MBS, ABS Issuance

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May 26, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Around the Industry

Moody’s Rates Credit Suisse FHA Securitization Transaction. Moody’s assigned investment-grade ratings to Credit Suisse’s first securitization deal in 2017 backed by seasoned re-performing and performing, fully amortizing, fixed- and adjustable-rate mortgages insured by FHA. The deal is the first FHA-insured re-performing transaction since 2010, according to the rating agency. The collateral pool is comprised of 672 first-lien, fixed-rate loans and ARMs with a weighted average updated FICO score of 614 and loan-to-value ratio of 94.2 percent. Approximately 82.4 percent of the loans in the collateral pool were previously modified. Approximately 52.8 percent of the loans have been current for at least 24 months. Another 17.3 percent of the loans have been current for more than 12 months. Comments Sought on Various Information Collection Proposals. The Department of Housing and ...


May 26, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

MBS & ABS Issuance at a Glance

One page of issuance data.


May 26, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Ginnie Ranks Second in MBS Issuance, Has Scores Of Investors Overseas and No Permanent President

Mortgage bankers – as well as MBS investors – are starting to get a little nervous that Ginnie Mae still doesn’t have a new president, though an announcement on the post could come in the next few weeks. Industry officials who claim to have knowledge of the selection process maintain that mortgage banker David Kittle, president of the Mortgage Collaborative, is the leading candidate to fill the post. Michael Bright, a director at the Milken Institute, is a close second. One source close to the situation claimed...


May 26, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Investors Cool to Commercial MBS Market Because Of Lack of Clarity on Risk-Retention Requirements

Issuers of commercial MBS are facing significant problems with risk-retention requirements five months after the rule took effect, according to an industry attorney. Industry participants continue to push for guidance from federal regulators, but the response so far has been limited. “The rule is woefully inadequate as a guidebook for compliance, with massive white space, periodically interrupted by obscure bubbles of facial clarity,” according to Rick Jones, a partner at the Dechert law firm. “Unclear rules and potentially existential liability are not the stuff of a deal easily made.” In a recent commentary, Jones said...


May 25, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Home Price Appreciation, Improved Credit, Looser Underwriting Boosting Demand for Cash-Out Refis

An uptick in mortgage interest rates has reduced rate-term refinance volume but demand from borrowers for cash-out refis and home-equity loans appears to remain relatively strong. “When we look at the landscape for home-equity extraction, we see potential tailwinds from loan-to-value ratio and credit curing combined with slightly less stringent lending standards helping bolster borrower demand,” analysts at Wells Fargo Securities said in a report last week. Borrower LTV ratios have been helped...


May 19, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

MBS & ABS Issuance at a Glance

One page of issuance data.


May 19, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Estimated Current LTV Disclosure in STACR Deals Seen as a Leading Indicator of Mortgage Performance

A unique disclosure Freddie Mac is providing in risk-sharing transactions can help provide MBS investors with forward-looking insight about mortgage performance, according to an analysis by Kroll Bond Rating Agency. Freddie started disclosing updated loan-to-value ratios for mortgages in its Structured Agency Credit Risk transactions in March 2016. On a quarterly basis, the government-sponsored enterprise discloses the estimated current LTVs based on Home Value Explorer (HVE), its proprietary automated valuation model. Connecticut Avenue Securities risk-sharing transactions from Fannie Mae don’t include a similar disclosure. KBRA noted...


May 19, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

MBS Trading Volume Declines to Lowest Level Of 2017; Rates Continue on a Downward Path

The average daily trading volume in agency MBS totaled $195.7 billion in April, the lowest reading of the year and third worst over the past 12 months, according to figures compiled by the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association. The low trading volume is an indication that liquidity is drying up, but it also reflects a decline in new agency MBS being created. According to figures recently compiled by Inside MBS & ABS, lenders issued...


