Thursday, October 04, 2007

More Moody's Subprime Data

by Tanta on 10/04/2007 05:50:00 PM

As a follow-up to CR's post below, here's a chart from the Moody's report, "Subprime Mortgage Market Update: September 2007," released yesterday.

Note that this chart calculates delinquencies as a percent of the original security balance, so these numbers may not match other delinquency measures you have seen reported that are based on current security balances.

And what seems to be driving 2006 and 2007 delinquencies?
The data show that, as we have noted in previous communications, loan performance for the 2006 subprime vintage seems to be driven primarily by the proportions of stated documentation loans and high CLTV loans backing the transactions as well as the proportion of loans that combine (or "layer") these risk characteristics. (Stated documentation loans are those loans for which the borrower's income and assets are not verified by documentation during the loan approval process and therefore are more likely to be overstated.) Interestingly, FICO scores and LTV ratios do not vary significantly between the strongest and weakest performing transactions and on average transaction performance does not appear to have been influenced by these characteristics.

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