Daily Archives: June 20, 2017

AIG breaks into mortgage securitization big-time with high quality first offering

When American International Group sold its mortgage-guaranty unit United Guaranty to Arch Capital Group last year, the company said that it planned to turn to residential mortgages to make up for the loss in revenue from the sale of United Guaranty.

But AIG didn’t start originating new loans. Rather, the company has been buying up high-quality jumbo mortgages, and now plans to securitize those loans.

According to a presale report from Fitch Ratings, AIG is preparing to bring its first residential mortgage-backed securitization to market – a $511.98 million offering backed by 850 jumbo mortgages.

And while AIG is new to the securitization game, the quality of the RMBS deal itself is one of the strongest since the crisis.
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Sen. Warren calls on Federal Reserve to boot 12 Wells Fargo board members over fake accounts

Elizabeth Warren pic

The fallout from Wells Fargo’s fake accounts scandal has been rightfully significant, but if Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., has her way, the fallout will extend to a place it’s barely touched so far – Wells Fargo’s boardroom.

Back in September, the bank was fined $150 million by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, and the city and county of Los Angeles for more than 5,000 of the bank’s former employees opening as many as 2 million fake accounts in order to get sales bonuses.

At the time, the bank said that those 5,000+ employees had already been let go. But since then, the bank agreed to pay at least $142 million to the affected customers, several states and cities cut off their business dealings with the bank, the bank’s CEO and a number of senior executives stepped down, and more executives were terminated by the bank.

But, in Warren’s eyes, all those responsible for the bank’s actions have not yet been held accountable.

On Monday, Warren sent a letter to the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, asking the Fed to remove all 12 of Wells Fargo’s board members who served on the board from 2011 through 2015, the time period that the fake account scandal took place.

Wells Fargo’s board has 15 members, 12 of which were on the board during when the scandal took place.
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