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  • abbr. Alternative-A — Describing mortgages loans that do not conform to the traditional standards of Fannie Mae, but are presented as having an "A" credit rating, based on the borrower's FICO credit score.


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  • But per the latest 10Q, 99% of CIM's non-agency mortgages are classified as Alt-A, which have some of the best risk-reward profile among all mortgages.

  • During the housing boom, IndyMac specialized in so-called Alt-A loans, for which borrowers often had to produce little evidence of income or assets.

    FDIC Draws IndyMac Rebuke

  • The cases brought Friday could be complicated by the fact that there weren't widely accepted definitions about what constituted a subprime or so-called Alt-A mortgage, a category between prime and subprime that allowed for borrowers to provide little or no documentation of their incomes.

    SEC Brings Crisis-Era Suits

  • Those dealers have until 1 p.m. on Wednesday to submit bids on the securities, which are backed by subprime and so-called "Alt-A" home loans issued between 2005 and 2007.

    Fed Will Auction Securities From AIG Bailout This Week

  • The note said most of the so-called Alt-A bonds were well-bid, but the weakest subprime bonds did not sell.

    'Fatigue' Over Fed's Maiden Lane Auctions

  • Regulators are focusing on the way both companies reported their subprime mortgage portfolios and concentrations of loans extended to borrowers who offered little documentation, also known as Alt-A loans.

    NYT > Home Page

  • At the time, Fannie's executives were trying to expand the company's market share by buying up more subprime and so-called Alt-A loans, the SEC said.

    Washington Post: Breaking News, World, US, DC News & Analysis

  • In addition, the Company owned a total of seven collateralized mortgage obligations and asset-backed securities approximating $2.1 million classified as Alt-A which is a credit category between prime and subprime.

  • It took a couple of hours before I became aware of what had precipitated the slide: Moody’s had downgraded to junk-bond status portions of fifteen different mortgage-backed debt issues that we had packaged and underwritten, including some so-called Alt-A bonds, a designation that was supposed to indicate solid quality and safety.

    The Rise and Fall of Bear Stearns

  • The charts below display the typical tranche shares for subprime and Alt-A mortgage-backed securities MBSs in 2006, and show that 85.9 percent of subprime MBS tranches, and 95.3 percent of Alt-A tranches, were rated either AAA or AA.

    Mark J. Perry and Robert Dell: How Government Failure Caused the Great Recession


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