May 19, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Wells Fargo Planning to Return to the Non-Agency MBS Market This Year; Chase Readies New Deal

The non-agency MBS market is set to receive a jolt as Wells Fargo plans to return to the space. “This year, one of our aspirations is to come back to the market with a couple of deals,” said Franklin Codel, a senior executive vice president of consumer lending at Wells. “We’re taking a look to make sure we can structure those properly … to try to test the market and see what we can do to bring some confidence back to the private-label market.” The official mentioned the plans late last week during an investor event hosted by Wells. Back in 2007, Wells ranked...


May 12, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

MBS & ABS Issuance at a Glance

One page of issuance data.


May 5, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

MBS & ABS Issuance at a Glance

One page of issuance data.


May 5, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Vacancy Rate for Single-Family Rental Securitizations Hits Record Low, Spring Augurs Well for Sector

The vacancy rate across single-borrower, single-family rental securitizations rated by Morningstar Credit Ratings fell to its lowest level in a year, as high retention rates for full-term leases kept performance in the sector within expectations, according to a company report. The vacancy rate dropped to 4.1 percent in March, driven by an improving average retention rate, which rose for the third consecutive month, the report said. The average retention rate for all single-borrower, single-family rental securitizations now stands at 79.5 percent, it noted. In addition, the overall turnover rate held...


May 5, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Former Rating Service Official Proposes Materiality Standards for Reps and Warrants on Non-Agency MBS

As industry participants continue to work on revamping standards and practices in the non-agency MBS market, Mark Adelson proposed a number of materiality standards for representations and warranties on new issuance. Adelson is an independent consultant and was S&P Global Ratings’ chief credit officer from May 2008 until December 2011. Adelson published his proposal in the latest issue of The Journal of Structured Finance, which he edits. Adelson focused...


May 5, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

GSEs Keep Pushing to Expand Credit Box, Stay on Track for Single Security in 2 Years

Officials at Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and their regulator are encouraged by – but by no means satisfied with – the progress made by the government-sponsored enterprises and their customers at expanding the credit box. “We do see an expansion of credit, steady growth in the 97 percent [loan to value ratio] programs and a little better distribution of credit scores,” said Bob Ryan, special advisor and acting deputy director at the Federal Housing Finance Agency during remarks at the secondary market conference sponsored by the Mortgage Bankers Association in New York this week. “But they are still skewed to the higher end more than in the past.” Fannie and Freddie are trying...


May 5, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Ginnie Lifts April’s Agency MBS Production Up Slightly from March as Refi Volume Slumps

Total issuance of agency single-family MBS rose a scant 0.6 percent from March to April, according to a new Inside MBS & ABS analysis and ranking. All of the increase came from Ginnie Mae issuance, which rose 16.1 percent from March, hitting $36.30 billion in April. Things were different for the two government-sponsored enterprises: Fannie Mae saw a 3.4 percent decline from the previous month and Freddie Mac volume was down 13.0 percent. Ginnie fared...[Includes two data tables]


April 28, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

MBS & ABS Issuance at a Glance

One page of issuance data.


April 28, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Changes Proposed by S&P to Non-Agency MBS Rating Criteria Would Favor Prime Mortgages

S&P Global Ratings proposed changes this week to its criteria for rating non-agency MBS. The changes would provide higher ratings to certain tranches of non-agency MBS backed by new prime mortgages while prompting lower ratings for new issuance backed by seasoned mortgages. The rating service is considering a number of adjustments to foreclosure assumptions, loss severity projections and changes relating to the evaluation of qualitative factors. “The proposed revisions to our methodologies and assumptions are...


April 28, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

ABS Market Roared to Life After Lethargic End to 2016, Big Gains in Card and Car Deals

A lot of ABS issuers that sat out the final three months of 2016 came back to the market early this year, according to a new Inside MBS & ABS analysis and ranking. Some $53.38 billion of non-mortgage ABS were issued during the first quarter, a huge 55.9 percent jump from the previous three-month period. The market didn’t quite match the high point of last year, but issuance in the first three months of 2017 was up 23.1 percent from the same period in 2016. First-time issuers and those that didn’t issue in the fourth quarter accounted...[Includes two data tables]


April 21, 2017 - Inside The GSEs

MBA Expands on Earlier Fannie, Freddie Reform Proposal

The Mortgage Bankers Association, this week, released more details in conjunction with its GSE reform proposal published earlier this year. Expanding on some of the concepts presented in January, the MBA paper includes more detailed end-state reform recommendations including elaborating on the transition plan. The trade group’s approach for reforming Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac calls...


