MBS, ABS Issuance

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August 17, 2018 - Inside The GSEs

Purchase-Mortgage Boost Can’t Offset Falling Refi in July MBS

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac issued a combined $65.85 billion of single-family mortgage-backed securities last month, a 1.0 percent decline from their June total, according to an Inside The GSEs analysis of MBS data. Compared to the first seven months of 2017, the GSE single-family business was down 7.4 percent as of the end of July. Most of the month-to-month slump was at Freddie, where MBS production fell 8.9 percent from June. Fannie managed a 5.0 percent increase in July. Both GSEs are off about the same on a year-to-date basis. [Includes two data charts.]


August 17, 2018 - Inside MBS & ABS

MBS and ABS Issuance at a Glance: August 17, 2018

A full page of issuance data and MBS market indicators.


August 10, 2018 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

USDA Issuance Down at Midpoint From 2017, Up in Second Quarter

Fewer rural single-family mortgages and modified home loans with a USDA guarantee were securitized during the first six months of 2018 compared to last year. Delivery of USDA loans into Ginnie Mae pools over the last two quarters totaled $8.6 billion, down 10.1 percent from the same period last year but up 12.4 percent in the second quarter from the prior period. PennyMac topped all USDA issuers with $1.7 billion worth of rural housing MBS issued during the first half of 2018, up 22.1 percent year-over-year. New issuance also rose 30.0 percent in the second quarter from the previous quarter, enough for a 20.2 percent share of the securitized USDA market. ... [chart]


August 10, 2018 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Senate Passes FY 2019 T-HUD Bill, Preserves Previous Funding Levels

On Aug. 1, the U.S. Senate voted 92-6 to pass a four-bill appropriations package that includes FY 2019 funding for the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Department of Agriculture housing programs. The bill passed without changes to program funding levels previously approved by Senate appropriators. The House Appropriations Committee has approved FY19 spending bills for both HUD and USDA. The full House, which is away for the summer break until Sept. 4, has not yet voted on the package. The Senate bill retains the previous fiscal year’s $400 billion in new loan commitments in the FHA Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund and $30 billion for the general insurance and special risk insurance program, which include special purpose single- and multifamily loans, multifamily rental housing and condominiums. The bill also sets aside $550 billion for Ginnie Mae ...


August 10, 2018 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

MBA Urges Congress to Fix Problem of ‘Orphaned’ VA Mortgage Loans

The Mortgage Bankers Association called upon Congress to pass legislation to restore Ginnie Mae eligibility for so-called orphaned VA loans, which have caused a temporary disruption in the government-backed secondary market. In written testimony to the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs last week, the MBA urged lawmakers to make technical corrections to restore the eligibility of certain Interest Rate Reduction Refinance Loans for pooling. The MBA estimated the VA orphan loan mess at roughly $500 million. Due to new loan seasoning requirements in the recently enacted Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act, sime IRRRLs were rendered ineligible for Ginnie MBS pools. The loans were in transit when legislation addressing the problem of VA loan churning and serial refinancing became law in May. The new law’s seasoning provisions turned out to be ...


August 10, 2018 - Inside MBS & ABS

Expanded-Credit Mortgage Securitization Faltered Slightly in Second Quarter Despite Nonprime Gain

Securitization of newly-originated expanded-credit mortgages declined slightly in the second quarter despite a strong showing in the nonprime sector. [Includes one data chart.]


August 10, 2018 - Inside MBS & ABS

Commercial MBS Issuance Rebounded from Slow Start in Early 2018, Led by Non-Agency Deals

A total of $57.38 billion of income-property mortgages was packaged into new securities during the second quarter of 2018, a solid 12.3 percent increase from the first three months of the year, according to a new Inside MBS & ABS analysis. [Includes two data charts.]


August 10, 2018 - Inside MBS & ABS

MBS and ABS Issuance at a Glance: August 10, 2018

A full page of issuance data and MBS market indicators.


August 3, 2018 - Inside MBS & ABS

MBS and ABS Issuance at a Glance: August 3, 2018

A full page of issuance data and MBS market indicators.


