Private mortgage insurers stage a comeback
Activity fueled by lower mortgage delinquencies
According to CNBC, private mortgage insurers (MI) have emerged from the deep abyss they fell into during the financial crisis, with six key MI firms writing nearly $49 billion in new business in the second quarter, up 27% from the first quarter. CNBC highlighted a few other successes within the firms' portfolios:
"Delinquencies are down, and the companies have recapitalized," said Bose George, an analyst at Keefe Bruyette & Woods. "At the same time, FHA is reducing its role in the market, so this has given them significant growth opportunities. ... The companies have reversed their position and are starting to show modest profitability."