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Perspectives on Dodd-Frank and Finance$
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Paul H. Schultz

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780262028035

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262028035.001.0001

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The Dodd–Frank Act and the Regulation of Risk Retention in Mortgage-Backed Securities

The Dodd–Frank Act and the Regulation of Risk Retention in Mortgage-Backed Securities

Chapter:
(p.201) 12 The Dodd–Frank Act and the Regulation of Risk Retention in Mortgage-Backed Securities
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Perspectives on Dodd-Frank and Finance
Author(s):

Cem Demiroglu

Christopher M. James

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262028035.003.0012

Professors Cem Demiroglu and Christopher James discuss the economic rationale for the regulation of risk retention for mortgage backed securities and review empirical work on risk retention. Dodd-Frank requires residential mortgage-backed securities sponsors to retain at least 5% of the credit risk of the mortgage. When mortgages are securitized, sponsors have less incentive to gather soft information about loan quality. There is evidence, however, that investors are aware of this decrease in incentives and price these securities appropriately. Possible refinements to the risk retention rules are proposed.

Keywords:   Securitization, Qualified Residential Mortgage, QRM, RMBS, Risk Retention

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