Mortgage backed securities

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  2. Greg Bernhardt

    Staff: Admin

    Why did it upset you? Can you explain?
  3. Poor regulation of MBS are what caused the 2008 crash. The article didn't mention that at all, or what has been done to rectify the underlying issue. He mentions book value?! Guffaw! Who decides how much the underlying real estate is worth? The Fed with their 40 bil MBS purchasing?

    I'm no finance dude, but that bozo, Adnan Khan, who wrote that article doesn't mention any of the risks or greater politics involved. I feel he's actively trying to mislead people who don't know any better.

    He is an individual blogger, but Motley has a reputation to uphold.

    What are your thoughts Greg?
    (And what happened to the job posting section? My physics postdoc is finishing up soon and I'm about to start looking)
  4. russ_watters

    Staff: Mentor

    True, but they've been around for 45 years and it is only because of some changes to them 10 years ago that there were problems. So that doesn't automatically mean that this is a bad investment.
    Book value is what is written on the mortgage documents. It may as well be set in stone. I'm not clear on what your complaint is with that. Are you thinking that because real estate can vary with markets that that makes the value variable? If so, you misunderstand: a mortgage is a contract with a fixed value, not fixed to the value of the property it is associated with.
    It appears to me that it is strictly factual and that you may be reading something into it that isn't there or responding to an emotion/bias.
  5. OmCheeto

    OmCheeto 2,239
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    2014 Award

    The headline does make you wonder:

    How can a financial company "with a large chunk of its portfolio" based on 30 year mortgages pay 14% when mortgage rates are around 4%?

    I have heard of companies paying good dividends to attract people's money.
    I had a friend who had his life savings in Citigroup.
    He said he loved them because they paid great dividends.
    He committed suicide a while back.
    His name was Greg, coincidentally.
    He wasn't quite my age, but pretty close.
    I could tell he was getting tired.
    Let's see, he had about $200,000 invested, making $8000 a year in dividends.
    Which turned into $15,000, making about $.50 a year in dividends.

    Wow. That's kind of depressing. :frown:

    Do you really think there are people that haven't been paying attention?
  6. How can a financial company "with a large chunk of its portfolio" based on 30 year mortgages pay 14% when mortgage rates are around 4%?

    by borrowing at a lower rate to invest in the business. I.e. leveraging. Which means they're even more susceptible to market fluctuations. If something like a margin call happens, they're wiped out.

    And yes I'm emotional about this!! Any who claims they aren't is either a liar, a sociopath, or has some form of autism.....
    Last edited: Apr 8, 2013
  7. before mortgage backed securities were issued in 1968, every small bank in america was a leveraged pool of mortgages. Why is the fact that a few publicly traded companies have leveraged themselves to invest in mortgage a serious problem?
  8. russ_watters

    Staff: Mentor

    I'm reasonably certain the complexity enables you to get around that. The way I understand it is that it is a bet on a bet, so you are betting on just the gain/loss not on the entire principal.
  9. russ_watters

    Staff: Mentor

    1. Government policy changes in the 1990s drove the quality of the mortgages down.
    2. Government deregulation of the investments/banks in the 1990s allowed banks to be their own investment companies and "independent" rating agencies, which hid the fact that the quality had gone down.
  10. the mortgage REITs like NLY hold agency (conforming) mortgages, not subprime or alt-A - just like S&Ls used to
  11. no, most mortgage REITs simply leverage agency pass-throughs. NLY, for example, is levered 8-1 (which is below the 12-1 regulatory capital requirements for commercial banks)
  12. HallsofIvy

    HallsofIvy 41,265
    Staff Emeritus
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    I recently sold a house, getting several offers at the same time. The highest offer, that I did NOT accept, was dependent on the buyer getting a mortgage for 98% of the purchase price with a 2% down payment. No, apparently we haven't learned anything!
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