the FHA and VA home loans pooled in Ginnie Mae mortgage-backed securities, according to a new analysis and ranking by Inside FHA/VA Lending. In fact, correspondent originations are the only production channel to see year-over-year growth in FHA and VA business through the first nine months of 2017. Retail and wholesale-broker production is down for both FHA and VA loans. Correspondent programs are most dominant in the FHA market, perhaps reflecting a preference among large producers to have recourse to a primary-market lender if the government later finds defects in how the loan was originated. Correspondents accounted for 48.7 percent of FHA loans pooled in Ginnie MBS during the first nine months of the year, up from 43.1 percent in all of 2016. Volume was up 1.7 percent from the ... [Charts]


November 10, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Commercial Mortgage Securitization Activity Surged In 3Q17, Big Gains in Agency and Private Markets

New issuance of MBS backed by income-property mortgages jumped sharply in the third quarter of 2017, hitting levels not reached in over a decade, according to a new Inside MBS & ABS analysis.


November 10, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

News Briefs

The Structured Finance Industry Group this week unveiled key performance indicators for deal agents to track in new non-agency mortgage-backed securities. The proposed standards detail 150 measurements for deal agents to monitor. Ocwen Financial reported a net loss of $6.14 million for the third quarter of 2017. The loss would have been worse if not for a one-time tax benefit of $23.2 million related to the release of previously established reserves ... [Includes three briefs]


November 10, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Freddie’s Nonprime MBS Holdings Down Sharply

Freddie Mac significantly reduced its holdings of nonprime mortgage-backed securities in the third quarter, according to an analysis by Inside Nonconforming Markets. Freddie held $5.14 billion of nonprime MBS as of the end of September, down 52.2 percent from June. The government-sponsored enterprise sold approximately $5.00 billion of its non-agency MBS holdings during the quarter, according to filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission ... [Includes one data chart]


November 10, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Non-Agency Provisions Pushed for Housing Bill

Members of the House who are drafting housing-finance reform legislation are tackling a number of issues that impact the non-agency market. At a hearing last week by the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance, Chairman Sean Duffy, R-WI, said the panel’s recent hearings were aimed at getting feedback for a new legislative proposal. Duffy also stressed that the effort should be bipartisan. “I believe that if we’re going to be successful not just in ...


November 10, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Nonprime Lenders Aim to Avoid Risk Layering

Nonprime lenders allow credit scores as low as 500 and loan-to-value ratios up to 90.0 percent, but new originations don’t typically reach such extremes. According to an analysis by Inside Nonconforming Markets, the average credit score on loans in nonprime/Alt A mortgage-backed securities issued in recent years was 701.1. The average combined LTV ratio for the loans was 74.9 percent and the average debt-to-income ratio was 37.0 percent. The analysis ... [Includes one data chart]


November 10, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Redwood Boosts Jumbo Volume in Third Quarter

Redwood Trust increased its acquisitions of jumbo mortgages in the third quarter, helped by strong demand for jumbo mortgage-backed securities. The real estate investment trust acquired jumbos with a total unpaid principal balance of $1.50 billion in the third quarter, up 25.0 percent from the previous period and up 15.4 percent a year ago. Officials said spread tightening helped the REIT compete with banks for jumbos. In the third quarter, Redwood closed two super-prime jumbo MBS with ...


November 10, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Issuance of Expanded-Prime MBS Gains Momentum, Ellington Enters Market

Issuance of expanded-prime non-agency mortgage-backed securities is heating up with a new participant in the market and a quick second deal from Redwood Trust. Ellington Financial is preparing to issue its first non-agency MBS, which will largely consist of non-qualified mortgages originated by LendSure Mortgage. Morningstar Credit Ratings and S&P Global Ratings assigned preliminary AAA ratings to the deal this week. “Ellington Financial’s ability to access the robust securitization markets ...


November 3, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

RBS Agrees to Pay to End RMBS Probe; Barclays Fights MBS Suit; Credit Suisse Bares Relief Plan

The Department of Justice has announced a non-prosecution deal with the Royal Bank of Scotland, which includes a $44 million settlement, to resolve a criminal probe of the bank’s activities in non-agency MBS and collateralized loan obligations. The probe accused the bank of defrauding more than 30 customers that purchased residential and commercial MBS as well as ABS over a five-year period beginning in 2008. The group that handled the sales of these securities for RBS was ...


November 3, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Private-Equity Firm to Issue a Non-Agency MBS Backed By Mortgages on Residential Investment Properties

American Mortgage Investment Partners Management is set to issue a relatively rare non-agency MBS backed by individual mortgages on residential investment properties. The private-equity fund is preparing to issue a deal named RCO 2017-INV1 Trust, according to documents filed last week with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Investors that use mortgages to purchase residential properties typically use financing backed by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac. But the ...


