MBS, ABS Issuance

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October 13, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Ginnie Reveals Nearly 10 Percent Exposure in Disaster Areas

An estimated 9.8 percent of Ginnie Mae’s business may be potentially at risk due to hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, according to data released recently by the agency. The data represent the number of Ginnie loans and their unpaid principal balance amounts in presidentially declared disaster areas in Texas, Florida, Georgia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. A total of 1.07 million mortgage loans with an unpaid principal balance of $184.5 billion have been affected. Ginnie Mae’s current mortgage-backed securities portfolio totals $1.9 trillion. The data only refer to the geographic locations of all affected properties underlying loans in Ginnie MBS pools and do not indicate the percentage of those that may have sustained damage during a storm. Hurricane Irma had the highest share of affected loans, 6 percent, while Harvey and Maria accounted for 3 percent and 1 percent, respectively. Irma caused the ...


October 13, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Ginnie MBS Issuance Rolled To Year’s High Mark in 3Q17

Ginnie Mae issuers rode a wave of purchase-mortgage lending to deliver $120.46 billion of forward mortgages during the third quarter of 2017, the highest three-month volume for the year, according to a new analysis and ranking by Inside FHA/VA Lending. Third-quarter volume was up 9.6 percent from the April-June cycle. The data excluded FHA reverse mortgages and loan amounts are truncated in Ginnie’s mortgage-backed securities disclosures. Without those limitations, total Ginnie MBS issuance rose 9.5 percent to $123.37 billion in the third quarter. Purchase mortgages were the engine behind the growth. Ginnie issuers securitized $85.35 billion of purchase loans in the third quarter, falling just short of the record $85.41 billion set in the third quarter of last year. Although most Ginnie purchase loans (58.7 percent) were FHA loans, the biggest increase was in such loans guaranteed by the ... [Charts]


October 13, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

MBS & ABS Issuance at a Glance

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October 13, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Rating Agencies Split on Airline ABS Deal, Fitch Suggests KBRA Misjudged Transaction

Fitch Ratings and Kroll Bond Rating Agency both recently took detailed looks at an airline ABS deal, Business Jet Securities 2017-1, and came to much different assessments of the transaction and its risks to investors. Fitch implied that KBRA did not properly evaluate the potential for losses. According to a presale report from KBRA, the BJETS notes are secured by payments on leases and loans secured by business jet aircraft. “The collateral portfolio consists of 181 business jets ...


October 13, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Some Options Exist for MBS/ABS Issuers to Finance Risk Retention, though Compliance is Complicated

Risk-retention requirements established by the Dodd-Frank Act generally require sponsors or contributing lenders to retain risk from MBS and ABS issuance to align their interests with those of investors. Some issuers are financing their risk-retention obligations even though regulations regarding such transactions are murky. “A security sponsor or majority-owned affiliate must reconcile a variety of different requirements in structuring a secured financing of its risk-retention ...


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

MBS & ABS Issuance at a Glance

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October 6, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Ginnie Mae Reports Nearly 10 Percent Exposure In Disaster Areas, Opens Issuer Advance Window

Roughly 9.8 percent of Ginnie Mae’s outstanding MBS portfolio may be potentially at risk due to hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, according to data released recently by the agency. The tally represents the number of Ginnie loans and their unpaid principal balance amounts in the presidentially declared disaster areas in Texas, Florida, Georgia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. A total of 1.066 million mortgages with a UPB of $184.5 billion have been affected. Ginnie’s current MBS portfolio totals $1.9 trillion


October 6, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

SEC Considering Moving Forward with Requiring Loan-Level Disclosures for More Types of ABS

Requirements for asset-level disclosures for certain ABS fell off of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s most recent regulatory agenda but the issue remains on the regulator’s radar, according to industry participants. Asset-level disclosure requirements for MBS and ABS have been a concern since 2010 when the SEC proposed revisions to Regulation AB. Some of the so-called Reg AB2 revisions were ultimately finalized in 2014, establishing disclosure requirements for ...


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 FHA/VA Lending

VA Jumbo Securitization Drops, FHA Jumbo Origination Slips in 2Q

Wells Fargo recaptured its crown as the leading VA jumbo securitizer, pushing Penny Mac back to second place even as the market dropped further in the second quarter. The volume of VA jumbo loans securitized during the second quarter declined by 5.2 percent from the prior quarter and by 11.8 percent during the first half of 2017 compared to the same period last year. VA jumbo mortgage originations were off by 4.3 percent from the first quarter, according to an analysis by Inside FHA/VA Lending affiliate Inside Mortgage Finance. Agency-jumbo production sagged in the second quarter but the results were not uniform. Fannie Mae production was up 6.5 percent from the prior quarter, while FHA jumbo securitization gained 7.2 percent during the period. At the same time, VA jumbo securitization was down 5.2 percent to $7.4 billion from $7.8 billion, while Freddie Mac saw a hefty 27.8 percent drop in ... [Charts]


September 29, 2017 - Inside Nonconforming Markets

Redwood Tweaks New MBS Before Issuance

Redwood Trust made a couple of adjustments to its new jumbo mortgage-backed security between when presale reports were issued and when the deal closed. Among other changes, the size was reduced slightly due to uncertainty about the impact of damage from Hurricane Irma on certain properties. Redwood removed 12 mortgages from the loan pool, dropping the unpaid principal balance of the MBS from $316.49 million to $307.64 million, according to Moody’s Investors Service. Seven loans were dropped...


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

MBS & ABS Issuance at a Glance

One page of issuance data.


