Strategy and Outlook


What Makes the DOJ's Subprime Auto Probe Different

The auto loan market has a different track record and players than mortgages, setting the stage for a unique fight among prosecutors, lenders and dealers.

What’s Holding Back RMBS, and What Could Take its Place

While the recovery in issuance of non-agency residential mortgage backed securities remains anemic and disappointing, there is growing supply of GSE risk-sharing programs.

BOE, ECB Make Proposals to Boost Securitization

In a joint discussion paper, the central banks say that securitization market was unfairly tarnished and that a well functioning market can help provide credit to businesses.

MBA Cuts Mortgage Forecast Again, Cites Lagging Home Purchases

The Mortgage Bankers Association has cut its 2014 loan origination forecast to $1.05 trillion because home purchase loan application volume is well behind where it was this time last year.

'Quiet Death' Likely Awaits GSE Reform Push

The chance of any housing finance reform bill moving in Congress this year — as well as in the foreseeable future — is now seriously in question after six key Democrats have apparently rejected the plan offered by Senate Banking Committee leaders.



Fitch: External Factors Biggest Threat in 2014

Overall issuance growth will moderate in 2014, Fitch Ratings' managing director for asset backed securities says in the firm's outlook.

How Big Box Bankruptcies Would Impact CMBS

Direct exposure to either J.C. Penney or Sears is typically highest in seasoned deals where there are only a small number of loans remaining, and one is secured by a retail property.

No Exception to Risk Retention for CLOs

Risk-retention rules could thin the ranks of CLO managers; the industry was hoping for a workaround, but what it got is pretty much unworkable.

Risk Retention Rules May Shrink U.S. CLO Market

The U.S. market for collateralized loan obligations would shrink by 75% if proposed risk-retention rules are implemented, according to the Loan Syndication and Trading Association.

New Trade Group, Same Old Problem?

Longstanding tensions within the American Securitization Forum (ASF) boiled over in March, when most of its board of directors resigned and formed a new trade group.


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China Auto Securitization Gears Up

As more and more Chinese gain the financial access to buy a car with a loan, lenders will look increasingly to securitization to keep origination going.

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