Las Vegas, Nev. (PRWEB) October 20, 2009
DIAMOND RESORTS INTERNATIONAL
Las Vegas, Nev. (PRWEB) October 20, 2009
DIAMOND RESORTS INTERNATIONAL
New York (PRWEB) October 28, 2009
Standard & Poor’s Fixed Income Risk Management Services (FIRMS), an analytics and research unit separate from S&P’s ratings business that delivers solutions to help investors perform greater due diligence on the financial instruments in their portfolios, today announced the availability of a new data feed for investors that can help them evaluate exposure and risk in the U.S. RMBS market.
Standard & Poor’s Global Data Solutions — U.S. RMBS Edition provides investors with loan-level subprime loan performance data, as well as Alternative-A, Prime Jumbo and additional collateral types. The data feed’s granular loan-level data includes static origination details as well as dynamic performance data, including delinquency status, current balance, current interest rate and more. Robust data quality standards and metrics have been established to maximize the accuracy of the data. The monthly data feed will provide users with detailed performance information within a few days of availability. Additionally, Standard & Poor’s is planning to include in the feed the American Securitization Forum’s ASF LINC, a unique loan identifier applied at the loan level and intended to help identify and track mortgages throughout their lifetime as they are bought, sold, and securitized.
“In today’s environment, it is essential for investors to have access to granular and timely loan-level data,” said David Goldstein, Managing Director. “Because S&P collects much of this information for our own research and analysis, we recognized that we could further assist investors track month-to-month loan performance, identify loan default trends, and monitor performance pools at a deal-level by giving them access to Standard & Poor’s Global Data Solutions –U.S. RMBS data.”
The U.S. RMBS Edition is available through Standard & Poor’s Global Data Solutions, a robust data platform that brings together a comprehensive series of discrete data classes for investors and third-party distributors. Investors can select the type of feed they would like to receive based on their individual needs: the universe feed or a deal-based or loan-based sub-set of the U.S. RMBS Edition.
For more information, please call toll free 1-877-SPCLIENT, Option 2 or send an email to GlobalDataSolutions_RMBS@standardandpoors.com.
About Standard & Poor’s
Standard & Poor’s, a subsidiary of The McGraw-Hill Companies (NYSE:MHP), is the world’s foremost provider of independent credit ratings, indices, risk evaluation, investment research and data. With offices in 23 countries and markets, Standard & Poor’s is an essential part of the world’s financial infrastructure and has played a leading role for nearly 150 years in providing investors with the independent benchmarks they need to feel more confident about their investment and financial decisions. For more information, visit http://www.standardandpoors.com.
About Standard & Poor’s Fixed Income Risk Management Services
Standard & Poor’s Fixed Income Risk Management Services delivers a portfolio of products and services to investors that serve the global financial markets by providing market intelligence and analytic insight for risk driven investment analysis, including for the debt, structured finance, derivative, and credit markets.
Standard & Poor’s Fixed Income Risk Management Services are performed separately from any other analytic activity of Standard & Poor’s. The unit has no access to non- public information received by other units of Standard & Poor’s. Standard & Poor’s does not trade on its own account.
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New York, NY (PRWEB) October 29, 2009
Standard & Poor’s Fixed Income Risk Management Services (FIRMS), an analytics and research unit separate from S&P’s ratings business, that delivers solutions to help investors perform greater analysis on the financial instruments in their portfolios, and Veros Real Estate Solutions, a leading provider of model-driven valuations on real property, today announced a strategic alliance aimed at providing the market with property valuation information specific to loans underlying residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS).
Fully understanding the loan-to-value ratio (LTV) of an underlying mortgage is one of the greatest challenges financial professionals face when they analyze mortgages and RMBS. Through this alliance, investors will have direct access to S&P loan level information as well as a wide range of collateral valuation data from Veros including current property value estimates, combined loan to value ratios and home price forecasts.
“The goal of this alliance is to provide RMBS investors worldwide greater clarity, transparency, and analytical capabilities when assessing the risk of their US RMBS holdings and their collateral” said David Goldstein, Managing Director at Standard & Poor’s FIRMS. “This alliance is one more step toward improving the disclosure of information on collateral underlying RMBS, and refining the quality and integrity of information available to investors. The first stage in this strategic alliance will be to offer Veros loan level property information along with Standard & Poor’s Global Data Solutions –U.S. RMBS Edition.”
