July 31, 1985
The buyer was Salomon Bros., the New York investment banking firm. The sale price was not disclosed, but the amount was termed "modest" by William J. Popejoy, chairman of Irvine-based Financial Corp. of America. FCA Mortgage Securities was started by former Chairman Charles W. Knapp, but it never got off the ground because of FCA's troubles last year. The subsidiary was supposed to buy loans from mortgage bankers, pool them together and sell them to investors for a fee.
April 17, 1986
The Federal National Mortgage Assn. announced that it will start issuing securities backed by new government-insured mortgages, a move intended to bridge the gap caused by the temporary suspension of these guarantees by the Government National Mortgage Assn. Last week, Ginnie Mae temporarily stopped making the guarantees, which affected new loans from the Federal Housing Administration and the Veterans Administration.
May 7, 1995 |
Mutual funds that invest in mortgage-backed securities are enjoying a fine rebound this year after a dismal 1994, shoring up confidence in these popular, if complex, investments. Mortgage fund shareholders who held on through last year's tough climate earned a 5.7% average return over the first four months of 1995, nearly a point better than taxable bond funds generally, reports Morningstar Inc. of Chicago.
February 26, 1988 |
After years of domination by two giant Wall Street investment banking firms, the $700-billion U.S. mortgage-backed securities market is witnessing a significant redistribution of market share, industry sources say. Salomon Bros. and First Boston Inc., which three years ago collectively handled 60% of the mortgage business, now are responsible for just 30% of the $4 billion to $5 billion worth of mortgage securities traded each day.
December 21, 2007 |
The country's largest bond insurer shocked financial markets Thursday with a disclosure about its exposure to risky mortgage-related securities, sending its shares plunging and calling into question the safety of tens of billions of dollars of corporate and local government debt held by investors. MBIA Inc. said that of the $30 billion in complex mortgage securities it insured, about $8 billion was of the type viewed as most risky.
February 4, 2013 |
The federal government is embarking on one of its most ambitious efforts to assign blame for the financial crisis, going after Wall Street's biggest credit rating firm for its role in pumping up the housing bubble. The Justice Department filed a lawsuit late Monday in Los Angeles federal court against Standard & Poor's Corp. The suit accuses the company's analysts of issuing glowing reviews on troubled mortgage securities whose subsequent failure helped cause the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression.