Nonconforming Securitization

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October 13, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Average Jumbo Mortgage Interest Rates and Mortgage Performance

A page of jumbo data and the performance of non-agency mortgage-backed securities.


October 13, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

News Briefs

After the standards for qualified mortgages took effect in 2014, few state-regulated banks stopped offering non-QMs, according to a survey by the Conference of State Bank Supervisors. “Non-QM mortgage lending activity appears relatively stable despite the regulatory tumult,” the state regulators said. According to a CSBS survey of more than 600 banks, the share of respondents that don’t offer non-QMs changed from 23.8 percent in 2014 to 26.5 percent ... [Includes one brief]


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

Republicans Critical of GSEs’ QM Exemption

A number of Republicans raised concerns last week about the exemption from qualified mortgage standards currently provided to mortgages eligible for sale to the government-sponsored enterprises. Loans must meet a number of standards to receive QM protections, including having a debt-to-income ratio below 43 percent. However, under the ability-to-repay rule from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau that took effect in 2014, mortgages eligible for sale to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac can receive QM status even if they have DTI ratios above 43 percent. The exemption is known as the “GSE patch.”


October 13, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Treasury Proposal Could Boost Non-Agency MBS

A proposal released last week by the Treasury Department could make issuing and investing in non-agency mortgage-backed securities more attractive for banks. The Treasury called for revisions to various regulations that apply to non-agency MBS in a broad report suggesting regulatory reforms for capital markets. “In its review of the securitization market, the Treasury found that regulatory bank capital requirements treat investment in non-agency securitized ...


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]


September 29, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Average Jumbo Mortgage Interest Rates and Mortgage Performance

A page of jumbo data and the performance of non-agency mortgage-backed securities.


September 29, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Non-Agency Underwriting Loosening Somewhat

Lenders in the non-agency market are loosening underwriting standards to some extent as refinance activity is expected to decline. Some 22 percent of the lenders surveyed by Fannie Mae said they loosened underwriting standards for non-agency mortgages during the third quarter. And 13 percent said they plan to loosen credit standards in the fourth quarter. Only 3 percent of the non-agency lenders surveyed by Fannie said...


September 29, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Prime Non-Agency MBS Issuance Expected To Grow, Redwood Volume Has Doubled

Demand in the secondary market for credit risk could help increase issuance of prime non-agency mortgage-backed securities, according to industry analysts. A significant number of investors at the ABS East conference last week said deals across the MBS and ABS markets have been oversubscribed, with the supply of new issuance in recent months seen as insufficient. The conference was produced by Information Management Network in Miami Beach. Peter Sack, a managing director at Credit Suisse, said...


September 29, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

DBRS Tops in Non-Agency MBS Ratings In First Half of 2017, S&P Reigns in ABS

S&P Global ranked as the top rating service in the non-mortgage ABS market during the first half of 2017, with strong market shares in the major asset categories, according to a new ranking and analysis by Inside MBS & ABS. S&P rated $69.54 billion of ABS issued in the first half of the year, roughly 60.1 percent of total issuance by dollar volume. For all of 2016, the company finished second in ABS ratings with a 53.6 percent share of the market. S&P had...[Includes two data tables]


September 29, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Angel Oak and Citadel Servicing Working on New Non-Agency MBS Deals. Some Snafus Along the Way

Two of the most active originators of nonprime loans that don’t meet the qualified-mortgage test are working on new MBS deals, though market timing is a little uncertain at this point. Mike Fierman, managing partner of the Angel Oak Companies, said the Atlanta-based company has a transaction on the drawing board, but noted that the two recent hurricanes have slowed progress. “As a result … we are taking steps to re-verify the condition of all properties and are offering borrowers assistance if necessary,” said the managing partner. Fierman noted...


September 22, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Non-Agency MBS Issuance Constrained by a Lack Of Supply, Some Investors Move on to Other Products

Issuance of non-agency MBS backed by newly originated home loans remains well below levels seen before the financial crisis. While new regulations have stopped some pre-crisis loan types from being originated, industry participants suggest that other major factors are also limiting the supply of loans available for MBS. Chris Helwig, a managing director at Amherst Pierpont, noted that banks are competing for prime jumbos and holding them in portfolio, and many borrowers who previously might have received subprime mortgages opt for FHA loans. “All that is left for non-agency MBS is...


September 22, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Single-Family MBS Market Plugging Along, Banks And Overseas Investors Were Top Buyers in 2Q17

The supply of outstanding residential MBS in the market continued to grow at a measured pace during the second quarter of 2017, thanks to the robust single-family MBS machines at Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Ginnie Mae. A total of $6.675 trillion of single-family MBS was outstanding as of the end of June, according to a new Inside MBS & ABS analysis. That was up 0.8 percent from the end of March, and it represented a record 64.0 percent of outstanding single-family mortgage debt. The Federal Reserve this week reported that home loan debt outstanding rose 0.7 percent to $10.430 trillion during the second quarter. All the MBS growth was...[Includes three data tables]


September 15, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Average Jumbo Mortgage Interest Rates and Mortgage Performance

A page of jumbo data and the performance of non-agency mortgage-backed securities.


