Items Tagged with 'RMBS ratings'

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  • Wells Fargo is back in the mortgage securitization business

    Prepares to issue first securitization since the housing crisis
    Once an absolute giant in the mortgage securitization space, Wells Fargo has been noticeably absent from the list of issuers since the housing crisis, but that’s all about to change. The lender is preparing to issue its first mortgage-backed securitization since the meltdown, and unlike its past securitizations, this one is backed by the highest of high-quality loans.
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  • SEC hits Moody’s with $15 million fine over mortgage bond ratings

    Credit ratings agency will also pay $1.25 million for “ratings symbol deficiencies”
    In the wake of the financial crisis, the country’s largest credit ratings agencies all touted new ratings methodologies that were, in theory, designed to guard against the sorts of malfeasance that surrounded mortgage bond ratings in the run-up to the crisis. But it looks like the new mortgage bond rating system at one of the nation’s largest credit ratings agencies was far from perfect.
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  • Fitch warns mortgage bond investors: Wells Fargo could keep more money for legal fees

    $2.2 billion in RMBS classes now at risk of downgrade
    Earlier this month, Wells Fargo unexpectedly kept $90 million away from residential mortgage-backed securities investors, stating that the bank needed the money to cover legal expenses. Now, Fitch Ratings is warning RMBS investors that Wells Fargo’s move may not be an isolated incident. In fact, it may be a harbinger of similar moves to come in the future.
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  • Ocwen-related RMBS deals were just hit with major downgrade

    Fitch follows through on threat to downgrade Ocwen deals
    Less than a month ago, Fitch Ratings sounded the alarm on residential mortgage-backed securities that contain loans serviced by Ocwen Loan Servicing, an affiliate of Ocwen Financial, telling investors to expect a downgrade on the ratings of Ocwen-related RMBS transactions soon. And Friday, Fitch followed through on that threat.
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  • It’s official: S&P to pay record-breaking fine for misleading RMBS investors

    Settlement with DOJ resolves claims of inflated pre-crisis ratings
    A credit ratings agency is finally facing the music. As was first rumored in early January, Standard & Poor’s will indeed pay $1.375 billion as part of settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice and nearly 20 states over claims that S&P knowingly misled mortgage bond investors by issuing trumped up ratings for pre-crisis residential mortgage-backed securities.
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  • S&P reportedly close to massive mortgage-bond rating settlement

    WSJ: Department of Justice may get billions
    Standard & Poor’s is reportedly closing in on a $1.37 billion settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice and more than a dozen states over claims that S&P knowingly misled investors by issuing trumped up ratings for pre-crisis residential mortgage-backed securities.
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  • KBRA unveils new mortgage default and loss model

    Reduces default expectations on purchase loans
    Citing ongoing analysis of mortgage performance and evolving origination trends, Kroll Bond Rating Agency released an update to its residential mortgage default and loss model, including revising the timeline and expenses associated with liquidated loans and adjusting the penalty for high debt-to-income ratio loans.
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  • Moody’s proposes changes to RMBS rating system

    Would incorporate global ratings model into U.S. methodology
    Moody’s said that the new quantitative model will be the starting point for its analysis of the loan pool and that the new model was developed after an “extensive” analysis of the performance of 800,000 fixed-rate and 600,000 adjustable-rate mortgages issued since 1998.
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