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Fitch: Slow RMBS Prepayments Lengthens Default Term Risk

A new report from Fitch Ratings found that U.S. prime jumbo residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) issued since the start of 2010 are unlikely to see a "meaningful increase in prepayments, even if interest rates stay low." The company believes that the lack of prepayments will result in an increased average life of the mortgages in these trusts, further increasing the period of default risk.

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Fitch: RMBS Delinquency Not Indicative of Trend

The highest delinquency to date of any post-crisis residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) doesn't indicate any trend of future delinquencies, according to an analysis by Fitch Ratings. The delinquency, according to the company, came about due to a transfer of servicing, and doesn't point to any widespread post-crisis late payment increases.

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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”

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

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

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

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

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

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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