October 27, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

News Briefs

Investors in jumbo mortgage-backed securities face relatively low exposure to potential losses related to fires in California, according to an analysis by Moody’s Investors Service. The rating service said 2.9 percent of the outstanding mortgages in post-crisis jumbo MBS rated by Moody’s are in counties affected by the recent fires. And while some borrowers may suffer losses because of insufficient insurance coverage, Moody’s said hazard insurance and servicers’ ... [Includes two briefs]


October 27, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Little Change in MBS Characteristics in 3Q17

Underwriting standards for the mortgages included in prime non-agency mortgage-backed securities in the third quarter were largely unchanged from the types of loans seen in the market the past year, according to a new analysis by Inside Nonconforming Markets. The average credit score on prime non-agency MBS issued in the third quarter was 770.3, down from 772.3 the previous quarter but up from 766.4 in the third quarter of 2016. Average debt-to-income ... [Includes one data chart]


October 27, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

SIFMA Stresses Need for Non-Agency Reforms

As Congress works on legislation aimed at reforming the roles of the government-sponsored enterprises, provisions regarding practices in the non-agency mortgage-backed security market should be included in the legislation, according to the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association. Kevin Chavers, a managing director at BlackRock, testified on behalf of SIFMA at a hearing this week by the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance ...


October 27, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Due Diligence Firms Consider Standardization

Providers of third-party due diligence services for non-agency mortgages are considering standardizing portions of the review and reporting process, according to Fitch Ratings. The rating service hosted a roundtable with a number of due diligence firms this month and provided some details on the meeting last week. “Participants agreed that increased focus on consensus where appropriate benefits the market as it mitigates pressures that third-party review firms may be ...


October 27, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Citadel Prepares to Issue Nonprime MBS

Citadel Servicing Corp. continues to ready its first nonprime mortgage-backed security and received risk assessments from Morningstar Credit Ratings last week. The rating service evaluated Citadel as a lender and servicer, assigning it level-three rankings on a scale of one to four, with four being the worst. The assessment, along with a similar assessment by Fitch Ratings earlier this year, show that Citadel is taking steps toward issuing rated nonprime MBS. Sources close to ...


October 27, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Prime Non-Agency MBS Issuance Perks Up, More than $2.1 Billion of Volume in 3 Deals

A flurry of prime non-agency mortgage-backed securities priced in October with issuance from JPMorgan Chase, Flagstar Bank and American International Group totalling $2.13 billion. Chase brought a $911.1 million deal backed by a higher than usual share of mortgages eligible for sale to the government-sponsored enterprises. Some 46.7 percent of the dollar volume of loans backing JPMorgan Mortgage Trust 2017-4 was loans eligible for sale to Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac ...


October 27, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Due Diligence Providers Call for Creation of Working Group to Draft Third-Party Review, Grading Rules

The residential mortgage securitization industry could do better with a new due diligence working group that would help establish consensus and standards for third-party reviews (TPR), according to participants in a recent TPR roundtable hosted by Fitch Ratings. Fitch’s Residential MBS Group and TPR firms generally agreed on the need to set uniform standards for testing, grading and reporting compliance with federal and state regulatory requirements. There was consensus that the ...


October 27, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Business Looking up for Due Diligence Firms, But Troubles Continue at The Clayton Group

With the non-agency securitization market showing signs of life this year, firms that specialize in due diligence reviews on such products should be rubbing their hands with glee. But not so with some operators, including The Clayton Group, considered one of the largest players in the market. Late this week, Radian Group, the parent company of Clayton, revealed a $12 million charge against third-quarter earnings because of restructuring charges to the unit. Last week, in a filing with ...


October 27, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Most Non-QM Securitized Loans Have Stayed Current, CE Should be Adequate in a Downturn

Nearly all of the securitized loans which failed to meet qualified-mortgage standards that took effect in 2014 are holding up well, and the MBS credit enhancement should be enough to handle any problems that emerge in an economic downtown, according to a new report from DBRS. The credit rating service did an analysis of the collateral and performance trends associated with the 20 securitizations backed by substantial numbers of non-QM loans that have been ... [Includes one data chart]


October 20, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Chase Urges CFPB to Provide TRID Cures, Resolve Liability Issues to Encourage Investors to Return

JPMorgan Chase, like most mortgage industry participants, endorses the solution that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has planned to resolve what’s known as the “black hole” in the bureau’s integrated disclosure rule. However, some big changes still need to be made if private capital is going to fully return to the mortgage market; namely, more cures for errors and greater clarity when it comes to legal liability. “Chase strongly supports the CFPB’s proposal to eliminate ...


