Thursday, June 26, 2008

Alt-A Defaults Rise Sharply

by Bill McBride on 6/26/2008 12:47:00 PM

Paul Jackson at Housing Wire reports: Alt-A Performance Gets Much Worse in May

A new report released by Clayton Fixed Income Services, Inc. on Wednesday afternoon found that 60+ day delinquency percentages and roll rates increased in every vintage during May among Alt-A loans ... Add in soaring borrower defaults, and the picture doesn’t get much better. Clayton reported that the 2006 vintage saw 60+ day borrower deliquencies among Alt-A first liens reach 21.22 percent in May, up 10.5 percent in a single month; 2007 fared even worse, with 60+ day delinquencies ratcheting up 22 percent to 18.55 percent.
Paul notes that the rating agencies will be probably have to increase their loss assumptions:
Those numbers make Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services latest assumption of 35 percent loss severity on Alt-A loans, only one month old, already start to look a little too conservative. ... given the data now available, a ratings cut for any AAA classes deemed at risk one month ago would seem to be a foregone conclusion for most investors.
Housing Wire has more details.