Ambac Financial Group’s net income fell in the fourth quarter 2013 to $68.6 million, or $1.49 per share, from $143.6 million, or 47 cents per share, in 2012, as earnings were impacted by current market challenges.
Bond insurer Ambac Financial filed its second mortgage bond suit against Bear, Stearns & Co. and EMC Mortgage, which are now part of JPMorgan Chase [stock JPM][/stock]. All three entities are accused...
Bond insurer Ambac Financial Group [stock ABK][/stock] reported a net loss of $2.39bn or $8.33 per share for Q209, reflecting higher losses in the portfolio of insured residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) transactions.
A look at the stories on HousingWire’s weekend desk…with more coverage to come on bigger issues.
Regulators closed three banks over the weekend, making it 72 total bank failures for 2009. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. (FDIC) estimates that the closings will cost a combined $185m.
The Florida Office of Financial Regulation closed the First State Bank in Sarasota, Florida, which costs the FDIC $116m. Stearns Bank will purchase all but $8m of the $387m in total deposits and agreed to buy $451m of the failed bank’s $463m in total assets.
Bond insurer Ambac Financial Group [stock ABK][/stock] this week estimated statutory impairment losses on credit derivatives for its Ambac Assurance segment rose by $1.6bn to a total $4.9bn in Q209.
These losses, which the firm expects to report on August 5, are tied to collateralized debt obligations on asset-backed securities, the underlying collateral of which continues to decline in performance.
The bond insurer brouhaha hasn't yet run its course, with Moody's Investors Service late Monday cutting Ambac Financial Group's [stock ABK][/stock] Ambac Assurance bond insurance unit to junk territory over concerns about rising RMBS losses.
Bond insurer MBIA Inc. [stock MBI][/stock] said late Monday it had recorded a $2.7 billion net loss -- or $12.29 per share -- for the full year 2008, up from the $1.9 billion -- or $15.17 per share -- lost in all of 2007. The company said it saw $1.2 billion lost in the fourth quarter alone, although this figure showed a decline from year-ago levels, when the company posted a $2.3 billion net loss in the fourth quarter 2007.
And then there was one and none -- one, meaning only one remaining AAA-rated monoline bond guarantor; and none, meaning none of the guarantors that started 2008 rated AAA currently carry the rating at each major agency. Moody's Investors Service yanked its top ratings on both Assured Guaranty Ltd. and Dexia SA’s Financial Security Assurance Inc. on Friday, as a new criteria and industry outlook affected the core ratings at each firm.
"If you look at what we do, fundamentally, MERS is the mortgagee on behalf of the investor and its assigns, it’s not a whole lot more complicated than that. And that role as an agent is well rooted in the laws of this country. So when you get down to it, and when we get challenged, we typically prevail. We simply take away all the clutter and present what we do, and what the laws actually say, and we get there," MERS CEO Beckmann said in an exclusive profile only in HousingWire magazine..
The CFPB is currently paying close attention to the individuals/small players, as well as the larger institutional mortgage companies. With respect to the small players, the CFPB is looking at the loan officer, real estate agent and developer. A common violation that these smaller firms or individuals commit, in addition to possible violations resulting from social media posts, stems from agreements among themselves. Read More
Ladies and gentlemen, it’s been some time since the mortgage bond world felt shaken to the core. But shaken, right now, it feels, according to several recent conversations I’ve had on the subject. Read More