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 29, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Hopes for Regulatory Reforms Rest on Regulators As Prospects Dim on Legislation from Congress

The election of President Trump and Republican control of Congress initially prompted optimism among MBS and ABS issuers for significant easing of regulatory standards. But with comprehensive legislation from Congress looking unlikely, the focus has shifted to federal agencies, according to speakers at the recent ABS East conference sponsored by Information Management Network. “Expectations have had to be reset post-election,” said Ryan Schoen, a senior financial services analyst at Washington Analysis, a research firm. He said he doesn’t expect much regulatory reform from Capitol Hill. While the House passed H.R. 10, the Financial CHOICE Act, this year, the Senate is taking a more measured approach. “The Senate doesn’t seem...


September 22, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

MBS & ABS Issuance at a Glance

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September 22, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

MBS Trading Volume Remained Light In August; Maybe a Fed Exit Will Help

The average daily trading volume in agency MBS totaled a tepid $199.8 billion in August, the lowest reading since May, according to figures compiled by the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association. Then again, volume wasn’t too far off trading activity in the prior two months, which came in at $200.5 billion and $200.9 billion. It appears that investors haven’t had...


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 15, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

MBS & ABS Issuance at a Glance

One page of issuance data.


September 15, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Methods Used to Comply With Risk-Retention Rules Vary Among ABS Asset Classes, Moody’s Finds

Issuers of ABS are utilizing diverse structures to comply with the risk-retention requirements of the Dodd-Frank Act, according to a new sector commentary by analysts at Moody’s Investors Service. “Although securitization sponsors’ retention of portions of their own deals in general is credit positive … the rules have effectively just formalized prior common industry practices for many consumer ABS subsectors. This confirms our initial stance that the rules are only marginally credit positive for this sector,” said Vice President and Senior Analyst Yan Yan and Vice President and Senior Credit Officer Jingjing Dang. “That said, the methods of compliance that have emerged among ABS asset classes since the rules went into effect in December have varied.” Their first take-away is...


September 15, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Thriving Market for Securities Backed by Timeshare Loans: Low Delinquencies and Attractive Yields

An affiliate of Interval Leisure Group priced a timeshare securitization last week as the market for such deals keeps humming along. Timeshare securities are backed by vacation ownership interest loans that tend to perform relatively well and carry attractive yields. Some $2.0 billion of timeshare ABS have priced this year, according to S&P Global Ratings. In all of 2016, $2.6 billion of timeshare ABS was issued, according to the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association. VSE 2017-A VOI Mortgage from ILG is...


September 15, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Mortgage Securitization Rate Sinks in 2Q17 as Primary Market Races Ahead of MBS Platforms

The seasonal surge in primary market mortgage originations stood in stark contrast to a slump in new residential MBS issuance during the second quarter of 2017. Mortgage lenders originated an estimated $455.0 billion of new first-lien loans during the April-June cycle, an 18.2 percent increase from the first three months of the year, according to estimates by Inside Mortgage Finance. But the secondary market generated just $294.7 billion in MBS backed by purchase and refinance loans – a 5.3 percent decline. The result was...[Includes one data table]


September 14, 2017 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Redwood Sourcing ‘Expanded Prime’ Jumbo Mortgages From Hundreds of Correspondents

Redwood Trust has seen strong demand from borrowers and correspondent lenders for its “expanded prime” program that the aggregator introduced last year. The real estate investment trust’s Choice products allow for somewhat looser underwriting than the super-prime mortgages that have dominated the jumbo market after the financial crisis. The Choice program was introduced in April 2016. Volume has increased relatively quickly and could top $1.0 billion this year. Officials say...


September 8, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

MBS & ABS Issuance at a Glance

One page of issuance data.


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

Hurricane Damage: Despite Moratoriums on Default Loan Processing, MBS Issuers Must Keep Making Payments

Although Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Ginnie Mae have all granted consumer forbearance on homes damaged by this season’s hurricanes, servicers must continue to make payments to MBS investors in most circumstances, a situation that could affect thinly capitalized nonbanks. In particular, smaller privately held nondepositories that became Ginnie issuers this decade could face some financial headwinds, depending on how heavily concentrated their business has been in the Texas Gulf region and south Florida. As Inside MBS & ABS went to press late this week, it was...


September 8, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Redwood Brings Variety to Jumbo Market with First ‘Expanded Prime’ MBS; Deal Received Favorably

Redwood Trust worked for years to revive the jumbo MBS market by issuing deals with super-prime mortgages. Now, the firm is shifting its focus somewhat to “expanded prime” mortgages that have slightly looser underwriting standards. The $316.49 million Sequoia Mortgage Trust 2017-CH-1 is the first MBS from Redwood to deviate from super-prime standards. The deal received preliminary AAA ratings this week from Kroll Bond Rating Agency and Moody’s Investors Service. The average combined loan-to-value ratio of the mortgages in the MBS is...


September 8, 2017 - Inside MBS & ABS

Agency MBS Issuance Up Again in August as Refinance Business Shows Renewed Strength

New issuance of agency single-family MBS rose for the fifth straight month in August, including an unexpected boost from refinance activity, according to an Inside MBS & ABS ranking and analysis. Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Ginnie Mae issued $120.10 billion of single-family MBS last month, a 6.9 percent climb from July’s total. August represented the second biggest month of 2017 but fell short of the $134.21 billion issued back in January. At that point, the MBS market was digesting a strong wave of refinance loans that quickly deteriorated over the following months. But the agencies saw...[Includes two data tables]


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