“Veros is very excited to be an integral part of Standard & Poor’s efforts to provide greater loan level analytics to the non-agency market,” said Darius Bozorgi, President and CEO of Veros. “The combination of Standard & Poor’s FIRMS RMBS loan level data and analytics along with Veros’ insightful property valuation data sets provides an unmatched unique offering for investors.”
About Standard & Poor’s Fixed Income Risk Management Services:
Standard & Poor’s Fixed Income Risk Management Services delivers a portfolio of products and services to investors that serve the global financial markets by providing market intelligence and analytic insight for risk driven investment analysis, including for the debt, structured finance, derivative and credit markets. Standard & Poor’s Fixed Income Risk Management Services are performed separately from any other analytic activity of Standard & Poor’s. The unit has no access to non- public information received by other units of Standard & Poor’s. Standard & Poor’s does not trade on its own account.
About Standard & Poor’s:
Standard & Poor’s, a subsidiary of The McGraw-Hill Companies (NYSE:MHP), is the world’s foremost provider of independent credit ratings, indices, risk evaluation, investment research and data. With offices in 23 countries and markets, Standard & Poor’s is an essential part of the world’s financial infrastructure and has played a leading role for more than 140 years in providing investors with the independent benchmarks they need to feel more confident about their investment and financial decisions. For more information, visit http://www.standardandpoors.com.
About Veros Real Estate Solutions:
Veros Real Estate Solutions, a proven leader in enterprise risk management and collateral valuation services, uniquely combines the power of predictive technology, data analytics and industry expertise to deliver advanced automated decisioning solutions. Veros products and services, integrated into industry leading companies, are now optimizing millions of profitable decisions throughout the mortgage industry from loan origination through servicing and securitization. Veros provides solutions to control risk and increase profits including automated valuations, fraud and risk detection, portfolio analysis, forecasting, and next-generation collateral risk management platforms. Veros is headquartered in Santa Ana, Calif. For more information, visit http://www.veros.com or call Veros at (714) 415-6300.
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Washington, D.C. (PRWEB) November 2, 2009
Peter Mazonas, Life Settlement Financial (LSF) CEO testified today before the SEC Life Settlement Task Force in support of the use of accounting standards to enforce consistency in the valuation of securitized pools of life settlements. As investment banks ramp up their efforts to create new investment opportunities, the SEC Life Settlement Task Force is studying how this can be done in ways that protect investors in this emerging market. Hoping to avoid the catastrophic events brought about by misvalued mortgage pools, the SEC heard from an industry leader who described new methods of individual life settlement evaluation.
A life settlement is the sale of a life insurance policy to a third party. The new owner continues to pay the premiums and receives the face value of the policy at maturity. The original policy owner gets out from under the burden of paying premiums and receives a lump sum cash payment. An increasing number of states have adopted or rewritten life settlement legislation in light of the demand for such transactions.
Now, as investment banks are looking to create securitized pools of these assets, the need for even greater transparency becomes crucial. Whether in an individual policy or pool of policies, the key variable in pricing involves the estimation of the life expectancy of the insured. The shorter the life expectancy (LE), the fewer years of premiums necessary to keep the policy in force. The longer the LE, the more years that premiums will have to be paid out before collecting the death benefit. This is the key determinate in pricing a life settlement policy.
FASB auditing standards require that there be two methods to evaluate or value the policy pool. Since the only real variable is the LE, this would suggest the need for two methods of predicting life expectancy. The currently available method is based on underwriter’s review of the medical records of the insured. The nationally recognized underwriters all use the same medical records but apply their own interpretation of the information within. Although this method has been the basis for LE prediction, it contains some inherent errors that can result in significant mispricing.
