Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Syllabus for FBE 589

University of Southern California
Marshall School of Business
Department of Finance and Business Economics

Professor Richard K. Green
Spring 2009
Mortgages, Mortgage-backed Securities and Real Estate Capital Markets
FBE 589 (15473)

Tuesdays and Thursdays


A. COURSE OVERVIEW

This course provides graduate-level exposure to theory and analytical methods used for valuing and pricing mortgages, mortgage-backed securities, and derivatives. In doing so, this course provides insight into not just how mortgage-backed securities and real estate capital markets operate, but also why. It provides a broad overview of mortgage-backed security, in-depth discussion of specific structure finance products, and hands-on exercises to enhance learning of key concepts.

The growth in the scale and complexity of the U. S. mortgage market since the securitization revolution of the 1980s has been enormous. The volume of outstanding mortgage related securities has grown to $7.4 trillion as of the first quarter of 2008. In comparison, the volume of outstanding marketable Treasury securities was about $5 trillion, total corporate debt securities was about $5.9 trillion. The Federal agency mortgage-backed securities outstanding has increased by more than ten times over the last two decades, from about $348 billion in 1987 to over $3.5 trillion by the end of 2007.

At the same time, the market also witnesses the unprecedented turmoil in the secondary mortgage market led by the meltdown of the subprime market starting in late 2006 and early 2007. As one of the most recent fatalities of the subprime fallout, on July 12, 2008, FDIC seized IndyMa
Bank, which had $32 billion in assets and over 10,000 employees, in what regulators called the
second-largest bank failure in U.S. history. FDIC's insurance fund has assets of about $52 billion. The House (on July 23, 2008), and the Senate (on July 26, 2008), overwhelmingly passed a landmark housing bill – the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 – that will offer up to $300 billion in loans to rescue some 400,000 homeowners at risk of foreclosure in the current crisis, as well as restoring investor confidence in the government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs) Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Since then, Fannie and Freddie have been placed into receivership, and Congress has passed the Trouble Asset Relief Program (TARP). We live in interesting times.

The primary objective of this course is to combine the theory of finance with the practice of real estate capital markets to enable you to make intelligent business decisions in increasingly complex and turbulent real estate markets.

B. COURSE ORGANIZATION AND REQUIREMENTS

The course is a combination of lectures, guest presentations, and discussions. There are several
assignments which will not be graded, but suggested answer to the assignments will be posted on
tBlackboard. There is also a group project to be completed by two-student teams. A list of topics for the group projects will be distributed during the semester. Each team will pick a topic and work together to complete their project before April 21. Each team should prepare a 15-minute PowerPoint presentation of the highlights of the project in classes on April 23 and April 28. Each team will also read and prepare comments on one project prepared by another team. Each project group should deliver a draft report to their discussant team by April 21. The report may not exceed 15 pages (double-spaced). The final project report is due on December 3rd.

There will be three quizzes but no final exam. You must have a financial or programmable calculator that can compute annuities and present values. You are responsible for knowing how to use these functions. You will be very unhappy if you take the quizzes without one.

C. COURSE GRADING

Each Quiz: 20%
Project 30%
Class Participation 10%

D. TEXTBOOKS AND READINGS
Textbook:
Andrew Davidson, Anthony Sanders, Lan-Ling Wolff and Anne Ching, (2003) Securitization:
Structuring and Investment Analysis, Wiley Finance. ISBN: 978-0-471-02260-2.
Optional Reference Books:
Anjan V. Thakor and Arnoud W. A. Boot, (2008) Handbooks In Finance: Handbook of Financial
Intermediation and Banking, North-Holland. ISBN: 978-0-444-51558-2.
Danny Ben-Shahar, Charles Ka Yui Leung and Seow Eng Ong, (2008) Mortgage Markets
Worldwide, Blackwell Publishing. ISBN: 978-1-4051-3210-7.

E. BLACKBOARD COURSE INFO WEB SITE
Lecture notes, assignments, solutions, your grades and other communications will be posted on a
Blackboard Course Info web site at http://blackboard.usc.edu under “20091_FBE_589_15473: MORTGAGES AND MORTGAGE-BACKED SECURITIES AND MARKETS (20091_FBE_589_15473).”
Your login ID to the FBE 589 course web site is the first part of your USC email ID before
@usc.edu. Your password is your USC e-mail password. Please make sure you can access the
course web site and download the course materials there.

F. INSTRUCTOR ACCESS
I will hold office hours on Tuesdays 1:00pm - 3:00pm or by appointment. Appointments are
recommended even during office hours as meeting schedules may occasionally conflict with
office hours. E-mail is a dependable way to communicate with me. I will respond to all emails within 24 hours.

Professor Richard K. Green
Office: Lewis Hall (RGL) 331A
Tel: (213) 740-4093
E-mail: richarkg@usc.edu

G. ACADEMIC DISHONESTY
The Use of unauthorized material, communication with fellow students during an examination,
attempting to benefit from the work of another student, and similar behavior that defeats the
intent of an examination, or other class work is unacceptable to the University. It is often
difficult to distinguish between a culpable act and inadvertent behavior resulting from the nervous
tensions accompanying examinations. Where a clear violation has occurred, however, the
instructor may disqualify the student’s work as unacceptable and assign a failing mark on the
paper.