August 3, 2018 - Inside MBS & ABS

Prepayment Speeds on PACE ABS Are Expected to Quicken, and New Originations May Decline

The prepayment rates for ABS backed by Property Assessed Clean Energy programs are on the rise which can have mixed effects on the notes, warned Morningstar Credit Ratings in a new report. The monthly annualized conditional prepayment rates averages for residential PACE ABS rated by Morningstar have been increasing from “single digits to high teens” since 2016, said the credit rating service. “Investors should pay attention to prepayment rates because they can have ...


August 3, 2018 - Inside MBS & ABS

Credit Card ABS Stable as Stores Close, Performance Expected to Worsen Due to Consumer-Related Issues

Closures of stores that issued credit cards haven’t prompted a significant uptick in charge-offs in recent years, according to Fitch Ratings. Analysts suggest that consumer-related trends remain the main driver of credit card ABS performance, and performance looks poised to decline. A number of retail card issuers have declared bankruptcy, closed large numbers of stores or liquidated in recent years. Fitch analyzed the relevance of the aggregate number of locations closed per ...


August 3, 2018 - Inside MBS & ABS

Home Price Appreciation Having an Impact on Issuance of Single-Family Rental Securities, Prompting Refinances

Refinances of outstanding single-family rental securitizations are accounting for a growing share of new issuance. The trend has been prompted, in part, by home price appreciation, which has made it more difficult for some firms to source new properties. Some $4.41 billion of single-family rental securities were issued in the first half of 2018, according to Inside MBS & ABS. Blackstone Group’s Invitation Homes dominates the sector. The firm, which merged with Starwood Waypoint Homes ...


August 3, 2018 - Inside MBS & ABS

Agency MBS Business Lays an Egg in July; Fannie Recaptures Some GSE Market Share

July is usually a good month for agency MBS issuance when the housing market is strong. In 2018, the fundamentals just weren’t there. Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Ginnie Mae guaranteed $101.39 billion of new single-family MBS last month, a disappointing 0.6 percent lower than in June. Purchase mortgages accounted for a substantial 74.4 percent of July issuance, although volume was up just 3.2 percent from June. The housing market ... [Includes two data charts]


July 27, 2018 - Inside MBS & ABS

Non-Mortgage ABS Issuance Slowed in 2Q18, But Production Remained Ahead of Last Year’s Pace

The non-mortgage ABS market took a breather in the second quarter as new issuance fell modestly from the red-hot pace at the start of the year, according to a new Inside MBS & ABS analysis.


July 27, 2018 - Inside MBS & ABS

MBS and ABS Issuance at a Glance: July 27, 2018

A full page of issuance data and MBS market indicators.


July 20, 2018 - Inside Mortgage Trends

California Top Market for Primary MI

California remained the biggest market in the U.S. for primary mortgage insurance during the second quarter, but other states had higher proportions of insured loans, according to an Inside Mortgage Trends analysis of agency loan-level data. In Florida, Virginia and Georgia, more than 60 percent of agency loans carried some form of primary mortgage insurance ... [Includes one data chart]


July 20, 2018 - Inside Mortgage Trends

First-Time Buyers Help Boost 2Q18 Agency MBS Volume, Conforming Jumbo Slumped

Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Ginnie Mae saw a somewhat sedated increase in single-family mortgage-backed security issuance during the second quarter. The trends closely tracked forecasts. Agency purchase-mortgage business was up a solid 24.5 percent from the first quarter, boosting the 2018 market slightly ahead of where it was at the midway point last year. And refinance activity continued to tumble, dropping 21.3 percent from the first quarter to just ... [Includes two data charts]


July 20, 2018 - Inside MBS & ABS

MBS and ABS Issuance at a Glance: July 20, 2018

A full page of issuance data and MBS market indicators.


July 13, 2018 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

MBA Asks HUD to Rethink Stance on VA Refis as Eligible Collateral

The mortgage industry this week continued to look for ways to resolve the VA streamline refi loan mess, which arose from the implementation of statutory seasoning requirements under the Dodd-Frank reform act, even as Ginnie Mae pointed to Congress to come up with a solution. At issue is approximately $500 million worth of “orphaned” VA Interest Rate Reduction Refinance Loans that are now ineligible for Ginnie Mae securitization. The Mortgage Bankers Association is asking Congress for a legislative fix but is also looking for other forms of relief. Pete Mills, MBA’s senior vice president of residential policy and member management, is trying to drum up investor interest in the orphan loans, which, for now, appear destined for the secondary “scratch and dent” market. More buyers could potentially generate higher bids for the loans and lower losses for nonbanks that could not deliver them ...


