NEW YORK, May 19, 2022--(BUSINESS WIRE)--KBRA releases its RMBS Trend Watch, covering updates on key RMBS market and performance themes as of year-to-date (YTD) 2022. In addition, we focus on changes to non-qualified mortgage (NQM) structural features and credit enhancement via excess spread.
YTD 2022 Issuance Volume: Q1 2022 issuance was at almost $43 billion, the second-highest post-GFC quarter ever, and higher than our Q1 2022 forecast of approximately $37 billion.
2022 Issuance Expectation: KBRA expects Q2 2022 to close at approximately $38 billion, and Q3 to decrease further to $29 billion across the prime, non-prime, and credit risk transfer (CRT) segments because of rising interest rates and an unfavorable spread environment for issuers. We continue to expect 2022 to close as a record post-GFC issuance year, with over $131 billon in aggregate issuance.
Spreads: To date, issuance spreads widened rapidly for all sectors as supply and demand volatility hit nearly all-time highs.
Depressed Excess Spread in Non-Prime: In 2022, investors have broadly demanded wider spreads across RMBS sub-asset classes given expectations regarding extension, among other things.
Moving Away From Modified Sequential: Prior to COVID-19, nearly all non-prime transactions were issued using the modified sequential structure; however, so far in 2022, the sequential structure has become much more prevalent—accounting for nearly two-thirds of YTD transactions.
RMBS 2.0 Credit Performance: YTD 2022 credit performance continued to show steadily improving conditions across all sectors.
Surveillance Activity: As of YTD 2022, KBRA conducted surveillance reviews of 46 transactions, resulting in 1,116 affirmations, 115 upgrades, and no downgrades.
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