Category Archives: Asia-Pacific Market

S&P Ratings Shares 2015 Overview Of Australia’s Housing Market And RMBS

Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services has just published its annual overview of Australia’s housing market and residential mortgage backed securities (RMBS). The report, “An Overview Of Australia’s Housing Market And Residential Mortgage-Backed Securities,” considers the key drivers that underpin the performance trends of housing loans in Australia, and examines the key characteristics of the Australian […]

Live Webcast and Q&A: Rating Methodology And Assumptions For Affordable Multifamily Housing Bonds

Please join Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services on Thursday, July 17, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time for an interactive, live Webcast and Q&A on the recently issued rating methodology and assumptions for affordable multifamily housing bonds. We will discuss the final criteria, the impact on outstanding ratings and answer any questions you may have. […]

Housing Bubbles Around the World

The International Monetary Fund (IMF), best known for bailing out over-indebted countries, is worried about housing bubbles around the world. In a recent speech (here) Martin Zhu, the Deputy Managing Director of the IMF, notes that housing prices are climbing in numerous countries. Citing the experience here in the U.S. with the housing boom and […]

Housing Angst Around the World

While housing news in the US is mixed – starts rebounded above one million units at annual rates on a surge in apartments while the NAHB Housing Market Sentiment Index slipped to 45 – other markets are spreading fear and anxiety. China’s housing market appears to be peaking, raising fears of a further slowdown in […]

Affordable Housing Hot Topics Event

Please save Tuesday, June 10, for Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services’ Affordable Housing Hot Topics Event in New York. Senior credit analysts from S&P Ratings’ Housing Enterprises and Structured Securities group along with our financial services, corporate and RMBS ratings teams will discuss mortgage finance and housing industry trends. Our cross-sector topics will include: U.S. […]

Australian RMBS Heading For Busiest Year Since 2008

The Australian residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) market may be heading for its busiest year since 2008 issuance amid renewed investor interest in the asset class, according to a new report issued by Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services. The report, “Australian RMBS Issuance Has Strengthened, But Is The Revival Sustainable?,” notes that more than A$8 billion […]

Why China’s Residential Developers Are Back On Solid Ground

China’s residential real estate developers are on less shaky terrain this year. That’s a key finding from a new sector report issued by Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services titled “China’s Residential Developers Are Back On Solid Ground; Outlook Revised To Stable”.  Property sales have strengthened and more developers are able to improve their liquidity at […]

An Overview Of Australia’s Housing Market And Residential Mortgage-Backed Securities

Investors in Australian residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) continue to benefit from the strong credit performance of the underlying residential mortgage portfolios. However, there is only muted growth in new RMBS issuance activity where real-money investors, including limited foreign investors, are gradually re-emerging. Until quite recently, the Australian government’s partake in Australian RMBS has been heavily […]

Australia’s Quarterly RMBS Performance Watch Report Now Offers More Features

In Australia, Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services is now providing more features in its quarterly RMBS Performance Watch report. The latest edition includes a state-by-state breakdown of low-documentation (low-doc) loans underlying Australian RMBS, the arrears performance over time of investment loans compared with owner-occupied loans, the arrears performance of loans in metropolitan versus nonmetropolitan areas, […]

For China’s Property Developers, Will Weaker Economic Conditions Obstruct Recovery Prospects?

Like many others, Chinese property developers are nervously waiting to see what’s in store for China’s weakening economy. And they probably have some cause to worry. A weak economic outlook typically dampens purchasing power and investment sentiment, potentially leading to easing property sales and weaker credit quality. Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services has highlighted the […]

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