July 13, 2018 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

HUD Issues Interpretive Rule to Fix Ginnie Mae’s VA IRRRL Snafu

The Department of Housing and Urban Development has issued an interpretive rule to clear up some of the confusion created by the recently approved Dodd-Frank reform act regarding the eligibility of certain VA refinance loans to serve as Ginnie Mae collateral. Although interpretive rules are exempted from public comment under the Administrative Procedures Act, HUD is seeking public input on its interpretation of the loan-seasoning provision of the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act, which President Trump signed into law on May 24, 2018. Among other things, the statute prohibits Ginnie from guaranteeing payment on a security backed by a mortgage that does not meet its seasoning requirements. The protective measure was designed to deter lenders from encouraging veterans to refinance their loans often and repeatedly. Loan churning led to faster prepayment speeds on the ...


July 13, 2018 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Seasonal Factors Boost Ginnie Mae MBS Issuance in Second Quarter

The spring homebuying season fueled a relatively modest increase in production of Ginnie Mae single-family mortgage-backed securities during the second quarter of 2018, according to a new Inside FHA/VA Lending ranking and analysis. Lenders issued $98.66 billion of Ginnie MBS backed by forward mortgages during the April-May cycle. That was up 6.6 percent from the first three months of the year, but 2018 continued to lag behind the pace set in 2017 by 10.7 percent. Given current trends, annual Ginnie MBS issuance in 2018 could fall short of the $400 billion mark for the first time since 2014. The flow of FHA and VA purchase mortgages was up a solid 23.7 percent from the first to the second quarter, bringing the total for the first half of the year to $121.01 billion. However, that was down 4.7 percent from the same period in 2017. Ginnie securitized $75.02 billion of FHA purchase loans in the ... [Charts]


July 12, 2018 - Inside MBS & ABS

Securitization Market Produces Modest Bump in New Issuance in 2Q18 as Residential MBS Hits Refi Skid

MBS and ABS issuers were busy in the second quarter of 2018, generating $435.64 billion in new securities, according to a new analysis by Inside MBS & ABS. [Includes three data charts.]


July 12, 2018 - Inside Mortgage Finance

GSE 1-Family Business Up Modestly in 2Q18 As Purchase-Loan Market Kicks into Gear

Collectively, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac recorded a modest increase in new single-family business from the first quarter of 2018 to the second, but the bird’s-eye view misses some key details. [Includes three data charts.]


July 6, 2018 - Inside The GSEs

Fitch Lowers GSE CRT Loss Projections for Second Half 2018

Fitch Ratings has lowered its loss expectations by an average of 20 basis points for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac credit risk transfers for the second half of the year. Strong collateral performance coupled with increased home price appreciation and a shorter term to maturity has led to the lower loss projections. In fact, Fitch noted that home prices in the respective pools have increased by 20 percent on average since issuance and 3.5 percent since January.


July 6, 2018 - Inside The GSEs

Purchase Market Springs to Life In 2Q18; Freddie Regains Share

Freddie Mac saw a strong rebound in its single-family business during the second quarter following a sluggish start to the year. Freddie guaranteed $82.23 billion of single-family mortgage-backed securities during the second quarter, a romping 28.6 percent increase from the first three months of the year. The GSE produced just $63.93 billion of MBS in the first three months of 2018, its slackest quarter in almost four years. Fannie’s single-family business was off slightly in the second quarter as MBS issuance declined to $111.36 billion – its weakest output since the first three months of 2016. [Includes two data charts.]


Poll

With mortgage production down noticeably this year from 2017, how many lenders might disappear via M&A or failure during the next 12 months?

10% or less. It’s not that bad out there.

17%

11% to 25%. It’s a challenging market.

48%

25% to 40%. It’s going to be very ugly.

24%

No opinion.

11%