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2015 Looks Bright for RMBS Market

In its predictions for 2015, Moody's says stronger underwriting standards, third-party reviews, and the implementation of risk retention rules will all bolster the credit quality of new private-label RMBS. "New regulations setting strict standards for origination of qualified mortgages along with ability-to-repay rules will drive the strong credit quality of new issuance," said Navneet Agarwhal, managing director at Moody's.

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Analysts Warn of ‘Next Generation’ of Subprime Lenders

Regulators have recently moved to curb growth at non-bank servicers amid concerns about their practices—and that might actually be for the best, say analysts for Moody's Investors Service. At the same time, they worry that companies might attempt to offset any slowdown in growth by shifting business models and originating non-prime mortgages, “a net credit negative.”

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Moody’s Review Extension Draws Commentary from Genworth

Responding to Moody's Investors Service Inc.'s decision to extend the review period for potential downgrades for portions of the company's debt, Genworth Financial, Inc., has issued an official statement on the pending evaluations. Noting that Genworth is proceeding with urgency in its dealings with Moody's, the company expressed confidence in the outcome of the review process.

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MICA Reports Continued Increases in Private Insurance

The number of borrowers using private mortgage insurance (MI) continues to climb, according to the latest monthly statistical release from Mortgage Insurance Companies of America (MICA). MICA's member companies - which include Genworth US Mortgage Insurance, Mortgage Guaranty Insurance, and Radian Guaranty - reported $397.5 billion in primary insurance during August, an increase from $396.4 billion in July. The total tally for primary insurance received a boost from reported monthly increases in volume, certificates issued, and applications.

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