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Mortgage Delinquencies Rise After Hurricanes

Posted on December 11, 2017 by Laura Lam

The three major hurricanes that caused devastation during August and September were largely responsible for the third-quarter increase in mortgage delinquencies.  The seasonally adjusted delinquency rate of 4.88% was 64 basis points higher than the second quarter, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s National Delinquency Survey. The 30-day delinquency rate was responsible for 50 basis points of that increase, said Marina Walsh, the MBA’s vice president of industry analysis.  Compared with one year ago, delinquencies were 36 basis points higher. “Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria caused disruptions and destruction in numerous states,” Walsh said. “Florida, Texas, neighboring states, as well…

Cybercrime Will Increase in 2018

Posted on December 05, 2017 by Laura Lam

If you think 2017 was a bad year for cyberattacks, just wait to see what happens in the coming years, one cybersecurity expert warns. “We’ve only seen the beginning,” said Dr. Eric Cole, CEO of Secure Anchor and former CTO of McAfee and Lockheed Martin.  “Cybercrime is big business, it’s a very high-payoff, low-risk crime … we’ve seen nothing yet.” In 2016, U.S. financial losses stemming from cyberattacks totaled $1.33 billion, a 24% increase over the year prior, according to an FBI report. An Accenture study concluded that the number of hacks likely increased by more than 27% between 2016…

Will Regulation Solve Cybersecurity Problems?

Posted on November 13, 2017 by Laura Lam

Cybersecurity was a main topic at a recent New York banking conference.  According to Arthur Lindo, senior associate director of the Fed’s division of supervision and regulation, more rules may not be the best answer to protecting the financial system.  “I don’t think the solution to the cybersecurity problem rests in regulation,” said Lindo.  “We’re going to try a more flexible approach.” The Fed and other regulators issued a notice of proposed rulemaking on cyber risk management standards last year, which is typically followed by a prospective rule. After the industry and others involved in computer security discouraged regulators from…

Banks Rebuilding Positive Image

Posted on October 10, 2017 by Laura Lam

The banking industry’s image with the American public has climbed to its highest point since the 2008 financial meltdown, with 43% now viewing it positively and 30% negatively. But Americans still view banking less positively than they did in the years leading up to the crisis, when it ranked above the average for other industries Gallup measures. The public’s net positive rating of banking — the percentage with a positive view minus the percentage with a negative view of it — slid from +32 in 2007 to -23 in 2009, and bottomed out at -28 in 2010 and 2012. This year’s…

Mortgage Lending Getting Riskier

Posted on October 09, 2017 by Laura Lam

During the second quarter this year, the risk in mortgage lending inched up as the market shifted toward an increased share of investor loans, according to the Q2 2017 Housing Credit Index released by Core Logic.  The index increased to 117 during the second quarter, up a full 20 points from the second quarter last year. However, even after this increase, the credit risk in the second quarter is still within the levels seen from 2001 to 2003, a timeframe that is considered to be a normal baseline for credit risk. The chart shows that while mortgage risk remains at…

A Tale of Two Hurricanes: Equity Disparity in Harvey/Irma Housing Markets

Posted on October 03, 2017 by Laura Lam

The majority of borrowers impacted by Hurricane Harvey have a significant amount of equity, while about 350,000 in Hurricane Irma disaster areas have either limited or negative equity, according to Black Knight Financial Services.  Less than 0.5% of borrowers impacted by Hurricane Harvey were in negative equity positions before the storm hit, and less than 4% have below 10% equity.  In contrast, of borrowers in counties impacted by Hurricane Irma, 5.3% still owe more than the value of their home, and an additional 5.6% have less than 10% equity.  Nationwide, 1.4 million borrowers, or 2.8% of homeowners with mortgages, had negative equity in…

What’s Next for Consumer Data Security?

Posted on September 29, 2017 by Laura Lam

For Equifax, the fallout from its massive data breach is far from over.  The company is facing numerous inquiries from government agencies and even lawsuits.  The breach exposed serious flaws in the financial system’s consumer data security framework.  So how can the financial services industry protect against fraud in the future?  How can they make things safer? According to a new report from ratings agency DBRS, the answer to making things safer is to further embrace technology.  Specifically, DBRS states that it believes the financial services industry needs to move towards biometric security, which would provide additional layers of protection that a Social Security…

Mortgage Fraud Risk on the Rise

Posted on September 28, 2017 by Laura Lam

An estimated 13,404 mortgage applications, representing 0.82% of all applications, filed during the second quarter contained indications of fraud, according to the Mortgage Application Fraud Risk Index released by CoreLogic.  The second-quarter figure is a 16.9% increase from the 12,718 mortgage applications, comprising 0.70% of total applications, that contained indications of fraud recorded in the second quarter of 2016. By state, mortgage application fraud risk was highest in New York, pushing it to overtake Florida as the state with the highest risk. After holding the top spot for the last several years, Florida is now in third after posting a…

Texas Delinquencies Jump 16% After Harvey

Posted on September 26, 2017 by Laura Lam

Mortgage delinquencies in areas affected by Hurricane Harvey last month were 16% higher than in July, according to Black Knight Financial Services.  More than 6,700 new 30-day delinquencies stem from the hurricane and 1,000 borrowers already 30 days past due missed another payment, said Black Knight. Despite the spike in Harvey-related delinquencies, nationally on loans not yet in foreclosure they were flat compared with July, rising only 0.72% to 3.93%, and compared with a year ago the rate is 7.27% lower than it was last August. Texas is now among the 5 states that have seen the most deterioration in their…

Equifax Fallout: What You Need To Know

Posted on September 14, 2017 by Laura Lam

For many people, the news late that Equifax was hit with a data breach that may have compromised personal data of 143 million U.S. consumers brought on a heavy case of déjà vu.  From mid-May through July 2017, social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and, in some instances, driver’s license numbers and credit card numbers were exposed in the breach.  It may have felt like one of the many previous data breaches including Yahoo, Target, and Home Depot.  However this breach looks to be a bit more severe than most of these others and it will have consequences in multiple…