Fifth Third Bancorp announced Friday that it plans to invest $30 billion in community development in the 10 states where it has branches as part of an agreement with the National Community Reinvestment Coalition and 145 community-based organizations. Here are all the details.
The mortgage market is projected to perform much better in the third quarter than originally expected. With the third-quarter results in for one of the first lenders, it looks like this could be true. Fifth Third Bancorp not only posted an increase in residential mortgage loan portfolio balances, but it also posted an increase in originations.
Fifth Third Bancorp welcomes a new executive to lead it mortgage department. This is the same lender that announced a new zero down payment mortgage program earlier this month. Edward Robinson comes to the position prepared, bringing a solid track record of success in a variety of challenges and roles.
Fifth Third Bancorp will pay $85 million as a part of settlement with the federal government over allegations that the bank failed to self-report mortgages it knew to be defective, causing millions of dollars in losses to the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Meet Kevin Taylor. In 2013, he left his position running mortgage-backed securities trading desk at Fifth Third Bank to start Mariemont Capital. And according to a report from the Cincinnati Business Courier, Taylor is finding success investing in residential mortgage bonds and delivering big returns for his investors.
"While this was an extremely difficult decision to make, we intend to build on our leadership position in the correspondent market and remain committed to purchasing loans from smaller financial institutions and independent mortgage companies," mortgage head says in letter.
These risks are real. For example, even if interest rates were to fall, mortgage originations may also fall. Any increase in mortgage originations may not be enough to offset the decrease in the MSRs value caused by the lower rates, the bank states.
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.