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  • Moody's: Homebuilding outlook falls from positive to just ok

    Macro factors and order trends expected to slow growth
    Moody’s Investor Service has lowered its homebuilding outlook from positive to stable, signaling macro factors and order trends are expected to impact future growth. Moody's VP-Senior Credit Officer Joseph Snider said the firm believes that industry revenue growth will be below 10% by 2019.
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  • Moody’s: Mortgage lending is getting riskier and that’s a problem

    “The five C’s of credit” are relaxing
    For the most part, new mortgages are solid, especially considering the high credit scores; improved documentation and appraisal practices; and few loans with variable payments — regulatory restrictions on loan officer compensation arrangements would also help prevent riskier lending, Moody's claims. But...
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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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  • Private mortgage insurance surges in Q2

    New insurance written up 14% annually
    Private mortgage insurance continues to surge, seeing a significant increase in new mortgage insurance written in the second quarter. New mortgage insurance business volume rose to about $80.3 billion, rising 14% annually and hitting a new post-crisis peak.
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  • loanDepot makes big move into mortgage securitization

    Lender issuing first mortgage-backed security
    loanDepot is no stranger to mortgage securitization, with its loans taking their place alongside other originators’ loans as pieces of many non-agency securitizations over the last few years. But now, loanDepot is making a big move into the secondary mortgage market and launching its first mortgage-backed security, which is backed only by loanDepot loans.
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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 reaches $864 million settlement over RMBS credit ratings

    Settlement dates back to financial crisis
    Moody’s Corp. agreed to pay nearly $864 million to settle claims for its role providing credit ratings for Residential Mortgage-Backed Securities and Collateralized Debt Obligations that contributed to the financial crisis. "Moody’s failed to adhere to its own credit rating standards and fell short on its pledge of transparency in the run-up to the Great Recession," said Principal Deputy Associate Attorney General Bill Baer. 
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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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