LOGIN
 

RMBS

Residential mortgage-backed securities, or RMBS, are bonds or notes created by securitisation that are backed by residential mortgages or residential real estate loans. RMBS originators are typically financial institutions that originate residential real estate or residential mortgage loans, including banks, building societies/savings & loans and mortgage finance companies. However, issuers could also include government-guaranteed securities issued following bank bailouts, such as TARP or TALF, and the Government Sponsored Enterprises Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. To create residential mortgage-backed securities, or RMBS, institutions sell pools of their loans to a special-purpose vehicle, or SPV, which then sells the loans to a trust. The trust then repackages the loans as interest-bearing securities and issues them. This true sale of the loans to the SPV ensures that the RMBS is treated as bankruptcy-remote from the originator. Many different types of assets back RMBS, including prime, non-conforming, sub-prime, Alt-A (or Alternative-A), buy-to-let and single-family rental (SFR) mortgages. The financial crisis caused residential mortgage valuations to plummet, leading to severe losses/defaults in many RMBS transactions (and ABS CDOs), as well as efforts to begin modifying loan documentation and indeed the creation of many credit/dislocation/distressed opportunity/recovery funds to take advantage of opportunities in the RMBS sector. Post-crisis, the Government Sponsored Enterprises Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have developed a credit risk transfer market, comprising synthetic RMBS structures (whereby the risk is transferred via CDS tranches).


  • Job swaps round-up - 4 August

    North America Hunton & Williams has promoted a pair of litigation lawyers with securitisat...

    Job Swaps    4 August 2017
  • Regulatory call exercised for Calico

    The Co-operative Bank last week announced a regulatory call of its Calico Finance Number One capital...

    News Analysis    1 August 2017
  • Reserving practices in the spotlight again

    An additional 10 legacy US non-agency RMBS were called in July, a month after Wells Fargo withheld o...

    News    1 August 2017
  • SCI Start the Week - 31 July

    A look at the major activity in structured finance over the past seven days.

    Pipeline The rate of pipeline additions stayed consistent last week. There were six new ABS, five R...

    News    31 July 2017
  • Job swaps round-up - 28 July

    North America Ashurst is cutting its CLO practice because it sees it as "less relevant" to its glo...

    Job Swaps    28 July 2017
  • Synthetic mortgage 'game changer' awaited

    The inclusion of mortgages in leverage ratio calculations and lower risk weights for the asset are a...

    News Analysis    28 July 2017
  • Self-cert 'drafting error' unlikely to stand

    A recent amendment to Article 17 of the new European securitisation regulations would ban self-certi...

    News Analysis    27 July 2017
  • Euro secondary staves off summer

    The European securitisation secondary market has not yet quite shutdown for summer with a pick-up in...

    SCIWire    27 July 2017
  • Flagstar preps prime RMBS

    Flagstar Bank is in the market with an RMBS which exhibits a unique servicing structure (see SCI's d...

    News    25 July 2017
  • Bond classification trends eyed

    Banks have favoured adding hold to maturity (HTM) bonds to their portfolios in recent years. However...

    News    24 July 2017
  • SCI Start the Week - 24 July

    A look at the major activity in structured finance over the past seven days.

    PipelineA mix of ABS, RMBS and CMBS hit the pipeline last week. There were US$1bn-plus deals announc...

    News    24 July 2017
  • Job swaps round-up - 21 July

    Acquisitions BGC Partners has acquired commercial real estate finance company Berkeley Point Financ...

    Job Swaps    21 July 2017
  • Revolving RMBS launched

    Banca Popolare di Cividale has closed a revolving Italian RMBS. Civitas SPV Series 2017-1 issued an...

    News    21 July 2017
  • Robo-advisors could boost RMBS quality

    Robo-advisors could improve consumer loan and mortgage affordability and strengthen pool quality in...

    News    19 July 2017
  • 'Brighter year' for securitisation recruitment

    The structured finance industry has seen one of its best years in terms of hiring since the financia...

    News Analysis    19 July 2017
  • UK MPL loans in triple-A RMBS

    The £290m Twin Bridges 2017-1 RMBS which priced last week represents the first time that lo...

    News    18 July 2017
  • SCI Start the Week - 17 July

    A look at the major activity in structured finance over the past seven days.

    Pipeline Pipeline activity stepped up again last week. The additions consisted of eight ABS, an I...

    News    17 July 2017
  • Atypical Dutch RMBS prepped

    RNHB is in the market with an unusual Dutch RMBS backed by owner-occupied and buy-to-let mortgage lo...

    News    17 July 2017
  • Job swaps round-up - 14 July

    North America Mortgage Capital Trading has hired Bill Berliner to the newly created role of direct...

    Job Swaps    14 July 2017
  • Ratings reviewed for payment disruption risk

    Fitch and Moody's have placed a slew of US RMBS classes on rating watch negative, after Wells Fargo...

    News    13 July 2017
  • SCI Start the Week - 10 July

    A look at the major activity in structured finance over the past seven days

    Pipeline Pipeline activity picked up a little last week, but remained fairly muted. Additions con...

    News    10 July 2017