Residential Mortgage-Backed Securities Rating Agencies

Residential Mortgage-Backed Securities are financial instruments consisting of residential mortgages pooled together to form larger more complex financial commodities.
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Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

Amendments to Offshore Fund Rules to Reflect Finance Act 2014 AIFM Partnership Tax Changes - Regulations amending the Offshore Funds Regulations 2009 (the 2009 Regulations) to reflect the Finance Act 2014 changes to...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

New York's Highest Court Will Review First Department Decision on RMBS Putback Statute of Limitations - On June 27, the Court of Appeals for the State of New York agreed to review the First Department's December 2013...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

FMLC Publishes Response on Bail-in Powers - In response to a consultation by HM Treasury, the UK's Financial Markets Law Committee (FMLC) published a letter on June 4 relating to the bail-in powers introduced by the...more

Rating Agency Developments

On May 29, Fitch released its criteria for rating U.S. nonprofit institutions. On May 28, Fitch released its criteria for rating caps and limitations on global structured finance transactions....more

Rating Agency Developments - April 30, 2014

On April 28, Moody’s released a request for comment on proposed changes to its global credit card ABS rating approach. Comments must be submitted by June 9. On April 22, Moody’s released its methodology for rating...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

UK Government Backs "Transparency & Trust" Paper Recommendations - The UK government has published a response paper largely in agreement with the controversial "Transparency & Trust" discussion paper published by its...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

European Banking Authority Publishes Opinion on European Commission's Proposed Amendments to ITS - On April 16, the European Banking Authority (EBA) published via its website an opinion dated April 4, 2014 on...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review - April 14, 2014

Agencies Apply Increased Leverage Ratio to Large U.S. Banks - On April 8, the Fed, FDIC and OCC adopted the final rule to increase the leverage ratio for the largest U.S. banks. The final rule applies to U.S. bank...more

Rating Agency Developments - April 09, 2014

On March 25, Moody’s released its approach to rating RMBS using the MILAN framework. On March 25, Moody’s released its approach to assessing incremental risk posed by ability to repay rules in US RMBS....more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review - March 31, 2014

Fed Issues a Report on Mobile Financial Services - On March 25, the Fed issued a report on the use of mobile phones to obtain financial services. Last year, 33 percent of all mobile phone users and 51 percent of...more

Rating Agency Developments - March 27, 2014

On March 19, S&P released its methodology for rating CDOs of project finance debt. On March 17, Fitch released its criteria for analyzing RMBS under the Ability-to-Repay and Qualified Mortgage rules....more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review - March 3, 2014

UCITS 5 Political Agreement Reached - On February 25, the European Parliament published a press release announcing that political agreement has been reached with the Council of the EU on the proposed UCITS V Directive....more

Rating Agency Developments - Febuary 26, 2014

On February 14, Fitch released its criteria for rating U.S. commercial mortgage servicers. On February 13, Fitch released its criteria for rating RMBS in Latin America. On February 11, Moody’s released its criteria for rating...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review - February 10, 2014

No-Action Letter Provides Relief to M&A Brokers - On January 31, in a significant no-action letter (Letter), the Staff of the Division of Trading and Markets provided assurances that it would not recommend enforcement...more

Rating Agency Developments - Febuary 04, 2014

On January 30, Fitch released its criteria for rating structured finance servicers of various products, including RMBS, CMBS and ABS. On January 30, Fitch released its criteria for rating operational risk of U.S. servicers of...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review - February 3, 2014

Protocol on the Operation of the ESMA MiFID Database - On January 29, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) updated its protocol on the operation of its MiFID database (ESMA/2013/68b). The...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review - January 13, 2014

European Parliament Committee Publishes Opinion on Money Laundering Directive 4 - On January 7, the European Parliament published an opinion, written by its Committee on Legal Affairs (or JURI) relating to the...more

Rating Agency Developments

On December 24, S&P released its methodology for rating U.S. RMBS Synthetic Risk Transfers. On December 23, S&P released its methodology for rating U.S. RMBS surveillance credit and cash flow analysis for pre-2009...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review - January 6, 2014

CFTC Issues Time-Limited No-Action Letter Relating to Certain CDS Clearing-Related Swaps Executed Pursuant to a CDS Settlement Price Process - On December 31, CFTC issued a no-action letter providing time-limited...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review - December 10, 2013

Council of EU Publishes UK Issues Paper on MLD4 - On November 24, the Council of the European Union published a note (dated November 8, 2013) from the Council Presidency to Council Delegations which includes a UK...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review - November 25,2013

FDIC Guidance on Deposit Advance Products - On November 21, the FDIC issued final supervisory guidance to FDIC-supervised financial institutions with respect to the risks imposed by certain deposit advance products. ...more

Rating Agency Developments - November 19, 2013

On November 13, Moody’s released its FHA-VA RMBS surveillance methodology. On November 12, Moody’s released its approach to assessing swap counterparties in cash flow transactions. On November 12, DBRS released its rating...more

Rating Agency Developments - November 12, 2013

On November 6, Moody’s released its U.S. RMBS surveillance methodology. On November 6, Moody’s released its approach to rating RMBS using the ‘MILAN‘ (Moody’s Individual Loan Analysis) framework. On November 6, DBRS released...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review - November 4, 2013

The Fed Approves New Fee Schedules - On October 31, the Fed announced new fee schedules, effective January 2, 2014, for payment services the Federal Reserve Banks provide to depository institutions (priced services). ...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review - September 9, 2013

Agency Template for Tailored Resolution Plans - On September 3, the FDIC and the Fed released an optional model template for tailored resolution plans required to be submitted by the Dodd-Frank Act. SEC Risk...more

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