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RMBS: Housing Market Solid, But For How Long?

Foreclosures are down to a fifth of 2010’s numbers, but a few markets in the U.S. have shown signs of unsustainable over-evaluations. Take a look at what Grant Bailey, Head of Fitch North America RMBS Rating Group has to say about RMBS in the Video Spotlight.

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BlackRock Seeks $3B in Damages from HSBC

BlackRock Inc., along with 23 other investors of residential mortgage-backed securities, petitioned New York federal Judge Lorna G. Schofield to hear oral arguments to advance their case to class status as they seek to collect over $3 billion in lost assets from HSBC. The initial suit claims that HSBC did not do its due diligence in protecting certificate holders, and that they failed to ensure the home loans being sold from mortgage originators and sponsors to the trust were only selling debt from credit-worthy borrowers. The plaintiff’s claim that HSBC’s direct neglect was the cause of loses when default rates hit their peak during the housing crisis.

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Wells Fargo Welcomes Back Private-label RMBS

An executive at Wells Fargo has announced the bank will attempt to bring back private-label bonds this year. The bank hasn’t issued bonds backed by non-government guaranteed loans since 2008, amidst the housing crisis. JPMorgan and Redwood Trust have also begun issuing these types of bond as of late.

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Credit Suisse to Pay $400 Million in RMBS Litigation

After allegedly selling toxic residential mortgage-backed securities which led to the failure of three credit unions, Credit Suisse Securities has agreed to pay $400 million in a settlement on Wednesday. The National Credit Union Administration settled with Credit Suisse, ending a litigation that has lasted nearly five years. The NCUA filed a motion for voluntary dismissal in Kansas federal court on Tuesday.

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Barclays Settles with SEC in RMBS Case

Barclays Capital will pay more than $16 million in remediation and penalties in response to charges brought against the bank by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The charges alleged two Barclays traders misled customers and that the bank failed to properly supervise them. The traders have also agreed to individual settlements of their own.

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Fannie, Freddie Transfer $18B in Risk

The FHFA’s Credit Risk Transfer Report revealed a big uptick in GSE credit risk transfer for 2016. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac transferred a combined $18 billion in credit risk on $548 billion mortgages for the year. Risk was transferred via a variety of debt issuances, insurance and reinsurance programs, and front-end transactions.

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