H. DISABILITY STATEMENT
Any student requesting academic accommodations based on a disability is required to register
with Disability Services and Programs (DSP) each semester. A letter of verification for approved
accommodations can be obtained from DSP. Please be sure the letter is delivered to me (or to
TA) as early in the semester as possible. DSP is located in STU 301 and is open early 8:30 a.m. -
5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. The phone number for DSP is (213) 740-0776.
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I. CLASS MEETINGS (Note: speaker dates might change)
Date Topics and References
1. January 13 and 15 Introduction: Course mechanics. Overview of Real Estate Capital Markets.
• Davidson, Sanders, Wolff and Ching. (2003) Securitization, Structuring and
Investment Analysis, Ch 1-4.

Green and Wachter (2007), The Housing Finance Revolution, Proceedgins of the 31st Annual Economic Conference of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City

2. Jan 20 and 22 Credit Risks in the Mortgage and Mortgage-Backed Security Markets.
Guest Speaker: Anthony Sanders, Bob Herberger Arizona Heritage Chair in
Real Estate Finance, Professor of Finance, Arizona State University (date may be changed)

• Davidson, Sanders, Wolff and Ching. (2003) Securitization, Structuring and
Investment Analysis, Ch 15, Ch 17.

3. Jan 27 and 29 Mortgage Basics.

• Davidson, Sanders, Wolff and Ching. (2003) Securitization, Structuring and
Investment Analysis, Ch 5.

4. Feb 3 and 5 Fixed-Income Basics: Yield Curve and Term Structure of Interest Rates, Term Structure Models and Bond Pricing Models. Guest Lecture: Amy Crews Cutts, Deputy Chief Economist Freddie Mac
• Davidson, Sanders, Wolff and Ching. (2003) Securitization, Structuring and
Investment Analysis, Ch 7, Ch 10.

5. Feb 10 Pricing of Mortgage Prepayment Options, Option-adjusted Spreads and Monte-
Carlo Simulation.
• Davidson, Sanders, Wolff and Ching. (2003) Securitization, Structuring and
Investment Analysis, Ch 12-13.

Feb 12 Quiz 1

6. Feb 17 and 19 Mortgage Pass-Through Securities.
• Davidson, Sanders, Wolff and Ching. (2003) Securitization, Structuring and
Investment Analysis, Ch 6, Ch 8.

7. Feb 24-26 Stripped Mortgage-Backed Securities, CMOs, and REMICs.
• Davidson, Sanders, Wolff and Ching. (2003) Securitization, Structuring and
Investment Analysis, Ch. 9, Ch 11.

8. March 3 and March 5 How the Securities Markets Affect the Value of Real Estate, Transaction Volume and the Business Decisions by Investment and Financial Institutes.
• Davidson, Sanders, Wolff and Ching. (2003) Securitization, Structuring and
Investment Analysis, Ch 10, Ch 14.

9. March 10 Introduction to Commercial Mortgages

March 12 Quiz 2


10. March 24 and 26 Commercial Mortgages, Prepayment Protections and Defeasance.
• Davidson, Sanders, Wolff and Ching. (2003) Securitization, Structuring and
Investment Analysis, Ch 22.

11. March 31 and April 2 CMBS and CDO Markets.

• Davidson, Sanders, Wolff and Ching. (2003) Securitization, Structuring and
Investment Analysis, Ch 23.

12. April 7 and April 9 REITs Case Study, Public vs. Private REITs.
Guest Speaker: TBA
.
• Davidson, Sanders, Wolff and Ching. (2003) Securitization, Structuring and
Investment Analysis, Ch 24.

13. April 14 What went wrong?

April 16 Quiz 3.

April 21 and 23 Group Project Presentations.
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H. USEFUL WEBSITE LINKS
Lusk Center for Real Estate (http://www.usc.edu/schools/sppd/lusk)
Glossary of Finance and Economic Terms
(http://www.freddiemac.com/finance/smm/a_f.htm#A)
REMIC & SMBS Securities Glossary
(http://www.fanniemae.com/markets/mbssecurities/product_info/remic/r_glossary.html)
Bloomberg Market Rates (http://www.bloomberg.com/markets/rates/index.html)
U.S. Census Bureau (http://www.census.gov/pub)
NAHB Economic and Housing Data (http://www.nahb.org/facts/default.htm)
Financial Services Facts (http://www.financialservicefacts.org/index.html)
Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight (http://www.ofheo.gov)
FannieMae (http://www.fanniemae.com)
FreddieMac (http://www.freddiemac.com)
National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (http://www.nareit.org)
Mortgage Bankers Association of America (http://www.mbaa.org)
The Bond Market Association (http://www.bondmarkets.com)
National Mortgage News (http://www.nationalmortgagenews.com)
American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association (http://www.areuea.org)
Urban Land Institute (http://www.uli.org)
Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics (http://www.jrefe.org)
Real Estate Economics (http://www.areuea.org/publications/ree/)

2 comments:

dwesley said...

What time of day will the classes be held?

The Intellectual Redneck said...

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