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Investors Can Trim Losses by Discriminating Between Servicers: Report

The ratings agency Standard & Poor's says investors can cut their losses by basing servicer selection on key performance metrics of default management. The company has come up with a new method to assess residential mortgage servicer performance that looks at how the speed of the servicers' foreclosure processes and the success of their loan modification programs affect investors' losses on nonperforming loans, and S&P says it's found ""significant differences"" among 10 of the largest servicers.

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Biggest Risk for RMBS Investors? Strategic Defaults.

The performance of private-label residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) continues to face many challenges in 2012, with the biggest risk posed by strategic defaults, according to Moody's. The ratings agency says the performance of loan pools backing outstanding RMBS has begun to stabilize, with delinquency levels flat or even dropping as a result of modifications and re-default rates declining. It's the threat of strategic default, particularly in the prime jumbo sector, that has Moody's analysts worried.

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New Law Requires GSEs Increase Guarantee Fees

The two-month extension of the Temporary Payroll Tax Cut, signed by President Obama December 23, holds immediate implications for the GSEs. The law requires the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) to increase Fannie Mae's and Freddie Mac's guarantee fees by at least 10 basis points over the 2011 average for all single-family mortgage-backed securities. FHFA says the increase will be remitted to the U.S. Treasury, rather than retained as reserves by the two mortgage financiers.

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GSEs Held $2 Trillion in Subprime Loans at Height of Financial Crisis

At the height of the financial crisis in 2008, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac held $2 trillion in high-risk subprime loans, amounting to 42 percent of their single-family portfolios, according to Edward Pinto of the American Enterprise Institute. Pinto, who served as chief credit officer for Fannie Mae until the late 1980s, arrived at this number by relying on data from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), which filed a lawsuit against six former GSE executives for fraud.

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Investors Want Repurchase Assessment of $95B in JPMorgan Securities

JPMorgan Chase may soon be hit with a barrage of mortgage repurchase demands from investors, largely stemming from the lender's acquisitions of Washington Mutual and Bear Stearns. The Texas-based law firm of Gibbs & Bruns LLP says its investor clients have instructed the trustees of $95 billion in residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) issued by JPMorgan to open investigations in order to determine if the mortgage bonds are secured by ineligible loans.

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SEC Charges Former GSE Execs with Securities Fraud

Six former executives at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are now facing securities fraud charges for making misleading statements about the companies' holdings of subprime loans between March 2007 and August 2008. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) alleges they fed the markets false information about the amount of risk on each company's books. Both GSEs entered into non-prosecution agreements with the SEC and have agreed to cooperate in the litigation against their former executives.

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Attorneys General Expect to Reach Settlement Before Christmas

State attorneys general and the nation's five largest mortgage servicers have been supposedly close to a settlement for quite some time. The latest estimate is that they are likely to reach an agreement before Christmas. A local Iowa media outlet attributes this information to Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller, head of the states' negotiating committee. Miller says the settlement would release the banks from legal claims on past servicing and foreclosure practices but would not provide any release on securitizations.

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New York Judge Denies Citigroup Settlement

A New York federal judge ruled Monday against the proposed $285 million settlement agreed to by Citigroup and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in October. Judge Jed Rakoff said he has ""regretfully"" concluded that the agreement is neither reasonable nor in the public interest. Rakoff's opposition is rooted in the lack of evidence needed to determine whether the settlement is sufficient and the fact that Citigroup did not admit fault. He has set a trial date of July 16 for the issue to be aired in public.

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Carrington Mortgage Services Names SVP of Capital Markets

Carrington Mortgage Services, LLC has announced the hiring of Brad Nease as SVP, capital markets. In this newly created position, Nease will lead the secondary marketing efforts for the company's growing loan origination business, and will be responsible for product development, investor relations, loan trading, and warehouse lending. Nease has more than 28 years' experience in the industry. He joins Carrington from ICON Residential Lenders, where he was COO of capital markets.

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Judge Permits Delaware and New York to Intervene in BofA Settlement

A federal judge has ruled to allow the Delaware and New York attorneys general to pursue litigation in Bank of America's $8.5 billion settlement with mortgage investors. Bank of America reached the settlement agreement in June with Bank of New York Mellon, the trustee for the 530 mortgage-backed securities trusts in question. But the judge has ruled that there's more at stake than the financial interests of the few major investors involved in the settlement negotiations.

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