The quality of a bond insurer's underwriting and insured portfolio is the primary focus of investors of insured bonds. One factor that can escape investors' attention, however, is a bond insurer's exposure to servicer risk presented in its structured finance portfolio. A poor servicer could expose a bond insurer to claims regardless of the performance of the underlying assets in a transaction. Standard & Poor's Ratings Services does not have specific bond insurance criteria to address servicer risk. As part of its review process, however, Standard & Poor's examines a bond insurer's servicer exposure in terms of servicer quality and concentration, and includes exposure to an insurer's largest servicer as part of its liquidity testing. This article will focus on...
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- Wells Fargo & Co.
- Washington Mutual Bank, Seattle
- Ambac Assurance Corp.
- Countrywide Home Loans Inc.
- Financial Guaranty Insurance Co.
- Assured Guaranty Municipal Corp.
- MBIA Insurance Corp.
- Assured Guaranty Corp
- United Companies Financial Corp.
- Provident Bank
- Radian Asset Assurance Inc.
- Fifth Third Bank
- OCWEN Financial Corp.
- IndyMac Bank FSB
- ACA Financial Guaranty Corp.
- NovaStar Mortgage, Inc.
- Fleet Bank N.A., Rhode Island
- Nationstar Mortgage LLC
- PHH Mortgage Corp
- Syncora Guarantee Inc.
- Homecomings Financial - A GMAC Company
- Acenden Ltd.
- Barclays Capital Real Estate Inc.
- CitiFinancial Mortgage Securities Inc.
- New Century Financial Corp.
- GMAC Residential Funding Co. LLC
- EMC Mortgage Corp.
- Option One Mortgage Corp
- Accredited Home Lenders, Inc.
- Select Portfolio Servicing Inc