Two Wall Street traders are charged with involvement in a “parking” scheme that arranged for one to purchase several securities with the understanding that the other would repurchase them at a profit in order to skirt around company rules.
The Federal Open Market Committee is going forward with its highly anticipated quantitative easing, version 2. The program announcement should not be a shock, except that the secondary market participants were banking on a Treasury focus. It's still not quite certain that's what they got.
"Fear that the Fed may whisper the word 'mortgage' initiated the emergency MBS buy and hold program," joked an MBS trader in a mass e-mail.
CNN Money released a list of the top 20 highest paying jobs -- and to the surprise of many here in the newsroom -- not one position on Wall Street was listed. Indeed, financial firms employees are persona non grata. Yes, not one hedge fund manager, not one stock trader, not one bank executive, not one mortgage broker made the top 20.
In short, no one who would read this website is on this list.
What gives? We're working hard here!
When I spoke to a trader at one of the two big banks that operate a covered bond platform in the U.S., he told me that his boss would always show a preference to Federal Home Loan Bank advances as long as there is no established covered bond platform in the U.S.
Since then, I wrote an article that referred to advances from FHLB as being less efficient than covered bond financing. Well, the banks disagree. And in the spirit of balance and open dialogue in the financial markets, those concerns are republished below:
HousingWire publisher Paul Jackson just sent me an email in reference to an article by Jody Shenn called "Mortgage-Bond Spreads Surpass Lows Reached During Fed Buying" to which our publisher commented that, "Treasuries are too rich for buyers, so they're flooding the agency MBS space."
This crossed my desk this morning, from a trader at JPM -- those of you in the secondary markets know well who this is from, but I thought I'd share.
Make sure to sing in your best "Free Fallin'" impersonation, a la Tom Petty!
There's no good bid, my 401k lost a comma.
Help me Jesus, Greece and Portugal too!
Hit another back bid, feels like I got kicked in the pelvis
But I throw parties - at the Central Park Zoo.
It's been a long day, just downed my fifth Stoli
Analysts in the residential mortgage-backed securitization (RMBS) arena report that 30-year pass throughs (coupons) outperformed Treasuries last week.
While this is not an indication of a rally, the higher profitability of RMBS pass throughs may begin to entice more investors into the mortgage investment space. A pass through, a hallmark of securitization structuring, represents how much an investor gets paid after all fees and services are taken.
People are listening to real estate economists today in a way that anyone who covered the industry a decade or more ago would not recognize. Smoke is one of the members of this new wave of real estate economists. In fact, Smoke is actually the newest one on the block. The upstart economists at places like Trulia and Zillow are still new, Smoke is just the latest player to join the game..
Typically, for a process and a product that depends largely on human effort, if you want a higher quality product, you have to pay more. The best doctors, chefs, mechanics and attorneys all make more than the market average. Nevertheless, lenders, AMCs and Fannie Mae all expect appraisal quality to increase even as appraiser fees decrease. Read More