September 15, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

News Briefs

The Milken Institute – a nonpartisan think tank – established a new policy team last week to work on issues involving housing finance reform. Eric Kaplan was named director of Milken’s Housing Finance Program. He was a managing partner at Ranieri Strategies and continues to chair the Structured Finance Industry Group’s RMBS 3.0 effort. Michael Milken and Lewis Ranieri will co-chair a new Housing Advisory Council, which will inform the work of the team led by Kaplan ... [Includes two briefs]


September 15, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Blackstone to Issue Reverse Mortgage Jumbo MBS

An affiliate of Blackstone is preparing to issue a rare non-agency mortgage-backed security backed by jumbo reverse mortgages, according to filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. A handful of non-agency MBS backed by jumbo reverse mortgages were issued before the financial crisis and none appear to have been issued in recent years. Blackstone’s Podium Mortgage Capital hired Clayton to perform due diligence on 280 jumbo reverse mortgages. The loans were ...


September 15, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Non-Agency MBS Issuers Address Hurricane Risk

Three non-agency mortgage-backed securities issuers were preparing to issue deals around the time that Hurricane Harvey hit the Gulf Coast and Hurricane Irma made landfall in Florida. Deals from the issuers include mortgages on properties in the disaster areas, prompting inspections and an emphasis on the representations and warranties included with the MBS. An affiliate of Shellpoint Partners is set to issue a $323.38 million deal on Sept. 29. According to Kroll Bond Rating Agency ...


September 15, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Shellpoint Packages More BofA Jumbos into MBS

An affiliate of Shellpoint Partners is preparing to issue another jumbo mortgage-backed security backed largely by mortgages aggregated by Bank of America. The planned Shellpoint Co-Originator Trust 2017-2 is a $323.38 million deal that received preliminary AAA ratings this week. Nearly all of the mortgages were aggregated by BofA through its jumbo whole-loan purchase program and sold to Shellpoint in bulk deals. Loans from 17 lenders will be included in the pool, led by ...


September 15, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Slight Shift in Retail Share for Jumbo Lenders

The retail channel dominates production among prominent jumbo lenders and gained some market share through two quarters this year, according to a new analysis by Inside Nonconforming Markets. The retail channel accounted for 77.5 percent of jumbo originations among a group of lenders that had a total of $108.00 billion in jumbo volume in the first half of 2017. The retail share was 76.6 percent over the same period in 2016. The correspondent ... [Includes one data chart]


September 15, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Caliber Ramps Up Non-QM Originations, MBS

Caliber Home Loans is on track to nearly double its originations of non-qualified mortgages this year and will supply the collateral for a forthcoming mortgage-backed security, the largest in the post-crisis era.Caliber plans to originate $1.00 billion of non-QMs this year, up from $539.0 million in 2016, according to DBRS. The nonbank lender has boosted its non-QM production across lending channels, led by wholesale. Caliber had $247.0 million in wholesale non-QM originations ...


September 15, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Banks Increase First-Lien Holdings in 2Q

Bank and thrift holdings of first-lien mortgages continued to increase in the second quarter, according to a new ranking and analysis by Inside Nonconforming Markets. Banks and thrifts held $1.97 trillion of first-lien mortgages at the end of June. The holdings were up by 1.9 percent from March and up 3.8 percent from a year ago. Trends in portfolio management were somewhat mixed among the top 10 holders of first-lien mortgages. Top-ranked Wells Fargo had ... [Includes one data chart]


September 15, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Redwood Brings its First ‘Expanded Prime’ MBS With Higher Credit Enhancement

Redwood Trust is set to issue its first jumbo mortgage-backed security backed predominantly by loans with looser underwriting standards than the super-prime jumbos that have dominated the market. The planned $316.49 million Sequoia Mortgage Trust 2017-CH-1 includes many non-qualified mortgages and other loans that fall outside of Redwood’s traditional Select program. Kroll Bond Rating Agency and Moody’s Investors Service assigned preliminary AAA ratings to the MBS last week ...


September 8, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Firm Looks to Help PLS Lenders, Aggregators Prepare For New Regulation and Requirement Landscape

Private-label issuance all but disappeared since the recession and is finally expected to make a comeback, but lenders and aggregators will have a host of new requirements to meet. One firm is planning to help the industry navigate today’s landscape by offering a solution aimed at non-agency MBS readiness for new and old issuers. Clayton Holdings announced last week that it designed a program to help lenders and aggregators with their due diligence by understanding and preparing to comply with the new rules surrounding securitizing these non-agency assets. The firm hopes...


September 8, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Moody’s Ratings on Hundreds of Vintage Non-Agency MBS Incorrect, Prompting Upgrades, Downgrades and Uncertainty

Moody’s Investors Service is working to correct errors it made when rating a significant number of interest-only tranches on non-agency MBS dating back to at least 2015. At the end of August, Moody’s placed ratings of IO tranches from 953 MBS on review. While such reviews generally indicate whether an upgrade or downgrade is possible, the rating service said it wasn’t sure which direction ratings would go for many deals included in the review. The effort covers...


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