Structured Credit Investor


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).

  • GS meeting settlement requirements

    Goldman Sachs is meeting its consumer relief requirements as part of its US$5bn RMBS settlement, say...

    News Round-up    21 September 2016
  • South African RMBS 'robust'

    South African RMBS will remain robust despite subdued growth expected for the country's economy, acc...

    News Round-up    20 September 2016
  • RFC on RMBS methodology

    DRBS has issued a request for comment on the proposed UK addendum to its European RMBS methodology,...

    News Round-up    20 September 2016
  • Australian mortgage arrears rise

    Mortgage arrears in Australia have risen 4bp to 1.14% in 2Q16, which comes as a surprise to the mark...

    News Round-up    19 September 2016
  • SCI Start the Week - 19 September

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

    Pipeline After the flood of additions in the week before, last week's pipeline activity was calmer....

    News    19 September 2016
  • Brazil RMBS RFC issued

    Moody's has published a request for comment on its proposed approach to Brazilian RMBS, to be submit...

    News Round-up    16 September 2016
  • DB enters RMBS settlement talks

    Deutsche Bank has commenced negotiations with the US Department of Justice (DoJ) to settle civil cla...

    News Round-up    16 September 2016
  • Ocwen steps up loan mods

    Ocwen's loan modification activity has doubled beginning in July with the implementation of...

    News Round-up    16 September 2016
  • Horizontal interest

    Sponsors assess horizontal risk retention benefits

    An increasing number of US sponsors are expected to retain a horizontal rather than a vertical risk...

    News Analysis    16 September 2016
  • STACR hits tightest price

    Freddie Mac has priced its sixth STACR offering of the year, with the senior M1 notes printing at th...

    News Round-up    15 September 2016
  • Second SFR deal repaid

    American Homes 4 Rent (AH4R) has repaid the US$342.1m loan that backs the American Residential Prope...

    News Round-up    13 September 2016
  • Canadian RMBS transferred

    Equitable Bank has entered into an agreement with Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) to...

    News Round-up    13 September 2016
  • Chinese issuance gains momentum

    China's structured finance market will continue expanding in both scope and scale, with increased as...

    News Round-up    13 September 2016
  • Euro secondary unmoved

    The European securitisation secondary markets have been unmoved by recent broader market volatility....

    SCIWire    13 September 2016
  • Housing boost for Spain

    The bottoming-out of house prices in Spain will reduce the expected severity of mortgage defaults, r...

    News    13 September 2016
  • Ocwen fails two tests

    Ocwen failed two compliance tests in 4Q15 due to force-placed insurance, according to the latest US...

    News Round-up    12 September 2016
  • NPL portfolio on the block

    Freddie Mac is auctioning off a US$1.1bn portfolio of seasoned non-performing residential whole loan...

    News Round-up    12 September 2016
  • SCI Start the Week - 12 September

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

    Pipeline A flood of ABS and CMBS additions swelled the pipeline last week. There were 18 of the fo...

    News    12 September 2016
  • Cannibal territory?

    Covered bond growth poses threat to RMBS

    The pace of the ECB's investment in the ABSPP and CBPP3 appears to be slowing, yet the impact the pr...

    News Analysis    12 September 2016
  • Prepayment spikes

    Shift in focus for agency CRT investors?

    Investors in US agency credit risk transfer (CRT) RMBS are taking note of recent STACR prepayment sp...

    News Analysis    9 September 2016
  • MBS salesman suspended

    Kevin Blaney has agreed to pay a US$30,000 fine and serve a three-month suspension from association...

    Job Swaps    9 September 2016