For the SEC to apply the necessary two methods of evaluation, Mazonas suggested the need for another predictive tool, “A distinctly different methodology exists which is based on current health and accurately predicts the decline of health at the individual level.” Based on eighteen years of data from the National Long Term Care Survey, award-winning actuary Eric Stallard, research professor at a major research university, has created a model that utilizes more, and more relevant, information than is found in a medical records only LE estimate. This peer reviewed and published model is based on over 317,000 person years of data.
The mortality model has since been independently implemented in the Longevity Cost Calculator (LCC), owned by Life Settlement Financial, and a working Web-based model is available at https://www.lifesettlementfinancial.com. The LCC takes into account functional and cognitive impairments as well as range of motion and behavioral changes of the insureds. Health care workers in senior residences and hospitals have long witnessed that these impairments are a greater predictor of mortality than medical conditions. LSF has made this available in a computer model based on 76 questions about the insured that include medical conditions.
Mazonas applauded the SEC’s desire to get it right at the beginning as this new wave of securitizations takes shape. “It would seem a shame to squander this opportunity, especially given the problems concerning other types of securitizations that we have all witnessed during the recent past. “
Life Settlement Financial, LLC was founded in 2006 and is located in Northern California. Its management believes that life settlements are a consumer benefit as well as a public policy enhancement. Giving seniors who own life insurance the possibility of finding cash that they did not realize that they had should be encouraged in this economy. As seniors struggle to avoid relying on state and federal Medicaid aid, they should be rewarded for remaining solvent and a life settlement can go a long way toward allowing this to occur.
For more information about life settlements and LSF go to http://www.lifesettlementfinancial.com or call 888 321-5970.
Media Contact: Dr. Bob Rosenberg, 415 526-5973
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Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) November 11, 2009
Ruth Porat, Global Head, Financial Institutions Group, Morgan Stanley will join the tenth annual Wharton Finance Conference as a Keynote Speaker. The conference, organized by students of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, will be held at the Park Hyatt at Bellevue in Philadelphia on Nov. 20, 2009. Throughout the current financial crisis, Ms. Porat has been responsible for the Firm’s coverage of financial institutions and governments globally.
The Wharton Finance Conference, whose theme is “Looking Forward: Finance in a New Horizon.” will include panel discussions on such issues in Corporate Social Responsibility vs. Government Regulation, the Increased Competitiveness of Services Firms, International Opportunities, Infrastructure Finance, Financing Growth, Financial Innovation in the 21st Century: Sales & Trading Perspective, Careers in Finance: Recruiting in a Tough Economic Environment. Participants can look forward to a conglomeration of the best minds in business and meeting with intellectual and experienced experts.
Keynote speakers at the Wharton Finance Conference 2009 include:
— Ms. Ruth Porat Global Head, Financial Institutions Group, Morgan Stanley, Vice Chairman, Investment Banking Division
— Mr. Tony Ehinger, Managing Director of Credit Suisse,
Co-Head, Global Securities, Investment Banking Division
Other scheduled conference participants include:
— James R. Tanenbaum , Partner, Morrison & Foerster and Chair of the firms Global Capital Markets practice
— Andrew Ross Sorkin, Chief Mergers and Acquisitions Reporter and Columnist, The New York Times
— Rodolfo L. Molina, Managing Director, Head of Southern Latin America, UBS Investment Bank
— Rob Collins, Managing Director and Head of Infrastructure Banking for the Americas, Greenhill & Co.
— Vikram Pant, Managing Director, IDFC Project Equity
— Jonathan Turnbull, Head of Infrastructure Investment Banking, Citigroup
— Ed Rubin, Head of Cross Rate and Securitized Product Sales (Deutsche Bank)
— Devin O’Reilly, Principal, Bain Capital
The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania — founded in 1881 as the first collegiate business school — is recognized globally for intellectual leadership and ongoing innovation across every major discipline of business education. The most comprehensive source of business knowledge in the world, Wharton bridges research and practice through its broad engagement with the global business community. The school has more than 4,700 undergraduate, MBA, executive MBA, and doctoral students; more than 10,000 annual participants in executive education programs; and an alumni network of more than 85,000 graduates.
Further information on the conference can be found at: http://www.whartonfinanceconference.com
Members of the media are invited to attend, but pre-registration is required.
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Haoying Sun (Finance Conference student team)
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