Credit Insurance Risk Transfer helps reduce credit risk for Fannie Mae while bringing additional private capital to the Single Family housing market.
of unpaid principal balance has been covered through CIRT transactions, measured at the time of the transactions, as of Q2 2019.
Credit Insurance Risk Transfer™ (CIRT™) transactions transfer credit risk on a pool of loans to an insurance provider, which may then transfer that risk to one or more reinsurers.
The reinsurance market is a significant and attractive source of private capital because reinsurers generally have diversified books of business that are not heavily concentrated in or highly correlated to U.S. residential mortgage risk.
These transactions complement Fannie Mae's other current risk transfer offerings that leverage the capital markets, mortgage insurance, and lender risk-sharing structures.
Fannie Mae offers both post-acquisition and front-end CIRT transactions. Post-acquisition transactions transfer a portion of credit risk on loans Fannie Mae has already acquired, while front-end transactions commit coverage for loans to be acquired over a forward delivery period. Coverage for front-end transactions begins as soon as those loans are acquired by Fannie Mae, eliminating aggregation risk.
CIRT is designed to be flexible and can cover various loan types acquired by Fannie Mae. While most transactions cover collateral pools similar to the 30-year fixed-rate pools covered by Connecticut Avenue Securities® (CAS), pools of adjustable-rate mortgages and 15/20-year fixed-rate mortgages have been covered on a periodic basis.
Fannie Mae structures its CIRT deal in the following manner:
CIRT insurance policy structure example
Each CIRT transaction is structured with a retention layer and an aggregate limit of liability. Actual loss is determined after property disposition.
- Fannie Mae retains an initial portion of risk.
- If this retention level is exhausted, insurers and/or reinsurers will cover actual losses up to aggregate limit of liability.
- Limit may step down on first anniversary and monthly thereafter depending on level of delinquencies and pool paydowns.
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A transparent program
Key deal documents and data are available on our webpages.
- At-issuance data and monthly performance data are available on Transactions and Servicing Reports
- Transparent pricing for all CIRT transactions to-date is also available on Transactions and Servicing Reports
- Aggregate deal data is available through our free analytics tool, Data Dynamics®
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