The biggest gain in bank MBS investment over the past year was in agency pass-throughs, up 11.4% from December 2018, although holdings of non-agency securities also climbed 7.4%. (Includes two data charts.)
But there were some hiccups in the overall trend. For starters, refi loans originated in the retail channel actually had slightly lower average credit scores than correspondent- and broker-originated refinances…
A large concentration of refinance loans meant that retail mortgages sold to the agencies had higher credit scores — along with lower LTV and DTI ratios — than did third-party originations. Seller profiles were shaped by their channel strategies. (Includes two data charts.)
For the first time, Freddie was able to charge a higher average g-fee for new single-family business during the fourth quarter of 2019. Pricing disparity was a key driver in the development of the uniform MBS.