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MCT Trading Unveils MCTlive


MCT Trading Inc. (MCT) has announced the formal launch of MCTlive, a secondary marketing technology platform designed for capital markets trading and pipeline management. MCTlive provides lenders with a browser-based software solution, robust online tools and real-time analytics for secondary marketing departments.Click to continue

Johnson and Crapo GSE Dissolution Bill Set to Take Center Stage


Senate Banking Committee Chairman Tim Johnson (D-SD) and Representative Mike Crapo (R-ID) will be heading to the Dirksen Senate Office Building to present S.1217, the Housing Finance Reform and Taxpayer Protection Act of 2013. This meeting is considered an Executive Session, which means it is closed-door and will bar outsiders. The bill details exactly how the government could go about eliminating both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.Click to continue

FHFA Announces $280 Million MBS Settlement With Barclays

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The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) has announced a settlement with Barclays Bank PLC, related companies and specifically named individuals for $280 million. The settlement resolves claims in the lawsuit FHFA v. Barclays Bank PLC, et al., as well as claims against Barclays in FHFA v.Click to continue

Kroll Unveils Findings of Assessing Non-QM Risk in U.S. RMBS Report

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Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA) announced the release of its methodology for assessing non-Qualified Mortgage (non-QM) risk in U.S. residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS). The report, Assessing Non-QM Risk in U.S. RMBS, provides insight into KBRA’s proposed analytic approach for rating RMBS backed by non-QM loans. The methodology relies on KBRA’s fundamental analysis of mortgage risk, augmented by stressed assumptions regarding a borrower’s propensity to engage in litigation against an originator, and potential losses resulting from a successful borrower claim.Click to continue

Moody's Eyes Potential for Greater RMBS Under New Crapo-Johnson Legislation

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Several provisions in the comprehensive housing finance reform bill introduced by US Senators Tim Johnson and Mike Crapo would help spur issuance in the private-label residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) according to a new report by Moody’s Investors Service. Under the framework proposed in Johnson-Crapo, fewer residential mortgage loans would be eligible for inclusion in government-guaranteed securities because of changes in criteria establishing which securitizations can receive government guarantees.Click to continue

Ginnie Mae Guarantees $21 Billion-Plus in MBS in February


Ginnie Mae announced that it guaranteed $21.25 billion in mortgage-backed securities (MBS) in February 2014. “Ginnie Mae continues to provide stability to the U.S. housing finance system, during both times of crisis and recovery,” said Ginnie Mae President Ted Tozer. “Our Issuers recognize that our product provides flexibility to respond to market change and consistency rooted in transparency, accountability and standardization.”Click to continue

Compliance Considerations for Managers of Non-Securitized Consumer Assets

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Post-financial crisis regulatory changes have impacted the financial services industry in various and significant ways. But perhaps the sectors most affected are those that are consumer facing. Mortgage originators and servicers took much of the blame during the financial crisis as loan defaults skyrocketed. The backlash from regulators and politicians was immediate and material with a flood of new regulations and guidelines.Click to continue

Ginnie Mae Announces Reverse Mortgage Policy Changes


Ginnie Mae is announcing policy changes and clarifications to pooling requirements for its Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) Mortgage Backed Securities (HMBS) program. Specifically, as described below, Ginnie Mae will prohibit the inclusion of fixed rate HECM loans where the borrower may choose a payment plan option that provides for future loan advances against the principal limit to be disbursed to the borrower.Click to continue

U.S. CMBS Delinquency Rate Hits Four-Year Low

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Trepp LLC has released its March 2014 US CMBS Delinquency Report, finding that the rate for U.S. commercial real estate loans in CMBS fell 24 basis points in March to 6.54 percent. The last time the Trepp U.S. CMBS delinquency rate was below this level was over four years ago, in January of 2010. Today’s rate is 288 basis points lower than where it was a year ago.Click to continue

FHFA Reaches $885 Million Agreement With Credit Suisse Over MBS


The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), as conservator of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, announced that it has reached a settlement with Credit Suisse, related companies and specifically named individuals for $885 million. The settlement resolves all claims in the lawsuit FHFA v. Credit Suisse, et al. as well as all claims against the Credit Suisse defendant in FHFA v. Ally Financial Inc., et al. alleging violations of federal and state securities laws in connection with private-label mortgage-backed securities (PLS) purchased by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac during 2005-2007.Click to continue