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Fed Survey Finds Increased Interest in RMBS

Fed Survey Finds Increased Interest in RMBS

The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System released findings from its Senior Credit Officer Opinion Survey for March, 2014. The report found that credit officers are experiencing an increased demand for residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS).

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Fitch: RMBS Servicers to See a “New Normal”

Fitch: RMBS Servicers to See a “New Normal”

In a press release issued by Fitch Ratings, the company comments that the past year has seen a "sea change" in who is servicing severely delinquent U.S. mortgage loans—and how they are being serviced. Fitch found that 2013 saw many portfolios of non-agency residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) mortgage servicing rights (MSR) move from banks to non-bank servicers.

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Senior RMBS Trader Convicted of Defrauding TARP

Senior RMBS Trader Convicted of Defrauding TARP

Christy Romero, Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP) announced in a press release Friday that a federal jury in New Haven has convicted Jesse C. Litvak, a registered broker-dealer and former managing director at New York investment bank Jefferies & Co., Inc., of multiple offenses involving schemes to defraud customers trading in residential mortgage-based securities (RMBS).

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Business Ticks Up at Freddie Mac

Business Ticks Up at Freddie Mac

According to Freddie Mac's December volume summary, the GSE's total mortgage portfolio grew at an annualized rate of 0.4 percent for the month, bringing 2013's average rate to -2.6 percent. The portfolio grew in four out of last year's 12 months and shrank in eight, including a streak of declines from July through November. As of the end of the year, the portfolio was valued at approximately $1.91 trillion.

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Commentary: Looking Forward

Commentary: Looking Forward

In a commentary shared with DSNews.com, Peter Muoio, chief economist for Auction.com Research, revealed the company's predictions for 2014. Muoio says the housing recovery will get its second wind next year, the Federal Reserve's tapering of stimulus measures will extend for a longer period that most analysts are expecting, REO-to-rental will cool off, and the Canadian housing bubble will come closer to bursting.

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FHFA Wants to Hear Your Thoughts on Proposed Loan Limits

FHFA Wants to Hear Your Thoughts on Proposed Loan Limits

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) says it wants input on a plan to lower the ceiling for loans eligible for purchase by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Under FHFA's proposed plan, the $417,000 maximum limit for single-family homes in most areas around the country would be lowered to $400,000, a reduction of about 4 percent. Areas with higher limits would see a similar cut, with the $625,500 maximum dropping to $600,000.

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FHFA Announces Plans to Combine Divisions

FHFA Announces Plans to Combine Divisions

As the newly confirmed Mel Watt prepares to take the reins at the Federal Housing Finance Agency, current Acting Director Edward DeMarco has announced changes to the agency's senior staff. Jeffrey Spohn, deputy director of the Office of Conservatorship Operations, will retire in January. To fill the role, the agency has appointed Wanda DeLeo, who currently serves as deputy director in the Office of Strategic Initiatives. The two divisions will be combined into a new Division of Conservatorship to ease the transition.

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Freddie Mac’s Mortgage Portfolio Shrinks at Fastest Rate This Year

Freddie Mac’s Mortgage Portfolio Shrinks at Fastest Rate This Year

Freddie Mac's mortgage book of business contracted at an annualized rate of 6.4 percent in October, marking the fourth consecutive month of declines. The book has registered declines in seven of the first 10 months of 2013, according to Freddie Mac's monthly volume summary. October's pace of decline was the highest rate so far this year and is up from a 4.3 percent annualized rate reported for September.

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FHFA Announces Increase in Guarantee Fees

FHFA Announces Increase in Guarantee Fees

The Federal Housing Finance Agency has directed Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to raise their guarantee fees (g-fees). The g-fee increase consists of three components: the base fee for all mortgages will increase 10 basis points; the g-fee grid will be updated to ensure pricing is aligned with credit risk; and the adverse market fee of 25 basis points is being eliminated except in four states where foreclosure carrying costs are exponentially high.

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