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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Moody's may Downgrade $241 Billion in Prime Jumbo Securities

by Calculated Risk on 3/19/2009 09:19:00 AM

From Reuters: Moody's may cut $241 billion jumbo mortgage debt

... reflecting widening stress in the U.S. housing market, Moody's Investors Service on Thursday said it may downgrade $240.7 billion of securities backed by prime-quality "jumbo" U.S. residential mortgages because defaults will be higher than they expected.
It said 70 percent of the 2005 senior securities will likely remain investment-grade, with the rest falling to "junk." Securities issued later may suffer deeper downgrades. Moody's also said subordinated securities from 2006, 2007 and 2008 transactions "will likely be completely written down."
Defaults continue to increase in higher priced areas ...