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FHA, Lenders Clash Over Financing Greener Homes

The Federal Housing Administration is promoting a particular kind of financing for residential energy retrofits that another regulator staunchly opposes. Mortgage lenders and investors have qualms, too, about the impact on their standing in collateral claims.

Two Harbors Pulling Out of Private Label RMBS

The real estate investment trust cited the “challenging" environment in the residential mortgage market and a desire to “reduce operating complexity and costs,” in order to put its capital to work more efficiently.

Freddie Mac Names Winner of First Structured Loan Sale

Freddie Mac has reached a binding commitment with Chimera Investment Corp., a New York-based real estate investment trust, in its pilot structured sale of seasoned loans.

BPCE Pursuing 2nd French RMBS Since Crisis

Groupe Banque Populaire, Caisse D’Epargne (BPCE) is pursuing a second securitization from a revolving pool of up to €50 billion in residential mortgage loans held in its two-year-old asset-backed fund.

Republican Platform Softens Stance on Winding Down Fannie, Freddie

The platform that party officials approved at this week's Republican National Convention in Cleveland states that, "The utility of both agencies should be reconsidered." That contrasts with the 2012 version of the platform, which stated, "Both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac should be wound down in size and scope."

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Reg AB II Returns from Limbo

Regulation AB governs registration, reporting and disclosure requirements for all things asset-backed. The Securities and Exchange Commission appears to be ready to update it significantly, but, nearly four years after changes were originally proposed, it’s not clear exactly what the Commission will do.

Nonbank Mortgage Servicers' Rapid Growth Alarms Investors

Concern is mounting among investors and analysts that Nationstar, Ocwen Financial and Walter Investment are getting so big so quickly that they are becoming too difficult to manage.

Finra Files Proposal to Disseminate Price Data

The proposal would introduce dissemination of trade prices for securities ranging from highly liquid credit card and auto ABS to smaller and more esoteric deals in asset classes such as time shares, to commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS) and highly structured CDOs and collateralized loan obligations.

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.

Ocwen's Loan Mods Rile RMBS Investors

The servicer has a reputation for aggressively writing down principal, often multiple times.

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States Joining Ranks of Student Loan Cherry Pickers

State student loan authorities sense a business opportunity helping graduates who are gainfully employed lower their payments. Their low-cost funding could put them in competition with banks and marketplace lenders.

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