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Thoughts from the Desk...

Together we are living, working, and fighting through a yet to be written new chapter in history and we are facing new challenges at every turn. COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019) has claimed over 7,000 lives, demanded factory shutdowns, quarantines and isolation, and [...]

Records!!

It’s obvious that whoever pens the record books for financial stats is going to have a hand cramp after the past couple of weeks. The equity and commodities markets selling off extraordinary amounts, as well as the unprecedented moves in equities and bonds have us reeling [...]

Market Commentary: The Impact of Rate Movement and Loan Characteristics on Servicing Value

In terms of the secondary market, a mortgage loan is essentially made up of two separate parts, the loan asset and the servicing asset – which may be split up, packaged, and sold separately. The largest of the two pieces is the loan asset, which is cashflow of the loan [...]

Market Commentary: The Impact of Rates, Seasonality, and Appreciation on Mortgage Volumes

Mortgage originations are booming! While this is primarily fueled by the most recent refi boom, there are other aspects to this that, right now, are also favorable and adding fuel to the fire. The loan purpose is one of the main determinants of how volume will be affected by [...]

Market Commentary: Optimal Blue Examines the Mid-Cycle Adjustment

At its July meeting, the Federal Open Market Committee (Fed) cut its baseline interest rate by 0.25%, its first rate cut in more than a decade. Since the last rate cut, they have executed three rounds of Quantitative Easing (QE), significantly reduced the balance sheet from [...]