April 21, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

MBS & ABS Issuance at a Glance

One page of issuance data.


April 21, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Marketplace Lending ABS Doubles from 1Q16, Total Issuance Hits $18 Billion, Latest Data Show

Seven marketplace lending securitizations with a total issuance of $3.0 billion came to market during the first quarter of 2017 – a quarterly record, according to a new report by PeerIQ, a New York-based data provider and risk-analysis firm for the peer-to-peer lending industry. Total securitization issuance to date now stands at $18.0 billion, with 80 deals issued so far (48 consumer, 22 student, one mortgage and nine small and medium-sized enterprises) since September 2013, the PeerIQ analysts said. Also, the trend towards rated deals and larger transactions continued...


April 21, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Few Losses on MBS Backed by Re-Performing Loans, But Underwriting Likely to Worsen in Future Deals

Losses on rated non-agency MBS backed by re-performing loans have been minimal, according to DBRS. RPLs have been one of the dominant types of mortgages in post-crisis non-agency MBS. Issuance of MBS backed by RPLs increased significantly in 2015, according to DBRS. Some $13.4 billion of volume was issued that year, compared with a total of $5.9 billion of issuance between 2010 and 2014. The deals often don’t receive credit ratings, which can make them difficult to track. Some $15.3 billion of RPL MBS were issued...


April 21, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Non-Agency MBS Issuance Up Substantially In Early 2017 on Heavy Flow of S&D Deals

A total of $13.38 billion of non-agency MBS was issued during the first quarter of 2017, a sharp 67.1 percent jump from the final quarter of last year, a new Inside MBS & ABS analysis and ranking reveals. Although most of the major segments posted solid increases, the scratch-and-dent market was the star of the show. The $8.09 billion of these deals issued in the first three months of the new year represented 60.5 percent of total production and it more than doubled the fourth-quarter total. The top two issuers of non-agency MBS – Chimera Investment and Cerberus Capital – earned...[Includes three data tables]


April 14, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

GNMA Officials Attribute Decline in VA Refis to Anti-Churning Policy

A steep drop in VA-backed securities issuance in the first quarter of 2017 suggests that Ginnie Mae’s efforts to curb serial refinancing of VA loans are working, according to agency officials. Speaking on a panel at the annual VA Lenders Conference in Kansas City, MO, this week, Ginnie executives said that a change in pooling requirements for streamlined refinance mortgages appears to have curbed a destructive appetite for refinancing new VA loans within six months of closing. The practice has caused faster prepayments in Ginnie mortgage-backed securities pools and smaller payouts to investors. VA refi volume fell 42.7 percent from the previous quarter (see chart on page 2), contributing significantly to the 32.2 percent decline in total VA loan securitization during the period. John Getchis, senior vice president at Ginnie Mae, said he does not think the churning trend will continue because the ...


April 14, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

PennyMac Claims Top Rank in Ginnie MBS Production in 1Q17

There is a new boss in the Ginnie Mae mortgage-backed securities market. PennyMac Financial rose to the top of the issuer ranking in the first quarter of 2017 despite a sharp decline in volume, according to a new analysis and ranking by Inside FHA/VA Lending. PennyMac issued $10.78 billion of single-family Ginnie securities during the first three months of the year. The figures in this analysis are based on Ginnie loan-level disclosures, which truncate loan amounts to $1,000 increments. PennyMac’s first-quarter production was off 27.9 percent from the fourth quarter of 2016, a slightly bigger decline than the 24.8 percent drop in overall Ginnie issuance. Even though the firm fared slightly worse than the total market, its first-quarter downturn was less severe than Wells Fargo’s. Wells has been the top Ginnie producer for a long time, as well as the top player in most segments of the ... [ Charts ]


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