The dovish message of the Federal Reserve grew a little louder late Tuesday, as current Fed chairman Ben Bernanke said that the government's largesse is likely to continue for some time -- even after unemployment rates fall to below 6.5 percent.
No evidence of asset price misalignments at this time
November 14, 2013
Janet Yellen, vice chair of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, appeared every bit the monetary policy dove that investors expected during her first big hearing in front of the Senate Banking Committee as Fed Chair nominee.
Yields on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac mortgage securities fell to their lowest level in over a month after the Federal Reserve shocked the market by deciding not to cut back on its monthly purchases of Treasurys and mortgage backed securities.
In the aftermath of the financial crisis, low interest rates and strict capital requirements combined to make servicing a losing proposition for many banks. The sharp glare of regulators didn’t help either, as banks and nonbanks navigated the already thankless waters of servicing with a new target on their backs. But all that changed abruptly in the fourth quarter of 2016 with the one-two punch of a Trump win and a rate hike by the Federal Reserve.
Singling out the law that created the CFPB generated a backlash from Congressional Democrats, but it remains to be seen what Democrats can do to stop the Trump juggernaut. See what Mike Jones of Navigant advises servicers to do in this uncertain environment.
Portfolio managers and investors also have a vested interest in the expansion of the non-QM market. They have an appetite for non-QM assets as they represent an attractive yield opportunity. That’s why we’re seeing more “hold” strategies at work with current non-QM production.