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MountainView Hires Managing Director for Mortgage Sales and Trading

MountainView Capital Holdings has announced the hiring of Robert Wellerstein as a managing director in its mortgage and fixed income sales and trading units. Wellerstein is an industry veteran with a broad range of experience in sales and trading of mortgage loans, mortgage servicing rights, and fixed income securities. He joins MountainView from Banc of Manhattan Capital, after 17 years with Countrywide Securities Corporation.

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Fitch Sees Drop in Subprime Delinquencies as Default Swap Prices Rise

Recent improvements in the job market are translating into falling subprime delinquency rates. At the same time, prices on subprime credit-default swaps (CDS) have risen for five straight months. Multiple reports on the secondary market signal growing investor appetite for subprime mortgage bonds and finance instruments like CDS, which transfer the risk of default from the bond holder to the seller of the swap. According to Fitch, subprime delinquencies are dropping sharply with cured loans up by as much as 50 percent for some vintages.

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Securitization Group Puts Down Roots in D.C.

The American Securitization Forum (ASF) is opening a Washington, D.C. office. The organization is headquartered in New York but with all the new rules and regulatory changes coming down from Washington, ASF says a physical presence there will help further its advocacy efforts on behalf of the securitization markets. In conjunction with the office opening, ASF has named Jim Johnson managing director of public policy. Johnson previously served as senior counsel to the U.S. Senate Banking Committee for Ranking Member Richard Shelby.

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Freddie Mac Wins Dismissal of Federal Putative Class Action Lawsuit

A putative class action securities lawsuit filed against Freddie Mac in federal court in August 2008 has been dismissed, according to a statement from the GSE. Judge John Keenan of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York granted Freddie Mac's motion to dismiss all claims brought by two pension funds alleging that the GSE misled shareholders about its exposure to risky mortgage loans.

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Subprime Defaults Improve but Market Conditions Raise Loss Severities

Fitch Ratings has reviewed all U.S. subprime mortgage securitizations rated by the agency and found little change in expected losses for the bond investors as default risk improved slightly. However, the agency says loss severities have increased due to longer foreclosure timelines and still-declining home prices. Fitch says the average time to liquidate a distressed loan has increased by roughly six months from a year ago and now exceeds 20 months. Timelines are expected to increase further in 2011 as foreclosures continue to face procedural challenges.

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Morningstar Sets Up Practice to Evaluate Mortgage Servicer Performance

Morningstar, Inc., a provider of independent investment research, announced Monday that its Realpoint unit has launched an operational risk assessment practice to evaluate the performance of mortgage servicing firms. Morningstar says the new practice, which is part of Realpoint's credit ratings business, will complement the company's convention of providing transparency and insight to investors in mortgage-backed securities.

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Treasury Hopes to Sell Securities Portfolio Within One Year

On Monday the Treasury announced that it will wind down the remaining $142 billion mortgage-backed securities (MBS) portfolio it carries. This news comes just as the federal government is making plans to drastically reduce its role in the mortgage marketplace. Beginning this month, Treasury plans to sell up to $10 billion in agency-guaranteed MBS each month, with the goal of fully extinguishing the portfolio in a little over a year and turning a profit for taxpayers.

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SEC Files Fraud Lawsuit Against Former IndyMac Executives

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has charged three former executives at IndyMac Bancorp with securities fraud for misleading investors about the lender's failing financial condition. The executives, former CEO Michael Perry and former CFOs A. Scott Keys and S. Blair Abernathy, allegedly filed false and misleading disclosures about the financial stability of IndyMac and IndyMac Bank F.S.B. and continued to sell millions of dollars in new stock. Abernathy is the only one of the three who has reached a settlement with the SEC.

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Industry Weighs in on Administration’s Housing Finance Proposal

Organizations from every corner of the industry are weighing in on the administration's proposal to reform the nation's housing finance system. A number of groups are throwing their support behind the long-term reform option that calls for a group of private companies to provide guarantees for well underwritten mortgage securities, and the federal government to offer investors a type of reinsurance on these bonds. There are some, though, who say even this more prudent approach will raise borrowing costs and push small businesses out of the market.

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Housing Finance … Seven Years Down the Road

On top of the more imminent reform measures laid out Friday to begin winding down Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the Obama administration's proposal outlines three options for long-term reform and structuring the government's future role in housing. One approach would pull the government completely out of the mortgage guarantee business except for insurance provided through FHA. A second option would add a backstop mechanism during times of crisis to the mix. And a third option would provide an FDIC-type insurance guarantee for certain mortgage securities.

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