Items Tagged with 'Moody's Investors Service'

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  • Fitch, Moody’s bullish on massive Lennar-CalAtlantic merger

    Both cite combined company’s size as significant benefit
    On Monday, Lennar and CalAtlantic Group announced a deal that will see Lennar acquire CalAtlantic in a deal valued at approximately $9.3 billion. The deal will create the nation’s largest homebuilder. Both Fitch Ratings and Moody's Investors Service are bullish on the deal. Here's why.
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  • Moody’s: Invitation Homes, Starwood Waypoint merger good for investors, but risks remain

    SFR securitization investors stand to gain from improved “economies of scale”
    Investors who bought into the single-family rental securitizations from Invitation Homes and Starwood Waypoint Homes stand to gain from the recently announced merger of the two SFR giants, but the deal is not without some inherent risk, Moody’s Investors Service said in a new report.
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  • Credit rating agencies ding Ocwen over CFPB, state regulator charges

    S&P, Fitch, Moody’s, Morningstar take action on nonbank’s ratings
    In the wake of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and a growing group of state regulators accusing Ocwen Financial of widespread mortgage servicing issues, S&P Global Ratings, Moody’s Investors Service, Fitch Ratings, and Morningstar each released updated views of Ocwen, with each agency’s analysts stating that Ocwen’s recent regulatory troubles could have dire long-term consequences for the company.
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  • Moody's: Privatizing Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac would cost "hundreds of billions"

    Report predicts disruption to secondary market
    Steve Mnuchin, President-elect Donald Trump’s choice to lead the Department of the Treasury, recently said that “getting Fannie and Freddie out of government ownership” is one of the Trump administration’s top 10 priorities. But just how realistic is that plan? According to a new report from Moody’s Investors Service, privatizing the GSEs is not only unlikely to happen any time soon, it’s also hugely cost-prohibitive, and it would be a negative for bond investors as well. Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how was the show?
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  • DOJ planning to sue Moody's over crisis-era mortgage bond ratings

    Ratings agency discloses looming lawsuit from government
    In the fallout from the financial crisis, many argued that the credit ratings agencies’ competition for business led to ratings shopping among bond issuers and relaxed ratings standards for the ratings agencies themselves. Last year, Standard & Poor's reached a $1.375 billion settlement over just such claims. And now the Department of Justice is taking aim at Moody's Investors Service.
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  • KBRA: Rent-to-own properties problematic arena for investors

    Let’s tap the brakes on the whole 'future of housing' thing
    A recent report from Moody's highlighted the benefits for consumers and investors that stem from Home Partners of America’s rent-to-own program, but a new report from Kroll Bond Rating Agency throws a wet blanket onto anyone who posited that rent-to-own could be the “future of housing.”
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  • Is rent-to-own the future of housing?

    Home Partners of America’s first securitization offers glimpse at new buying option
    With rising rents making it more difficult for many to even save the 3% down payment they’d now need to buy a home, a new option is emerging as an avenue for consumers to live in the home they want and save money to buy it at the same time – rent-to-own.
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  • Moody’s: TRID violations found in 90% of recently reviewed mortgages

    Errors running rampant, credit negative for mortgage bonds
    Despite CFPB Director Richard Cordray’s recent proclamation that the implementation of the new TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosures rule was akin to the unfounded panic that surrounded Y2K, a new report from Moody’s finds the opposite may be true. Are TRID compliance violations running rampant?
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