October 20, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Citadel Gets Rated by Morningstar. Investors Will Get A Crack at Its First Non-QM MBS in a Few Months

Citadel Servicing Corp. has talked about issuing its first non-prime MBS, possibly late this year, and this week cleared a hurdle when it received lender and servicer ratings from Morningstar. According to sources close to the company, the anticipated MBS – backed by newly originated loans that do not meet the qualified-mortgage test – could be as large as $250 million. Nomura is assisting Citadel with the deal, a source noted, adding that the bond may not actually hit the market until ...


October 13, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Ocwen Avoids SEC Action, Settles with States

Ocwen Financial revealed last week that it won’t face enforcement actions from the Securities and Exchange Commission regarding two outstanding investigations. And the nonbank has reached settlements with a number of the state regulators that took actions against the company earlier this year. The SEC was conducting investigations involving Ocwen regarding the use of collection agents and fees and expenses related to liquidated loans and real estate-owned ...


October 13, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Redwood Aims for Jumbos Outside of Banks’ Focus

Redwood Trust loosened its underwriting guidelines for jumbo mortgages in an effort to acquire loans beyond the typical standards set by big banks, according to officials at the real estate investment trust. “It’s meant to [address] the entire universe outside of the banks while still serving borrowers who we think are good candidates and will repay,” Christopher Abate, president of Redwood, said during an investor presentation in September. Redwood introduced its Choice expanded-prime ...


October 13, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Prime Jumbo MBS Issuance Surged In 3Q17, Nonprime Market Slowed

Issuance of prime non-agency mortgage-backed securities increased by more than 50.0 percent from the second quarter to the third, while activity in the nonprime MBS market slowed, according to a new ranking and analysis by Inside Nonconforming Markets. Some $2.97 billion of prime non-agency MBS was issued in the third quarter, up 58.1 percent from the previous period. The deals were largely backed by jumbo mortgages, along with some loans ... [Includes one data chart]


October 13, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Agency MBS Trading Has Strong Month in September; Non-Agency Volume Was Weak

The average daily trading volume in agency MBS increased to $223.2 billion in September, the second highest reading of the year, according to figures compiled by the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association. Compared to August, trading volume was up about 12.1 percent, but flat compared to the same month a year ago. The increase in activity coincided with declining bond prices and rising interest rates. As the weekend approached, the yield on the benchmark ...


October 13, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Regulatory Relief Pushed by Treasury for MBS And ABS Looks Likely, though Not Immediate

The Treasury Department released a report late last week calling for a variety of regulatory reforms for the MBS and ABS markets. Many of the reforms aim to increase issuance and are likely to come into effect, particularly those that don’t require action by Congress. The recommendations were part of a response to an executive order issued by President Trump calling for regulators to identify actions to be taken to align financial regulations with “core principles” established by ...


October 13, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Non-Agency MBS Issuance Weakened in 3Q17 Despite an Upswing in Prime Jumbo Issuance

A slowdown in new scratch-and-dent deals proved to be a drag on non-agency MBS issuance during the third quarter, according to a new analysis and ranking by Inside MBS & ABS. Total non-agency MBS production fell to $10.99 billion in the third quarter of 2017, a 29.9 percent decline from the previous period. It was the slowest quarter of 2017, although year-to-date production was still up 14.1 percent from the first nine months of 2016. The major factor was ... [Includes two data charts]


October 6, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Nomura, RBS Lose Appeal to Overturn Ruling On Pre-Crisis Non-Agency MBS Sold to GSEs

Nomura Holdings and the Royal Bank of Scotland fought a long battle but eventually lost in a court appeal last week when the judge decided not to undo an earlier order forcing them to pay the government $839 million. The settlement was based on the banks not being truthful about non-agency MBS sold to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac prior to the housing meltdown. The firms’ lawyers chose to appeal the 2015 decision by U.S. District Court Judge Denise Cote. She found the companies ...


October 6, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Strong Demand for Rated MBS Backed by Re-performing Loans; Chimera Issues First Deal and MetLife is Ready

Investor demand for non-agency MBS backed by re-performing loans has prompted an increase in issuance, with a new emphasis on deals that have credit ratings. Chimera Investment issued its first rated RPL transaction this week and MetLife Investment Management is preparing to enter the market as an issuer. “Rated RPL MBS has fundamentally changed the market,” Scott Waterstredt, a managing director at MetLife, said at the recent ABS East conference. He noted that ...


October 6, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

MBS Issuance in 3Q17 Was Up Solidly From Previous Period; ABS Production Weakened

The agency single-family MBS market continued cranking along during the third quarter of 2017, but other sectors in structured finance saw weakening issuance, according to an exclusive new analysis and ranking by Inside MBS & ABS. Some $407.55 billion of MBS and ABS – excluding collateralized debt obligations and agency credit-risk transfer deals – were issued during the third quarter. That was off 4.9 percent from the previous three-month period and it ... [Includes three data charts]


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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.

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