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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).


  • SFR composition trends analysed

    Fewer distressed buying opportunities for institutional investors in single-family rental houses has...

    News    28 April 2017
  • Ocwen actions could hit related RMBS

    The recent court actions against Ocwen Financial Corporation (SCI 21 April) are credit negative for...

    News    27 April 2017
  • Second SCRT 'worse credit quality'

    Freddie Mac is in the market with a securitisation of re-performing residential mortgage loans, its...

    News    27 April 2017
  • Euro secondary stifled

    The hoped for boom in the European securitisation secondary market this week is be...

    SCIWire    27 April 2017
  • Bill to repeal Dodd-Frank scrutinised

    Hearings are scheduled for today on a draft bill published last week by House Republicans which woul...

    News    26 April 2017
  • Specialist lenders driving UK RMBS

    The UK has accounted for an outsized share of the European RMBS market in 2016 and 2017 year to date...

    News    25 April 2017
  • Basel 4 raises Dutch SRT prospects

    Higher capital requirements mooted under Basel 4 are likely to disproportionately affect Dutch banks...

    News Analysis    25 April 2017
  • Euro secondary boosted

    The European securitisation secondary market has been boosted by the first round result in the Frenc...

    SCIWire    25 April 2017
  • European hot spots highlighted

    CLOs and RMBS are seen as the main growth areas in the European securitisation market at present. Dr...

    Talking Point    24 April 2017
  • Mortgage market model outlined

    The Mortgage Bankers Association has released a whitepaper on GSE reform that outlines its vision fo...

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

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

    Pipeline Additions to the pipeline were focused on ABS and RMBS last week, with the former dominati...

    News    24 April 2017
  • Risk transfer round-up - 21 April

    The EIF returned to the risk transfer market this week, with a €90m mezzanine guarantee fo...

    News    21 April 2017
  • Job swaps round-up - 21 April

    North America Morningstar has hired Charles Citro as md for CMBS ratings and analytics, based in N...

    Job Swaps    21 April 2017
  • Clean-up call volume rising

    US non-agency RMBS amounting to more than US$1bn in UPB was called in 1Q17, making it one of the bus...

    News    20 April 2017
  • Euro ABS/MBS picks up

    Activity in the European ABS/MBS secondary market is picking up after the Easter break. Yesterday...

    SCIWire    20 April 2017
  • Ocwen may target MSR purchases again

    Ocwen Loan Servicing has reached a settlement with the New York Department of Financial Services (NY...

    News    19 April 2017
  • Debut Canadian RMBS prepped

    The first RMBS sponsored by a major Canadian bank is marketing. Dubbed Bicentennial Trust 2017-1, th...

    News    18 April 2017
  • Floating-rate ABS lacks support for growth

    Lack of demand will likely limit the growth of floating-rate ABS and CMBS in the US, despite rising...

    News Analysis    13 April 2017
  • Euro secondary ebbs and flows

    Activity in the European securitisation secondary market continues to ebb and flow. Trading patter...

    SCIWire    11 April 2017
  • SCI Start the Week - 10 April

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

    Pipeline ABS names once again made up the majority of last week's pipeline additions. There were al...

    News    10 April 2017
  • Today's RMBS opportunity deconstructed

    US RMBS continue to rally, supported by robust labour and housing markets, cheap credit and increasi...

    Talking Point    10 April 2017